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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!"

Upgrading the Basement Bathroom Lighting – a Black Pendant

Continuing with our basement by upgrading the bathroom lighting! We’re getting pretty close to finishing up this room with the lighting now upgraded and only the cabinets left to paint. Its not exactly a large space so there was only SO much I could do in here with the lighting. The recessed can light above the shower was staying so I simply purchased the water proof can light cover for it. But the bare bulb above the sink was a great place for a major upgrade! Read the rest of the post »

Can rack dispensers, freezer baskets and organizers that changed my life!

Can rack dispensers, refrigerator and cabinet organizers! You know you're an adult when... It turns out Lodi and I drink a lot of liquids lol

Can rack dispensers, refrigerator and cabinet organizers and wire baskets for our freezer! You know you’re an adult when organizing makes your whole year better… It turns out Lodi and I drink a lot of liquids in our household – he jokes that when he first met me all I had in my refrigerator was pickles, condiments and beer and, honestly, that’s not that far from the truth! To be fair though, when I was single, there was just no reason to keep perishable food around. I don’t eat a lot and preparing a big meal just for myself felt redundant… Read the rest of the post »

Upcycled Mailbox – A Storage Cubby for our Vegetable Garden!

This old mailbox was my grandparents for many, many years before I came along and used it as long as I could before it was finally time

This old mailbox was my grandparents for many, many, many years before I came along and used it as long as I could before it was finally time to retire it. I didn’t have the heart to toss it though and its been literally sitting in our flower garden, by our front step, for all the years since. I thought about bringing it in and hanging it on the wall or placing it above one of our hutches as decoration but it was just too big for either of those things. It finally dawned on me where it would be perfect this spring when we started working on the vegetable garden! Read the rest of the post »

Pallet Walls, sanding and sealing them in the Basement Bathroom

Returning to work on the Basement Bathroom by tackling the pallet walls. This Basement has been a LONG, slow process for us

Returning to work on the Basement Bathroom by tackling the pallet walls. This Basement has been a LONG, slow process but, to be fair, its not where we live so its not on our “urgent” to-do list. Though we do hang out down here on the weekends especially it wasn’t until I upcycled an old toolbox in the bathroom here that I finally got motivated. We installed the commode and rolling doors for this space and finished up the living room. After that I realized there wasn’t a ton to do to finally have a completed bathroom for the first time ever so I got to work! Read the rest of the post »

Working Basement Bathroom and our VERY ODD hot water problems…

We officially, for the first time EVER, have a working basement bathroom! If you had told me that a major highlight in my life would be

We officially, for the first time EVER, have a working basement bathroom! If you had told me that a major highlight in my life would be a toilet a few years back I would not have believed you. Once I started working on this house though stranger and stranger things delight me. To be fair I’m sure I’m not the only one who has bounced up and down with excitement over a working toilet! Six years, hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars spent down here to finally, for the first time ever in this house’s history, have a real bathroom in the basement! Read the rest of the post »

Thrift Store Basket Makeover for Mother’s Day

I've had this little basket I picked up at a thrift store floating around the house for a few months now with my plan to give it a makeover

I’ve had this little basket that I picked up at a thrift store floating around the house for a few months now with my plan to give it a milk glass makeover. It was a little grungy but I thought if I went full white it could become quite pretty. I can’t continue with this post though until I tell you the story of my monster aloe plant. A while back my mom stopped by our place to drop some things off when we weren’t home. Read the rest of the post »

DIY Rolling Barn Door Hardware – Inexpensive using steel plumbing pipe

How to inexpensively create rolling barn door hardware with salvaged doors, black pipe and PVC. Moving back to completing our basement

How to inexpensively create rolling barn door hardware with plumbing pipe. Total cost of hardware was around $60 and the doors were $50. Tip I learned the hard way after this project: My town doesn’t sell very much pipe or hardware and almost NONE of it is black. So I finally just started ordering it all from Amazon. It is a little more expensive but once I factored in how many times my local stores didn’t have in stock what I needed… It just made more sense. Moving back to completing our basement: the bathroom and storage closet down here needed doors! As most everyone knows nowadays rolling barn door hardware isn’t cheap and the very old school look I wanted was the most expensive of all. I had already seen black pipe used just like this so I knew it would work! Read the rest of the post »

Hickory Workbench and Shelves, a DIY Custom Build for Lodi’s Room

Building Lodi a Custom Hickory Workbench and Shelves. The "closet" in Lodi's new room was the obvious place for his workbench

Building Lodi a Custom Hickory Workbench and Shelves. The “closet” in Lodi’s new room was the obvious place for his workbench, peg board and the majority of his storage. We built this new room and completed several steps to finally getting here including Lodi spray painting his peg board in chrome. The closet is particularly deeper to the far left side of it, leaving a 12″ deep “pocket” that seemed the perfect placement for shelves. That gave me the idea that instead of just spanning the entire width of the closet with his workbench, we could cut the bench in an L shape and include one of the “shelves” right in it. Which, admittedly, left me with a bit of anxiety on getting the cuts right! Read the rest of the post »

Washer and Dryer Combo Unit – One Machine that does BOTH!

The history of how we ended up with a washer and dryer combo unit goes all the way back to when I first moved in here in 2015. I went with

The history of how I ended up with a washer and dryer combo unit goes all the way back to when I first moved in here in 2015. I went with a budget to our scratch and dent LG store on a wing and prayer hoping to purchase everything: a microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, stove and washer and dryer for under $4,000. And though, six years later, I have nothing good to say about LG dishwashers I’m still thrilled with the rest of our appliances – I was even able to get them all in stainless steel! I had every intention of having the traditional two units in our laundry room and had already run the electrical for the washer and the dryer along with the plumbing. What I had not done yet though was squeeze into the crawl space to run the dryer vent. Read the rest of the post »

Old Gardener’s Toolbox Upcycle – Bathroom Storage and a Towel Bar!

Old Gardener's Toolbox Upcycle. I've been hanging on to this old gardener's toolbox that my Grandparents' made for several years now.

Old Gardener’s Toolbox Upcycle. I’ve been hanging on to this old gardener’s toolbox that my Grandparents’ built for several years now. I wanted to do something DIFFERENT with it but I just struggled for ideas. The first idea I had was a pretty obvious one: A table centerpiece to hold cutlery, napkins etc. But here’s the truth: We’re not table centerpiece people lol. The majority of the time our dining room table is not used for eating and that’s just the honest truth of it all. Read the rest of the post »

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 »

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 ūüôā Read the rest of the post »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 the rest of the post »

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 the rest of the post »

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 the rest of the post »

Workshop Wainscoting with Barn & Pallet Wood

Adding Workshop Wainscoting with Pallet and Barn Wood using my new level with a review. Using my brad nailer nails I added wainscotting to my workshop

How I added Wainscoting to my workshop with the help of my new level! Like I’ve mentioned in past posts I was going to do this entire series about my work shop in “Day” Increments. Such as my first post “My new workshop relocation: Day ONE” and that would have worked fine if only actual days (or even only weeks) had passed since my first post came out… So that was in May…. NINE MONTHS AGO! Read the rest of the post »

Painted Bins for a Cohesive Look with the Farmhouse Hens Decorate!

How to spray paint bins to make them look better, more cohesive and pretty for a farmhouse decor workshop organization, tool order and placement

Getting some order amid the chaos of my workshop. Last week’s post about protecting my modem brought me to this point – a clean floor after nine months of basically not being able to walk in here! With my modem safe I could finally put everything “away” but just because I can walk in here now doesn’t mean I can FIND anything. It was time to go through all of my tools and figure out a home for them. Read the rest of the post »

Protecting my New Modem in my Workshop – A Creative Solution

A creative solution to covering and protecting my router and modem in the closet of my workshop by using a bin with a hinged lid to protect my wifi

I was going to do this entire series about my work shop in “Day” Increments. Such as my first post “My new workshop relocation: Day ONE” and that would have worked fine if only actual days (or even only weeks) had passed since my first post came out… So that was in May…. NINE MONTHS AGO! Read the rest of the post »

Why, How and What – Essential oils I use and LOVE!

How and why I use the essential oils that I love. Essential oils have become a staple in many households these days, we've all heard of them and their uses

How and why I use the essential oils that I love. Essential oils have become a staple in many households these days – If you don’t use them, you’ve certainly heard of them! There’s also tons of talk about what essential oils are “good” and the “highest quality” etc. At this point I really can’t recommend a brand name so I’m not going to lol. But I use essential oils in literally every part of my home every single day! Read the rest of the post »

Farmhouse Tree and a Holiday Living Room – Christmas Blog Hop

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop an entirely homemade farmhouse tree for my 100 year old house, come see how I made all of the ornaments and country decor

It’s Day 10 – Our Christmas Tree! The last day of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop for me: A farmhouse tree all ready for Christmas! With the decision that I was actually going to put up a tree this year there were purchases to make and a whole bunch of things to make! I wanted my xmas tree to be all about farmhouse and all DIY because it just wouldn’t be right for Grandma’s House otherwise. Read the rest of the post »

Personalize gift wrap with a Red Bow – Christmas Blog Hop

It’s Day 9 – Pretty Gift Wrapping Ideas! My favorite money saving trick when it comes to gift wrap is, whenever I see a sale, to always purchase solid colors or stripes. That way, I always have wrapping paper on hand that can work with any occasion! I found this lovely striped silver and white paper over a year ago and it has worked for me through a baby shower, two birthdays and now I’m using the last of it for this christmas! Read the rest of the post »

Apple cider in a Jar with a Sweater Koozie – Christmas Blog Hop

I think we all have different things we relate to specifically for holidays. For me absolutely nothing says Christmas more than a hot jar of apple cider.

It’s Day 8 – Christmas In A Jar Ideas! I think we all have different smells and things we relate to specifically for holidays. For me absolutely nothing says Christmas more than hot apple cider. So, when it was time to make “Christmas in a jar” for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop it was obvious what I was gonna do! Read the rest of the post »

Holiday Decor, a Farmhouse Mantel – Christmas Blog Hop

Holiday decor, decorating my mantel and entertainment center for Christmas! Mini clothes pins, burlap bows and mason jars just in time for the holidays.

It’s Day 7 – Holiday Decor Ideas! Decorating my mantel and entertainment center for Christmas! I already confessed in my last post about my homemade Farmhouse ornaments that I had not intended to put up a tree this year… Well that lasted about ten minutes lol I’m definitely having a tree this year! Besides that the rest of my living room was just crying out for some holiday decor. Read the rest of the post »

Four Home Made DIY Farmhouse Ornaments – Christmas Blog Hop

Three easy home made DIY farmhouse ornaments - pine cones, mason jar lids and burlap bows with mini clothes pins! Do it yourself, how to, simple crafts

It’s Day 6 – DIY Ornament Ideas! Four easy home made DIY farmhouse ornaments – pine cones, mason jar lids, Red bows and burlap angels with clothes pins! Welcome to day Six of the 12 days of Christmas Blog Hop! Today we are making ornaments and I am so excited with how mine turned out. I ended up making four different ornaments because, this year, I was totally starting from scratch with a brand new tree. Read the rest of the post »

Relaxing Homemade Foot Soak – Christmas Blog Hop

Relaxing Homemade Foot Soak and Scrub. A lovely handmade gift for just about anyone Christmas Blog Home a lovely, simple and easy DIY gift idea.

