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.

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Aug 14 2018

If you don’t feel comfortable in your home here are some changes you can make!

There are few things more dispiriting than feeling uncomfortable and out of place in your own home. Here are some changes you can do for a comfortable home

Making a comfortable home. This contributed post really spoke to me… and not necessarily in a good way. It wasn’t that long ago when my ex husband had turned my home into a place I didn’t even want to be. It really was with that realization, that I didn’t want to be in my grandma’s house – in MY house, that I knew I could no longer continue in the relationship. Read More »

Aug 13 2018

When Someone We Love is in Heaven sign – Wood and a Vinyl Decal

When Someone We Love Is in Heaven Theres a Bit of Heaven in Our Home - wall decal made of wood, distressed paint, twine and sanding, easy heaven sign DIY

How to build a sign, distressed in gray and yellow paint, to remember someone we’ve lost. Building a sign is such an easy and simple project. For anyone just starting out in wood working this would be a perfect project to start with. It required just a few cuts, six screws, wood putty, paint and a wall decal to create something beautiful that holds a ton meaning! Read More »

Aug 10 2018

Broken clock goes Country with twine and rope

DIY how to fix a broken clock using twine, rope and glue, making it farmhouse country style. Clock makeover country chic, easy how to, diy, do it yourself

I absolutely loved this clock when I spotted it on Amazon. It hung on my wall for years until, one day, it just took a dive for the floor. So my beloved clock was now a broken clock. I’ve kept it for months now planning on doing something with it but hadn’t quite figured out one the creative angle how to make it great again. I wanted to frame it out with wood but, honestly, I can build a bench no problem because its square lol not ROUND. Read More »

Aug 09 2018

4 Easy Steps to a Rustic, Country Bedroom – Pure Coziness!

4 Easy Steps to a Rustic, Country Bedroom - Pure Coziness! Lighting, dim and smart choices to create a warm and calming space for your cabin or home

The following steps can work when putting together any bedroom space actually. You assess the room, get the bed and lighting right and then add your furnishings. In my last post about my master bedroom I had finally and totally reclaimed my space after a rough divorce. It was my first step toward healing my only problem now is I never want to leave my bed because I love the room so much! Read More »

Aug 08 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #99)

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

I just got hit by the fastest moving summer cold I’ve ever experienced. I went from feeling tired to heading directly home to my bed with a fever of 101 in a matter of two hours lol. My fever broke that night and I’m gonna live. Goodness, that was rough! Welcome to Link Party #99 at Grandma’s House! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. Read More »

Aug 07 2018

How to Pack and Prepare Food for an RV or Camping Trip!

Before you head out on an RV trip, you want to make sure all of your food is packed and prepared, here are some tips to make it easier and way more fun!

OMG this article made me want to go on a camping trip so bad! When I came home for good (nearly ten years ago now) I bought myself a nice tent, a decent blow up mattress (and the little pump), sheets and a bunch of other stuff because camping was simply something I wanted to do and never ever had anyone to go with me. Well, that year, and many times after, I simply went alone and it was AMAZING. Read More »

Aug 05 2018

5 Simple Ways to Limit Indoor Air Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency, in fact, reveals that indoor air pollution belongs to the top five environmental health risks.

When I replaced all of my cleaning solutions with natural versions I had no idea just how rough the chemical laden products are today. I have replaced my laundry detergent, all of my household cleaners, dishwasher soap, all of my hand soaps and even my perfume! My home is literally kept clean with nothing but vinegar, water and baking soda lol I do throw some essential oils into the mix for good smells but I’ve never used air fresheners. Read More »

Most recent from Do It Yourself
Aug 13 2018

When Someone We Love is in Heaven sign – Wood and a Vinyl Decal

When Someone We Love Is in Heaven Theres a Bit of Heaven in Our Home - wall decal made of wood, distressed paint, twine and sanding, easy heaven sign DIY

How to build a sign, distressed in gray and yellow paint, to remember someone we’ve lost. Building a sign is such an easy and simple project. For anyone just starting out in wood working this would be a perfect project to start with. It required just a few cuts, six screws, wood putty, paint and a wall decal to create something beautiful that holds a ton meaning! Read More »

Jul 23 2018

How to make a Two Tiered Stand out of Thrift Store Items

How to make a Two Tiered Stand out of Thrift Store Items. Glue and white spray paint create a beautiful inexpensive cheap easy stand for my master bathroom

Ever since I began work on the refresh of the master floor of my house I’ve been considering something different for on my master bathroom sink. My little tooth brush holder had seen better days and then I saw this lovely project by Chas (one of my To Grandma’s house we go link party gals) and thought: I can make a two tiered stand for my master bathroom! Read More »

Jul 16 2018

My New Outhouse is built – How I did it myself entirely with scrap wood!

