Grandma's House DIY

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My name is Tarah and there is nothing I love more then making something new and usable again that someone else would have thrown out or torn down. I'm devoted to self reliance, do it yourself, refinishing old furniture, re-purposing old pieces or building it from scratch instead of buying new and saving money every step of the way!

Find out more about me, how I renovated my Grandparents’ 100 year old farm house and how I am a total DIY fanatic by checking out The story behind my Storyhardt Farm. Or, you might also like my weekly DIY newsletter to keep up to date on all my recent projects and tutorials.

Weekly DIY Newsletter

What's been happening this week

Jan 23 2020

How Can You Save For A House?

Putting the open shelves above my kitchen sink to practical use without sacrificing the pretty, adding mugs cups and glasses

Buying a home is a huge decision, it will be the single largest purchase for most people in their entire lives. Figuring out how to save for one is the first real step to getting there! Starting small with a starter home that can also easily include a roommate to help with the bills is an idea many people I know have used.  I had help in the form of my Mom co-signing on my construction loan until I purchased the property out right by myself via a mortgage. My goal now is simple: get my home paid off ASAP. Read More »

Jan 22 2020

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #175)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever) Wednesday Link Party #175

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party #175. WOW did winter just hammer us! OMG I am SO SO SO ready for spring – Remember to check out our first Sunday of every month DIY blog hop (more info below) Chas and I are really excited about it! For those of you who experienced this last winter horror storm I hope you found a warm spot to be safe and sound until it passed. Next up I’ll be hiring a guy very soon to get all that snow off my roof – current totals here are over 3 feet now. On to the Party! Read More »

Jan 21 2020

Five Popular Home Siding Options

Improving the grade with garden edging, plastic, weed fabric and mulch. Covering the entire front of my home's foundation, the last step before siding.

There are SO many siding options out there nowadays it can be a little overwhelming. When I chose my siding (or really any of my materials) I have always started with the obvious: what can I afford? Which helps break down my options into more manageable amounts. I lvoe how far they’ve come though with vinyl and steel siding. Siding that will practically last forever but still even looks like cedar, stone and wood. Giving the look desired but without all the maintenance and up keep! Read More »

Jan 19 2020

Chimney Makeover – Painting Faux Stone, My Living Room & Stairwell

Painting out a faux stone chimney in white so I hate it a lot less now. Beginning the big remodel of my living room with a brand new sofa and paint!

Making fake stone look better with paint! So begins my entire living room redesign! There are about a million things I hate about this fake rock that my ex slapped on my chimney in my living room. (Not the least of which is the fact that my ex slapped it on my chimney in my living room.) I had planned to either cover my block chimney with sheet rock or just paint it but he had this stone so I let him have this one. Read More »

Jan 15 2020

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #174)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever) Wednesday Link Party #174

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party #174! CALLING ALL BLOGGERS!! Chas and I are teaming up the first Sunday of every month with a themed project and we would love to have you join us! Each month’s posts is a different theme – currently we are doing it by room to really let us be versatile and creative. We have opened it up to all other bloggers using Inlinkz to make it easy for us to all share together. To get the party codes, the dates and the themes click here! Read More »

Jan 12 2020

Dreaming of Gardening! A few of my Favorite Xmas Gifts!

A few of my favorite gifts I recieved this xmas holiday christmas, gardening tools, colander, tall socks, fleece sheets and new towels!

A few of my Favorite gifts I received this Christmas! It probably won’t surprise anyone to hear that my Amazon wishlist is pretty much full of VERY practical items. My cousin was like, “You’re no fun, add something fun!” BUT I LOVE PRACTICAL AND USEFUL. Still though the majority of it might be practical but its many things that I won’t buy for myself because they still feel like something I don’t ABSOLUTELY NEED. (Miss frugal here, its a sickness…) Which means, every Xmas, I feel utterly and totally spoiled! Here are a few of my favorite gifts from this years holiday! Read More »

Jan 10 2020

Before Selling, How to Improve Your Home In the Winter

The cold winter days are enough to make any homeowner want to curl up on the couch and avoid any home improvement projects until the spring for selling

Whether you plan on selling your home in the spring or not winter really is the ideal time for inside work to our rooms and houses. I always tuck into winter with a serious to-do list no matter how much I would rather be hibernating! Over the holidays is the worst for me as December for us doesn’t see more than 8 hours of day light a day and getting home when its dark at 5pm really just makes a person want to do absolutely nothing besides curling up under a fuzzy blanket. Regardless though, when January finally rolls around its time to get motivated for some house projects! Read More »

Most recent from Do It Yourself
Jan 19 2020

Chimney Makeover – Painting Faux Stone, My Living Room & Stairwell

Painting out a faux stone chimney in white so I hate it a lot less now. Beginning the big remodel of my living room with a brand new sofa and paint!

