Grandma's House DIY
Do it yourself at Grandma's House DIY. My Grandparents' were wood workers so I guess the fact that I REALLY REALLY REALLY like to build things comes pretty naturally to me. Also the fact that no one in my family is happy unless they're working on something comes to me pretty naturally too.

It adds up to me with at least one idea brewing on something I want to build, or make, or work on, or make better, at all times in my head. Lodi is a lot like me (he can't sit still either) my favorite trait of his is that he learned right away to just let me tackle whatever hair brained scheme I'm excited about at the time.

I absolutely HATE buying anything - my favorite thing in the world is being able to use what we have to build what we need instead! Usually it works out ok! My attitude is always this: "Let's try it - see if it works - see how it looks. Maybe it'll be great!"

Jul 05 2020

Cable Rails – a DIY Inexpensive Upgrade for our Deck!

Putting in Wire Cable Rails around our deck. I made these conduit railings several years ago for one BIG reason: I was broke! But we can afford them now!

Putting new cable wire deck rails in! Teaming up in our DIY Blog Hop this month with deck projects! (We’d love for you to join us by linking up below or click here for more info!) I made the conduit railings for the deck a few years ago even though I knew I would need to replace them eventually because: DOGS! The new cable rails moved to the top of the list this spring because Annie is now a permanent resident and she was very good at sneaking off to the treasure trove of a pasture full of horse poop. I can’t even express how annoyed we became of yelling at (and bathing) the damn dog. Not that I really blamed her… But having all of our doors to the deck open is mandatory for my happiness as long as the weather makes it possible! So, it was time for a solution that Annie could not get through… Read the rest of the post »

Jun 21 2020

Basement Before Pics – Planning the renovation of my forgotten space!

Planning a basement renovation for a hard core hang out spance in the winter time - home theater and place for guests to stay in my basement

When I wrote my Winter To-Do-List last fall my poor basement was literally the LAST thing on my mind. In fact I had totally put my basement out of my head! But that certainly was not always the case: After I threw my ex out two years ago I moved my workshop out of here with the plan to put in a rental suite ASAP for the extra income. Read the rest of the post »

Jun 14 2020

Furniture Layout – Continuing the Guest Bedroom Redesign

Planning the new furniture layout in my unisex redesign of my guest bedroom after new masulcine paint and decisions to make it more grown up

In my last post about redesigning the guest bedroom to be more unisex we got the room painted out and ready for furniture. This room has some real problems when it comes to being a bedroom. What makes it unique is also what makes the layout so challenging. There is no wall to put the bed on. Every single wall has a window. Every time I’ve moved furniture around in here I get annoyed. My OCD goes crazy because nothing balances! Read the rest of the post »

Jun 07 2020

Spring Tablescape and some Updates to the Dining Room

A spring picnic tablescape for our dining room and a few updates since the last reveal of my dining room entryway and office combination! New bench!

Some updates in our dining room and a simple spring tablescape. Teaming up in our DIY Blog Hop this month with dining room projects! (We’d love for you to join us by linking up below or click here for more info!) One of my favorite parts about spring here in MN is how the local grocery stores all stock up on flowers as soon as the weather turns. Lodi has learned that my coming home with an armful is no longer a unique or strange sight. Until my own flowers show their faces I simply can’t help myself! Read the rest of the post »

May 10 2020

Windows: Upcycling to make Farmhouse artwork for the living room!

Prints and Old Windows: Farmhouse artwork for my living room! Creating a gallery wall of old windows with chrom spray paint and vinyl decals and prints

I just knew some day keeping all of those old windows would pay off! After painting out the room and getting some things complete one glaring issue was my one totally empty wall above my sofa. I have a confession to make, I literally STOLE the prints out of almost every single room in my entire house to complete the gallery walls of my new entryway when I redid it last year. No regrets at all but it literally left me with nothing on the walls of my living room! Read the rest of the post »

May 03 2020

Unisex Guest Bedroom – Picking out a Grown up Paint Color

Redesigning my farmhouse guest bedroom with a unisex color scheme and design for guests, kids and friends to be comfortable and stay at our place anytime

Teaming up with Chas in our DIY blog hop this month with projects for bedrooms! (Make sure and check out all of our bedroom projects following this post and feel free to join in!) Redesigning my guest bedroom in a more unisex design aesthetic. I was so totally in love with my guest bedroom when I redid it after throwing my ex out three years ago. (It was the beginning of the reclaiming of all of my spaces after my divorce.) It looked like me when I was a tom boy, country girl because that’s exactly how I designed it to be! One room that said ME and absolutely NO ONE else. Read the rest of the post »

Apr 19 2020

Serving Tray – Old Window Upcycle for the Living Room!