How to build an outhouse, how I built a 7x4 foot outhouse out of leftover material and steel for the roof for my home and property.

My new outhouse is finally complete! After himming and hawwing and changing the location of my outhouse about thirty times… a weekend in mid June finally decided its location. My best friend Rachie and my mom and I did a walk about of my property so I could show them all the cleaning up and fixing I had been doing. We also talked about the new outhouse and how I couldn’t figure out exactly where I wanted it. Read More »

Most recent from Before & Afters
Feb 19 2018

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 »

Feb 12 2018

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 »

Jan 22 2018

An old steel bed frame becomes a girly country dream!

Using a wall decal and some flat gray paint come see how an old, green steel bed frame became a country girl's dream, DIY, painted furniture before and afters, farmhouse decor, farmgirl, farmhouse dream guest bedroom and library

With my newly single life here at Grandma’s House I’ve been keeping busy and finding fun projects to look forward to. I always hated the colors I painted the furniture in my guest bedroom so I knew it was time for a change. I brought them back into more my taste starting with the old steel bed I inherited from my grandparents. I also got on the move with everything by converting my old office into my new guest bedroom and library! Read More »

Most recent from Farmhouse Hens Decorate
Aug 10 2018

Broken clock goes Country with twine and rope

DIY how to fix a broken clock using twine, rope and glue, making it farmhouse country style. Clock makeover country chic, easy how to, diy, do it yourself

I absolutely loved this clock when I spotted it on Amazon. It hung on my wall for years until, one day, it just took a dive for the floor. So my beloved clock was now a broken clock. I’ve kept it for months now planning on doing something with it but hadn’t quite figured out one the creative angle how to make it great again. I wanted to frame it out with wood but, honestly, I can build a bench no problem because its square lol not ROUND. Read More »

Jul 06 2018

How to Make an Outdoor planter using Chicken Wire & Landscape Fabric

Custom outdoor planter made with chicken wire and landscape fabric and a long hanging plant over a shepherds hook hummingbird feeder carousal

Custom outdoor planter made with chicken wire and landscape fabric over a shepherds hook hummingbird feeder carousal. When I moved and then spray painted my grandma’s shepherds hook plant hanger it just screamed for me to add a plant to the middle of it. But no pots would work in this instance so I set out to make my own! Read More »

Jun 01 2018

Hanging solar light using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store items!

How to make DIY hanging solar light bird feeders by upcycling glass bowl light shades off of a chandelier. Easy bird feeders with additional $1 solar lights from walmart, lighting for your backyard and deck as well as a great spot for squirrels, chipmunks and birds to eat all year.

How to make a DIY hanging solar light by upcycling glass bowl light shades off of a chandelier and a couple of dollar store items. So when my mom and I gave her house a makeover it also included replacing several of the light fixtures. She has a small, quaint little place and the light fixture in her dining room was just way too big for the space so it was the first one that we replaced. I didn’t keep the actual fixture (Ah hindsight and regret!) however, I did keep all of the glass bowl light shades because it just seemed like I could use them somewhere… Read More »

Most recent from the Blog
Jul 30 2018

Pellet Stove: A Final decision on how I’m going to heat my home (I am SO Excited!!)

