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To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #248)

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #248. Wow guys I’ve never seen this kind of weather in June before. It just won’t rain – we’re going on several weeks now. This is the first time I can remember looking at our 100 year old oak trees and they’re literally WILTING. Our yard literally just died and my poor horse is so sick of hay – first time I can remember having to feed hay ever this time of the year! Its crazy! At least the record breaking heat wave is over we’re at 50s at night and 80s during the day like it should be finally. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Can rack dispensers, freezer baskets and organizers that changed my life!

Can rack dispensers, refrigerator and cabinet organizers! You know you're an adult when... It turns out Lodi and I drink a lot of liquids lol

Can rack dispensers, refrigerator and cabinet organizers and wire baskets for our freezer! You know you’re an adult when organizing makes your whole year better… It turns out Lodi and I drink a lot of liquids in our household – he jokes that when he first met me all I had in my refrigerator was pickles, condiments and beer and, honestly, that’s not that far from the truth! To be fair though, when I was single, there was just no reason to keep perishable food around. I don’t eat a lot and preparing a big meal just for myself felt redundant… Read More »

Common DIY Home Repair Mistakes To Avoid

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

One tip I always give DIYers to help them avoid mistakes is to call the experts for some advice. I’ve never once not received great advice just by calling a local professional – they all seem happy to help and, if they can’t help or need to look at it, they’ll be honest about that too. Everything is certainly fixable but to avoid the mistakes in the first place is definitely the goal! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #247)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #247

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #247. You guys the last party made it IMPOSIBLE for me to choose only five features – I had to pick six! WOW what amazing content you all share, you are so incredible and inspiring! Ok so, a week ago, Thursday and Friday night we had to cover all of our plants because of hard freezing temperatures. One week later, it was literally 100 degrees. Even for northern MN that’s pretty crazy. Our luck is so great that we rented a skid steer a month ago and had no choice but to work in the yard all weekend lol. We said we’d get it done come hell or high water unfortunately it was basically hell! Wow was that a struggle in the heat OMG! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Upcycled Mailbox – A Storage Cubby for our Vegetable Garden!

This old mailbox was my grandparents for many, many years before I came along and used it as long as I could before it was finally time

This old mailbox was my grandparents for many, many, many years before I came along and used it as long as I could before it was finally time to retire it. I didn’t have the heart to toss it though and its been literally sitting in our flower garden, by our front step, for all the years since. I thought about bringing it in and hanging it on the wall or placing it above one of our hutches as decoration but it was just too big for either of those things. It finally dawned on me where it would be perfect this spring when we started working on the vegetable garden! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #246)

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #246. Wow, seriously Minnesota? So, we were so excited to get our garden planted a couple of weeks early. The traditional time to plant would have been this last weekend but our weather was absolutely gorgeous and gave no inkling that it would change. Yeah well, it froze HARD last Thursday and Friday night. Fortunately we don’t have a huge garden so we were able to cover it up and save it and we were able to bring our other plants indoors as well. But, good grief! Now we have a forecast in the 90s and no rain in sight lol! On to the Party! Read More »

My name is Tarah and its great to meet you!

It's been a hell of a ride since I started this blog and renovated and moved into this old farm house back in 2015. I got married, divorced, lost my doggo soul mate, spent two years as a single gal, remodeled everything, threw my back out countless times and was even found by an amazing guy in my own backyard!

(The story behind Storyhardt Farm.)

Around here we're totally fearless when it comes to bettering our home. We love to refinish old furniture, re-purpose old pieces, build it from scratch and totally renovate anything that needs it! If we can do it - so can you. We've got some serious plans for this old farm - for the first time ever, I have a real partner!

This is gonna be so much fun!

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Can rack dispensers, freezer baskets and organizers that changed my life!

Can rack dispensers, refrigerator and cabinet organizers! You know you're an adult when... It turns out Lodi and I drink a lot of liquids lol

Can rack dispensers, refrigerator and cabinet organizers and wire baskets for our freezer! You know you’re an adult when organizing makes your whole year better… It turns out Lodi and I drink a lot of liquids in our household – he jokes that when he first met me all I had in my refrigerator was pickles, condiments and beer and, honestly, that’s not that far from the truth! To be fair though, when I was single, there was just no reason to keep perishable food around. I don’t eat a lot and preparing a big meal just for myself felt redundant… Read More »

Upcycled Mailbox – A Storage Cubby for our Vegetable Garden!