It’s Day 2 – DIY Gift Ideas! As often as I can I prefer to make a gift as opposed to buying it. So day 2 of the Christmas blog hop was right up my ally! Today I’m making something for my five co-workers that I know they’ll love. Every year I make and giveaway foot scrubs, homemade lotions and body butters and every year I get requests for the recipes. This one is SO simple and this year I made it especially for the holidays by adding essential oils of cinnamon, eucalyptus and clove! Read the rest of the post »

Small DIY Pine Cone Wreath – 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

DIY How to Pine Cone Pinecone wreath. How to make a small wreath out of pine cones. Easy pine cone diy wreath with wire and a big red bow, do it yourself

It is day ONE of the 12 days of Christmas blog hop I mentioned in yesterday’s post. First up: Wreaths! I wanted to make a wreath that anyone could make practically with what they had on hand. For me that was lots and lots of pine cones! I’ve seen pine cone wreath tutorials before and wanted to do something that would hold up a little better and not require a hot glue gun. Scroll down to see my tutorial and keep on going for the rest of the amazing wreaths this year! Read the rest of the post »

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop – 50 Best DIY Holiday Ideas

I am so excited to announce that I am joining the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop this year! Over four weeks time (starting tomorrow!) 50 bloggers will be producing some amazing DIY Holiday recipes, ornaments, wreaths, trees, you name it, if it can be DIYed for Christmas than we’re doing it! I’ll be joining them for seven of the twelve days and can’t wait to share with you guys some of the ideas I came up with. Tomorrow is wreath day! For now, check out the 50 most popular Christmas posts from all of us! Read the rest of the post »

DIY Build Cornhole Boards – My first Experience with Unicorn Spit!

How to build cornhole boards with 2x4s and plywood, bags, games, yard games, use unicorn spit, dragon's belly, pixie punk pink and blue thunder stain

How I built cornhole boards and stained them with unicorn spit. I’ve been meaning to build some yard games for family gatherings, parties and birthdays held at my place. My best friend’s husband was turning 40 in November and we threw him a surprise birthday party in October. Why a month before his birthday? Because this is Minnesota and we didn’t want to be outside standing in a foot of snow and freezing to death lol And I don’t have a house big enough to really accommodate 100 people! Read the rest of the post »

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 the rest of the post »

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 the rest of the post »

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 the rest of the post »

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 the rest of the post »

When Someone We Love is in Heaven sign – Wood and a Vinyl Decal

When Someone We Love Is in Heaven Theres a Bit of Heaven in Our Home - wall decal made of wood, distressed paint, twine and sanding, easy heaven sign DIY

How to build a sign, distressed in gray and yellow paint, to remember someone we’ve lost. Building a sign is such an easy and simple project. For anyone just starting out in wood working this would be a perfect project to start with. It required just a few cuts, six screws, wood putty, paint and a wall decal to create something beautiful that holds a ton meaning! Read the rest of the post »

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 the rest of the post »

How to make a Two Tiered Stand out of Thrift Store Items

How to make a Two Tiered Stand out of Thrift Store Items. Glue and white spray paint create a beautiful inexpensive cheap easy stand for my master bathroom

Ever since I began work on the refresh of the master floor of my house I’ve been considering something different for on my master bathroom sink. My little tooth brush holder had seen better days and then I saw this lovely project by Chas (one of my To Grandma’s house we go link party gals) and thought: I can make a two tiered stand for my master bathroom! Read the rest of the post »

My New Outhouse is built – How I did it myself entirely with scrap wood!

How to build an outhouse, how I built a 7x4 foot outhouse out of leftover material and steel for the roof for my home and property.

My new outhouse is finally complete! After himming and hawwing and changing the location of my outhouse about thirty times… a weekend in mid June finally decided its location. My best friend Rachie and my mom and I did a walk about of my property so I could show them all the cleaning up and fixing I had been doing. We also talked about the new outhouse and how I couldn’t figure out exactly where I wanted it. Read the rest of the post »

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 the rest of the post »

Hummingbird feeder planter shepherds hook extravaganza!

Hummingbird feeder planter shepherds hook extravaganza painted bright red with six humming bird feeders hanging from it. And a whit flowering plant scaevola

Hummingbird feeder made out of an old shepherds hook carousal of my Grandma’s. For as long as I can remember this carousal has been between the road and the garage and was always full of my Grandma’s flowers. A couple of years back my ex and I moved it between the house and the barn and ever since I’ve wanted to move it again. Read the rest of the post »

Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights!

Post solar lights using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store lights! Recycling glass bowl shades from a chandelier and using dollar store solar lights and a floor flange to attach them to the top of a post for light, bird feeders and beautiful outdoor decoration with solar lights.

How I made post solar lights on either side of my back gate on my deck by upcycling chandelier glass bowls. Awhile back I posted on how I made hanging solar lights out of four glass chandelier bowls and some dollar store items. I only had room for four hanging solar lights but I had six of these glass bowl shades so immediately I got to work figuring out how I could put them at the top of my posts! Read the rest of the post »

A DIY sign just for Mom – Bestest mom in all of the land stencil!

Using a stencil and old barn wood, making a simply DIY sign just for mom - Bestest mom in all of the land! Wood working, do it yourself tutorial, easy sign to make for your mother for a holiday or for any time, pallet wood and white paint using a great stencil.

A DIY sign out of barnwood just for my Mom on mother’s day – The Bestest Mom in All of the Land! Is it just me are the most incredible women in our lives the hardest people to buy for? I saw a Facebook meme once that said, “My Mom deserves a tropical island all to herself and spa treatments forever and all I have in my bank account is $3.27” lol – that about sums it up! How on earth could we ever get someone so amazing anything that could begin to show us how important they are? Read the rest of the post »

Hanging solar light using glass chandelier bowls and dollar store items!

How to make DIY hanging solar light bird feeders by upcycling glass bowl light shades off of a chandelier. Easy bird feeders with additional $1 solar lights from walmart, lighting for your backyard and deck as well as a great spot for squirrels, chipmunks and birds to eat all year.

How to make a DIY hanging solar light by upcycling glass bowl light shades off of a chandelier and a couple of dollar store items. So when my mom and I gave her house a makeover it also included replacing several of the light fixtures. She has a small, quaint little place and the light fixture in her dining room was just way too big for the space so it was the first one that we replaced. I didn’t keep the actual fixture (Ah hindsight and regret!) however, I did keep all of the glass bowl light shades because it just seemed like I could use them somewhere… Read the rest of the post »

Attempting to get rid of my endless lawn: An annihilation plan using clover!

My grandma Charlotte spent YEARS with nothing but a hatchet and straight up will power to create the 2+ acres of nothing but grass and giant trees that you see here today. One of her favorite things in the whole world was picking up sticks and mowing. One of my least favorite things in the whole world? Picking up sticks and mowing! Read the rest of the post »

My new workshop relocation: Day ONE – Where is everything going to go!?

Relocating and redesigning a wood workshop, hauling tools, planning for tool storage, diy, do it yourself, relocation of a wood and tool workshop, future plans for how to design and organize a space to get dirty and truly work in. New workshop relocation.

Tackling my new workshop relocation, day one: making a plan and figuring out where my entire workshop is going to get relocated. So, as most of you already know I am officially a single gal and I am currently in the process of totally rethinking my entire home. It started with my new guest bedroom and library converted from my old office by moving my “office” to my entry way. That left my previous guest bedroom totally empty so, with the commencing of operation BLISSFULLY HAPPY I am returning to the plan of putting a rental suite in my basement which means my workshop needed to move out of there… Read the rest of the post »

Farmhouse Picture Frame – Easy Wood Working DIY Using Barnwood

Unique, easy to build, barnwood industrial picture frame with the Farmhouse Hens, how to build, diy, do it yourself frames for prints and pictures, woodworking tutorial, how to. Easy picture frame using old pallets for pics, photos or prints.

Unique, easy to build, Farmhouse picture frame. I’ve been thinking about a different way of creating a picture frame ever since I built a “typical” frame for my aunt for her birthday. (See that project here.) I wanted something easier to build that didn’t require mitered corners etc. I got to looking online and saw several gallery ideas using big pieces of wood, some out of pallets, some using barn wood and some using purchased wood that they built big backs out of. Read the rest of the post »

Custom canvas prints with wall decals. Don’t throw away those old prints!

Make your own DIY custom canvas prints, don't throw those old canvas prints away that you don't want you can paint them over and make your own custom canvas prints and pictures! Making two great prints using wall decals from Amazon for my master bathroom after my divorce!

Don’t throw away those prints that you hate, you can make your own custom canvas prints! With the divorce well behind me I still have a pile of shiiii…. stuff in my closet I have every intention of burning in my fire pit this summer. HOWEVER, I happen to be in a family of several artists and know full well what a pain in the butt building and stretching your own canvas is and how expensive it is to buy it…. DANGIT… *throws up hands in defeat* so I couldn’t just burn them! Read the rest of the post »

Shelf in my Master Bathroom using galvanized pipe hardware!

Adding a Shelf in my Master Bathroom using galvanized pipe hardware for storage, plants and creating a homey, comforting, green space that just says, relax and enjoy and bathe in peace and quiet. DIY, do it yourself, how to hang a shelf using pipe hardware store.

About a hundred years ago (February of 2016) my best friend Rachie and her husband Shane gave me this hardware and a shelf for my birthday. They finally gave up asking me if I was ever going to put it up because I just kept telling them, “I have a plan! I will use it soon!” And then a whole bunch of stuff happened (including my divorce) and FINALLY I got to the project I had been planning on for two years! A shelf for my Master Bathroom above my very very very favorite double slipper bathtub! Read the rest of the post »

Two thrift store lamps, a glamorous makeover creating cohesion!

Two thrift store lamps from two different eras and places get new shades and a paint job that bring them together and create cohesion between them for my master bedroom in chrome spray paint and shiny rustoleum black gloss paint. How to, diy, do it yourself lamp makeover, how to

Two thrift store lamps get a glamorous makeover for my master bedroom! I found these lamps on two different weekends in two different stores and just knew I could make it look like they belonged together. Ever since I started working on my latest Master Bedroom Refresh (that you guys saw last week) it felt like I really needed taller and larger lamps to help balance out the headboard and the bed. After finding one of these lamps I knew I could find another that was similar and then I spotted it and it was only $3! Read the rest of the post »

My top 10 Home design tips for functionality and beauty for years to come!

My farmhouse living room reveal Grandma's, country chic, thrift stores and refinished hand me down furniture pieces make for a cozy and comfortable space!

