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

Aug 21 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #153)

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. I was so excited for this last weekend, I haven’t had a TON of time to really work on my house and with the weather already turning I took this last Monday off so I could have three days to really get some things done before winter. And then Saturday morning rolled around and I had a bonfire in my throat, I couldn’t swallow, I hurt everywhere and all I wanted to do was cry but it hurt too much to cry. It hit me so hard and so fast it was just crazy! My high tempt that afternoon hit 102.9. My best friend was seconds from throwing me in a cold shower or rushing me to the ER. Read More »

Aug 18 2019

My Garage Plan, Updates, What’s Left and Balancing the Budget

Summer to-do-list finally finishing my garage, putting in raised beds in my garden and replacing the stone on the outside of my house with siding!

My Garage Plan: rolling with the punches! As most of you know from my 2019 summer post I’ve been working on my garage for LITERALLY months now. When I was growing up our family home had a three car garage that was just awesome. (Seriously, I spent one winter rollerblading in part of it!) Having a large garage was an absolute must for me. So, back when I tackled this renovation, my brother and I went to Menards and I ordered myself a BIG garage. Read More »

Aug 14 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #152)

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. This last weekend I made another six quarts of refrigerator dill pickles and four quarts of a refrigerator bread and butter recipe that I’ve never tried before! I’m very excited to see how they turn out. Besides that I’ve officially procrastinated on every single thing I could possibly do outside besides ripping the stucco off the house lol. (Is it really procrastinating as long as you’re getting other stuff done?) So now I have no choice but to get that done too… It is so not a job I’m looking forward to. Now, on to the Party! 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 »

Aug 07 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #151)

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. Finally this weekend I didn’t have to leave the house! Summer weekends are always so crazy I’m to the point now where I have to schedule weekends in where I can just STAY HOME no matter what lol. My mom came over and we picked cucumbers and made ten quarts of refrigerator pickles and, of course, totally stuffed ourselves on fresh cucumbers while we were at it. My garden has just begun really producing for me, its just amazing to have fresh vegetables every day for dinner. I also finally added two beams and four posts to underneath my deck, I also cemented them in. Its been on my to do list since this spring when I noticed a little bit of sag and bounce that was driving me crazy! Even with all the activities I could be doing, honestly, just being home has really become my very favorite thing. I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer, on to the Party! Read More »

Aug 05 2019

How to Select The Right Mattress for Your Aging Body

Bedroom Basics: Laying The Foundations For A Beautiful Boudoir. Your bedroom is undoubtedly one of the most important projects and should be a place of home

The average American will spend thirty six years in bed so, at least in my opinion, we deserve the right mattress for all that time. I think at this point I’ve lectured everyone I know on how important their bed is! I may only be in my early thirties but I’m also riddled with sports injuries. If I didn’t have a decent bed (and pillow) I would barely be able to walk in the morning and the ensuing migraines would literally make it almost impossible for me to function. When anyone mentions how sore their back is in my company (or how bad their headaches have gotten) my first question is ALWAYS: How old is your mattress? What kind is it? What kind of pillow do you have? Read More »

Aug 04 2019

Dog Space, a Safe and Comfy Spot just for My Grand Doggos

Creating a safe and cool dog space inside my home with a doggie door where the dogs can be out of the way but still warm with food and saddle blankets

Making a safe, cool dog space in the summer time for over July 4th weekend and many years to come. Most of you on the blog know that I am a Fairy Dog Mother. I love my best friend Rachie to death but I admit I stop over there from time to time to visit my Grand Doggos too. Anyone with pets knows how hard it can be to find someone they trust to take care of their animals while they’re gone. I love that I help them by dog sitting but, really, all we do is eat, cuddle, nap and dance in my kitchen! I love having them to spoil and cuddle with! Read More »

Most recent from Do It Yourself
Aug 18 2019

My Garage Plan, Updates, What’s Left and Balancing the Budget

Summer to-do-list finally finishing my garage, putting in raised beds in my garden and replacing the stone on the outside of my house with siding!

My Garage Plan: rolling with the punches! As most of you know from my 2019 summer post I’ve been working on my garage for LITERALLY months now. When I was growing up our family home had a three car garage that was just awesome. (Seriously, I spent one winter rollerblading in part of it!) Having a large garage was an absolute must for me. So, back when I tackled this renovation, my brother and I went to Menards and I ordered myself a BIG garage. Read More »

Aug 04 2019

Dog Space, a Safe and Comfy Spot just for My Grand Doggos

Creating a safe and cool dog space inside my home with a doggie door where the dogs can be out of the way but still warm with food and saddle blankets

Making a safe, cool dog space in the summer time for over July 4th weekend and many years to come. Most of you on the blog know that I am a Fairy Dog Mother. I love my best friend Rachie to death but I admit I stop over there from time to time to visit my Grand Doggos too. Anyone with pets knows how hard it can be to find someone they trust to take care of their animals while they’re gone. I love that I help them by dog sitting but, really, all we do is eat, cuddle, nap and dance in my kitchen! I love having them to spoil and cuddle with! Read More »

Jul 21 2019

Applying Window Film to my Glass Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Adding Window Film to my Glass Cabinet Doors and New Open Kitchen Shelves above my kitchen sink with lovely brackets purchased on Amazon

How to apply window film to glass kitchen cabinet doors. I’m finally coming to the end of my my mini kitchen remodel and just finished tackling my lower cabinets and the shelf above my sink. Leaving me with a pile of stuff that now belonged in my upper cabinets. The issue was: NONE OF IT WAS PRETTY. Apparently, I just don’t have many pretty things… Which is a problem because the windows I used for cabinet doors you can see through… because they’re windows! Read More »

Most recent from Before and After
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 »

Apr 07 2019

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 »

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 The Blog
Jul 28 2019

Summer Planning for Winter and My GLORIOUS Peonies and Gardens!