This old mailbox was my grandparents for many, many years before I came along and used it as long as I could before it was finally time

This old mailbox was my grandparents for many, many, many years before I came along and used it as long as I could before it was finally time to retire it. I didn’t have the heart to toss it though and its been literally sitting in our flower garden, by our front step, for all the years since. I thought about bringing it in and hanging it on the wall or placing it above one of our hutches as decoration but it was just too big for either of those things. It finally dawned on me where it would be perfect this spring when we started working on the vegetable garden! Read More »

Pallet Walls, sanding and sealing them in the Basement Bathroom

Returning to work on the Basement Bathroom by tackling the pallet walls. This Basement has been a LONG, slow process for us

Returning to work on the Basement Bathroom by tackling the pallet walls. This Basement has been a LONG, slow process but, to be fair, its not where we live so its not on our “urgent” to-do list. Though we do hang out down here on the weekends especially it wasn’t until I upcycled an old toolbox in the bathroom here that I finally got motivated. We installed the commode and rolling doors for this space and finished up the living room. After that I realized there wasn’t a ton to do to finally have a completed bathroom for the first time ever so I got to work! Read More »

Working Basement Bathroom and our VERY ODD hot water problems…

We officially, for the first time EVER, have a working basement bathroom! If you had told me that a major highlight in my life would be

We officially, for the first time EVER, have a working basement bathroom! If you had told me that a major highlight in my life would be a toilet a few years back I would not have believed you. Once I started working on this house though stranger and stranger things delight me. To be fair I’m sure I’m not the only one who has bounced up and down with excitement over a working toilet! Six years, hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars spent down here to finally, for the first time ever in this house’s history, have a real bathroom in the basement! Read More »

Thrift Store Basket Makeover for Mother’s Day

I've had this little basket I picked up at a thrift store floating around the house for a few months now with my plan to give it a makeover

I’ve had this little basket that I picked up at a thrift store floating around the house for a few months now with my plan to give it a milk glass makeover. It was a little grungy but I thought if I went full white it could become quite pretty. I can’t continue with this post though until I tell you the story of my monster aloe plant. A while back my mom stopped by our place to drop some things off when we weren’t home. Read More »

DIY Rolling Barn Door Hardware – Inexpensive using steel plumbing pipe

How to inexpensively create rolling barn door hardware with salvaged doors, black pipe and PVC. Moving back to completing our basement

How to inexpensively create rolling barn door hardware with plumbing pipe. Total cost of hardware was around $60 and the doors were $50. Tip I learned the hard way after this project: My town doesn’t sell very much pipe or hardware and almost NONE of it is black. So I finally just started ordering it all from Amazon. It is a little more expensive but once I factored in how many times my local stores didn’t have in stock what I needed… It just made more sense. Moving back to completing our basement: the bathroom and storage closet down here needed doors! As most everyone knows nowadays rolling barn door hardware isn’t cheap and the very old school look I wanted was the most expensive of all. I had already seen black pipe used just like this so I knew it would work! Read More »

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Adding Tufted Upholstery to an old Coffee Table

Adding a tufted top and a new paint job to an old coffee table. I've been working on the refresh of my living room for awhile now.

Adding a tufted top and a new paint job to an old coffee table. I’ve been working on the refresh of my living room for awhile now. It started when I decided I hated my sofa and was ready for a new one! That worked out perfect because I really needed my old sofa to complete my seating area out in my garage. Following my old sofa to the garage was my coffee table and one of my end tables too! That left my living room pretty barren: the perfect time to do a makeover! Read More »

Three Legged Stool Makeover: Paint and stain combo with dipped legs

Three legged stool makeover for my bathroom project with dark paint, dipped legs and a sanded down dark stained topped with a flower vinyl decal

Teaming up with Chas in our DIY blog hop this month with projects for our bathrooms! (Make sure and check out all of the bathroom projects following this post and feel free to join in!) This little stool has a fun story behind it. My Grandparents’ were wood workers and made and sold lots of these along with many other pieces of furniture. One of my neighbors is an avid follower of my blog and felt she simply had to return it to me so this milking stool came home after being gone for over 30 years! Read More »

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 »

Thrift Store Lamp gets a Country Makeover with the Farmhouse Hens

Thrift Store Lamp gets a Country Makeover with Twine and Paint! Working on the new design of my living room and creating cohesion between two lamps.