How to create build a serving tray for my living room by upcycling an old window using glass spray and brand new knobs and handles, easy upcycle

How to create a serving tray out of an old window! With the living room remodel under way one thing I knew we would ABSOLUTELY NEED was a tray for the newly upholstered coffee table to set drinks on etc. Fortunately I still have a stash of old windows in the garage that I pulled out of the house during the renovation. I was concerned they would all be too big but when I brought the smallest one in and checked it out it actually seemed about perfect. Read the rest of the post »

Apr 12 2020

Living Room Area Rug – Picking One Out: My Total Nightmare

How to pick the perfect living room area rug, neutrals, grass, braided rug, round, oval, square rectangle, do it yourself choosing the right pallet

My trying to pick a living room area rug seems logistically like it should not be the worst job in my entire living room remodel. It is though. It is my nightmare. I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, using-what-I-have-to-make-it-work, do-it-your-selfer that just hopes for the best. When people ask me how I feel about how any of my rooms turn out my general reply is: “Well its WAY better than it was!” I am not an interior designer! Read the rest of the post »

Apr 05 2020

Adding a Drying and Hanging Rack to my Laundry Room!

Adding a new drying rack to be newly remodeled laundry room. Because I have a washer/dryer combination machine I needed a place to hang and dry clothes

Teaming up with Chas in our DIY blog hop this month with projects for our laundry rooms! (Make sure and check out all of our laundry room projects following this post and feel free to join in!) I have a super small Laundry “room” that is really just a closet. I gave it a makeover around a year ago and have been totally loving it because it is at least SO much better than it used to be! And its such a pretty and happy space too! I have a unique situation (at least for an American) because I own a washer/dryer combo machine that both washes and dries my clothes in one 2 1/2 hour cycle. I totally love it but it does have a couple of draw backs… Read the rest of the post »

Mar 15 2020

Quilt Wall Hanging – Retiring an Heirloom while Adding Color and a Shelf

Hanging my grandma's old hand made quilt on my living room wall to showcase it, retire it and add some lovely color and history to my new living room!

Quilt wall hanging including a shelf! I have quite a bit of trouble when it comes to adding “art” to my rooms. I just get kind of stuck creatively, its just not my thing! My living room needed a makeover REALLY BADLY and also lost all of its previous artwork to the gallery walls in my entryway. With the room nearly complete I was left with two big blank walls and absolutely NO idea what I was going to put on them. Read the rest of the post »

Mar 08 2020

Making the BIG Material and Color Choices – My Top Tips!

Making the BIG Material and Design Choices - My Top Tips! Not letting large choices paralyze us, figuring out what's timeless and whats just a fad and being

Besides the “How do you know how to do it?” and the “How do you get motivated and accomplish it?” The other question I get asked very often is how I make the BIG design choices in my home. I always say everything is fixable and though that is TRUE, not everything is cheap or easy to change or fix. (Certainly not everything is just a different color of paint on the wall when that mauve turned out to be a terrible decision.) So, how do I make my own design choices here at Grandma’s House DIY? Read the rest of the post »

Feb 16 2020

Blanket Storage Shelves out of my Grandpa’s Old Wooden Ladder

Turning one of my Grandpa's old ladders in a ladder blanket rack and shelf for storage in my newly painted and refreshed living room

This is not my first rodeo when it comes to turning ladders into blanket racks. My first attempt was my Grandpa’s HUGE old ladder that hung off the side of the old garage for decades. I’m using that one in my master closet holding all my high heals, throws and scarves. I have just a silly amount of blankets in my living room and I won’t give up a single one of them so just a hanging rack wasn’t going to do, in fact, I needed storage shelves! Read the rest of the post »

Feb 09 2020

Projects – How I get them DONE – My Top Tips!