Deciding on your floors, your trim, your paint colors and your finishes can be very daunting! These are my top ten home design tips to help you along the way. I concluded the renovation of my Grandparents’ 100 year old farm house over two years ago and I really spent a lot of time agonizing over my paint choices etc. I learned a lot along the way on how to not only make a home last in functionality but also how to make a home I could love for years to come. All of my tips are based on a place that will be your forever home. Read the rest of the post »

The splurges after the divorce that helped me find my happy again!

My splurges just for ME after the divorce! New sheets, new bed spread, new hangers for my closet, brand new rug off of Amazon and a case of Surge, a pop from my childhood. There is no reason to me miserable and its ok to buy yourself something once in a while!

My splurges just for me after the divorce – how they helped me find my happy again! It’s easy in times such as divorce (and after that REALLY rough winter) to basically do nothing but wallow in your own black cloud. (Don’t get me wrong, I did that too!) But, thanks to my Mom, I’ve always had the attitude that being miserable is pretty damned miserable and, generally, we don’t have to choose misery and the ONLY person who can ruin your life is YOU. Read the rest of the post »

Making a new sign out of a bad memory using vinyl letters!

Using vinyl words and lettering to make a new sign for the front of my house. Storyhardt Farm est. 12/15/17 Welcome to Grandma's House. DIY Do it yourself, tips on how to apply vinyl lettering and paint to an old sign with rusty old hinges for a farmgirl and country girl look!

Making a sign for the front of my home with paint and vinyl lettering – creating something good out of a bad memory. One day I came home and noticed how bare the front of the house looked. Once upon a time my Grandparents’ made a sign with their last name on it which my ex had replaced with one that had his last name on it too. (You can see the shadow left behind from my grandparents’ sign, it was in the shape of a loon and I just haven’t had the heart to paint it gone yet.) It was very clear that I absolutely needed my own sign ASAP! Read the rest of the post »

Blog Cost and Income Report – how I made over $900 in January 2018

Grandma's House DIY blog cost and income report, how I made over $900 in January 2018 on my blog, affiliate networks, amazon, media.net, google adwords, selling sponsored posts, joining the hometalk helpers, the blogger hustle, how to

Nothing held back: my blog cost and monthly income report – how I made over $900 in January 2018! Over the last 2 1/2 years at Grandma’s House DIY (since I started the blog) I have been fully introduced to what I have come to think of as the “Blogger Hustle” which, if it were a dictionary term, would be described as, “A blogger trying every conceivable thing that they can possibly think of times a million and a half and then some more in an attempt to figure out what works for their blog to increase their traffic and then, by some kind of miracle, also maybe make a little bit of money.” Read the rest of the post »

Island centerpiece using milk glass with Farmhouse Hens Decorate!

Island centerpiece using milk glass with the Farmhouse Hens Decorate! Milk glass for a country chic and farm house style using some old and some new pieces to create something fun and beautiful. DIY Do it yourself farm house and country decorating and design!

Today with the Farmhouse Hens Decorate the project is milk glass! I had to call my mom in for this one because I knew she had several lovely dishes from my grandma that would be just perfect. With my guest bedroom reveal coming out earlier this week my thoughts turned to, “What could I setup to greet my guests in the morning?” Read the rest of the post »

Refinishing an old door for my new guest bedroom and library!

How to refinish a 100 year old door by sanding down and restaining on one side and painting it out with two coats of gloss rustoleum black paint on the other side. Reusing, recycling, solid wood antique door with old brass knob for my new guest bedroom and library.

How I refinished a 100 year old door for my guest bedroom. I have a confession to make – I’m actually a pretty terrible procrastinator… I’ve had two doors in my workshop literally since before I even moved in here waiting for me to cut them to fit and refinish them for my house. My master bedroom has never had a door on it (its on its own floor so its never been weird) and the other room that still needed a door was my old office which is now becoming my new guest bedroom and library which, ya know, REALLY DOES NEED A DOOR. Read the rest of the post »

No-sew curtains, sheers for my guest bedroom and library!

How to hang and make no-sew easy curtains for my guest bedroom and library. Covering up my big stained glass window between the guest room and my living room so guests get some serious privacy but my living room still gets some light!

Easy, no-sew curtains! With the completion of my old steel bed with a brand new makeover (and several pieces yet to come) I made an easy no-sew bed skirt out of canvas drop cloth and, at first, I considered using the same material here. But canvas over this gorgeous old stained glass window just felt too heavy and harsh to me. I wanted something light and I really did NEED something because that big stained glass window lies directly between my new guest bedroom and my living room! Read the rest of the post »

Country Girl Desk Furniture Makeover with Farmhouse Hens Decorate!

A little black desk gets a full on farmhouse country girl style makeover with flat gray acrylic paint and a lovely wall decal "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's learning to Dance in the Rain" Easy DIY farm chic style makeover! Farmhouse Hens Decorate

This little desk was built for me by my grandparents MANY years ago, I painted it black to match up with my old guest bedroom scheme that was a compromise for my ex. Now that I’m a single gal I’m taking back all of my furniture and making it mine again so everything is getting a full on country girl furniture makeover and moving to my whole new guest bedroom and library! I already painted the little end table (makeover coming next week) and the steel bed frame so it was high time to finish this little desk too. Read the rest of the post »

Making a country girl no-sew bed skirt with canvas drop cloths!

How to make a country style, farmhouse girl, no-sew bed skirt using inexpensive canvas drop cloth and staples. So simple this DIY is super easy, makes an inexpensive bed skirt that NEVER moves or falls off the bed and is customization to any size you need!

Now, more then ever, budget is an issue in my new life as a single gal so when it came to putting the finishing touches on my new guest bedroom I knew I was going to have to get really creative. Once I completed the old steel bed frame (check out that transformation here) I really really really wanted some ruffles for a bed skirt. But not like really girly ruffles, they still needed to be farmhouse and country ruffles, nothing too feminine because that just wouldn’t be my style. Read the rest of the post »

The flexibility of ship lap both permanent and as a back drop!

The incredible flexibility of ship lap either as a permanent application or as a back drop ship lap is easy to install and can be used in multiple applications, it can be painted, sealed, stained or left as is. In my farmyard I've run into a lot of old ship lap that I've used extensively throughout my home.

Ship lap is easy to install and can be used in multiple applications, it can be painted, sealed, stained or left as is. In my farmyard I’ve run into a lot of old ship lap that I’ve used extensively throughout my home mostly in permanent situations but it doesn’t always have to be permanent. What’s great is how flexible it is depending on your choice of finish and application but it still always adds that certain bit of country charm! Lets all give a big welcome to Leanna from Faeries and Fauna who will be joining me today to talk about how she used ship lap as a backdrop! Read the rest of the post »

30 things I stopped buying and started making, growing or harvesting!

The 30 things I stopped buying in the store and now either harvest, do without, make myself or grow in my own garden, frugal living, cheaper, thrift. How to live on less to save money and live a better healthier, greener life!

A post all about the 30 things I stopped buying and started making, growing or harvesting! I was having a conversation at work the other day, chatting about what I did the past weekend etc. I mentioned I had finished making seven quarts of chicken stock and I had several pairs of eyes blink at me, “You did what?” Oh, I just broke down two organic hens, freezing five meals worth of meat and then I proceeded to make seven big jars of chicken stock out of the carcasses and leftover veggie scraps… not weird at all, right? At this point there aifre many things that I stopped buying and do very differently when most people would simply add it to their grocery list. Read the rest of the post »

Workshop stool: DIY recycling scrap wood and using galvanized pipe!

How to build a workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of scrap wood and galvanized pipe

How I built a simple workshop stool using almost only materials that I had on hand. So, we’ve had several of these “bases” sitting out in the barn since the beginning of time. Honestly I really don’t know why my grandparents’ had several of them or what they were used for but I kept them in a safe spot anyway. When I started looking into building some stools for my deck I ran into stools built using galvanized pipe that I really liked. At first I started thinking about how to build a base to attach my pipe to and then, of course, I remembered these just sitting out in the barn. I grabbed three of them and got to work! Read the rest of the post »

Farmhouse decorating – a winter vignette with inherited objects and keepsakes!

Farmhouse Hens Decorate DIY winter vignette with inherited objects from grandma, farm style, country girl decorating, quilt, oil lamp, red bows, hydrangea, dried hydrangeas, plaid, blanket ladder rack, do it yourself with what you have on hand!

A winter vignette inspired by both of my grandma’s, farmhouse decorating using some of my very favorite keepsakes. Every time I reach to decorate my home I want to include the old oil lamp I found in the basement. Cleaned up, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was! So, when it was time to put another vignette together with the Farmhouse Hens, I just had to include it like I did last time with my Fall Vignette! Read the rest of the post »

How to clean hardwood floors without losing your mind! My tips & tricks!

How to naturally keep your dark hardwood floors clean without losing your mind, vinegar, water, essential oils and the perfect mop that saved my life

A post about how to naturally clean hardwood floors using vinegar, water, essential oils and the perfect mop that saved my life! I dreamed of it, truly, it was my biggest fantasy when it came to a home: endless dark hardwood floors that were AT LEAST 100 years old. It was all I ever wanted… Until, of course, it was a reality. Don’t get me wrong, I would never go back! I love my hardwood floors: however managing to keep them clean is another story entirely… Read the rest of the post »

Homemade salt and sugar body scrub recipe without using oil!

Homemade epson salt and sugar body scrub recipe using essential oils, liquid castile soap and baking soda, easy to make and luxurious on your skin

Hey guys, so I was racking my brain on some homemade gifts I could make for both the ladies and the guys in my life. You just saw my cinnamon hand balm here on the blog last week and the men’s hand scrub and gift basket too. But I wanted something geared for the gals and, seriously, who doesn’t love a good salt and sugar body scrub?! When I went looking online, however, I was really disappointed to find that many of the recipes called for coconut oil. Coconut oil and drain pipes just DO NOT mix so, unless its going to be used in tiny quantities, I needed to come up with another idea! Read the rest of the post »

Hand Balm for Working Hands, Cinnamon salve recipe for dry, cracked skin.

Hand Balm for Working Hands, Homemade Recipe, green living, healthy household, non toxic, hypo allergenic, health, rough skin cinnamon healing salve

Hand balm for working hands and dry, winter-cracked skin. The majority of the men in my life have notoriously dry skin. My dad’s hands are so dry they literally crack and bleed in the winter time. My cousin is a mechanic and with all of the constant washing and scrubbing etc. it really leaves his hands desperate for any kind of moisture. This hand balm would be wonderful for winter dry and cracked skin too! Read the rest of the post »

Homemade Men’s gift basket – for the guys in our lives!

Christmas (or any occasion!) homemade men's gift basket, do it yourself present for the guys in your life, easy, homemade recipes that are sure to please!