So, a few months ago, I went to my local thrift store to get myself a sweater to make mug koozies for my Christmas in a Jar post. I left the thrift store with two sweaters, some shop rags, a mirror tray and a lamp! To be fair I still only spent $8 and no one really believed I was just gonna be able to get one sweater right? Read More »

Lamp gets a country girl makeover using license plates! Before and After!

Using my old license plates on my first car I made a base for a dingy old thrift store lamp giving it a full on country girl makeover. Before and afters, with a new drop cloth shade I purchased from walmart this is a transformation you have to see to believe!

My new guest bedroom and library needed a reading lamp for the bedside table so, of course, I went thrifting! I found this little dude for only $6 and then went directly to walmart and found what I decided was the perfect burlap lamp shade. From there it was time to decide just how I was going to transform this little lamp into something country and fun! Using two old MN license plates I got to work! Read More »

A little end table gets a full on adult country girl redo!

A little black and green end table gets a grown up country girl farm house chic style makeover with matte gray paint, shiny chrome knobs and a lovely farmhouse look for my new guest bedroom and library!

There are a lot of changes taking place here at my Grandma’s old farmhouse. You guys know now that I got divorced and that means new and very different plans for the whole house. My old office is now going to become my guest bedroom and library and it felt really important to refinish all of the furniture that will be going in there. So, I got to work! Read More »

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May 2021, Yard Work, Kitchen Organizing and Vegan Dinners!

May 2021 I worked on my garden quite a bit this month in preparation for planting. We had such an odd year this year with the weather...

May 2021 we had such an odd year this year when it came to the weather. We broke record highs in January and March and then saw a chilly rainy April and a cold early start to May. For us Minnesotans an actual “spring” is kind of a weird thing. Usually it seems like we go from 20 to 90 every year in about a week. But I’d certainly still take a couple months of cold and rainy over what we would have normally had which could be very cold and snowy. It did feel like we were endlessly going back for “just” five more bags of pellets for the stove though and I know I wasn’t the only one getting beyond restless for nice weather. Read More »

April 2021 A Spring Walk About, Gearing up for Summer

April 2021, every year since 2014, once the weather finally turns nice, I do a full walk about of the property. Lodi and I did this together

April 2021 – This month brought us grief and joy in large quantities this year. April 13th Lodi proposed to me and, of course, I said yes! We are absolutely just annoyingly happy lol no set date yet but it won’t be until next year. Not two days later I got the call we all dread. Lodi got home before me and my Mom’s little mare (Jazzy) was unable to get up and had been struggling for at least a couple of hours. She had a sky high temp and our vet gave her antibiotics to fight the tick disease he suspected. We made her as comfortable as we could and waited for the shots to kick in. Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #237)

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Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #237. Lodi and I did our annual spring walkabout the property last night. It was just gorgeous outside, nearly 70 degrees! In the few hours we spent “enjoying” the heat we watched the cold front move in. It was kinda creepy! In the span of just a couple of hours the temperature dropped nearly 30 degrees and the wind picked up to the point where we were ready to get our butts inside. We joked about seeing a witch on a bicycle lol The heat wave is returning in just a couple days though. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

March 2021 – Spring Temps Makes me Ready to Garden!

March 2021 started out with some gorgeous weather for us and it simply never stopped! We beat all kinds of records. I can't wait to garden!

Unlike the old saying of March coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb this year we saw spectacularly warm weather almost the entire month of March 2021. I think all of us Minnesotans were holding our breath waiting for one last hit of real winter before spring. Its happened so many times before in March that the fact that we didn’t get two feet of snow felt quite odd. (Though we did get a few inches and April has dumped some serious snow on us…) As always though, if its warmer than it should be, I have no complaints. Except for that two week serious cold snap in February we had an incredibly warm and mild winter. Read More »

February 2021 – Two Birthdays and One Serious Cold Snap

February 2021 at Grandma's House DIY, I turned 35 and Lodi turned 39 in January - Ways we're saving money & frugal that might be obvious...