Behind the scenes here at Grandma's house things have been very hard. As a writer I've thought about writing my memoirs, starting back when I was a kid and working my way forward but before I can ever start I always hit something that I'm just not ready to write about. Divorce

Why a pellet stove turned out to be the answer to all of my worries. Well, it happened, we are well past the halfway point of summer and everyone I know (including my chipmunks, birds and especially myself) are flying into a panic screaming, “WINTER IS COMING!!!!” I still have one heckuva long list to complete by the time the snow flies but one of the only things that HAD to be done is in the works! Read More »

Jul 09 2018

FINALLY finished cleaning up my yard and I did some serious closet organization

I have FINALLY finished cleaning up my yard and serious closet organization, emptying shoe closet and adding shoes shelves for a great entryway, clean yard

A huge empty closet and a clean yard! OMG I was beginning to think I would never get here lol! Last update I posted I had only one last pile of crap my ex left for me around my old “tack shack” which is now my new wood shed. Well, I finally got it all hauled off and thrown away! Ugh my poor back is SO sore, why is it that everything I do turns me into a pack mule?! Read More »

Jun 11 2018

Learning to pace myself & enjoying the two days we had of spring

I was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and trees blooming but then I blinked worked really hard on my yard and have to learn to pace myself

I was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and apple trees blooming but then I blinked and BOOM, spring was over. It was like we went from -20 degrees to 90 in less then a month… Oh wait – I think we actually did that! Our trees and bushes literally bloomed, pollinated over night and dropped it all the next day. Everyone I know who has ever had an allergy said this was the WORST spring they’ve ever experienced! Read More »

Most recent from Inspiration Board
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 »

Dec 15 2017

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 »

Most recent from Home Tour
Mar 26 2018

New look for my master bedroom and a Rug Pad USA review and giveaway!

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.

I drooled over this rug for MONTHS before I finally decided to spoil myself by buying it! I lived with it without a rug pad for several weeks, putting off the purchase. But then Rug Pad USA contacted me and asked if I would like to do a review of one of their rug pads and it was perfect timing! (Thanks to everyone who participated the giveaway is now over!) With a new rug, two “new” lamps and a new comforter it was WAY beyond time to share with you my newest refresh of my master bedroom! Read More »

Mar 05 2018

Home Tour: Guest bedroom and library! Country girl style and comfiness!

Introducing my brand new guest bedroom and library reveal! Country girl, country chic, country style, farmhouse style, farmhouse girl, farmgirl charm with sweet and easy design, grandma's quilt in a 100 year old home, floating barnwood book shelves and a beautiful stained glass window. Home Tour

My new guest bedroom and library! A lot has been going on around here at Grandma’s house. Lots of changes. With the divorce final and so many hard days behind me, my cousin said, “I know you’ll be fine because you’re Stubborn and Busy.” We’ve decided that that’s going to be on my tombstone, “Here lies Tarah who was stubborn and busy.” And we have all agreed that my two grandmas would be very proud as they too, were VERY stubborn and busy women. So, on to the first of the big changes that I’ve been working on: here is my BRAND NEW guest bedroom and library! Read More »

Nov 20 2017

Home Tour: The deck, my outside dance floor and living room!

A post revealing my deck, my outside living space and living room, my 700 square foot dance floor, how I built it, designed it and finished it!

A post all about one of my favorite “rooms” of my house: the outside deck and my dance floor! When my grandparents’ lived here this was their least utilized outside of the home – the only way to reach it was to walk all the way around the house! My plan to add this deck came naturally and was one of the first things I was certain I wanted to add and my ex husband and I built our deck together. I put in almost every joist hanger (all 8 million of them…) my ex dug almost every 4×4 post and we dropped the joists in together. From there he took it over and laid down every last deck board over the course of three days. With the depth of the deck 11 feet all the way around I chose to use 12 foot green treated deck boards that we put in as tight as we could together and then cut off along the edge with a skill saw. Read More »

Most recent from Link Parties
Aug 08 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #99)

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

I just got hit by the fastest moving summer cold I’ve ever experienced. I went from feeling tired to heading directly home to my bed with a fever of 101 in a matter of two hours lol. My fever broke that night and I’m gonna live. Goodness, that was rough! Welcome to Link Party #99 at Grandma’s House! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. Read More »

Aug 01 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #98)

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

I never thought I would say this but I’m almost looking forward to winter lol this girl is beat! But its been an amazing summer so far, hope yours has been a great one! Welcome to Link Party #98 at Grandma’s House! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. Read More »

Jul 25 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #97)

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

Well our weather actually cooled off a little bit so I’ve been tackling some more yard chores. How are your summer to-do lists looking? Hopefully more checked off than mine lol! Welcome to Link Party #97 at Grandma’s House! This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, furniture, whatever), build projects, vintage, any kind of creative, frugal, time saving, money saving or green advice, canning and old fashioned recipes. Going back to simpler times, simpler days where we used all that we had and never bought new until there was absolutely no choice. Read More »

Most recent from Free House Plans
Jul 21 2017

Free House Plan: Open home plan utilizing less then 1,100 square feet

A free and open house plan utilizing less then 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a great deck and attached two car garage.