Christmas (or any occasion!) homemade men’s gift basket, a few treats I made myself just for the men in my life! I don’t know about you but I find shopping for men a whole heck of a lot harder then shopping for women. They tend to just run out and buy whatever they want and though I know a bunch of men who would be quite happy getting chocolate for Christmas I still find them darned hard to shop for. So, this year, I tackled a gift basket that I could easily put together just for the guys! Read the rest of the post »

Homemade men’s hand scrub for a gift or for seriously stinky fingers!

Homemade men's hand scrub for the seriously tough jobs, grease, oil, fishy smell, sap, you name it this scrub will take it off and its easy to make!

Homemade men’s hand scrub recipe as a gift or for every day. Ever since I started making my own homemade foaming hand soap it continues to be the one recipe that everyone raves about the most. Without any shadow of a doubt it works better then ANY hand soap I have ever tried and it even takes off the fishy smell after I’ve been cleaning fish for hours! With Christmas here it dawned on me I might be able to take what I learned from my foaming hand soap and make something even more geared for our guys that know how to get dirty and stinky! (And us gals too of course!) Read the rest of the post »

Farmhouse Christmas Tree Ornament using Mod Podge

Farmhouse friends DIY christmas ornament using mod podge to transfer image to wood, easy do it yourself keep sake gift holiday, wood working, diy

How to make a simple Christmas ornament with mod podge! And a Free Printable! When I saw that our next theme for the Farmhouse Hens was going to be a DIY Christmas ornmanet I have to admit that, initially, I hit a total wall and couldn’t think of anything! Then, finally (at the very last minute!) it came to me that I could make something using the mod podge photo transfer method. I used it a few weeks ago on a sign for our Fall Vignette and learned a lot on how to do it. So, I got to work! Read the rest of the post »

How I use my Amazon wishlist to stop impulse purchases!

How I use my Amazon wishlist to stop impulse purchases by waiting before I buy something a lot of times my family will get it for me as a gift instead!

A post about how I’m using my Amazon wishlist to stop impulse purchases. I think we all know somebody (or many somebodies…) that when they “need” something they just go and buy it, which is all fine and dandy until you want to buy them a gift for their birthday or for Xmas! I’ve finally converted the majority of my family to the awesomeness of the Amazon wishlist but sometimes it feels like a job to get them to keep it updated. On the other hand I’ve become the easiest person on the planet to buy for because my wishlist is ALWAYS up to date and it has saved me from a ton of impulse purchases! Read the rest of the post »

Deck gates: a simple wood working project how to!

How I built deck gates for our outdoor deck to match our steel conduit deck rails out of 2x4 green treated wood, hinges, gate latches and steel hangers

How to build a simple outdoor deck gate! With our deck railings finally complete it was time to figure out how I was going to build the gates across the two entrances I have on our deck. My first issue was pretty obvious to me, I wanted them to swing entirely out of the way and remain open year around if I wanted them to be. I also wanted them to “match” the deck rails I had already made. So, I built my gate frames out of wood first! Read the rest of the post »

DIY Inexpensive deck rails out of steel conduit, easy to do!

DIY inexpensive how to deck rails out of steel conduit to look like steel wire deck railings, tutorial on how we did the railings on our deck!

A post on how I built inexpensive deck rails out of steel conduit. Have you seen the gorgeous steel wire railings that have been populating Pinterest the last couple of years and gaining huge popularity? Well I sure have and I’ve been drooling over them for months and months… at least until I saw the price tag. It was an absolute no go for me, on top of that they do require tightening over time and that kinda bugged me too. I was leaning toward just wire fencing (yes like hog panels) but that felt a little rough even for me and I would have wanted to frame them out in wood and that would have been labor intensive and costly. Read the rest of the post »

Wall Art – Build a frame out of barn wood!

Building a frame out of barn wood and plexi glass for artwork, farmhouse wall art, wood working, how to, build, diy, do it yourself, farmhouse hens decorate

A post about my farmhouse wall art in collaboration with six other DIY bloggers: Farmhouse Hens Decorate! This post is all about how to build a picture frame out of barn wood. My aunt’s birthday was fast approaching this last August and my mom purchased a print for her of a gorgeous old barn painted by a local artist (D.L. Housman). It only seemed natural then for me to take some barn wood and build her a frame to produce some really pretty wall art. The barn on our property is really my aunt and mom’s barn just as much (if not more) then my barn – my aunt and mom grew up here when it was still in its prime and helped their folks (my grandparents) milk cows, bring in hay and garden their entire childhoods. So we really didn’t even discuss who was going to frame her print out and what wood I was going to use to build it! Read the rest of the post »

Outdoor stool: Simple, modern wood working project for my deck!

How to build an outdoor stool for your backyard or deck, modern and easy how to out of green treated lumber, foot rest, wood working, diy, do it yourself

How to build a simple outdoor stool for your deck or backyard! With the completion of my barn door table for my deck I’ve been needing to build something to sit on for the table ends. The sides easily sit three at a time on the workshop benches my grandparents’ left me but this summer I was hauling out my dining room chairs to use besides. With my deck build projects done (my bench, sun loungers and end tables) I had just enough green treated lumber to address my seating problem too. Read the rest of the post »

Outdoor end table with built in cooler or flower planter! Wood working DIY

How to build wood working diy do it yourself an outdoor end table cooler project using a flower planter and green treated lumber, building tutorial

An outdooor end table build project tutorial with built in cooler or flower planter. When I built my sun loungers it was only natural to build a table to sit between them because, seriously, sun lounging is thirsty work! I was going to build the most basic of little tables with little regard for anything except a sturdy surface for my beer. But then I remembered seeing the most fabulous end table with a cooler built right in on Pinterst… Well, yeah, I’m definitely going to have to do something like that lol! So, I got to work! Read the rest of the post »

Outdoor sun loungers, chaise lounges, wood working project for my deck!

A post revealing my deck, my outside living space and living room, my 700 square foot dance floor, how I built it, designed it and finished it!

How I built simple outdoor sun loungers with changeable back rests for my deck. Way, way, WAAAAY back I was a little girl who spent the majority of every summer outside. I pretended I was Pocahontas! Now I am well away from those days lol I look more like Snow White these days but I remember my child hood in the sun very fondly and am always the last person to complain about any kind of summer heat. So, as you might imagine, I have had my heart set on an outdoor sun lounger project for my deck for a long time! Read the rest of the post »

Outdoor bench for my deck: DIY wood working project tutorial!

Out door bench plan built into a corner of a green treated deck, wood working, tips and tutorials, how to, diy, do it yourself, backyard, outdoor project

A wood working tutorial on how to build a corner built-in outdoor bench. This corner has always been a little bit of a “dead man’s land” tucked all the way back behind my home. I had considered a little seating area and even thought about building a tall pub table here but it didn’t feel like that was utilizing the space as well as it could be. A friend of mine has an outdoor bench running literally around her entire deck in place of a railing and the amount of seating offered is just amazing. However, I have way more deck then she does and certainly don’t need that much bench! But this corner spoke to me as being the perfect place for an L-shaped outdoor bench! Read the rest of the post »

Kitchen Project Organizing Spices with the Farmhouse Hens Decorate

Second installment of farmhouse hens decorate, a kitchen project, I sort and organize my spice cabinet using mason jars, shaker lids and chalkboard paint!

A post about my kitchen project in collaboration with four other AMAZING DIY bloggers: Farmhouse Hens Decorate! When I found out that our next post was to be a farmhouse kitchen project my mind turned immediately to my dreaded spice cabinet. Some of those plastic shakers have literally been with me for YEARS! Once I started buying bulk organic herbs and spices off of Amazon I kept refilling my old shakers until they gave out on me. So, one by one, I’ve been replacing them so my spice cabinet was becoming one very strange collection of pickle jars, olive jars, pepper jars and plastic shakers lol. Read the rest of the post »

When, where & why to start living a more self sufficient life

In the following post I address why living a self sufficient life should be something we are all striving toward as well as when and where to start! If you’re like me you follow DIY bloggers that are true, full on, homesteaders. They’ve “got it all” the farm, the house, the solar panels, the garden, they have come full circle to the point that they can feed their entire family well on what they raise and grow. They are truly what I strive to become someday but, honestly, the whole “homestead” and “self sufficient” movement can be a little intimidating so, where do you start? Read the rest of the post »

A “Faux” Mantel to hide those ugly cords – Woodworking Tutorial How-to!

How to build a faux mantel floating shelf beneath your tv television to hide those unsightly cords and provide a shelf for some pretty storage!

This is a wood working tutorial on how I built a “faux” mantel and floating shelf beneath my flat screen television to hide those ugly cords. When I ran the electrical for this house I almost put two holes in the wall so I could run the cords behind the sheet rock however, I didn’t own this television at the time and I really didn’t want to put them in the wrong place! And it turned out to be a good thing that I didn’t because this tv would have required two separate holes – one for the power cord and one a mile away where the majority of my electronics get plugged in. Which means that for the past two years of living here those cords have been driving me crazy! Read the rest of the post »

Console table charging station for behind my sofa: DIY Build project!

Wood working diy how to build a console table charging station for your living room and display for books and flowers, behind couch, sofa tables

How to build a simple console table for behind your sofa, with plugin added for easy phone charging! I am probably a lot like most people right now where I admittedly spend a certain amount of time on my phone, on the couch, after work, every day. So I’m currently limping along a 3 year old Motorola whose battery life leaves a lot to be desired. So, inevitably, I have to run upstairs, get my phone charger and plug it in wherever I’m sitting which usually means having to move the sofa or an end table out so I can reach an outlet. I’ve been thinking a console table would be the ticket to make for easier charging but also to create a little area for display as well so I got to work! Read the rest of the post »

Farmhouse Hens Decorate: Farmhouse Fall Vignette

Farmhouse Hens Decorate a collaboration between DIY bloggers creating a farmhouse fall vignette, enamelware, firewood, barnwood, autumn

A post about my fall vignette in collaboration with six other DIY bloggers: Farmhouse Hens Decorate! I will admit when our first project was announced as a Fall Vignette my immediate thought was, “What’s a vignette?” then I looked it up and my next thought was that I wanted really badly to make a lovely sign just for this project! My mod podge image transfer project did not, admittedly, come out exactly like I had hoped, however, I think it is still quite cool and adds some character to the whole display. I also knew immediately where I wanted my Vignette to be: in our entry way beneath my grandparents’ old mirror! After that it was just a case of getting creative! Read the rest of the post »

Using Mod Podge to image transfer to wood – my first craft

Farmhouse Hens Decorate a collaboration between DIY bloggers creating a farmhouse fall vignette, enamelware, firewood, barnwood, autumn

How to use mod podge to transfer a laserjet printed image on to wood. Some folks would say that I’m crafty and I do crafty things all of the time and that this is a “craft” blog… but that’s just not true. I am so far from crafty it isn’t even funny, I’m terribly UN-crafty, totally “craft-inhibited” actually. Give me a power tool and let me build something but please don’t ask me to make something small and cute that requires a glue gun or free hand painting or any kind of creative dexterity at all. I will fail totally. In fact, I do believe that I am craft-impaired… But when the dead line for my Farmhouse Hen’s Fall Vignette started looming into view it was time to put on my big girl panties and order some mod podge… Read the rest of the post »

Lip Balm: Peppermint and vanilla recipe for homemade chap stick

Lip balm recipe made out of peppermint, vanilla, beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil, organic, green, healthy living recipes Lip balm recipe made out of peppermint, vanilla, beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil, organic, green, healthy living recipes

A post about how I am now making my own homemade lip balm! I used to put on some kind of chap stick or lip balm every night before bed but managed to break myself of the habit when I realized the commercial (chemical laden) products I was using were actually making my lips more chapped! Since then I keep a product called Mela-Gel on my night stand for really bad chapped lips (winters here in northern MN can be brutal) and it also works incredible on bug bites, burns and pretty much anything you can put it on that needs healing… But I wanted regular chap stick of my own to carry with me. Read the rest of the post »

Barn door table, simple DIY wood working base for my deck!

