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!"

Feb 21 2021

Lodi’s room, Final Paint Choices, the Floors and the Door!

Finishing Lodi's room! There were quite a few steps to finally getting here, choosing a paint color and trim colors for the entire space.

Finishing Lodi’s room! There were quite a few steps to finally getting here: First we scored the jackpot of the perfect door for this space. Then we put a new exterior door (and new doggie door) in the workshop and removed the old exterior door here and replaced it with a window. Finally we built the new wall, hung the “new” door, trimmed everything out and officially, made this a REAL room. Moving on now to finishing it all up with paint! Read the rest of the post »

Feb 14 2021

Homemade Stock – Healthful Broth Made Easy out of Kitchen Scraps!

Homemade Stock using kitchen scraps. My Grandma on my dad's side knew my favorite meal growing up and she made it for me every birthday

Homemade Stock using kitchen scraps. My Grandma on my dad’s side knew my favorite meal growing up and she made it for me for my birthday for many many years. She would buy a whole roaster chicken and boil it all day. She would put the resulting beautiful stock in one pot and all the meat off of the chicken would go in another pot. She would add fine, short, angel hair egg noodles to the broth and heavy cream to the chicken. The cream chicken we would pour over buttered toast and serve it beside the wonderful homemade chicken noodle soup. She liked a splash of ketchup in her soup 🙂 Read the rest of the post »

Feb 07 2021

Lodi’s Small Room – Building a Hallway and Closet into a Storage Room

Making a large hallway and closet area into a small room. There were quite a few steps to finally getting to the point of truly enclosing

Making a large hallway and closet into a small room for Lodi. There were quite a few steps to finally getting to the point of truly enclosing this space and giving it four walls. First we scored the jackpot at the salvage yard getting all four doors we needed in a single trip. Then we put a new exterior door (and new doggie door) in the workshop and removed the door here and replaced it with a window on the back wall. Finally its time to make this into a real space! Read the rest of the post »

Jan 24 2021

Doggie Door – How to Build an Almost indestructible DIY Dog Door

How to make your own doggie door. It was nearly a decade ago now when I finally completely lost patience with the junk doors on the market

How to make your own almost indestructible doggie door. It was over a decade ago now (aw to be 23 again) when I finally, totally and completely, lost my mind with the expensive, absolute junk, doggie doors that are on the market. We live in northern MN and we generally went through two of the the most expensive doggie doors every winter. That’s nearly $400 a winter because our winters get so cold the plastic those doors were made of would literally just shatter. We had three 100 pound dogs at the time and I was at my wit’s end. I just could NOT believe there wasn’t another option out there so, obviously, I set out to make my own. Read the rest of the post »

Jan 17 2021

New Window – Replacing a door, starting on Lodi’s Space

Replacing a door with a new window. If you read my doors post than you know this is one of many posts coming up that all started with the

Replacing a door with a new window. If you read my doors post than you know this is one of many posts coming up that all started with the jackpot of four PERFECT doors we found at the salvage yard. It started with taking out a window in the workshop and replacing it with one of those new doors. With the window in hand it was now time to finally get rid of the crappy door on the back of the house. Its needed to be replaced for years… literally since I installed it. Read the rest of the post »

Jan 10 2021

Exterior Door – Replacing a Window with a Door in the Workshop

Exterior Door - Replacing a Window with a Door in the Workshop. Moving an outside door to a different room to save on heating costs.

Exterior door installation, replacing a window in the workshop. Moving an outside door to a different room to save on heating costs. You’ve heard me mention my back hallway “dog spot” and its numerous problems many times. Its been on my “to do” list for over two years now and replacing its door has been on my list literally since I put that old crappy door in five years ago. I’m glad now though, looking back, that I hadn’t messed with it at all because its new plan now is completely different. That old door will be replaced but not with another door anymore. Read the rest of the post »

Jan 03 2021

How to Remove Paint, Scuffs and Scratches from Wood Furniture

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture - I just can't have nice things... Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this table

How to Remove Paint from Wood Furniture – fixing a whoopsie on our table… Literally DECADES ago my Mom promised me this beautiful table that her parents (my grandparents) built for her. She had stumbled upon the base, or someone had it given to her… or something that memory does not serve anymore and her parents built the top for it. Its gorgeous. I’ve always loved it. We generally only use the table for actual dining when we have company over. After that this table is our SERIOUS anything goes zone. Read the rest of the post »

Dec 13 2020

Doors – Hitting the Jackpot at the Salvage Yard

Gorgeous Doors - Winning the Lottery at the Thrift Store, getting lucky and finding all FOUR doors we needed at one time shopping!

