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

Nov 10 2019

Tearing off the Fake Rock and Stucco – Finally Fixing my Home!

Tearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my home

Tearing off the incorrectly installed rock and 100 year old stucco. I have to fix my house and put up new siding. I’ve reached a defcon level 18 emergency – Its not just the rock that’s falling off that’s making me so stressed that this HAD TO BE DONE THIS SUMMER ASAP. Its not even the fact that I know I’m probably getting water damage too. There is actually one other thing that made it absolutely paramount that I get this done as soon as possible. My ex didn’t fix the stucco behind the rock or the rotting old wood behind that. He just slapped the fake stone up, no flashing, no prep – NOTHING. So mice have made a highway into my house. Read More »

Nov 06 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #164)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. Well I woke up to a white world this morning though we still have enough heat in the ground that I don’t think its gonna totally stick *crosses fingers* I hope you all had a great Halloween! I spent it staying in lol but it still remains one of my favorite holidays of the year! So, with November here, I guess I have some serious food goodness on my mind, ALL of my features this week are some truly incredible looking recipes. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Nov 03 2019

Old Rusty Bird Feeder Given new Life with Paint!

Old Rusty Bird Feeder Given new Life with Paint with a stand alone base gets a new location and a makeover in red and white paint in my flower garden

Giving an old rusty bird feeder new life with some spray paint. A few years back I remodeled my mom’s guest house (we all call it the little house, you can see the transformation here) and have been meaning to grab the bird feeders and houses from the yard over there ever since. This feeder was the one I had my eye on and, to my surprise, the post was free standing! Read More »

Oct 30 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #163)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. Well somehow the stars aligned and we really did get one last nice day of fall. It was the only day we needed as it was also the LAST day we could go to the pumpkin party until next year! I hadn’t gone in ages but its always just been a little favorite thing of mine. A local farm right by me puts it on every year complete with wagon rides, corn mazes and apple cider. Its just a great time to hang out outside and enjoy some of our last fall sunshine so I’m so glad the weather cooperated! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Oct 29 2019

Tips and Tricks to Help Your Home Sell Faster

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!

I haven’t disclosed this often on the blog but I am actually in the real estate industry for my day job. My entire job is totally dependent on whether or not houses (and property) sell in my area. This summer was a pretty big boom for us. No idea exactly why (I’m sure there are many factors) but homes sold here in the blink of an eye all year. It means this was one of my busier summers and also contributed a little bit to my admittedly looking forward to when everything slows down this winter! Read More »

Oct 29 2019

6 DIY Renovations to Make Your Rental Property Move-in Ready

After two weeks and $3,000 the little house remodel is finally complete! Come see the before and afters pics and how we did it fully diy!

I had always planned on some point either having a airbnb or a rental property in my basement. I worked on my mom’s guest house over a couple of weeks with the idea that she might someday may want to rent it out besides giving guests a place to stay. The idea has never been far from my mind to purchase old properties to restore and then keep as rental homes. Sounds like a ton of fun for someone like me but the risks have held me back so far! Read More »

Oct 27 2019

Life Changes, Happy Beginnings & the 2019 Fall Photo Gallery

Life Changes, Happy Beginnings & the 2019 Fall Photo Gallery After being alone for two years after throwing my ex husband out, I actually met someone. Happy

Life Changes and the 2019 Fall photo gallery of my little farm. Its been nearly two years since I threw my ex husband out. I have celebrated being single and have happily remained that way ever since. I think many of us know what its like to come to that realization: being alone is a far better reality then surviving in a loveless marriage. I’ve been a third wheel for a LONG time (both now and for years before my marriage), I’ve never had any trouble buying my own drinks, dancing with myself and getting my own self safely home. Read More »

Most recent from Do It Yourself
Nov 10 2019

Tearing off the Fake Rock and Stucco – Finally Fixing my Home!

Tearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my home

Tearing off the incorrectly installed rock and 100 year old stucco. I have to fix my house and put up new siding. I’ve reached a defcon level 18 emergency – Its not just the rock that’s falling off that’s making me so stressed that this HAD TO BE DONE THIS SUMMER ASAP. Its not even the fact that I know I’m probably getting water damage too. There is actually one other thing that made it absolutely paramount that I get this done as soon as possible. My ex didn’t fix the stucco behind the rock or the rotting old wood behind that. He just slapped the fake stone up, no flashing, no prep – NOTHING. So mice have made a highway into my house. Read More »

Nov 03 2019

Old Rusty Bird Feeder Given new Life with Paint!

Old Rusty Bird Feeder Given new Life with Paint with a stand alone base gets a new location and a makeover in red and white paint in my flower garden

Giving an old rusty bird feeder new life with some spray paint. A few years back I remodeled my mom’s guest house (we all call it the little house, you can see the transformation here) and have been meaning to grab the bird feeders and houses from the yard over there ever since. This feeder was the one I had my eye on and, to my surprise, the post was free standing! Read More »

Oct 20 2019

My Garage: Screen door, solar lit path and Insulating my stock tank

Installing a new screen door on the side of my garage, digging a weedless solar lit path and using pallets to turn my stock tank into an insulated bench!