They’re voting right now on the best Home Improvement blog over on Renoviso and I am SO excited to see Grandma’s House DIY on the list. There are some really fabulous blogs on there – make sure and go vote for your favorite! Now, on to the free house plan: I love the decks on this plan! And there’s even a little nook right where you walk from the garage to the house that provides cover from weather and some really great storage. Being a person that heats with wood myself I just drool over that much outside storage so close to home! Of course, this home has a great fire place in the middle of the living room. Despite that this place is less then 1,100 square feet I think it feels spacious and remarkably still private. (I hate those house designs that have the bedroom doors facing each other: its like EEK!) In this plan I managed to give each of the two bedrooms their own real space and bathroom. Read More »

May 19 2017

Free House Plan: Little Lake Cabin!

When it comes to my specific spot on the map in Minnesota when folks talk about going "up north" or to their "lake cabin" or up "to the woods" well, that's where we live.

When it comes to my specific spot on the map in Minnesota when folks talk about going “up north” or to their “lake cabin” or up “to the woods” well, that’s where we live. There really isn’t any “going up to the cabin” for me, that would just be silly, I literally live where a lot of people think of as a “vacation destination” of course it rarely feels like that! But, it is the truth, everywhere from me and north is pretty much tourist central and national forests. I live close to a little town of only about 3,000 people but, in the summertime, it is estimated our population here explodes to over 10,000!! A lot of folks don’t live here year around and there are even some businesses here that aren’t even OPEN year around. A lot of people who work in “the cities” dream of moving up to where I am someday and that’s what this little free house plan is devoted to: The Lake Cabin! Read More »

Apr 21 2017

Free House Plan: A two story single family country home

Free house plan of a single family, two story country home with a fantastic master bedroom, lots of storage and an open floor plan

This plan pushed me out of the themes I’d been focusing on in the past. I decided to try a slightly large plan with two stories that would fit a small family better then the retired couple I had been designing for in my head. Still though, like all of my plans, this one boasts an incredible master suite with a huge walk through closet and a shower and separate soaker tub in a spacious master bathroom. At nearly 1,400 square feet this is definitely a larger free house plan than those I have been doing that also includes a cute front porch and a massive breezeway that runs down the entire length of the garage and home. Read More »

Most recent from Contributed
Aug 14 2018

If you don’t feel comfortable in your home here are some changes you can make!

There are few things more dispiriting than feeling uncomfortable and out of place in your own home. Here are some changes you can do for a comfortable home

Making a comfortable home. This contributed post really spoke to me… and not necessarily in a good way. It wasn’t that long ago when my ex husband had turned my home into a place I didn’t even want to be. It really was with that realization, that I didn’t want to be in my grandma’s house – in MY house, that I knew I could no longer continue in the relationship. Read More »

Aug 09 2018

4 Easy Steps to a Rustic, Country Bedroom – Pure Coziness!

4 Easy Steps to a Rustic, Country Bedroom - Pure Coziness! Lighting, dim and smart choices to create a warm and calming space for your cabin or home

The following steps can work when putting together any bedroom space actually. You assess the room, get the bed and lighting right and then add your furnishings. In my last post about my master bedroom I had finally and totally reclaimed my space after a rough divorce. It was my first step toward healing my only problem now is I never want to leave my bed because I love the room so much! Read More »

Aug 07 2018

How to Pack and Prepare Food for an RV or Camping Trip!

Before you head out on an RV trip, you want to make sure all of your food is packed and prepared, here are some tips to make it easier and way more fun!

OMG this article made me want to go on a camping trip so bad! When I came home for good (nearly ten years ago now) I bought myself a nice tent, a decent blow up mattress (and the little pump), sheets and a bunch of other stuff because camping was simply something I wanted to do and never ever had anyone to go with me. Well, that year, and many times after, I simply went alone and it was AMAZING. Read More »

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