Gorgeous Doors – Winning big at the salvage yard. As you all know I am a bit obsessed with anything that’s old. Anything that’s new, plastic, not-solid-wood, made-in-china, total-crap-that-will-fall-apart-in-two-years, does not impress me no matter how high the price tag might be. But REAL wood and OLD pieces of furniture and yes, that includes doors, make my heart skip a beat. We needed four doors and I would not be moved unless I got exactly what I was looking for… and it didn’t matter to me how long it might take! Remarkably, it only took one trip and ten minutes! JACKPOT! Read the rest of the post »

Dec 06 2020

Basement Lighting – Creating a Moody Speak Easy with Light!

Basement lighting - moody. Creating a basement speak easy with edison bulbs and an edison bulb chandelier. Moody and warm and cozy

I really wracked my brain when it came to figuring out our basement lighting. I didn’t want to replace all the work I had already done down here running wire etc. (Its basically poor man’s “recessed” lighting even though its just bare bulbs.) I also, certainly, didn’t want to spend a lot more money down here. After the ceilings, the walls and the floors we were already a good $2,500 into this project and I am fully aware how we could easily spend that entire amount on just one chandelier. I am also aware that that isn’t a lot to finish 500 square feet of living space I’m just VERY frugal and wanted to come up with something creative and inexpensive… Read the rest of the post »

Nov 15 2020

Basement Walls – Putting up Plyboard and Trim

Putting up plyboard and trim on our basement walls. When we talked about the material we were going to use on our we walls we agreed no sheet rock

Putting up plyboard and trim – finishing out our basement walls. Also painting the whole place out and making some changes in the kitchen! When Lodi and I planned the material we were going to use we agreed that neither one of us wanted to deal with drywall. Lodi in quarantine early this year meant he headed to Menards without me with this as the only thing I had to say about it, “Focus on inexpensive and light weight… I trust you.” To be fair I knew there wouldn’t be a ton of options – I was really just encouraging him to get something (anything) easier to deal with than sheet rock. I wouldn’t have been unhappy with plain old wood paneling on the basement walls – everything is paintable! Read the rest of the post »

Nov 01 2020

Small Office Tips to Keep Clutter Down – Carving Space out of an Entryway

Small office tips and tricks! I love my "none" office even though carving out a space in our mudroom/entryway/dining room was not the easiest!

Small office tips using not one single piece of actual “office” furniture! Carving out a space in our mudroom/entryway/dining room for my office was not the easiest of tasks. Over the years my office has moved all over this house. It went from a dedicated room in the back of the house (which I hated – its now our awesome guest bedroom), to on a table in the living room (which was great but not sustainable) to finally finding its home here. Read the rest of the post »

Oct 18 2020

Rust-Oleum RockSolid Flooring Kit – Doing our Basement Floors

How we completed our Basement Epoxy floors using Rustoleum's RockSolid flooring Kit - after a thorough cleaning, scrubbing and acid wash Lodi

How we completed our Basement floors using a Rust-Oleum RockSolid Flooring Kit. The last major basement project (the spray painting job from hell to complete the ceilings) I couldn’t take any credit for, Lodi was tackling this space without me. But once he moved to the floors (and I finished a few of my own projects) we combined forces. This floor is over 100 years old so we went into this figuring whatever the result it would at least be better than what we started with. Read the rest of the post »

Oct 11 2020

Tiny Bathroom Paint – So long overdue that its Embarrassing!

This tiny bathroom paint of mine has so many issues that I've just been ignoring it since I finished the renovation of this home and moved in 2015.

Tiny Bathroom Paint choices and cheating a little… The main floor bathroom has so many issues that I’ve just been ignoring it since I finished the renovation and moved in in 2015. Ok to be fair “issues” is an over statement. Basically this little space works totally fine its just so tiny its hard for me to take it that seriously. It doesn’t have any natural light either so that also makes it a nightmare to photograph. One thing it needed beyond all else though was a fresh coat of paint! Read the rest of the post »

Oct 04 2020

Creating Hidden Storage in our Entryway

Creating some much needed hidden storage for boots and our boot dryers in our entryway. One thing that is an absolute certainty in northern MN in serious mud and snow on our boots ALL winter long. We have a long rug in front of the door and last winter I added a rubber (hardcore) rug for a landing place for us when we come in wet from outside. Conveniently its right in front of our bench too. That’s all great but we were still seriously lacking a place for our boot dryers and boot storage. Read the rest of the post »