February 2021 and January. We had a truly beautiful first half of winter – we literally set records with how warm it was! By the time mid January came around we all agreed that no matter what the weather was like for the last half of winter: we had been spoiled and had nothing to complain about. Remarkably it was still cold enough for ice fishing and we still even had enough snow for snowmobiling. So, everyone was close to happy, and I doubt that’s ever happened before. To be fair though, with Covid and all we went through last year, it sure felt deserved. Lodi and I have our birthdays in the first two months of the year and man how that sucks after the holidays. Read More »

2020 Recap – Major Plan Changes, One Very Difficult Year for Everyone

MAJOR HISTORICAL EVENTS AT THAT POINT. So I'm going to try not to mention too much outside of our household in this 2020 recap lol

Writing this 2020 recap I had to keep stopping myself from bringing up everything we already know that we all lived through (and are still living through…) A plague, Australia on fire, quarantine, the tiger king… (Carol Baskin definitely killed her husband) $1200 subsidy checks… all in the first couple of months… where would I even stop if I started recounting everything? And my brain pretty much just stopped recounting stuff after April because there were JUST TOO MANY MAJOR HISTORICAL EVENTS AT THAT POINT. Read More »

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Basement Living Room Reveal – Speak Easy Theater and Chill Space

Basement living room reveal. So it all started back in 2014 when I purchased and began the renovation of my 100 year old farmhouse

Basement living room reveal. So it all started back in 2014 when I purchased and began the renovation of my Grandparents’ 100 year old farmhouse. I was single and the basement had a separate entrance so I immediately tackled it with the intention of putting in a rental suite. It was a ton of money and work that all went for nothing a couple of years later when my husband (now ex) decided that renters were a NO. I used this unfinished space (what a total waste) as my workshop for awhile until I threw him out in 2017. So, I emptied the space to, once again, try to move forward with the rental idea. A lot of life happened in the years since but, finally, all of my time and money down here is no longer for nothing! Read More »

Lodi’s Room Reveal Complete with New Light Fixtures!

Lodi's Room Reveal complete with New Light Fixtures! There were quite a few steps to finally getting here from building a wall and lots of

Lodi’s Room Reveal complete with New Light Fixtures! Starting at the beginning… When I renovated this home back in 2014-2015 I designed this as a wide hallway which included a huge closet made specifically to house a 6 foot chest freezer. At the end of the hall I put our “back door” which included a doggie door in it – which was a great straight shot out of the house for my big dog at the time. In 2018 I got rid of the chest freezer and I was playing around with making this wasted area into a reading nook / day bed / dog bed area and putting up some kind of gate so I could lock dogs back here whenever I needed to… Read More »

The Back Hall Reveal Before and After

Besides a random peak from reveals of other parts of the house this is the very first time I've ever wrote a post about our back hall!

Besides a random peak here and there from reveals and projects of other parts of the house this is the very first time I’ve ever posted about our back hall! This hall, Lodi’s room, our Guest Bedroom, and even a bit of the workshop, used to be a wide open screened in porch. (Sorry for the before pics but they’re the best I have. Hopefully the before and after floor plan as well as the renovation pics help somewhat.) I designed this back hall during the renovation to be a “T” each wing going to a bedroom and, before we made Lodi’s room, to a hall and big closet and back door which was just wasted space until we started work on all of it. Read More »

The Current State of the Garage and What’s Next!

The current state of my garage thus far with the walls covered in bubble wrap chrome insulation and ligths, livestock mats, a seating area

To get the garage to its current state feels like a huge accomplishment for me! To recap I started in the early spring of 2019. First I had to clean the whole place out, get everything off the walls and then haul yet another pile of crap to the dump. Then I ran power, insulated, covered the walls, installed the doors, put EVERYTHING back where it belongs, made a path and enclosed my stock tank complete with a barn door on top of it! Read More »

Autumn Deck Reveal with New Seating and Updates!

Deck Reveal with Updates and lots of new seating and additions! OMG Where on earth did this summer go so fast!? I can't believe its November

Autumn Deck Reveal with updates and lots of new seating and additions! OMG Where on earth did this summer go!? I can’t believe its so far into November already and I still have so many fun things Lodi and I finished this summer and fall to share with you guys. I decided after so many changes to the deck (Check out the old reveal here) that I definitely needed to share a new deck reveal with you before 2020 was over and I missed the lovely fall colors! The biggest changes are all the seating we removed and replaced with new! Read More »

Tiny Bathroom Reveal – From Embarrassment to Moody Stunner!

