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

Oct 22 2018

Filling my Pit of Doom with Dirt… Just call me PACK MULE

Ok, that's what I thought because apparently I AM A PACK MULE and my new middle name is MANUAL LABOR. Filling a well shaft with lots of dirt before winter

Have I mentioned that I’m starting to feel like a Pack Mule? Maybe thirty or forty times already? Ok, that’s what I thought because apparently I AM A PACK MULE and my new middle name is MANUAL LABOR. So its not like I didn’t see this job coming before winter… its more like I just pretended it wasn’t on the way because… Giant pile of dirt is my nightmare. Read More »

Oct 18 2018

Things You Should Know Before Buying a Water Filter

Things You Should Know Before Buying a Water Filter - is a filtering system right for you and your household whether you live in town or have well water

Water filters are a big thing up here in Minnesota. We are considered one of the more health conscious states but, what most people don’t know, is that we’re also a pretty big farming state as well. Being so close to farmland means that the state is even testing people’s well water for free (including mine) for nitrates etc. Fortunately for me my well water was considered “safe” and also doesn’t include a lot of iron. Which is not true for many of my neighbors. Read More »

Oct 17 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #109)

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

I dog sitted this last weekend the two puppers of whom I am their Fairy Dog Mother. I took the excuse to do something I have NEVER done before. I stayed in my pajamas all day Sunday lol. I also accomplished nothing but: cuddles, play time, nap time, more cuddles and more nap time. It was awesome. Welcome to Link Party #109 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 »

Oct 15 2018

Solar Light Basket using Insulators for Hanging or Table Setting!

A basket solar light made with old electrical insulators and dolalr store lights placed in an ainexpensive Amazon basket to hang or for table setting

An easy solar light basket! I purchased several of these baskets last year for Xmas and made gift baskets for my guy relatives. I filled them with homemade chapstick, hand scrub, cuticle cream and coffee. They were a hit! I had one basket leftover which I started using as a caddy for dinner parties outside. I would put in utensils, ketchup, mustard, extra napkins etc. and that got me wondering if I couldn’t improve on the idea. Read More »

Oct 11 2018

How to Keep your Garden Clean and Healthy

I loved this article when I saw it in my inbox because right now we officially have an inch of snow on the ground! Yes, everyone is very crabby lol it is so awesome to me that there are folks out there (a lot of them) who are still looking at their beautiful gardens and maintaining them. I’m totally jealous! Read More »

Oct 10 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #108)

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

Welcome to Link Party #108 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 »

Oct 08 2018

Operation BLISSFULLY HAPPY: My (updated) 1, 2 and 10 year plans!

When I wrote the first Operation BLISSFULLY HAPPY: plans post back in March I was SO excited to finally have control of my finances again. But, like with everything, the true extent of my freedom had not totally sunk in yet. I had just ended a relationship and was still finding my footing as a single gal. Well, I have officially found my footing lol Read More »

Most recent from Do It Yourself
Oct 15 2018

Solar Light Basket using Insulators for Hanging or Table Setting!

A basket solar light made with old electrical insulators and dolalr store lights placed in an ainexpensive Amazon basket to hang or for table setting

An easy solar light basket! I purchased several of these baskets last year for Xmas and made gift baskets for my guy relatives. I filled them with homemade chapstick, hand scrub, cuticle cream and coffee. They were a hit! I had one basket leftover which I started using as a caddy for dinner parties outside. I would put in utensils, ketchup, mustard, extra napkins etc. and that got me wondering if I couldn’t improve on the idea. Read More »

Oct 01 2018

How I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench

How I added a Country Fresh Produce stencil to my old bench using tape and a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker in white, DIY so easy do it yourself project

Just a couple of weeks ago I fixed this old bench using wood putty and Dark Walnut stain. Of the three benches my grandparents made that I have this one had taken the biggest beating. But, with just a little elbow grease I had her looking almost like new again. After that I made a no-sew cushion for it complete with tufting and buttons! Check out the post all about it here. Read More »

Sep 03 2018

The Death of BoardBooster – 5 million views in one month with Tailwind!

After the death of BoardBooster I switched to Tailwind and went from 2 million to over 5 million views in just one month, how I did it - my pinning strategy

So, I don’t know about any of you other bloggers out there but when BoardBooster bit the dust at the end of June this year I literally lost days off my life in total panic. (Pinterest is a HUGE part of this blog’s world – I get over 50% of my traffic from Pinterest!) It all started with a great peak I had to over 2 million views a month on Pinterest back in April to a constant, ridiculous, steady decline that I could not stop no matter what I did. Read More »

Most recent from Before & Afters
Sep 17 2018

My NEW Office Reveal: how to create designated spaces in an open plan

My new Office Reveal: how to create designated spaces in an open plan, create office space in an entryway and dining room without closing the room off.