Do it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorial

A post on how I built a base for a barn door table for outdoor entertaining on my deck! Many times I’ve gone out to my old barn (my grandparents’ old wood working shop) and grabbed something and stashed it somewhere safe for a future project. This barn door was one of those stashes! At first, I had planned on building a base that included shelves, storage and castors for my workshop in the basement. But, the more I worked down there (now that its finally semi-complete!) the more I realized that this big old barn door was just too big for that space! Read the rest of the post »

Announcing Farmhouse Hens Decorate: A DIY Collaboration!

I am so excited to be a part of a brand new collaborative group called Farmhouse Hens Decorate! There’s six of us DIY bloggers all together and the very first Friday of every month for the next four months we’re going to be sharing some of our farmhouse inspiration! From the kitchen, to the wall, to embracing fall and even making Christmas ornaments (oh gosh did I really just mention Christmas?! Summer is going by so fast!) It is really going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get started. Read the rest of the post »

My favorite kitchen appliances and my new favorite adult drink recipe!

I’m rather surprised at myself for being able to write a post even mentioning kitchen appliances because, honestly, I’m not that big of a fan. Seems to me that most (if not all of us!) have at least one or two random gadgets collecting dust in a closet somewhere! Just about every time I’ve either asked (for xmas etc) or purchased an appliance for myself I’ve always brought them home crossing my fingers that it will be something worth the price and the space it takes up on my counter top! So, these are the four I never regretted for a moment that work hard for me almost every single day I’ve had them! Read the rest of the post »

Liquid Dish Soap Recipe, grease-fighting and easy to make!

Homemade, essential oils, hypo-allergenic liquid dish soap recipe, green recipes, natural, diy, do it yourself, very easy to make Homemade, essential oils, hypo-allergenic liquid dish soap recipe, green recipes, natural, diy, do it yourself, very easy to make

This is a post all about my homemade recipe for grease-fighting liquid dish soap! I have a confession to make, even though I said I had replaced all of my household cleaners with my own homemade there was one I just hadn’t tackled yet: Liquid Dish Soap. So, what have I been using to wash my dishes by hand with in the meanwhile? Well, I’ve literally just been dumping some of my homemade dry Dishwasher Detergent in the sink and scrubbing with everything I’ve got. It was actually working all right but I really wanted something for “real” that would have some “soapiness” to it etc. So, I got to searching and experimenting and FINALLY I landed on one that works great for us! Read the rest of the post »

Tall Garden Planter on wheels: How to build, wood working, DIY

Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!

After building my mom a tall garden planter for vegetables and strawberries my aunt asked if I could build her one too. Seriously though I can’t blame her: this is a really great idea and everyone should have at least one of these! My mom’s garden only needed to be weeded once or twice all summer lol I’m wondering why I thought I needed to put in a big “normal” garden and didn’t just build myself three of these… Anyway, my aunt had a couple of requests: It needed to be a little smaller then my mom’s so it would fit nice in a specific place on her deck and she also wanted it to be on wheels so she could move it under her house eaves in the winter time or during bad weather. So, I got to the drawing board! Read the rest of the post »

Rain gutters out of 3″ PVC pipe, DIY How to!

PVC rain gutters DIY out of a 3" PVC pipe cut in half with a table saw and then screwed to the eve using steel hex nut screws, how to, do it yourself

This is a post on how I created gutters for my house using PVC pipe! So, quite awhile ago, I stumbled on to the coolest thing online: Rain gutters made out of 3″ PVC pipe. Since then I cannot find it online ANYWHERE! The only thing I can find online about it is forums of people like me who want to try it and other people telling them to just hire a crew to put up seamless gutters because apparently: we’re all rich. Not that I wouldn’t love to be able to afford seamless gutters! Read the rest of the post »

On demand hot water heater, the good, the bad and th- WHY IS THE WATER COLD!?

Stunning bathroom inspiration via pinterest, tubs to got lost in, bathrooms that will make your heart soar, that you want to stay in all day

Now that its been a couple of years of living with an on demand hot water heater (also called a tankless hot water heater), I wanted to put in my two cents. When I renovated the house I really didn’t want anything to do with a regular hot water heater. A: they take up a ton of room and B: They run out! Seriously, it just seemed to me that common sense would say that heating the water ONLY when you need it would be a lot more economic then paying to keep a huge amount of water hot all of the time. So, how’s that been working out for us? Well, there’s a lot that goes into that answer! Read the rest of the post »

Kitchen tips: How I’m making meals out of what most people would throw away!

This post is all about my favorite frugal kitchen tips! I save every single glass jar that comes with a decent lid. I can’t help it! Here’s the thing though, I use them CONSTANTLY. A big batch of stock to freeze? I fill up a bunch of jars and stick them in the freezer. Leftover soup? Yup it all goes in jars and gets frozen. One of my old plastic herb shakers finally breaks? Dump that garlic salt in a jar! (My entire seasoning cabinet will eventually be nothing but jars with green Parmesan container lids screwed on them.) Leftover bacon grease? Yup, it goes in a jar so I can use it later. Leftover every other kind of grease? That also goes in a jar and when the jar is full, it gets thrown away. So handy. I’ve also managed to collect 6 glass drinking “bottles” from my favorite organic tea that I spoil myself with from time to time now I always have one full of our water in my car at all times, which helps me avoid the impulse purchase of buying something to drink when I’m in town. Read the rest of the post »

Flower boxes: Wood working DIY hanging flower boxes in my master!

How to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging planter and flower boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal rope

This post is about how I built hanging flower boxes for my master bedroom! So this past winter I kinda went stir crazy with cabin fever. There really isn’t any explanation for it as we had an actually VERY short winter for us. But that doesn’t change the fact that I really did have a tough time personally. I just got so tired of the daily grind and the gray and the white and the never-seeing-the-sun and the every day being the same. Ugh. So, it occurred to me that maybe something green and growing in my master bedroom might just help brighten my winter days a little bit. So, I got to planning my flower boxes! Read the rest of the post »

Counter Tops for The Little House with Mahogany Plywood!

How to install a mahogany counter tops do it yourself with plywood, poly acyrlic, sanding, a skill saw, beautiful diy inexpensive wood kitchen countertops! How to install a mahogany counter tops do it yourself with plywood, poly acyrlic, sanding, a skill saw, beautiful diy inexpensive wood kitchen countertops!

This is a tutorial on how I built the mahogany counter tops in the little house out of plywood. I was in a real pickle when it came to what I wanted to do with the counters in the little house. Normally I probably would have just run to Menards (or Lowes or Home Depot) and purchased stock laminate counter tops that they have on hand. But because I chose to put cabinets back to back I had a span of 48×60 inches to cover so if we wanted laminate counter tops they would have to be custom ordered and thus: too much a splurge for this little house. A big part of me wanted to just use barnwood like I did for the kitchen backsplash but I knew my mom would hate that and if she ever lived here she deserves the flattest smoothest counter that she could ever want. So, I was in a pickle. Read the rest of the post »

The Little House: Covering up a very ugly ceiling with Styrofoam ceiling tiles

Easy to install Styrofoam do it yourself ceiling tiles over an ugly ceiling, how to do in just an afternoon using caulk and scissors!

After you got past the horrific glare of the very pink foam insulation covered walls (and that EVERY THING was covered in spray foam) the next worst was probably the ceiling in the main room. This old place at one point was sheetrocked and professionally taped and mudded – the problem is they did not sheet rock the ceiling. Nope, that’s not sheet rock, its some kind of very old particle wood. After it was taped and mudded then acoustic ceiling tiles were stapled to the ceiling. I will never forget my sister-in-law telling me the story of how they went to the basement one night (to go to bed when they lived here over a decade ago) when a tremendous crash and insanity happened above them. Was it a break in? Did a tornado come through? What on earth could have made so much noise?! Read the rest of the post »

The Little House: When a remodel timeline meets with reality

When a remodel plan meets reality during the little house renovation and remodeling, diy, do it yourself, how to organize and work through problems When a remodel plan meets reality during the little house renovation and remodeling, diy, do it yourself, how to organize and work through problems

On April 10th I got up and, for the the first time in a VERY long time, I did not put on my “nice” clothes and head to my day job. Instead, I dug out my “work” clothes (torn up and stained jeans etc.) and, after a cup of coffee, I didn’t even have to get in my car to go to “work” that day, I just walked over to The Little House to begin the remodel. To quote my last post about this (to bring you up to speed on the place): “On the lot beside us this little place (all of 500 square feet) has gone through many “renovations” since my Grandpa built it. It was built for my Grandpa’s dad and then it also housed my Grandma’s dad for awhile. Way back then it didn’t have running water and was as simple as you can imagine: just a 300 square foot box with a dirt floor basement beneath it. Literally decades later my dad and brother dug a septic, a well and added a bathroom, a closet and a bedroom, insulated it, sheet rocked it and gave it new siding and shingles and added a little kitchen. They also poured concrete in the basement and carpeted the floor down there to increase the living space. Read the rest of the post »

The Little House: A remodel plan and timeline, getting organized

How to plan and organize a remodel, getting a timeline written out, getting all of the materials you need and where to being to save yourself time. How to plan and organize a remodel, getting a timeline written out, getting all of the materials you need and where to being to save yourself time.

If you’ve been hanging out here over the last couple of weeks then you know that my mom hired me to tackle the remodel of “the little house”. On the lot beside us this little place (all of 500 square feet) has gone through many “renovations” since my Grandpa built it. It was built for my Grandpa’s dad and then it also housed my Grandma’s dad for awhile. Way back then it didn’t have running water and was as simple as you can imagine: just a 300 square foot box with a dirt floor basement beneath it. Literally decades later my dad and brother dug a septic, a well and added a bathroom, a closet and a bedroom, insulated it, sheet rocked it and gave it new siding and shingles and added a little kitchen. They also poured concrete in the basement and carpeted the floor down there to increase the living space. I remember several friends and family living here on and off over the years (including my brother when he was first married) and then my dad lived here for the last ten years after my folks’ divorced. Read the rest of the post »

How to DIY Build a small garden with railroad ties & the dangers of creosote.