Outside my garage there is actually quite a bit to do so this is just the tip of the ice berg but getting this done really made me feel like I was getting somewhere! This old screen door of mine was here when I moved in. I made it a little bigger and painted it red for my deck a couple years ago but once I purchased the magnetic screen doors for the rest of my deck doors it was time for this old door to get replaced too! That left it for me to use on my garage so it all worked out! 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
Oct 27 2019

Life Changes, Happy Beginnings & the 2019 Fall Photo Gallery

Life Changes, Happy Beginnings & the 2019 Fall Photo Gallery After being alone for two years after throwing my ex husband out, I actually met someone. Happy

Life Changes and the 2019 Fall photo gallery of my little farm. Its been nearly two years since I threw my ex husband out. I have celebrated being single and have happily remained that way ever since. I think many of us know what its like to come to that realization: being alone is a far better reality then surviving in a loveless marriage. I’ve been a third wheel for a LONG time (both now and for years before my marriage), I’ve never had any trouble buying my own drinks, dancing with myself and getting my own self safely home. Read More »

Sep 29 2019

The Last Harvest – Pickles, Pellets, Hay and Cooler Days

Saying goodbye to summer, embracing cooler days, harvest, pickle, harvesting the last of my garden and preparing for winter with hay and pellets

The last harvest. September for us Minnesotans is about winding down and truly preparing ourselves for winter. Most of my family and friends think I hate winter. But that’s not exactly the case, I just really LOVE summer! And after shoveling snow for six months last winter I can honestly say that I did not look forward to September this year at all. Nor did I look forward to filling my closets with pellets for my stove. Or filling my horse shed with hay. Or harvesting the last of my garden. Read More »

Aug 25 2019

Updating my Horse Shed – The Dog Days of Summer Winding Down

Updating my Horse Shed - The Dog Days of Summer Winding Down. Adding a wall of plywood, shelves and hay storage for my horse shed along with a solar light!

Updating my horse shed with plywood, a solar light and shelf and my tiger lily photo gallery! With August sliding away I am thinking along with the rest of my fellow Minnesotans: Where the heck did summer go?! August has always been my favorite month of the year. Maybe because I was born in February I am cold blooded – I wish I could take a heat lamp everywhere with me like I’m an iguana. There is literally nothing I hate more on this planet than air conditioning and, considering we shoveled snow for 6 months this last winter, I think my feelings are quite reasonable. 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
Nov 06 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #164)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. Well I woke up to a white world this morning though we still have enough heat in the ground that I don’t think its gonna totally stick *crosses fingers* I hope you all had a great Halloween! I spent it staying in lol but it still remains one of my favorite holidays of the year! So, with November here, I guess I have some serious food goodness on my mind, ALL of my features this week are some truly incredible looking recipes. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Oct 30 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #163)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. Well somehow the stars aligned and we really did get one last nice day of fall. It was the only day we needed as it was also the LAST day we could go to the pumpkin party until next year! I hadn’t gone in ages but its always just been a little favorite thing of mine. A local farm right by me puts it on every year complete with wagon rides, corn mazes and apple cider. Its just a great time to hang out outside and enjoy some of our last fall sunshine so I’m so glad the weather cooperated! Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Oct 23 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #162)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage.

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. Hey guys well as far as northern MN weather goes we still seem to somehow be putting off the inevitable. No snow that has stuck YET! Currently I’m looking at an almost unbelievable weekend of sunshine and 60 degrees. That sure would be wonderful but I’ll believe it when I see it lol. 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
Oct 29 2019

Tips and Tricks to Help Your Home Sell Faster

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!

I haven’t disclosed this often on the blog but I am actually in the real estate industry for my day job. My entire job is totally dependent on whether or not houses (and property) sell in my area. This summer was a pretty big boom for us. No idea exactly why (I’m sure there are many factors) but homes sold here in the blink of an eye all year. It means this was one of my busier summers and also contributed a little bit to my admittedly looking forward to when everything slows down this winter! Read More »

Oct 29 2019

6 DIY Renovations to Make Your Rental Property Move-in Ready

After two weeks and $3,000 the little house remodel is finally complete! Come see the before and afters pics and how we did it fully diy!

I had always planned on some point either having a airbnb or a rental property in my basement. I worked on my mom’s guest house over a couple of weeks with the idea that she might someday may want to rent it out besides giving guests a place to stay. The idea has never been far from my mind to purchase old properties to restore and then keep as rental homes. Sounds like a ton of fun for someone like me but the risks have held me back so far! Read More »

Oct 22 2019

Turn Your Garage Into A Living Space

Putting up fiberglass insulation in all of the walls of my garage on one very hot day and regretting it. Finally getting my garage insulated!

This post reminds me how badly I STILL need to declutter my garage even after the hours I spent out there working on it this summer. There’s nothing like finishing an unfinished building to make a chick want to just keep purging the crap she’s collected over the years. Though I never plan on my garage becoming a four season living space like this post suggests I still totally plan to rock it in my garage all summer long! (What amazes me though is that there are people even living in my neck of the woods who chose to convert their garages and NOT use them to protect their vehicles in the winter, which is just crazy to me!) Read More »

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