Sep 20 2020

Deck Coffee Table out of Treated Lumber – Replacing a Rotting Spool

How to build a simple deck coffee table out of treated lumber, 2x4s and deck boards. Wood working project easy tutorial building it your self diy

A simple deck coffee table build! I had grown to totally despise the spool that was sitting in this corner. There are a lot of reasons why but the most practical reason is because it was literally rotting the deck out beneath it. I had plenty of lumber on hand from when I replaced the table top out here so I quickly grabbed what I needed to make a simple deck coffee table. Read the rest of the post »

Sep 06 2020

Master Bathroom Organization, small space ideas that helped a lot!

Most particularly the changes we've made have given us a lot more bathroom organization and storage that were simple and improved the space!

Some small space organization for our bathroom essentials! A LOT Has changed in our master bathroom since I last tackled it for a new reveal here on the blog. I find it amazing how everything is always just such an evolution! Most particularly the changes we’ve made have given us a lot more bathroom organization and storage that were simple, easy to do and REALLY improved how the space worked. Starting with changing the furniture in here! Read the rest of the post »

Aug 23 2020

Outdoor Table Top – Replacing Our Demolished Barn Door Table

Replacing my barn door table top with a lasting outdoor table top for our deck after the barn door was damaged by ice last winter - green treated building

Building a lasting outdoor table top. Last winter we had an unprecedented amount of ice on our roof, I have NEVER seen icicles like that before either on my home or on any of the homes in my neighborhood. (Normally it would be a sign of heat loss but not last year, last year it was EVERYONE’S house.) A combination of a lot of moisture and just enough (but not enough) melting created one crazy amount of ice. I’m adding a pic of the front of the house for reference because it was just unbelievable. Read the rest of the post »

Aug 16 2020

Tiny Bathroom Floors – Starting from the Ground up in this Little Space

Starting in on our tiny main floor bathroom floors and a thorough cleaning and assessment of this neglected space so its not so embarrassing!

Starting in on our tiny main floor bathroom floors after a thorough cleaning. This is the one and only space in this house that I have not worked on, nor taken pictures of, nor shared at all here on the blog since I moved in in 2015. You can see from the before pic that it looks grungy and neglected because, obviously, I’ve been neglecting it. I’ve mentioned working on this room a couple of times in my to do lists over the past years and I always said that it would be on hold for awhile… Read the rest of the post »

Aug 09 2020

Basement Ceilings Painted BLACK – A Spray Painting Job from Hell…

Open industrial basement ceilings spray painted black for a theater and a reck room area in the downstairs baseent ceiling blackspray paint.

First thing was first with the basement: tape anything off that needs to be covered and spray paint the ceilings black. If you read the Basement Planning post than you know we were considering a drop ceiling. In the end this just made more sense. It was a lot less costly and its a look we each like about a thousand times more. Drop ceilings only had one thing going for them: we could have insulated between the floors but it just wasn’t worth it for us. Read the rest of the post »

Aug 02 2020

Bar Top Deck Railing with the Last Piece of Grandpa’s Oak

I've been seeing bar top deck railings all over the internet the past year and it occurred to me that its definitely something we would get use out of!

Bar top deck railing. Teaming up in our DIY Blog Hop this month with backyard projects! (We’d love for you to join us – click here for more info!) I’ve been seeing this idea all over the internet the past year and it occurred to me that its definitely something we would get a ton of use out of! Since I started the renovation in 2014 I’ve been hacking away at using all of the wood leftover in the barn from when my Grandparents’ were wood workers. Besides random stashed wood there was one very special, very hidden, pile that I spotted right away: VERY old, rough cut oak and pine that was simply gorgeous. Read the rest of the post »

Jul 19 2020

Tiny Bathroom – Getting a Plan together for this little Neglected space

Getting a bathroom plan together... When I started the renovation here the biggest conundrum I had was what to do about the main floor bathroom.

Getting a bathroom plan together… When I started the renovation in 2014 one of the biggest conundrums I had was what to do about the main floor bathroom. If it stayed where it was (behind the kitchen) I would either have to continue accessing it through the living room and keep a VERY dangerous VERY steep staircase OR rebuild the staircase and access the bathroom through the kitchen. The staircase was typical in a farmhouse this age, it was literally like climbing a mountain and not something I wanted to do on a daily basis to the second floor master suit… Read the rest of the post »

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 »

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