The 30 things I stopped buying in the store and now either harvest, do without, make myself or grow in my own garden, frugal living, cheaper, thrift. How to live on less to save money and live a better healthier, greener life!

I’m going to jump right in here and talk about creosote and the dangers of railroad ties immediately because I know that’s going to be the center of the conversation because just about everyone has heard that railroad ties are toxic. But how toxic? And at what extent is what we’re hearing fear mongering and panic? And why, on earth, if there is any question at all, did I choose to use them around my vegetable garden? You all know me and know that I ere on the side of caution when it comes to my health. Read the rest of the post »

DIY Fabulous Face Scrub recipe for incredibly smooth skin!

A wonderful face scrub wash recipe made out of baking soda, coconut oil and any essential oils you would like to add! A moisturizer and scrub all in one! A wonderful face scrub wash recipe made out of baking soda, coconut oil and any essential oils you would like to add! A moisturizer and scrub all in one!

So, a few years back, I was your average girl. I washed my face at least once a day (like everyone told me to) and I struggled with my share of acne and even used ProActive when I couldn’t stand it any more. I had a whole bunch of special products from face wash to moisturizer etc. I even visited Acne.org and started purchasing the same ingredients for way less money on Amazon instead of dealing with the ProActive subscription headache. I still have those bottles and, on the rare instance when I do break out, use them maybe once or twice a year. So, what changed? Why do I no longer need my hard core acne cream, lotions and such? Read the rest of the post »

How I organize my blog and why you need Dropbox right now

Organize your blog, blog organization, link parties, submit places, how and why you need to start using Dropbox for your blog and your personal computer. Organize your blog, blog organization, link parties, submit places, how and why you need to start using Dropbox for your blog and your personal computer.

This post is in answer to the many questions I received about how I organize my blog after publishing my post: 15,000 Pageviews a month: How I did it in 1 year & how I do it every day! In that post I detailed my nitty gritty day to day schedule on how I promote this blog. But, like all schedules, mine keeps evolving with me, my time and what works best for me. For example: in that post I talked about how I was putting together posts that would then literally publish that very day. I don’t do that anymore. Now I am finishing posts and scheduling them at least two weeks before they go live on the blog. This has lessened my stress level considerably! I am no longer frantically putting posts together the day I want them to go live! Read the rest of the post »

No green house? No problem! My unconventional solution that worked great!

It occurred to me last year when I purchased a few bell pepper plants at a local green house that if I was going to give this gardening thing a real shot then I was going to need to start my own seeds. (The cost of buying plants being a little too high for my frugal self.) However, I had two major obstacles in my way, firstly I don’t have a green house so I had to start my seedlings indoors and secondly I don’t have a good south facing area in my home for decent sunlight. I tackled the first problem by going to my drawing board because the second problem isn’t going to be changing anytime soon. It came to me when I was at Walmart and I stumbled upon the perfect mini green houses. “Disposable” roaster pans with clear plastic lids! Read the rest of the post »

The five things in January that made my life a whole lot better!

Behind the scenes here at Grandma's house things have been very hard. As a writer I've thought about writing my memoirs, starting back when I was a kid and working my way forward but before I can ever start I always hit something that I'm just not ready to write about. Divorce

I think I’ve said this 1,000 times since I started this blog: Sometimes the smallest things can make our lives dramatically better. It surprises me how the big projects can make as much of a difference as some of the smaller changes I make. I moved our living room around a tad the other day and BAM, no cost and now I literally love the room again! Sometimes it does cost a little, or require just a small change (or the purchase of a product) and it truly can change your life for the better. Here are the five things that happened in January that absolutely made my life incredibly better! Read the rest of the post »

Build your own platform bed frame DIY

Bed frame inspiration board DIY, platform, wood working, build, tips and tutorials bed frame. Planning on our new Master bed frame.

I knew this one was going to be a big project for one main reason: A very narrow stairwell. Which meant I knew I would have to take every individual piece of the bed frame upstairs and put it together there. Not to mention I had to haul the old bed frame out of there all while trying real hard not to put holes in every wall on the way down. Read the rest of the post »

Kitchen organizing – a hanging basket that has changed my life!

How I added country-chic to a basket with twine and hung it above my kitchen sink for some serious organizing of my soaps and sponges! How I added country-chic to a basket with twine and hung it above my kitchen sink for some serious organizing of my soaps and sponges!

After building my kitchen sink base to fit my antique cast enamel sink I thought I had all of my storage needs well in hand. Well, it just goes to show that you really never know until you live in it for awhile! As for general storage the shelves and wicker baskets I put beneath the sink do a great job for us. In the bottom basket I keep my onions and garlic, in the top basket I keep all of my kitchen soaps, extra sponges etc. However, no matter how many times I tried it, there was just NO keeping my day to day foaming hand soap down there (check out my recipe here), it was just way too inconvenient! I also never wanted to drop my wet sponge or potato scrubber down there either because seriously wet + wicker + a wood shelf = just not a good combination. Read the rest of the post »

DIY All purpose and surface spray recipe!

Natural and green recipes for those places around our homes that we all struggle with! Weed killer, mosquito repellent, surface spray, bug, degreaser

I finally got tired of dumping vinegar on any of my countertops or surfaces I wanted to clean and decided to finally break down and buy a spray bottle. (I found this lovely little glass bottle on Amazon here.) Honestly I am a little embarrassed that I hadn’t made this sooner! The recipe is so very simple!
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An old frame and chicken wire upcycled into a jewelry hanger!

An old wood frame and some chicken wire brought together in a sweet country chic decor in our farm house as a jewelry hanger and for earrings too! An old wood frame and some chicken wire brought together in a sweet country chic decor in our farm house as a jewelry hanger and for earrings too!

I’ve been holding on to this frame since 2013. It used to be attached to this old dresser, though it was clear that it did NOT belong there and literally fell off into my hands. It used to hold a spectacular old mirror that was in tremendously bad shape and though I tried very hard to save it the shattering was just too deep so I donated it to my wonderful aunt for her mosaics. I’ve seen many jewelry hangers online made out chicken wire and it didn’t take me long to put two and two together. I have a jewelry box (like most girls) but like with any box everything in it gets all tangled up together and I’ve been wanting a jewelry hanger ever since I made my mom hers out of a mirror. So, I got to work! Read the rest of the post »

How to: braid your own large rag area rug!

Top 3 reasons that rugs add value to your home by Luxury Flooring of the UK. Whether their shaggy, simple or bright rugs create a cozy wonderful addition.

Did you hear about that insane winter storm we got hit by a couple of Fridays ago? Well, it meant I was basically stranded at home for three days straight and I thought, “I know, I’ll make that rug I’ve been planning on working on!” So, while the snow piled up outside, I grabbed two $5 blankets and a big drop cloth I had purchased just for this project and I started cutting them all into strips so I could braid them. And I cut and I cut and I cut. In the end this project translated into two things. 1: Rugs are worth every penny we pay for them and then some and 2: I never want to do anything like this again. I foolishly thought this project really wasn’t going to be all that big of a deal and, in the end, it would be worth the $100 or so dollars I saved doing it. Honestly, I’m on the fence on whether or not the 40+ hours I spent on this rug was actually worth it. Do I love the rug? Of course. Do I love that I made it? Of course. But this was A LOT of work! Read the rest of the post »

How to clean and remove stains from an old cast iron sink

How to remove stains and clean an antique old cast iron American Standard sink with vinegar and baking soda, a fifty year old sink from one of my sheds How to remove stains and clean an antique old cast iron American Standard sink with vinegar and baking soda, a fifty year old sink from one of my sheds

So, as you all know, I have been working diligently in my basement for the past couple of months. For the bathroom I had set aside my grandparents’ old bathroom cabinet and this gorgeous, ancient, American Standard, cast iron sink! It was in one of the sheds and though I don’t know exactly how old it is my guess is between 40-50 years. When I posted about our kitchen sink base, I had lots of questions on how to clean cast iron because, like this one, it was SO GROSS. So I rolled up my sleeves and took lots of pictures of the process this time! So, this is how I removed stains from and clean cast iron sinks that are covered in total nasty! But first, check out this amazing sink! Read the rest of the post »

Covering walls with pallet wood: The basement bathroom renovation

Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop

Hey guys! I’m so excited to show you the finished walls of my basement bathroom today! I covered them entirely with pallet wood and barn wood from my barn. As many of you know I have been working down in my basement to get it finished as a wood workshop for me and my number one goal was to spend the least amount of money possible. In an exchange we were given a pile of old pallet wood that my husband and I hauled down to the basement for me to start work with. I had a little extra sheet rock leftover and a ton of old closet doors I had no use for so this whole basement ended up covered with basically everything but the kitchen sink lol! During it all I saved the best wood I had for the bathroom, here’s my pile of wood and all of the before photos. Read the rest of the post »

How to DIY a florescent light box cover out of an old window

How to DIY a florescent light box cover out of an old window, a sheer curtain and 2x6s stained and painted, wood working tips and tutorials. How to DIY a florescent light box cover out of an old window, a sheer curtain and 2x6s stained and painted, wood working tips and tutorials.

As you guys know from my previous posts over the last few weeks I have been spending the majority of my days in the basement. When the plan had been initially to build a rental suite down here (because the basement conveniently has a separate entrance) I had built a wall separating the main room into two living spaces. Since then the plan has changed considerably and this basement will now be my wood workshop so, one of the first things I did, was take down the wall that chopped the main room into two rooms. With the room wide open I started working on lighting because nothing takes a creepy basement into a real living space like light! I started by running a whole bunch of bulbs around the room (8 all together!) and covering them with mason jars like I showed you in my last tutorial. Then, I grabbed a florescent light I had replaced in my mom’s house and brought home because: it was free. It was missing its steel cover plate as well as a whole florescent light cover but I figured: light is light! So, I put it up right smack dab in the middle of the room where the wall used to be. Read the rest of the post »

Jar light bulb covers for my basement!

Jar light bulb covers DIY with leftover wire, a keyless lamp holder and a big mason jar for easy, cheap, inexpensive, basement lighting. Jar light bulb covers DIY with leftover wire, a keyless lamp holder and a big mason jar for easy, cheap, inexpensive, basement lighting.

If you’ve been following along lately you know that I am slowly hacking away at finishing my basement into my workshop. Two things you need to know about this situation before I proceed with this tutorial: #1 I am doing everything as inexpensively as possible with little to no regard for how things might “look” and #2 There is little to nothing here that I am doing conventionally and I know well that some people might think it looks “weird” and I’m ok with that! ūüôā Anyway, my basement needed one thing first and foremost before I could start work on it at all. LIGHT! Up until I started in on this job I had three bare bulbs wired up down there because we had to have something but they were really adding to the creepiness factor. It was time to light this basement up like a Christmas tree! Problem was though – I had no budget to do it! So, I went to the drawing board to make my own jar lights. Read the rest of the post »

DIY foaming hand soap recipe – my newest favorite money saver!