How I get the small and even the giant sized home projects completed from beginning to end. One of my most asked question how I motivate myself get moving.

How I get the small and even the giant sized home projects completed from beginning to end. One of my most asked questions here at Grandma’s House DIY is not how I know how to do the things I do (google is my very good friend) but how I motivate myself and get moving. House projects can be paralyzing and intimidating and leave all of us totally stuck. In the end you either get on it or it won’t get done. Its that simple and that really helps me. But that’s not the key to my motivation. Read the rest of the post »

Feb 02 2020

Adding a Skirt to my Sofa Table Charging Station

Adding a little skirt around my sofa table usb and outlet charging station for the my newly remodeled living room with new paint and a whole new design.

Teaming up with Chas in our DIY blog hop this month with projects for our living rooms! (Make sure and check out all of the living room projects following this post and feel free to join in!) The sofa table/charging station I built years ago remains one of my most used pieces of furniture. Seriously, I charge my laptop, my blue tooth ear bud and my phone here practically daily. It is the handiest, easiest, most life changing build I’ve ever made! However, with my new sofa the way I built my little table was no longer going to work exactly. It would no longer be sandwiched so now it had to not only stand on its own but also not look quite so dang ugly because EVERYONE is going to see it! Read the rest of the post »

Jan 19 2020

Chimney Makeover – Painting Faux Stone, My Living Room & Stairwell

Painting out a faux stone chimney in white so I hate it a lot less now. Beginning the big remodel of my living room with a brand new sofa and paint!

Making fake stone look better with paint! So begins my entire living room redesign! There are about a million things I hate about this fake rock that my ex slapped on my chimney in my living room. (Not the least of which is the fact that my ex slapped it on my chimney in my living room.) I had planned to either cover my block chimney with sheet rock or just paint it but he had this stone so I let him have this one. Read the rest of the post »

Jan 05 2020

Open Shelves Decorating, Organizing and Rethinking in my Kitchen

Putting the open shelves above my kitchen sink to practical use without sacrificing the pretty, adding mugs cups and glasses

This week I’m teaming up with my link party partner Chas from Chas’ Crazy Creations with a kitchen project! (Don’t miss her Under the Sink Organization!) When I completed my kitchen renovation a few months ago I decorated my new open shelves above my kitchen sink but I’ve been thinking about changing things up a little bit. Read the rest of the post »

Dec 15 2019

A Gift of Body Butter for the Ladies! Easy Luxurious Recipe!

A Gift of Body Butter for the Ladies! Green Hypoallergenic Recipe that's easily made with a hand held blender of a stand up mixer. Whips up in just minutes!

One of my all time favorite recipes (and one I use daily) is my homemade body butter. It whips up with only TWO ingredients in just a couple of minutes! What is technically happening here is an emulsion so it needs a fat and a liquid just like a salad dressing. This does work using water and coconut oil but I always choose to use almond or castor oil instead of water for an even more luxurious butter. Read the rest of the post »

Dec 08 2019

Green, Hypoallergenic, Recipe for Laundry Detergent – Easy and Cheap!

Here is my simple recipe for hypoallergenic homemade laundry detergent! Only $6 for 50 loads and you can make it in less than 5 minutes! Cheap Laundry Soap!

Here is my simple recipe for hypoallergenic homemade laundry detergent! I’ve always had very sensitive skin and, over the years as I totally removed chemical and commercial cleaning products from my home, I’ve also developed a super sensitive nose. Laundry detergent was my first real green plunge into homemade household products (back in 2013) and my liquid laundry soap recipe still works great but, honestly, I’ve gotten a lot more lazy over the years lol. Read the rest of the post »

Dec 01 2019

Mulch, Improving the Grade & a New Outlet and Spigot!

Improving the grade with garden edging, plastic, weed fabric and mulch. Covering the entire front of my home's foundation, the last step before siding.

Improving the grade, covering my flashing, adding mulch, an outlet and a new faucet too. With all the rock and stucco finally gone and the job of finally fixing my house and finishing all of my siding behind me I was excited to do a couple last things just for me! (Cheers to the sweetest boyfriend on the planet for cleaning up the incredible stucco and rock mess I made in my yard so I could literally just move on to the fun stuff!) Read the rest of the post »

Nov 17 2019

New Siding and Learning to Accept REAL Help *panics*

After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!