Making fake stone look better with paint! So begins my entire living room redesign! There are about a million things I hate about this fake rock that my ex slapped on my chimney in my living room. (Not the least of which is the fact that my ex slapped it on my chimney in my living room.) I had planned to either cover my block chimney with sheet rock or just paint it but he had this stone so I let him have this one. Read More »

Jan 05 2020

Open Shelves Decorating, Organizing and Rethinking in my Kitchen

Putting the open shelves above my kitchen sink to practical use without sacrificing the pretty, adding mugs cups and glasses

This week I’m teaming up with my link party partner Chas from Chas’ Crazy Creations with a kitchen project! (Don’t miss her Under the Sink Organization!) When I completed my kitchen renovation a few months ago I decorated my new open shelves above my kitchen sink but I’ve been thinking about changing things up a little bit. Read More »

Dec 15 2019

A Gift of Body Butter for the Ladies! Easy Luxurious Recipe!

A Gift of Body Butter for the Ladies! Green Hypoallergenic Recipe that's easily made with a hand held blender of a stand up mixer. Whips up in just minutes!

One of my all time favorite recipes (and one I use daily) is my homemade body butter. It whips up with only TWO ingredients in just a couple of minutes! What is technically happening here is an emulsion so it needs a fat and a liquid just like a salad dressing. This does work using water and coconut oil but I always choose to use almond or castor oil instead of water for an even more luxurious butter. Read More »

Most recent from Before and After
Oct 06 2019

Lace Doily Upcycling on my Radio Stand Kitchen Island

Lace Doily Upcycling on my Radio Stand Red Kitchen Island Replacing the fabric on an old radio stand with a lace doily and staples Antique Upcycle

Lace doily upcycling across the front of my kitchen island that I made out of my great grandpa’s radio stand. This piece remains one of my ALL TIME favorite transformations that I’ve created. Some projects just work! It was like this old radio stand had been waiting 100 years to be made into a kitchen island. It looks great from the front and the shelves in the back house all my recipe books too. During my recent kitchen remodel I did some surgery on it to work even better for me. Read More »

Aug 11 2019

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal! A Bigger Closet and a Bigger Kitchen!

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal, somehow I took space AWAY from my kitchen and yet I ended up with MORE storage and a bigger feeling space! In this kitchen I will always think of my amazing Grandma Charlotte who lived in this home for over fifty years before me. I was thrilled that this old farmhouse could become mine and ecstatic at the notion of creating my very own farmhouse kitchen. This space was a VERY long time coming for me. I had no idea it would take me from early spring of 2014 until right now, to finally create and finish the kitchen of my dreams. But, ya know what? It was worth it! Read More »

Apr 28 2019

A Farmhouse Entryway, Office and Dining Room Reveal

Before and after of my multi functional entry and dining room that is also now doubling as my office and mudroom too! See how I transformed this space

I should have posted a reveal of my entry way back when I first “completed” it in 2016. But, honestly, it never felt truly “done” until now. The wood stove happened and the entire room needed to be repainted because of smoke damage and then, because I had it cleared out I went ahead and gave my floors some TLC too. Finally though I was able to take my time and put it all back together again! Read More »

Most recent from The Blog
Jan 21 2020

Five Popular Home Siding Options

Improving the grade with garden edging, plastic, weed fabric and mulch. Covering the entire front of my home's foundation, the last step before siding.

There are SO many siding options out there nowadays it can be a little overwhelming. When I chose my siding (or really any of my materials) I have always started with the obvious: what can I afford? Which helps break down my options into more manageable amounts. I lvoe how far they’ve come though with vinyl and steel siding. Siding that will practically last forever but still even looks like cedar, stone and wood. Giving the look desired but without all the maintenance and up keep! Read More »

Jan 12 2020

Dreaming of Gardening! A few of my Favorite Xmas Gifts!