Homemade DIY foaming hand soap recipe using castile soap, castor oil and thyme, lavender and tangerine essential oils, frugal money saver Homemade DIY foaming hand soap recipe using castile soap, castor oil and thyme, lavender and tangerine essential oils, frugal money saver

Many of you reading this are going to be wondering why the heck I hadn’t figured this one out a lot sooner. I’ve been looking around Amazon for the right foaming hand soap dispenser and finally ended up on the one you see in the pictures. It is not the least expensive (by far) but I’m a firm believer in quality when I’m going to be purchasing anything new and I also thought it looked nice. Besides, the reviews on it are very good and this foaming hand soap pump really needs to last to pay for itself. It also has a cool little suction cup on the bottom that keeps it in place. Read the rest of the post »

Herb drying rack utilizing an old sign and office binder clips!

A DIY build project of a simple sign combined with office binder clips to create a great herb drying rack or hat rack or anything really! A DIY build project of a simple sign combined with office binder clips to create a great herb drying rack or hat rack or anything really!

I mentioned in one of my last blog posts that I put in a little kitchen garden right by my front step this spring. I loved it!¬†I was able to transplant just about every type of perennial flower of my grandma’s into it so they won’t be lost and will keep on blooming for years. Besides the flowers though I finally got some fresh herbs! I’ve been dabbling in just about every type of herb storing since they started growing. I’ve frozen them as is and I tried freezing them in oil as well. But I really just wanted to dry them because that’s how I use herbs the most. So, I needed an herb drying rack! At work I have these medium sized binder clips that I bought a box of. Read the rest of the post »

A privacy fence room divider: Covering up an outdoor eye sore

How to build out of a privacy fence room divider panel white wash diy do it yourself to cover an eye sore outside the house electrical panel equipment How to build out of a privacy fence room divider panel white wash diy do it yourself to cover an eye sore outside the house electrical panel equipment

Hey guys, well you’ve already heard me rant and rave about the terrible place my electrician put my electric panel: Right by my front door! To see what I did about that ugliness¬†on the inside of the house check this out: Covering up an incredible eye sore in my entry way. After seeing that post many of you asked what I did on the outside of my house because it was all¬†just as ugly on the outside as it was on the inside! I had been at the drawing board about this problem¬†all last winter before I finally had a light bulb moment! I had one extra fence panel leftover from my privacy fence so I thought I could make something like a¬†room divider out of it… I got to work. Read the rest of the post »

Beachy low maintenance backyard fire pit tutorial you can do yourself!

Tutorial on how to create a do it yourself diy low maintenance beachy backyard fire pit in just one day, safe bonfire, outdoors, outdoor Tutorial on how to create a do it yourself diy low maintenance beachy backyard fire pit in just one day, safe bonfire, outdoors, outdoor

Fire pit tutorial you can do yourself! First thing I thought of was function: I hated having to move all of my yard furniture every time I mowed so I wanted something my furniture could sit on. Second thing was safety, I wanted a fire pit I didn’t have to worry about leaving while it still smoldering. Also, I didn’t want a fire pit that (if not used) would fill full of grass and weeds. Everything pointed to the fact that my dad had a leftover pile of beach sand on his property that he wanted to get rid of. Well, that basically did it: I were gonna make¬†me a beach and it was going to be a totally awesome totally free backyard transformation! Read the rest of the post »

An old milk can recycle into an outdoor end table!

Tutorial on how to convert an old milk can into an outdoor end table for your back yard or deck, diy, wood working, tips, tutorials Tutorial on how to convert an old milk can into an outdoor end table for your back yard or deck, diy, wood working, tips, tutorials

My mom recently has been working on her beautiful new deck, adding seating and flowers etc. She picked up four red Adirondack chairs and then commented, “I really need just one little end table!” My brain immediately started turning and it didn’t take it long to land on this old milk can. My mom had mentioned a couple of years ago that she really wanted one of the old milk cans she was sure were lying about the farm. I found one out in the woods one day but it was in such bad shape I didn’t even haul it back to the house. Read the rest of the post »

Grill Station – Tutorial build with granite and 4×4 posts

Need a summer project for this summer? Tables, buffets, chaise loungers, potting bench, chair, sofa, all for your outside patio or deck or fire pit!

First thing is first, I just have to show you the amazing grill station¬†I had for my grill BEFORE I built this new grill station. Feast your eyes on this awesomeness! I know stop drooling over my chippy old fabulous little kitchen table with the rotted feet that I pulled out of a shed. My brother had scored an enormous selection of granite remnants on K-bid for a song and he gave me one for a gift! Everyone encouraged me to consider picking from the selection for my kitchen counter tops but… no… I’m sorry…. granite in a 100 year old farm house?…. no… I just, COULD NOT DO IT. Read the rest of the post »

Galvanized pipe rack for my grill – so cool and so simple!

Need a summer project for this summer? Tables, buffets, chaise loungers, potting bench, chair, sofa, all for your outside patio or deck or fire pit!

A tutorial on how to build a galvanized pipe rack for towels and utensils. I finished up my new grill station just this last weekend and a lot of the awesomeness of it comes from the project that was the easiest and took me the least amount of time! My pipe rack! Check out the grill station by clicking here! First, you need to gather your tools/pipe pieces. Read the rest of the post »

Mason Jar Solar lights for my back deck!

How to make your own mason jar solar lights to hang on your deck or patio, easy DIY, tips and tutorials, simple and so darned cute! How to make your own mason jar solar lights to hang on your deck or patio, easy DIY, tips and tutorials, simple and so darned cute!

First things first I have to admit that I actually ended up NOT using my Grandma’s old mason jars for this project. Instead, I used some of her other jars that were much smaller and easier to get my hand in. You’ve probably already seen this project floating around the internet and pinterest, solar mason jar lights is definitely not a new idea. However, I had a bit of a problem with the mason jar solar lights tutorials I’ve seen online. Every tutorial I’ve read had you cut a square out of the lid and attach the solar light to the lid. This always bothered me, it seemed like then wouldn’t the jar fill with water and become all nastiness? So, I got to work on my own design.¬†Why not flip the jars over and glue the top of the light to the bottom of the jar instead? Read the rest of the post »

How to convert old chairs into fun end tables and extra seating – Eat Drink and Be Merry!

How to convert old chairs into fun end tables and extra seating with barn wood and stenciling, make them look like old signs - eat, drink and be merry! How to convert old chairs into fun end tables and extra seating with barn wood and stenciling, make them look like old signs - eat, drink and be merry!

When I was cleaning out the old play house and converting it to my new Tack Shack I ran into these three old chairs and a light bulb went off in my head. What I needed most on my deck was not extra seating (I was already working on that) but Ireally needed some end tables. I’ve just been putting my glasses down on the deck and, quite frankly, it was a tad inconvenient so I brought the old chairs¬†down to the garage and got to work taking them a part. The backs and the seats look so much less gross in the picture then they actually were because they were NASTY. Read the rest of the post »

Homemade luxurious recipe for Body Butter

Homemade DIY recipe for body butter using lavender oil, organic coconut oil and organic castor oil - luxurious, moisturizing, fluffy, its like Heaven! Homemade DIY recipe for body butter using lavender oil, organic coconut oil and organic castor oil - luxurious, moisturizing, fluffy, its like Heaven!

I got to experimenting a couple of years ago, attempting to create my own homemade recipe for body butter. I knew I wanted to use coconut oil but I wanted to use the LEAST amount of ingredients as possible. I went looking online and many of the recipes I saw for body butter (or even just homemade DIY¬†lotion) called for ingredients I did not have on hand¬†and then what if I didn’t like how it turned out? Then I would have a bunch of money sitting in a cabinet in ingredients I might not use again! So, after some research I grabbed my tub of coconut oil, my lavender oil and I also happened to have some organic castor oil on hand. I wanted a literal “butter” consistency so I knew I had to “whip” it up. I honestly had no idea if this was going to turn out so I dropped a couple of cups of coconut oil in my mixer, included a dozen or so drops of lavender oil and started it up. As it whipped the coconut oil I slowly started drizzling in the castor oil and OH. MY. GOSH. Read the rest of the post »

Outdoor sun loungers DIY out of old goose hunting chairs using table cloths!

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

Hey guys I can’t wait to share this sun lounger project with you! Minnesota has FINALLY had itself a weekend that almost felt like summer here! I’ve been chomping at the bit to work outside. I’ve always been more of the construction type then desk jockey type and though I really needed a break after the house renovation my body has been itching in frustration to get out and do something with it! So, this weekend I had plans! My old barn became a relative’s dumping ground for many years (decades ago) so I inherited some¬†very strange leftovers. Especially old hunting gear and what-not. And, you know me, I’m trying to find projects and usability every where I can! These chairs my dad proclaimed to be¬†old goose hunting chairs that once came with a blind over top of them. I nodded thinking, Well, that’s cool but now they’re mine! Mahahahahaha!¬†I don’t know about you but my idea of the perfect thing would be a place in the sun after work for a couple of hours, good company (or just myself would be fine too…) and a bottle of wine. I¬†had¬†been working on sun loungers in my head for months when I had stumbled upon these old goose hunting chairs and immediately, I got excited! I pulled them out of the barn Saturday morning and I got to work. Read the rest of the post »

Laundry detergent – Homemade and only $3.50 for four gallons!

Homemade DIY laundry detergent saving us over $700 a year and costing only $3.50 to make 4 gallons. Its tough enough to stand up to a mason's clothes! Homemade DIY laundry detergent saving us over $700 a year and costing only $3.50 to make 4 gallons. Its tough enough to stand up to a mason's clothes!

I can’t wait to share my laundry detergent recipe with you guys but, first, we’re going to do a bit of a rewind to the exact moment I figured out that “normal” laundry detergents and fabric softeners do NOT¬†agree with my skin at all! Over ten years ago a family friend offered to do some of¬†our laundry when our washing machine was getting fixed. Great – very thoughtful – nice¬†woman. Then we got our clothes back and I could not believe how badly they stunk (of course I never told her that) my clothes absolutely wreaked in the worst flowery synthetic way that I could hardly believe it! Not only must she have used an incredible amount of laundry detergent and fabric softener she also went on to starch (and only the universe knows what else) and iron every shirt, pair of jeans and even my little sleep nighties. At first I just plugged my nose and figured I would get used to it until my back broke out and I started itching in my sleep. I was blotchy, covered in bumps, it was¬†like chicken pox all over my back kind of not-pretty. I rewashed EVERYTHING and went on the hunt for the gentlest laundry detergent I could find. (I used soap¬†that was safe for kids and babies for a long time but it seemed SO expensive – so on to my homemade laundry detergent recipe!) Read the rest of the post »

How to build easy barn wood book shelves!