I may be more excited then anyone has ever been to put up vinyl siding lol. This job has been a weight on me for YEARS. My ex husband’s lousy stone job meant my house was literally MOLTING fake rock. He didn’t fix the house or remove the old stucco like he should have which meant I had multiple mice (and squirrel and chipmunk) highways into my home. Not to mention water damage etc… So this job was just a whole boat of suckage and rage for me. I used all of the swear words ripping the stone and stucco off, making an enormous mess, fixing my house and then putting on flashing and wrapping my house up with Tyveck. From there I tacked J-Channel to the top and bottom and sides and FINALLY I was ready for new siding! Read the rest of the post »

Nov 10 2019

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

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

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

Nov 03 2019

Old Rusty Bird Feeder Given new Life with Paint!

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

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

Oct 20 2019

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

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

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

Sep 22 2019

Livestock Mats – An incredibly overqualified area rug for my garage!

Using very heavy livestock mats to make a very over qualified area rug in the back of my garage. Horse stalls, underfoot mat for over concrete.

(Adding the most overqualified area rug ever to my garage using eight livestock mats.) Disorder, things not being in their place or unfinished or disorganized clutter will eventually drive me totally and completely NUTS. My garage being the disaster its been for five years now has slowly been chipping away at my sanity. This spring I tackled it long before our snow was gone, making a giant pile in the center of it of all of my furniture and hauling another dozen bags of trash to the dump. Getting everything off of my walls took SIX DIFFERENT BITS on my impact driver oh and there were nails too! The sheer ridiculous randomness of it all left me just FURIOUS. Read the rest of the post »

Sep 15 2019

Covering my Garage Walls with Plastic and Bubble Wrap Insulation

Covering my garage walls with plastic and then bubble wrap insulation with help from two friends on a hot day before moving on to hanging a door

With lights up, power run and the walls insulated my friend Rachie asked if she could come help me. The last job for “completing” my walls was first to cover them in thick plastic and then to cover them with the big rolls of bubble wrap insulation I found to use instead of foam board and steel. Its a long story: I couldn’t get 4×8 foot sheets of anything in my mom’s SUV and the steel I wanted to use for wainscoting was a loss. SO, after fully despairing and walking around Menards for two hours, this stuff was the alternative I found. Read the rest of the post »

Sep 08 2019

Paper Pom Pom Wreath – A Keepsake for a Friend!

Making a birthday keespake wreath for my best friend using paper pompoms and wreath materials, do it yourself, diy, paper crafts with the farmhouse hens

Making a birthday keepsake wreath out of paper flower pom poms for my friend Rachel. I threw her birthday party at my place earlier this summer and bought a pink happy birthday kit from Amazon that included 18 flower pom poms. One night before the party I “created” them over the course of a couple of hours. I love how they turned out! They reminded me of a peony crossed with a luffa! Read the rest of the post »

Sep 01 2019

Fiberglass Insulation + Me + 90 Degree Heat = What was I thinking?!

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

Fiberglass insulation is no joke! I’m sorry this post does not include a selfie of what I looked like at the end of insulating my garage. (Actually it includes some pretty crappy pictures to be honest and I’m sorry about that too.) I didn’t even want to touch anything out of fear that I may somehow infect it with the fire ants that were covering my entire body. It was GORGEOUS outside and NO ONE was allowed to complain about the heat because we just had winter for like nine months. It was 90+ in my garage, it was a Friday, I was stoked to tackle it, to sweat, to work in the heat, to work outside, to insulate my garage, I couldn’t wait! Read the rest of the post »

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 the rest of the post »

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 the rest of the post »

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 the rest of the post »

Jul 14 2019

Replacing My Barnwood Shelf with Two Open Shelves Above my Kitchen Sink

White open kitchen shelves with prety corbels painted white above my 100 year old cast enamel kitchen sink and DIY do it yourself sink base out of barn wood

Replacing my barnwood shelf with open shelves in my kitchen. I mentioned a while back that I was moving away from the rustic look entirely. I sanded down and stained my beams before I started most of my other renovations. Also, when I refinished the floors here in the kitchen I sanded down and stained my kitchen sink base as well. With that complete my attention turned to the big barn wood shelf and I knew I wanted something totally different and far more delicate. Read the rest of the post »

Jul 07 2019

Drink Station Decoration with Silk Daisies and My Old Kitchen Table!