A few of my favorite gifts I recieved this xmas holiday christmas, gardening tools, colander, tall socks, fleece sheets and new towels!

A few of my Favorite gifts I received this Christmas! It probably won’t surprise anyone to hear that my Amazon wishlist is pretty much full of VERY practical items. My cousin was like, “You’re no fun, add something fun!” BUT I LOVE PRACTICAL AND USEFUL. Still though the majority of it might be practical but its many things that I won’t buy for myself because they still feel like something I don’t ABSOLUTELY NEED. (Miss frugal here, its a sickness…) Which means, every Xmas, I feel utterly and totally spoiled! Here are a few of my favorite gifts from this years holiday! Read More »

Jan 10 2020

Before Selling, How to Improve Your Home In the Winter

The cold winter days are enough to make any homeowner want to curl up on the couch and avoid any home improvement projects until the spring for selling

Whether you plan on selling your home in the spring or not winter really is the ideal time for inside work to our rooms and houses. I always tuck into winter with a serious to-do list no matter how much I would rather be hibernating! Over the holidays is the worst for me as December for us doesn’t see more than 8 hours of day light a day and getting home when its dark at 5pm really just makes a person want to do absolutely nothing besides curling up under a fuzzy blanket. Regardless though, when January finally rolls around its time to get motivated for some house projects! Read More »

Most recent from Home Tour
Aug 11 2019

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal! A Bigger Closet and a Bigger Kitchen!

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal, somehow I took space AWAY from my kitchen and yet I ended up with MORE storage and a bigger feeling space! In this kitchen I will always think of my amazing Grandma Charlotte who lived in this home for over fifty years before me. I was thrilled that this old farmhouse could become mine and ecstatic at the notion of creating my very own farmhouse kitchen. This space was a VERY long time coming for me. I had no idea it would take me from early spring of 2014 until right now, to finally create and finish the kitchen of my dreams. But, ya know what? It was worth it! Read More »

Apr 28 2019

A Farmhouse Entryway, Office and Dining Room Reveal

Before and after of my multi functional entry and dining room that is also now doubling as my office and mudroom too! See how I transformed this space

I should have posted a reveal of my entry way back when I first “completed” it in 2016. But, honestly, it never felt truly “done” until now. The wood stove happened and the entire room needed to be repainted because of smoke damage and then, because I had it cleared out I went ahead and gave my floors some TLC too. Finally though I was able to take my time and put it all back together again! Read More »

Mar 24 2019

My Laundry Room Reveal – How one gorgeous table cloth started it all!

Finally we have come to my reveal of my new laundry room! Yep, I am not longer calling it a closet - I believe this space deserves to be labeled a room.

Finally we have come to the reveal of my new laundry room! Yep, I am no longer calling it a closet – I believe this space deserves to be labeled a real room now. First I tackled the heavy lifting, recycling my old kitchen pantry here in several places, building custom shelves, trimming it all out and painting the whole room. From there I added some color and then, finally, I was able to put it all together with some serious organization. Read More »

Most recent from Link Party
Jan 22 2020

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #175)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever) Wednesday Link Party #175

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party #175. WOW did winter just hammer us! OMG I am SO SO SO ready for spring – Remember to check out our first Sunday of every month DIY blog hop (more info below) Chas and I are really excited about it! For those of you who experienced this last winter horror storm I hope you found a warm spot to be safe and sound until it passed. Next up I’ll be hiring a guy very soon to get all that snow off my roof – current totals here are over 3 feet now. On to the Party! Read More »

Jan 15 2020

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #174)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever) Wednesday Link Party #174

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party #174! CALLING ALL BLOGGERS!! Chas and I are teaming up the first Sunday of every month with a themed project and we would love to have you join us! Each month’s posts is a different theme – currently we are doing it by room to really let us be versatile and creative. We have opened it up to all other bloggers using Inlinkz to make it easy for us to all share together. To get the party codes, the dates and the themes click here! Read More »

Jan 08 2020

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #173)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever) Wednesday Link Party #173

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. PHEW! I don’t know about you guys but I am SO ready to see a normal week again lol Can we start a petition that all holidays have to be moved to either Mondays or Fridays or even Thursday?! I have officially spent half of a month with absolutely no idea what day it is, certain that I’m forgetting something and feeling like I’m getting behind somehow. Happy New Year! Cheers to getting back to normal! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Most recent from Inspiration Board
Sep 10 2018