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!

2019 Summer Updates – one happily tired girl reporting in! We have landed in the time of year now when all of us Minnesotans have to start thinking about winter… in JULY! Its a travesty! When I got the letter reminding me that it was time to buy pellets for my stove I just wanted to sit on the ground and throw a tantrum. Not long after that I got the call from my hay guy letting me know he would be dropping off my horses winter hay soon. There was no denying it at that point but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it! Read More »

Jun 23 2019

2019 Spring Gallery – My June Farm, my lawn actually went to seed! lol

2019 spring photo gallery, garden, beats, lilacs, apple trees and blooms of dandelions on an old farm with a broken barn and old horses grazing

2019 Spring Photo Gallery. So I kinda spaced out the mowing situation at my place this spring. Mostly I just don’t care but, also… I really just don’t care. I did kinda want my dandelions to do their thing for the bumbles and also wanted to see how well the clover I planted last year came in this year. Fortunately I do not live near town and my neighbors also don’t care lol… or, at least they don’t care enough to complain. Gotta love country folk we really just ignore our neighbors doing their thing in the hopes that they’ll also ignore us doing our thing lol. Read More »

Jun 09 2019

Moving the Stock Tank to a Safe Place in the Back of my Garage

Moving my horses and their water tank to my garage after our barn has become a hazard because the roof fell in this last awful winter of 2018-2019

In May of 2015 we had electricity run from my main power pole to the barn because there was a water hydrant out there (dug many decades ago) hooked up all the way underground to my water in my basement. We brought the horses home in June of that same year and, initially, that’s simply where they hung out, that’s where I fed them, where I put up their red fence corral, where I stored their hay and where their water tank was. We cleaned out the old lean-to off the back of the barn for their shelter too. Sadly though, as many of you already know, this last record breakingly awful winter was too much for my old barn (and thousands of others) which means it is truly no longer safe. 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
Aug 21 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #153)

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. I was so excited for this last weekend, I haven’t had a TON of time to really work on my house and with the weather already turning I took this last Monday off so I could have three days to really get some things done before winter. And then Saturday morning rolled around and I had a bonfire in my throat, I couldn’t swallow, I hurt everywhere and all I wanted to do was cry but it hurt too much to cry. It hit me so hard and so fast it was just crazy! My high tempt that afternoon hit 102.9. My best friend was seconds from throwing me in a cold shower or rushing me to the ER. Read More »

Aug 14 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #152)

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. This last weekend I made another six quarts of refrigerator dill pickles and four quarts of a refrigerator bread and butter recipe that I’ve never tried before! I’m very excited to see how they turn out. Besides that I’ve officially procrastinated on every single thing I could possibly do outside besides ripping the stucco off the house lol. (Is it really procrastinating as long as you’re getting other stuff done?) So now I have no choice but to get that done too… It is so not a job I’m looking forward to. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Aug 07 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #151)

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. Finally this weekend I didn’t have to leave the house! Summer weekends are always so crazy I’m to the point now where I have to schedule weekends in where I can just STAY HOME no matter what lol. My mom came over and we picked cucumbers and made ten quarts of refrigerator pickles and, of course, totally stuffed ourselves on fresh cucumbers while we were at it. My garden has just begun really producing for me, its just amazing to have fresh vegetables every day for dinner. I also finally added two beams and four posts to underneath my deck, I also cemented them in. Its been on my to do list since this spring when I noticed a little bit of sag and bounce that was driving me crazy! Even with all the activities I could be doing, honestly, just being home has really become my very favorite thing. I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer, 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
Aug 05 2019

How to Select The Right Mattress for Your Aging Body

Bedroom Basics: Laying The Foundations For A Beautiful Boudoir. Your bedroom is undoubtedly one of the most important projects and should be a place of home

The average American will spend thirty six years in bed so, at least in my opinion, we deserve the right mattress for all that time. I think at this point I’ve lectured everyone I know on how important their bed is! I may only be in my early thirties but I’m also riddled with sports injuries. If I didn’t have a decent bed (and pillow) I would barely be able to walk in the morning and the ensuing migraines would literally make it almost impossible for me to function. When anyone mentions how sore their back is in my company (or how bad their headaches have gotten) my first question is ALWAYS: How old is your mattress? What kind is it? What kind of pillow do you have? Read More »

Jul 30 2019

Sensationally Summery Ways to Enhance Your Home Today!

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

For the first time in my life I have what I think of as “summer sheets” and I have a set of “winter sheets” on my wishlist! I have plenty of sheets, they might be twenty years old but they work fine, but I learned last year that new sheets are an inexpensive way to truly spoil ourselves. I purchased a lovely pair of thin white sheets that are so wonderful in the summer time for making me feel summery! And it does make a difference on how comfortable my bed is too. The temperature in my master is at least ten degrees warmer in the summer than winters so sheets actually do make a big difference!
Read More »

Jul 19 2019

3 Must-Do’s to Consider During Your Kitchen Renovation

Inspiration board: Kitchen transformations you have to see to believe, before and afters, DIY, before & after, paint, painted cabinets, do it yourself

Kitchen renovations are by far the biggest expense (and stress) during any type of remodel. They also pay off the most though as a kitchen really can make or break a home. A small reno on the kitchen can be just painting out the cabinets and replacing the hardware. That may not cost very much but it is still a HUGE undertaking for most DIYers. I helped my mom paint out her entire kitchen and though it did take forever it was absolutely worth it! Read More »

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