Drink Station Decoration summery outdoor decor with daisies checkered towels and table cloths, rustic, farmhouse living and life out on the deck party

Decorating my drink station with daisies and fun accessories. I’ve found that when hosting summer parties on my deck that my designated “drink station” needs to be well away from the buffet of food. Turns out people like to “hang around” where the drinks are and tend to stall a whole line of people behind them lol. Or maybe that’s just us Minnesotans?! The “watering hole” at my parties always seems to be the first place my friends and family congregates. Read the rest of the post »

Jun 30 2019

Adding Side Out Storage Solutions to My Lower Kitchen Cabinets

Adding purchased slide out storage shelves and solutions to my lower cabinets, major upgrades to organization in my kitchen remodel progress

Adding slide out storage and built in solutions to my lower cabinets. Have I mentioned before that I don’t really consider myself a real “wood worker”? I can build a wall, a really solid bench and would love to build a house one day. But when it comes to more delicate and refined work I am a novice AT BEST. Case and point: the two drawers I built for my kitchen. I HATE THEM. So, I’ve been in the middle of my mini kitchen remodel for a while now and I’m taking my time to get it right. Read the rest of the post »

Jun 16 2019

DIY Irrigation for My Gardens – Leaky Hose Upcycling!

Making DIY do it yourself irrigation for my vegetable garden raised beds and my perennial flower beds using old, leaky discarded hoses, practically free!

DIY “Irrigation” made from old leaky hoses for my vegetable garden and perennial flower bed. As anyone who has ever watered anything outside knows it can be a real (and literal) drag moving hoses around. I had a little sprinkler thing for my vegetable garden but its arc was WAY too big for it and now that I built my raised beds it was basically worthless and (even before I built them) it mostly just watered the lawn. My L-shaped flower bed by my house was probably my biggest drag though when it came to all in pain in the butt to water. Read the rest of the post »

Jun 02 2019

Raised Beds in My Garden – Building with Oak and Barn Wood

Using leftover oak and barn wood to build tall raised beds in my small railroad ties garden that I built two years ago in my yard.

Building raised beds in my garden using up wood from my barn stash. I made the HUGE mistake of using hay in my garden the year before last to help keep the weeds down. I really really really researched it too and everywhere online said that hay would work just as well as straw. Well now we all know that to be very very very wrong and you can easily find that to be true online now too! I should’ve known better! Hay is a perennial and I was growing it four feet tall in my garden last year. So, this is how my garden looked when I started lol Read the rest of the post »

May 26 2019

How to Spot Stain a 100 year old Hardwood Floor

How to spot stain a 100 year old hardwood floor to make the unfinished floor and the finished floor blend in to each other make it disappear

How to spot stain a wood floor. With that hideous wood stove finally gone there was no missing the big glaring spot of unfinished floor in the middle of my kitchen! Years ago, when I was in the middle of one VERY cold winter and in the middle of gutting and renovating this entire house, I chose to get my wood stove installed ASAP. I needed the heat! So, when the time came back in 2015 to refinish the floors I didn’t move the several hundred pound stove to stain the floor beneath it. Read the rest of the post »

May 19 2019

Small Remodel – Making my Kitchen Closet Bigger

I was able to abandon my chimney and put my pellet stove beside my kitchen sink and it made it possible to add more feet of wall space to my kitchen closet

A small remodel: making my kitchen closet bigger and still getting a bigger kitchen! Back when I first considered getting a pellet stove a thought occurred to me that made me EXTREMELY excited. I realized that I may not need to put my pellet stove where my wood stove was! And, it turned out, I was right! I was able to abandon my chimney and put my pellet stove exactly where I wanted it instead of dead center in my kitchen where my hideous wood stove was. Read the rest of the post »

May 10 2019

Booze & Bedding, A simple Gift Basket for Mother’s Day

Booze and Bedding for my mom for Mothers Day. A simple gift basket for mom with daisies, red check, wine and the california design den sheets