Making a new office, creating spaces in an open plan. With my becoming a single gal I went back to my old plan of putting a rental suite in my basement. But then I needed to figure out where my workshop was going to go! So I moved it to my biggest bedroom on my main floor but then I needed a guest bedroom so I lost my office lol. Read More »

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 »

Most recent from Farmhouse Hens Decorate
Sep 14 2018

Refinishing an old Storage Bench – How to make a No-sew Tufted Cushion

How I refinished an old Storage Bench and made a No-sew Cushion using plywood, drop cloth and staples and even added tufts to make it tufted with buttons

My grandparents’ built this bench YEARS ago along with two others that I have. (Check out the cedar-lined beauty I keep at the end of my bed.) This one has taken the biggest beating over the years and has needed to be fixed and refinished for awhile now. Every month the group I’m a part of (the Farmhouse Hens Decorate) has a theme. This month’s theme turned out to be for benches so I knew exactly the piece I would be using! 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 »

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 »

Most recent from the Blog
Oct 22 2018

Filling my Pit of Doom with Dirt… Just call me PACK MULE

Ok, that's what I thought because apparently I AM A PACK MULE and my new middle name is MANUAL LABOR. Filling a well shaft with lots of dirt before winter

Have I mentioned that I’m starting to feel like a Pack Mule? Maybe thirty or forty times already? Ok, that’s what I thought because apparently I AM A PACK MULE and my new middle name is MANUAL LABOR. So its not like I didn’t see this job coming before winter… its more like I just pretended it wasn’t on the way because… Giant pile of dirt is my nightmare. Read More »

Oct 08 2018

Operation BLISSFULLY HAPPY: My (updated) 1, 2 and 10 year plans!

When I wrote the first Operation BLISSFULLY HAPPY: plans post back in March I was SO excited to finally have control of my finances again. But, like with everything, the true extent of my freedom had not totally sunk in yet. I had just ended a relationship and was still finding my footing as a single gal. Well, I have officially found my footing lol Read More »

Sep 24 2018

My greener, healthier lifestyle & products that made my summer awesome!

My far more frugal, greener and healthier life (since my divorce) eliminating all toxins, creating a green energy efficient home, cleaner eating and living.

I think a lot of people understand what its like to be the only person in a relationship (or family) who is health, frugal or eco conscious. It can be a HUGE struggle! Whether its to save money, do things that are greener for the environment or, just plain, trying to live a healthier life. Here are a few of the things that I’ve been doing this summer and a couple products that made my life awesome! 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 Home Tour
Aug 20 2018

Master Bathroom Refresh – Bohemiam meets Farmhouse

With a new rug, shower curtain, shelf my master bathroom refresh combines bohemiam style with farmhouse chic! Adding life with a double slipper bathtub

Master bathroom refresh for a newly single gal, how I’m making myself my own luxury retreat on the second floor of my home. If you’ve ever checked out any of my Inspiration Boards then you know I am in love with the natural look and textures of bohemian interior design. With both my master bedroom, and now my bathroom, my challenge was: how could I give myself the bohemian look while still staying true to my 100 year old farmhouse? Read More »

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 »

Most recent from Link Parties
Oct 17 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #109)

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

I dog sitted this last weekend the two puppers of whom I am their Fairy Dog Mother. I took the excuse to do something I have NEVER done before. I stayed in my pajamas all day Sunday lol. I also accomplished nothing but: cuddles, play time, nap time, more cuddles and more nap time. It was awesome. Welcome to Link Party #109 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 »

Oct 10 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #108)

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

Welcome to Link Party #108 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 »

Oct 03 2018

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #107)

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

Well, it snowed. I’m not even kidding. It REALLY SNOWED – like blizzarded for an hour on Saturday. I know this is northern MN but still! Of course it didn’t stick but wow were we all crabby that day lol Welcome to Link Party #107 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
Oct 18 2018

Things You Should Know Before Buying a Water Filter

Things You Should Know Before Buying a Water Filter - is a filtering system right for you and your household whether you live in town or have well water

Water filters are a big thing up here in Minnesota. We are considered one of the more health conscious states but, what most people don’t know, is that we’re also a pretty big farming state as well. Being so close to farmland means that the state is even testing people’s well water for free (including mine) for nitrates etc. Fortunately for me my well water was considered “safe” and also doesn’t include a lot of iron. Which is not true for many of my neighbors. Read More »

Oct 11 2018

How to Keep your Garden Clean and Healthy

I loved this article when I saw it in my inbox because right now we officially have an inch of snow on the ground! Yes, everyone is very crabby lol it is so awesome to me that there are folks out there (a lot of them) who are still looking at their beautiful gardens and maintaining them. I’m totally jealous! Read More »

Oct 07 2018

Best Wall Décor Ideas for Small Spaces

Do you want to decorate a small home but feel like you have limited options? Although you cannot add square footage, you can still decorate

I don’t normally think of my home as “small” especially now that I’m here alone but my main living space is really just 1,500 square feet. Which is a ton of room for me! But I know other folks would think of my farmhouse as small. I can’t imagine having more space though, right now I feel spoiled with more space then I even need. Read More »

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