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

Feb 17 2019

My New Workshop Reveal – Fancy, Fun and Organized!

Come see how I converted my extra bedroom into my brand new workshop space with black ceilings, teal walls and pine hardwood floors! Workshop Reveal

Well I finally made it – here is my finished brand new workshop reveal! This was a LONG time coming: My first post about moving my workshop out of my basement came out in MAY OF LAST YEAR. I lived in a constant state of digging through boxes, looking for one tool or another, and going absolutely bat shit crazy lol. Read More »

Feb 15 2019

3 Changes That Will Make a HUGE Difference in Your Home

Whenever I talk about home, no matter the size of the project, I always think about the big picture. 3 Changes That Will Make a HUGE Difference in Your Home

There are many changes we can make to our homes that really will make a huge difference. Some of the changes can be small and simple and yet, make a massive impact. Paint is a good point here, almost any of us can do it and yet, it can entirely change the look and feel of a room. Light fixtures are a great point and people are just beginning to realize that to update our fixtures we actually don’t need to go to anymore expense than a can of spray paint! Read More »

Feb 13 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #126)

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

Well, its official, we have over three feet of snow! A common argument between us Minnesotan’s now is whether we would prefer warmer temps and snow or no snow and real cold. Unfortunately for us we got both this year! I am SO ready for spring! Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. This blogger party is all about you sharing your posts 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 »

Feb 10 2019

Hanging Pendants – Rustic Custom Workshop Lighting with 2x4s

Creating custom workshop lighting DIY with pendants and a hanging 2x4, creating task lighting in my workshop do it yourself with pendant

Moving on to lighting up my new workshop! With the painting finally complete (omg it took forever) there was one major element I had to tackle to make this a truly functional space. Lighting! I chose 2x4s for a slightly more rugged look which I stained in dark walnut to match my wood floors. Read More »

Feb 09 2019

What Causes Water Damage Around The Home?

What causes water damage in the home besides burst pipes, leaky appliances or bad plumbing this articles covers every home owners worse nightmare

I think this article about water damage is basically every homeowners worst nightmare. Fortunately, with the invention of pex plumbing, burst water pipes are becoming more a thing of the past. Instead of drilling holes through a dozen 100 year old floor joists I, instead, went straight up the wall from my kitchen sink to plumb in my master bathroom sink. Way easier, made way more sense. Too bad I live in Minnesota and its a north wall. Every year, if it gets below negative zero temperatures, the pipes freeze to my master sink. Read More »

Feb 09 2019

What’s So Great About A Fixer Upper?

Fixer-upper homes are currently a popular investment in the housing market because they're affordable especially for young energetic couples all for DIY

Of course when asked the question “What’s So Great About A Fixer Upper?” I’m just a tad bit biased lol. Was my Grandma’s house a ridiculous amount of work? Absolutely. Did I give up bucket loads of blood sweat and tears for this place? Absolutely. Do I have any regrets doing this myself? Not a single one. This article mentions how DIYing a fixer upper can literally give you the home of your dreams and that is just so incredibly true. Read More »

Feb 06 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #125)

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

What is up with this winter being SO WINTER? We officially have about 30 inches of snow outside lol and more on the way but at least its not -30 degrees anymore! Stay warm guys, let’s hope for an early spring! Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. This blogger party is all about you sharing your posts 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 Do It Yourself
Feb 10 2019

Hanging Pendants – Rustic Custom Workshop Lighting with 2x4s

Creating custom workshop lighting DIY with pendants and a hanging 2x4, creating task lighting in my workshop do it yourself with pendant

Moving on to lighting up my new workshop! With the painting finally complete (omg it took forever) there was one major element I had to tackle to make this a truly functional space. Lighting! I chose 2x4s for a slightly more rugged look which I stained in dark walnut to match my wood floors. Read More »

Feb 03 2019

Workshop Window Film with the Farmhouse Hens Decorate

Removable Window film, creating unconventional windows treatments for my workshop that lets me open the windows and lets light in totally

Unique “window treatments” with inexpensive window film. I literally spent an hour sitting on the floor of this workshop with my back against the wall just staring at the east window trying to figure out what the heck I was going to do. Curtains were totally out of the question – I would be cleaning them constantly or they would have a permanent fuzzy look from saw dust. I had almost resigned myself to some kind of “washable” blind but that sounded like a terrible idea too. Read More »

Jan 27 2019

Painting my Workshop BLACK – Joining the Darkside

Painting my workshop ceiling in black paint, come and join the darkside. Creating a fancy new workshop out of an old bedroom with teal and black paint

Before deciding on paint colors I had a few steps to take to prep my workshop before hand. First, I did what I’ve been planning on doing since the beginning of this project. I put up a barn/pallet wood wainscoting along one wall and around my work tables. And I also got all my tools organized and put away which was kinda imperative because I couldn’t even walk in here before I got that done! Read More »

Most recent from Before and After
Feb 17 2019

My New Workshop Reveal – Fancy, Fun and Organized!

Come see how I converted my extra bedroom into my brand new workshop space with black ceilings, teal walls and pine hardwood floors! Workshop Reveal

Well I finally made it – here is my finished brand new workshop reveal! This was a LONG time coming: My first post about moving my workshop out of my basement came out in MAY OF LAST YEAR. I lived in a constant state of digging through boxes, looking for one tool or another, and going absolutely bat shit crazy lol. Read More »

Nov 05 2018

My Outhouse Reveal! All dressed up DIY Farmhouse Style!