An inspiration board of six projects from Hometalk that are totally devoted to books. Book knife blog, book coat rack, floating book shelves.

I have not professed my struggle about¬†my office to¬†you guys out here on the blog yet. Well, its been a doozy! First, I had it all done, complete, looking good . . . and I hated it. When I moved in here last August my mom sent one of her big book cases along with me which I managed to somehow fit every last book I had in it . . . but NO room for more and that just wasn’t going to work! And that poor book case was so jammed packed that it just looked awful. (NO, I could not give up more books I had already forced myself to purge two full bins which I gave to the library!) Read the rest of the post »

Homemade dishwasher detergent, how to beat hardwater!

How to make homemade dishwasher detergent, save money and how to beat hard water naturally! vinegar, borax, citric acid, salt, washing soda How to make homemade dishwasher detergent, save money and how to beat hard water naturally! vinegar, borax, citric acid, salt, washing soda

Over the years I’ve turned myself completely over to living and cleaning as naturally as possible in my home. For one it has saved us a ton of money and, for the other, I feel I am healthier for it.¬†I went through several recipes I found online for homemade dishwasher detergent and settled on one that I just loved and use daily. The following recipe I picked¬†up¬†at Wellness Mama¬†so I can’t take total credit for this one. Read the rest of the post »

I finally got my hanging barn door up! How to install with hardware

Tip and tutorial on how to install a hanging barn door on our master bathroom Tip and tutorial on how to install a hanging barn door on our master bathroom Tip and tutorial on how to install a hanging barn door on our master bathroom Tip and tutorial on how to install a hanging barn door on our master bathroom

I’ve had my hanging barn door hardware for nearly a year now (I’m ashamed to say) so this project has¬†been on my “to do” list for WAY too long! Being as this is an old farm I have the perk of having several old¬†barn doors that I stashed in a safe place and have been drooling over for months. A door on my master bathroom is totally required, it is on the other side of the stairwell to the bedroom but, regardless, it was time to get this hung! Read the rest of the post »

Covering up an incredible eye sore in my entry way with a barn door closet!

How to DIY Build a rustic barn door closet with an old barn door and horse shoe coat rack in a 100 year old farm house How to DIY Build a rustic barn door closet with an old barn door and horse shoe coat rack in a 100 year old farm house How to DIY Build a rustic barn door closet

Building a barn door closet. So I’ve had this incredible eye sore in my entryway since the very beginning of my house renovation. We can blame me¬†and the epic¬†lack of communication with my electrician remains a VERY sore spot for me¬†because it apparently never occurred to anyone that we needed to discuss the location of the new panels SO they ended up right here,¬†right by my front door. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly. Read the rest of the post »

How to build a jewelry cabinet for necklaces and earrings out a $9 mirror

How to build a jewelry cabinet for necklaces and earrings out a $9 walmart mirror tutorial build plans wood working how to tips DIY How to build a jewelry cabinet for necklaces and earrings out a $9 walmart mirror tutorial build plans wood working how to tips DIY

I always have such a hard time coming up with something special to get my incredible Mom for Christmas. I¬†think we all want to get something useful and memorable and just amazing,¬†especially for the people that are the most important to us. But that is a very tall order! I had come across a¬†mirrored jewelry cabinet on Pinterest many times when it finally dawned on me that I could make one for Mom! She and I went to Walmart and picked up a nice black mirror. She didn’t have the space for a full length mirror so we decided on this one that she could hang above one of her bed side tables and it was only $9! From there, I got to work! Read the rest of the post »

An old ladder gets retired to my closet as a ladder shoe rack!

An old ladder gets retired to a new job as a ladder shoe rack in my closet for all of my high heals, throws, scarves, diy wood working tutorial An old ladder gets retired to a new job as a ladder shoe rack in my closet for all of my high heals, throws, scarves, diy wood working tutorial

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has seen the amazing things done with old ladders on pinterest! My favorite of all time was an old ladder shoe rack and I just happened to have an old ladder myself! It was Grandpa’s and was used out here on the farm for many decades before being hung up on the side of the old garage where it hung for years upon years, just waiting for retirement. I never have the heart to part with anything I can make use out of and, from day one upon seeing this ladder, I tucked it away for just this purpose in my master bedroom closet! I knew it would make a fantastic ladder shoe rack for all of my high heels and, not to mention, beautiful throws and scarfs that I keep collecting… Ok, maybe “hoarding” would be another way of putting it, but I love them! And, I’m certain, one day I will wear them all at some point… Read the rest of the post »

How to: Build your own inexpensive closet doors!

How to build your own inexpensive, easy and beautiful closet doors. Tips and tutorials, DIY, wood working, build projects, how tos How to build your own inexpensive, easy and beautiful closet doors. Tips and tutorials, DIY, wood working, build projects, how tos

I’m very picky when it comes to closet doors, I don’t really like any of the options out there. First you have the rolling closet doors that, always, cover half the closet half the time and are a bit of a nightmare to install, hate em. Then you have the¬†old fashioned kind of closet doors where its basically just two interior doors side by side that open out, I like this idea but they’re usually really heavy. Bi-fold closet doors are probably my favorite kind (if I had the choice) but they’re also rather a pain to install and complicated¬†to make. Read the rest of the post »

My laundry room gets spruced up with some paint and inexpensive storage!

A laundry room gets some new storage and a folding station. Tip and tutorial on how to build easy laundry room storage! A laundry room gets some new storage and a folding station. Tip and tutorial on how to build easy laundry room storage!

My laundry room is basically a large closet off of my dining room/entry room in my home. Is having the laundry room in my dining room ideal? Of course not, but with an old house sometimes the only options are really not all that great. But, I digress, so far it hasn’t bother me at all, the dining room is big enough and my laundry room/closet is plenty big enough so it hasn’t at all been a problem. I have a scratch and dent certified new LG washer/dryer combo, just in case you were wondering why there was only one machine that looks like a washing machine in the picture ūüôā I love my washer/dryer combo so far and I, personally, would never go back to two machines. Here’s how it looked when I got started: Read the rest of the post »

Counter tops DIY, Fixing my oak kitchen counters, home improvement!

How our oak kitchen counter tops warped and split and then how I fixed them and got them beautiful again butcher block wood working diy tutorial How our oak kitchen counter tops warped and split and then how I fixed them and got them beautiful again butcher block wood working diy tutorial

DIY wood kitchen counter tops! It seemed the perfect choice for my little country kitchen. I’d made everything else so, it was only natural that I would be making my counter tops as well. Initially, when I thought this renovation wasn’t going to absolutely and totally drain my bank accounts, I had been holding out the hope of being able to afford slate… Then reality happened. My second choice was butcher block but, honestly, I couldn’t afford that either and, after building the sink base, the cabinets¬†and¬†the pantry, I ended up really wanting to make my counters too. Read the rest of the post »

How to: Build your own rolling pantry! Wood working DIY How to!

How to build your own rolling pantry, a simple how to that creates tremendous tucked away storage that no one will ever even see! How to build your own rolling pantry, a simple how to that creates tremendous tucked away storage that no one will ever even see!

I knew from the very beginning with Grandma’s house that the kitchen would end up being a bit of a galley. At first I leaned to using the closet under our stairs for our pantry but it worked out too well for that to be our wood storage. I also knew that we would probably have enough storage to make it work without a pantry but upon running into several, narrow, rolling pantrys on Pinterest¬†(Check out this one, isn’t it gorgeous!?) I knew exactly what I would be building! Read the rest of the post »

How to build your own kitchen cabinets

Using one of my grandma's old white cabinets and a set of her old cabinet doors in our brand new kitchen with new paint and new hardware! Country kitchen!

Welcome to the final wind down to my full kitchen reveal!¬†You’ve seen my kitchen island¬†(and how I built the butcher block on top of it)¬†and my kitchen sink base that I also built. Today we’ll be moving on to the big post about how to build your own kitchen cabinets. The kitchen cabinets turned into my own little project, it was something I was equally stressed and terrified about and, don’t get me wrong, they are NOT perfect, but I’m very happy with them. Read the rest of the post »

How to: Build your own kitchen sink base! Do it yourself, wood working

How to build a kitchen sink base out of barn wood with an old cast iron sink for a country kitchen makeover diy wood working tutorial How to build a kitchen sink base out of barn wood with an old cast iron sink for a country kitchen makeover diy wood working tutorial

I knew from the minute I laid eyes on it that it would become my kitchen sink and that I would be building a custom kitchen sink base for it! Never mind that it had been sitting in a shed¬†for god knows how long and it had, in fact, been filled to the brim with a mouse nest and had probably raised hundreds (if not thousands) of rodents for decades and was, in fact, totally covered in the resulting excretions. Nope, none of that bothered me!¬†I took one look at this sink and my heart soared. It was perfect! Read the rest of the post »

How to: Build your own butcher block!

How to build your own butcher block island counter top, DIY, make your own at home with wood glue, slats, a brad nailer and clamps How to build your own butcher block island counter top, DIY, make your own at home with wood glue, slats, a brad nailer and clamps

I found that to build your own butcher block is not all that complicated! With the wonderful resource of our barn to pull from (my grandparents’ old wood working shop) I just keep finding more and more material to work with. In this case I knew several years ago exactly what I planned on using for the butcher block on my island¬†–¬†I didn’t yet have an island in mind but that wasn’t the point! To see the finished island check it out here: A radio stand converted into a red kitchen island. Read the rest of the post »

Build a diy garden planter because: weeding sucks

How to build a tall, easy to weed, garden planter out of 2x4s wood and steel for your deck or back yard, do it yourself, diy, wood working How to build a tall, easy to weed, garden planter out of 2x4s wood and steel for your deck or back yard, do it yourself, diy, wood working

I took an afternoon to build my wonderful mom a tall planter so she could have a vegetable garden on her deck. Gardens are known for endless hoeing and countless hours day in and day out bent over in back breaking work in the constant battle against weeds. Because we started with organic soil¬†that we brought in we were already way ahead of any weeds or grasses that might try to take over our plants. (As opposed to tilling up a spot in our yard that would be¬†chock full of thousands of different kinds of weeds and grass seeds) So far I¬†can count on one hand the amount of minutes we’ve needed to weed this garden¬†all¬†year. The plan is for us to build several more and never garden any lower then counter height again! Read the rest of the post »

Inexpensive wood floor that looks like a million dollars! How to do it yourself!

Hometalk inspiration board: Flooring ideas that are totally out of the box, inexpensive that you can do yourself and that look absolutely incredible!

How to lay down your own inexpensive wood floor and make it look gorgeous! In a past life I had thought of the idea of buying solid oak plywood, cutting it into strips and using it as inexpensive solid oak flooring and I was told that I was an idiot and carpet was chosen instead (a far more expensive option when I had already exhausted my budget). As it turns out I was very right and cutting plywood into strips for a wood floor¬†has been done and it is gorgeous! Read the rest of the post »

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