A before and after of my main floor bathroom in my Grandma's farmhouse that I renovated and tiny bathroom ideas and reveal remodeling, valspar purple paint

Main floor tiny bathroom reveal! This bathroom was the most difficult and annoying of the planning issues I had here during the renovation. (To get the whole scoop check out my post all about it here.) I think I made the practical choice on where I ended up putting the bathroom but, really, there were few options and I didn’t like any of them. But now that its fixed and finished I kind of love our tiny bathroom now! First though let’s take a trip back to what this little space looked like before. Read More »

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To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #248)

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #248. Wow guys I’ve never seen this kind of weather in June before. It just won’t rain – we’re going on several weeks now. This is the first time I can remember looking at our 100 year old oak trees and they’re literally WILTING. Our yard literally just died and my poor horse is so sick of hay – first time I can remember having to feed hay ever this time of the year! Its crazy! At least the record breaking heat wave is over we’re at 50s at night and 80s during the day like it should be finally. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #247)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #247

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #247. You guys the last party made it IMPOSIBLE for me to choose only five features – I had to pick six! WOW what amazing content you all share, you are so incredible and inspiring! Ok so, a week ago, Thursday and Friday night we had to cover all of our plants because of hard freezing temperatures. One week later, it was literally 100 degrees. Even for northern MN that’s pretty crazy. Our luck is so great that we rented a skid steer a month ago and had no choice but to work in the yard all weekend lol. We said we’d get it done come hell or high water unfortunately it was basically hell! Wow was that a struggle in the heat OMG! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #246)

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #246. Wow, seriously Minnesota? So, we were so excited to get our garden planted a couple of weeks early. The traditional time to plant would have been this last weekend but our weather was absolutely gorgeous and gave no inkling that it would change. Yeah well, it froze HARD last Thursday and Friday night. Fortunately we don’t have a huge garden so we were able to cover it up and save it and we were able to bring our other plants indoors as well. But, good grief! Now we have a forecast in the 90s and no rain in sight lol! On to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #245)

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #245. Lodi and I tackled our yard and put up 18 panels of new privacy fence this weekend. (We entirely collapsed on Sunday lol) I am so thrilled to see our garden is already coming in! I don’t know about you guys but when our seeds sprout it always kind of feels like a little miracle to me. I’m so excited about our deck planters this year I filled them with herb seeds instead of flowers and they’re all starting to come up too. We’re working on getting as many “small” things off of our list as we can before its time to tackle the building of our garage addition. I hope you guys had a lovely weekend too! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #244)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #244

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #244. Summer has finally arrived and I don’t regret getting a little sun burned this weekend one bit! We tackled the yard and wallowed in finally being outside in some really gorgeous sunshine. We even got the vegetable garden planted which, by my calculations, is about two weeks earlier than usual. When living this far up north two more weeks of growing time is a big deal! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #243)

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #243. Well we’re still fighting to get to some warmer weather here where we actually really WANT to be outside. Its like not bad if you’re out of the wind etc. but we are really just not there yet dang it! I think we’re all getting very restless and ready from some heat! This last weekend Lodi and I got all of our seating out and all of our outdoor spaces set up and ready for summer. So, now we just wait lol. On to the Party! Read More »

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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 »

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

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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 »

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 »

Nooks and Getaway Places: Pinterest Inspiration Board

Nooks, crannies, special getaway places, some of my favorite escapes via Pinterest Inspiration board, come sneak away with me!

Nooks, crannies, special getaway places, some of my favorite escapes via Pinterest Inspiration board. It has been a very difficult few weeks here at Grandma’s House, tailing the end of a very, very hard year. I will tell you guys why and what’s been going on when I’m able to get my feet back under me again. To say the least though I have found myself on Pinterest, looking longingly at getaway places and nooks that promise quiet and PEACE. Read More »

Inspiration Board: Six more Summer Projects I can’t wait to build!

Need more summer projects for next summer? Table, buffet, porch, screened in porches, bench, swing, all for your outside patio or deck or fire pit!