My New Outhouse Reveal! All dressed up Before and After! Hydrangeas, antique glass cinegar jars, antique old mirror and coat hooks shabby shic country style

My outhouse reveal! After building my outhouse I couldn’t wait to dress it up! To be quite frank the last thing I wanted this little outhouse to feel like was an actual outhouse. (I have nightmares of the creepy, spider-filled, half-rotted places I remember using when I was a kid. To be fair it was better than having to go in the woods – but still.) I was on a mission to make it as comfortable as any of the bathrooms in my home. Read More »

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 »

Most recent from The blog of a single gal living in her grandaprents' DIY remodel farmhouse
Feb 15 2019

3 Changes That Will Make a HUGE Difference in Your Home

Whenever I talk about home, no matter the size of the project, I always think about the big picture. 3 Changes That Will Make a HUGE Difference in Your Home

There are many changes we can make to our homes that really will make a huge difference. Some of the changes can be small and simple and yet, make a massive impact. Paint is a good point here, almost any of us can do it and yet, it can entirely change the look and feel of a room. Light fixtures are a great point and people are just beginning to realize that to update our fixtures we actually don’t need to go to anymore expense than a can of spray paint! Read More »

Feb 02 2019

The Coldest Spot in the Nation – My Backyard!

Living in the coldest spot in the nation during the January 2018 polar vortex in northern Minnesota. Horses water, being sure to stay safe and warm.

Well, it was officially announced on Thursday morning that my spot was the coldest in the entire nation. Yay. No, that’s not something we want to be known for. Five miles off my back deck (as the crow flies) is my little home town and at the airport they officially registered -42 real temp and somewhere around a -65 degree windchill. Its enough to turn a grown woman like me into a pouty toddler whose hungry and needs a nap. “Really!?” That’s so cold its impossible to really comprehend! Read More »

Jan 06 2019

Winter photo gallery – Learning the importance of doing NOTHING

Winter photo gallery of my northern MN farm This year winter really slammed us. Officially, as of right now, we've had snow for FOUR months. 2019 new year

This year winter really slammed us here in northern Minnesota. Officially, as of right now, we’ve had snow for over THREE months as we saw our first snow at the end of September. Right before new years we got hit with 16 inches of snow in less than 48 hours and then on new years day I woke up to a temperature of -24 degrees and a -45 degree windchill at 8am. Read More »

Most recent from Home Tour of a 100 year old restored Farmhouse done entirely DIY!
Feb 17 2019

My New Workshop Reveal – Fancy, Fun and Organized!

Come see how I converted my extra bedroom into my brand new workshop space with black ceilings, teal walls and pine hardwood floors! Workshop Reveal

Well I finally made it – here is my finished brand new workshop reveal! This was a LONG time coming: My first post about moving my workshop out of my basement came out in MAY OF LAST YEAR. I lived in a constant state of digging through boxes, looking for one tool or another, and going absolutely bat shit crazy lol. Read More »

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 »

Most recent from The To Grandma's House we go Wednesday Link Party, a blogger share!
Feb 13 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #126)

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

Well, its official, we have over three feet of snow! A common argument between us Minnesotan’s now is whether we would prefer warmer temps and snow or no snow and real cold. Unfortunately for us we got both this year! I am SO ready for spring! Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. This blogger party is all about you sharing your posts 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 »

Feb 06 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #125)

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

What is up with this winter being SO WINTER? We officially have about 30 inches of snow outside lol and more on the way but at least its not -30 degrees anymore! Stay warm guys, let’s hope for an early spring! Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go link party. This blogger party is all about you sharing your posts 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 »

Jan 30 2019

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #124)

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

Well winter is officially not screwing around this year. Today our high is -18 degrees! WOW is all I can say. Stay warm everyone and be safe! Welcome to Link Party #124 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 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
Feb 09 2019

What Causes Water Damage Around The Home?

What causes water damage in the home besides burst pipes, leaky appliances or bad plumbing this articles covers every home owners worse nightmare

I think this article about water damage is basically every homeowners worst nightmare. Fortunately, with the invention of pex plumbing, burst water pipes are becoming more a thing of the past. Instead of drilling holes through a dozen 100 year old floor joists I, instead, went straight up the wall from my kitchen sink to plumb in my master bathroom sink. Way easier, made way more sense. Too bad I live in Minnesota and its a north wall. Every year, if it gets below negative zero temperatures, the pipes freeze to my master sink. Read More »

Feb 09 2019

What’s So Great About A Fixer Upper?

Fixer-upper homes are currently a popular investment in the housing market because they're affordable especially for young energetic couples all for DIY

Of course when asked the question “What’s So Great About A Fixer Upper?” I’m just a tad bit biased lol. Was my Grandma’s house a ridiculous amount of work? Absolutely. Did I give up bucket loads of blood sweat and tears for this place? Absolutely. Do I have any regrets doing this myself? Not a single one. This article mentions how DIYing a fixer upper can literally give you the home of your dreams and that is just so incredibly true. Read More »

Feb 01 2019

3 Things to Consider Before Fixing Your Roof

One of the most important parts of a home is fixing the roof. It not only protects the inside of the home from the elements, but it also can improve curb.

During my home renovation there were only two jobs I hired out. Some might call me nuts but when it comes to do it yourself I really am loathe to EVER call anyone to work on my home. But, even for me, every great now and again, my safety (and sometimes sanity) simply comes first. Number one was putting new shingles on Grandma’s House. The second floor is more known as a “half floor” where the roof is built damned near vertical. I don’t mind roof work but that was too much even for me! Read More »

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