I have my own set of sheets from the California Design den and I absolutely LOVE them. Like most folks around Mother’s Day I always want do something sweet for my incredible Mom. She is literally my very best friend, she and I have been through A LOT together and she remains my absolute rock. For Mother’s Day this year she has the wonderful opportunity to go on cruise with her guy! So, sadly, I won’t get to be with her on the actual holiday but I could not be happier for her! I’m so glad she gets to get away for a few days. Meanwhile I got her booze and bedding! Read the rest of the post »

May 05 2019

Peony Table Centerpiece with my Grandma’s Buttons

A farm house peony centerpiece for my dining room table. An ode to my grandma with Peonies and a vase full of her all of her buttons!

A Peony Table Centerpiece with all of my Grandma’s buttons. This is the first time I’ve actually set out to create a table centerpiece for my dining room table. To be fair this is also the very FIRST time that my dining room has actually been complete! It was so much fun to finally finish it and have a place to be proud of especially because its also the entryway to my home. Read the rest of the post »

Apr 21 2019

Smoke Damage – Fixing and Painting the Front Entryway of My Home

Painting the front entryway of my home - OMG the black smoke damage and stains. Not the last of my posts that will include a rant my horrible wood stove

Painting away smoke damage and smoke stains because there is no other way to fix it. This is not the first (and nor will it be my last) rant about what a wood stove did to my ceilings and walls throughout my home. Prepare yourselves, I am about to reveal the MOST horrible pictures I could possibly share of my house. I have reached a level of hate when it comes to my wood stove that has gone WAY beyond all reason. Read the rest of the post »

Apr 14 2019

Inexpensive wood floor that looks like a million dollars – Four years later!

Inexpensive wood floor that looks like a million dollars - Four years later! Make your own DIY wood floors using 1x4 pine boards, sand down, stain and seal

One of the most popular posts on my blog has been (and will probably always be) my DIY inexpensive wood floor. With budget waning back during the renovation in 2014 I needed a solution to cover the 250 square foot front entry of my home. I wanted it flush with my 100 year old kitchen floor and also the very same look. I knew I could never afford to actually match my original hardwoods (if that was even possible!) so I had to get creative! Read the rest of the post »

Mar 31 2019

Sanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home

Sanding down and Refinishing the Beams Throughout my Home with a orboitol palm sander and determination, refinished with minwax dark walnut stain polycrylic

With my workshop complete and my final finishing of my laundry room remodel it was time to expand out into my entryway and kitchen… And that meant my attention turned to the beams in my home. If they were the ACTUAL 100 year old beams that were here originally I would feel totally different… But, they’re not. Read the rest of the post »

Mar 17 2019

Designing a Fun and Functional Laundry Room with Fabric and Paint

Attacking My Laundry Room Design - Painting all of my new built in shelves and storage and putting up a gorgeous table cloth that I'm using for a curtain

Moving on to room design and paint in my laundry. It’s technically a closet but now with my changes its beginning to feel like a REAL room! OMG I can literally come in here and even shut the door behind me! There’s still a lot to do in this space but I have finally moved on to the fun stuff. The colors and room design that have my heart just giddy and painting it all out. Read the rest of the post »

Mar 03 2019

Building Custom Shelves in my Laundry Room with the Farmhouse Hens

How to build custom shelves in a laundry closet and room with a counter top and new design for the entire room and rolling closet doors

So I have this Rolling Pantry that I built for my kitchen that totally beat up my 100 year old hardwood floor in there because it was really heavy. I replaced my pantry with a (much lighter) one from Amazon leaving me my old pantry to do something with. When my Laundry room remodel came around I knew exactly how I was going to recycle it! Read the rest of the post »

Feb 24 2019

Rearranging my Awkward Closet into a Real Laundry Room!

Rarranging my awkward laundry closet into a real room by moving my washer dryer. Turning my hinged closet doors into rolling doors, diy, do it yourself

By rearranging a few things I am determined to make an awkward closet into a real room. My laundry room ended up like this just like the majority of the house: I was not only on a shoe string budget but also felt like I was in a total rush. It was over a year ago, just after my divorce, when I started to slow down and realize something: I have NO deadlines. Read the rest of the post »


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