Six more summer projects I can’t wait to build for us outside and out on our deck! Some DIYs and things just have to wait for some nice weather not only for us to enjoy them but for us to build them as well. Currently I’m sitting here in late October and we have a winter storm warning 🙁 So, hears to dreaming about next summer and all the things to look forward to building. I posted earlier this year a few summer projects I just can’t wait to build but I’ve seen so many build projects on Pinterest I had to share a few more that I can’t wait to build next summer! Read More »

Inspiration Board: Gorgeous Bedrooms to swoon over!

Master bedroom refresh country, hollywood regency makeover, white tufted headboard, glass lamp and hardware, black painted furniture, dark hardwood floors

I spend a certain amount of time on Pinterest gazing with my mouth open at some of the gorgeous bedrooms people have. As far as Inspiration Boards go I’ve published quite a few over the years but I think this one might take the cake. I am absolutely in awe of a few of these. Considering how much time we spend in our bedrooms (albeit it is with our eyes closed) I am a firm believer that they are a VERY important part of our homes. So, without further adieu here’s some gorgeous bedrooms via Pinterest!! Read More »

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Common DIY Home Repair Mistakes To Avoid

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

One tip I always give DIYers to help them avoid mistakes is to call the experts for some advice. I’ve never once not received great advice just by calling a local professional – they all seem happy to help and, if they can’t help or need to look at it, they’ll be honest about that too. Everything is certainly fixable but to avoid the mistakes in the first place is definitely the goal! Read More »

Want to Decorate Your Garden? Use This DIY Wreath Guide

Summer vegetable garden and updates on the farm, eating dinner in the garden, blooming perenials of every kind and a ton of peony, peonies, blossom, bloom!

A wreath can really dress up just about anywhere and they can be as complex or as simple as we choose to make them. My favorites are the tulip wreaths we often see on DIY blogs this time of the year – spring is just tulip season and they are one of my favorite flowers. I made pine cone wreaths a few years ago with red bows for Xmas decorations and they still look great all these years later! I also made a wreath for my best friend out of some of her birthday decorations! Read More »

5 Ways to Get Your Outdoor Spaces Ready For Summer

I've been seeing bar top deck railings all over the internet the past year and it occurred to me that its definitely something we would get use out of!

This was such a long spring it felt like Lodi and I were getting our outdoor spaces “ready” for summer for weeks! Finally though the weather turned and we were really able to enjoy our outdoor spaces this last weekend. Its time to get moving now for real. Time to plant the garden, ready the flower beds and chop wood for our fire pit. What a perfectly wonderful time of the year! Read More »

Walls Feeling a Bit Empty? Here Are Some Great Ways To Decorate!

Prints and Old Windows: Farmhouse artwork for my living room! Creating a gallery wall of old windows with chrom spray paint and vinyl decals and prints

Large blank walls can be a bit intimidating to decorate that’s for sure! I love the new ideas of using old windows and canvas prints to cover large spans as well as also using unique paint techniques! Here we’ve used everything from old windows to my Grandma’s heirloom quilt to spruce up our living room’s big walls but there are so many other fun and interesting ways to decorate. Read More »

Renovating a Home? Here Are 3 Reasons You Need Home Air Filters

Renovating a Home? Here Are 3 Reasons You Need Home Air Filters. Keeping yourself safe from airborne toxins is mandatory while working

Renovating a Home? Here Are 3 Reasons You Need Home Air Filters. Keeping yourself safe from airborne toxins is mandatory while working on DIY and construction projects ESPECIALLY when working with older furniture or in an old home. Living in a Covid-19 world right now where I’m masked the majority of my days it dawned on me why I was having no problem with the masks when so many people I knew just hated them. Its because I’m used to them! I’ve spent months (if not years at this point) of my life all masked up whether it was during the renovation or when I’ve been stripping old furniture etc. it is just SO important to protect ourselves! Read More »

How to Make Your Aging Grandmothers Life More Manageable

Being a landlord isn’t about collecting rent; it involves committing time and money to not only your own property, here are some helpful tools and resources

How to make our aging grandmothers lives more manageable. I am just so impressed with the giant leaps technology has made to keep us safer and to make our lives more convenient. We’ve talked about getting our own selves a Roomba as well as a keypad for the front door. I’ll admit to having locked myself out several times and had to use the doggie door to get back into the house… This all would have helped so much with my own grandparents. Read More »

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