OMG Pumpkins everywhere! Hometalk Fall Decor Inspiration board

OMG Pumpkins everywhere! Hometalk Fall Inspiration board, wreaths, decorating and autumn inspiration for your orange and yellow with flowers and pine cones

Hometalk Fall Decor Inspiration board! Summer is absolutely my favorite time of the year – you will NEVER hear me complaining about the heat lol But I honestly think that’s a fact simply because fall and spring are such short seasons here in northern MN. Fall for us could truly last all of three weeks like our spring did this year! And that’s just depressing lol because that means we’re settling into at least four months of some serious cold and snow. Read More »

May 28 2018

Hometalk’s Outdoor Projects I Can’t Wait to Build! Do it Yourself!

Inspiration Board of Hometalk's best do it yourself wood working build projects for outside, outdoor, backyards and lawns. Arbor, pallet couch, pallet love seat, planter boxes, easy to do bench, potting table do it yourself, home improvement

Inspiration Board of the Outdoor projects on Hometalk that I’ve been drooling over! I received a comment on my outdoor bench saying, “You’re SO crafty, that’s amazing!” And I admittedly got a bit offended, eventually I just laughed about it but I’m not sure how I can build a wrap around bench for my deck and still be called “crafty”. I could’t help but think that if I was a guy she certainly wouldn’t have looked at that bench and called him crafty! I am a builder at heart and I spend most of my time building things in my head or drooling over outdoor projects like these: Read More »

Apr 20 2018

Let’s build some swings! Pinterest Do It Yourself Inspiration Board!

Let's build some swings! Pinterest Do It Yourself Inspiration Board! Wood Working, DIY, Tips and Tutorials, Wood Working, How to, Build your own swings, some out of pallet wood, some from scratch for a fun way to enjoy a spring or summer day in your backyard or on your deck! Swing Away!

Well now that spring has FINALLY arrived, my dreaming has turned to swings! Let’s build some! These are some of my favorites I’ve found on Pinterest and stashed away for a later time because, seriously, who doesn’t want to swing away a beautiful summer day? Contrary to popular belief, I do NOT feel that swings are for kids in any way. Many of these are very grown up swings for us “adults” lol Read More »

Most recent from Contributed
Jan 23 2020

How Can You Save For A House?

Putting the open shelves above my kitchen sink to practical use without sacrificing the pretty, adding mugs cups and glasses

Buying a home is a huge decision, it will be the single largest purchase for most people in their entire lives. Figuring out how to save for one is the first real step to getting there! Starting small with a starter home that can also easily include a roommate to help with the bills is an idea many people I know have used.  I had help in the form of my Mom co-signing on my construction loan until I purchased the property out right by myself via a mortgage. My goal now is simple: get my home paid off ASAP. Read More »

Jan 03 2020

Customize Your Home For A Unique Look And Timeless Sustainability

A “custom” home often brings to my mind the idea of something that is brand new and, thus, very expensive and built entirely custom for whoever is paying for it. Of course, that is not always the case. Truly all of our homes are custom as we customize them to ourselves! I am thrilled to see more and more people getting behind customizing the old instead of replacing it and thus getting that awesome custom look and yet still remaining sustainable to the environment! That, in a nut shell, is what I do here at Grandma’s House DIY. Read More »

Jan 02 2020

Simple Hacks to Reinvigorate your Home

A brand new rug, a brand new comforter, two new lamps and a RugPadUSA Giveaway! Giving my master a much needed face lift after a divorce and a rug giveaway from Rug Pad USA. Two thrift store lamps and a refresh in a Farmhouse master bedroom.

A few hacks to help reinvigorate your home! I so appreciate how this article points out how important our spaces are to our mental health. Have you ever come home or woken up, looked around and just kind of hated everything? That’s the moment I know its time to purge, declutter and put things away! Especially during the holidays I think we all let our houses “go” a little just for lack of time! I had on of those moments last week, after Christmas, I got home from work and just went, “This has gone on for long enough!” And I tackled my entry, my living room and my kitchen. A couple of hours later and I felt like a load had been taken off of my shoulders! Read More »

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