Grandma's House DIY

Shop per room at Grandma’s House!

So much goes into a home, a room, a space. Here at Grandma’s house you guys know I do everything in my power to upcycle, reuse, recycle, thrift or just flat out build anything I need. I admit that I really don’t like to spend money or to shop lol I know, I’m weird. At one point I was pretty low on funding so frugality simply became my way of life!

I LOVE figuring out a dilemma or a need in my home simply using what I have on hand. It can be such a fun challenge. But I’ll also be the first to admit sometimes I have to shop! And none of these rooms (or this whole home) would be as complete without the products I purchased to finish them. First up is probably the room I am most proud of because its definitely the room that I put the most work and time into – the kitchen!

If you want to have a look at the whole space you can click on the main title or picture before the products listings.

(Note thing that I have to say: Yes, I will get a kick back if you buy any of the following products. No it won’t cost you anything to shop from here and no I’m not at all encouraging you to do so…)


Shop the Kitchen

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My Grandpa built my Grandma’s dream kitchen back in the mid fifties when they also added indoor plumbing. My Grandma was a small woman so he specifically built her counter tops and cabinets extra low just for her. When I built this kitchen for me I kept in mind all of the little details my Grandpa did for my Grandma – I did some seriously unconventional things based entirely on how annoyed I’ve been with kitchens in the past!

I’ve lived in not one, not two, but THREE kitchens where the refrigerator was against a wall… so it would never open all the way. So, I made a pretty serious gap between the wall and my refrigerator, a gap that made it just perfect for the rolling pantry I bought from Amazon! It is an AMAZING amount of hidden storage!

Another “weird” thing I did was end my counter tops with all of my appliances instead of centering them on my counter tops. It means I have two LONG lengths of counter: one that is six feet and the other that is eight! As opposed to much smaller, less usable surfaces which have driven me crazy in other homes.

I built all of my kitchen cabinets and even my counter tops too but I do dream of going shopping for Slate counters one day. Many of the products I added to this kitchen were just too perfect not to buy! The clocks especially I think added so much charm to the space. The drawer built in was a splurge but it works SO WELL and, sometimes, I am so relived to not have to build something!

There was no “making” the window film I put on the old windows I used for cabinet doors and, seriously, I love how it looks and I don’t think this kitchen would be the same without it. The same goes for the faux tin back splash I purchased from Amazon. I love how it looks and get compliments on it all the time and all I had to do was glue it up!









Shop the Laundry Room

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Not unlike the kitchen I guess the laundry room is pretty unconventional too. Most people that hear me say I have a washer dryer combo machine ask me, “What’s that?!” It doesn’t do as large of loads as some of the bigger laundry appliances out there but to have one machine that does both is SO convenient in my opinion. In about 2 and a half hours our clothes are washed, dried and ready to be put away.

Another great thing about the combo machines is they don’t vent outside and don’t use anywhere near the amount of electricity as convention washers and dryers. Its also a major plus to have one machine because we have a very small laundry room. I remodeled it a few years ago and, though its still small, I think its now the happiest room in the house!

And that’s entirely due to the new products I purchased from Amazon just for it. From the fun and sweet laundry prints on the walls to that table cloth that I absolutely adore and the flower rug on the floor. It also has some great practical items as well which include a rolling pantry, drying rack, built in shelves made by yours truly and a hanging laundry basket.





Shop the Master Bedroom

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The master is my own personal little retreat. I really spoiled myself a couple of years ago with brand new sheets, a new comforter and a rug I totally didn’t need but wanted really badly. Sometimes a few splurges can really just make our every day lives that much more pleasant!

Yes I’m an adult, yes I have a “banky”, what of it? Interestingly I never had a banky up until just a couple of years ago when I gave this room its last makeover. I had a little chevron throw downstairs in the living room that I brought up here as a “prop” to throw over the end of the bed. I discovered what a perfect vessel it was for a few drops of lavender oil to help me sleep and it hasn’t left the head of the bed since!


Shop the Living Room

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The living room was definitely a costlier and larger undertaking than I had anticipated. For some reason I’ve always thought of this room as “small” … Five months later I finally finished it phew! I guess it didn’t help that I also decided to include the stairwell in the painting and floor refinishing operation and anyone who has ever tackled a stairwell already knows what I’m talking about…

All in I am very pleased with how this room turned out. I think it did probably take more shopping than any other room in the house. A new sofa, rug, a revamp and purchases required for almost every single thing in the room. From the lamps to the furniture, very little went untouched here! However, I also think that’s fair and it was required to take this room to the place I yearned for it to be.

I think now its comfortable and totally fulfills our needs when the last room simply did not do the space justice. This room has a ton of living history in it. From the stained glass window to the etched glass door its a living reminder that this home really was built in 1915.






Shop the Entry, Office and Dining Room

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Of all the rooms in the home this one lights me up just a bit more than the others. Its quirky, the wall color is so totally out there and so completely me, the ceilings just soar. It serves dozens of different functions for us from our entryway to our office to our dining room and so much more. The table my grandparents’ built. The desk is their old kitchen table and the dresser was one of their old dressers as well. The benches my grandparents’ also built too.

I am very proud of the floors in this room as its the only new flooring in the entire house! The rest of the floors are the original hardwoods. Sadly the floors here were in just too bad of shape to save so I debt with them very frugally. Because I used inexpensive pine I really didn’t think they would turn out so well – but I think they look great!

With the additions of so many lovely heirlooms there wasn’t a lot here I needed to shop for. The awesome old wood bankers chair I found at a thrift store and the plant table I have here now literally came from my day job when my boss didn’t want it anymore. The new rug though I think fits the wall color just perfect and I never knew I was a table cloth person until I bought one for us!


Shop the Master Bathroom

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OMG that tub though! I don’t care what anyone says if you want a slipper bathtub and you have the room than you go for it! This tub makes me happy every single time I see it. How often do I use it? That is so totally not the point! After a year and a half of my life renovating this home that tub was my gift to myself even if I don’t use it probably as much as I should for a $700 purchase. Still though, its great for washing just my hair, a leisurely soak or even washing the dog when necessary!

The wall decals I used to recreate a couple of canvas prints I had on hand totally set the mood for this “chill” space. I have jasmine oil here on the list of products because that’s what this rooms smells like: Heaven. I use jasmine oil nearly every day as a perfume and always put a few drops in my hair after every shower. And no bathroom would be complete without some truly fluffy big bath towels.


Shop the Workshop

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By the time I converted one of my main floor bedrooms into a workshop I don’t think anyone in my family (or you guys on the blog) could be shocked by any of my choices. Its a crazy paint color… I even painted the ceilings BLACK. It was kind of crazy to be sure and, one day, I may just have to move my workshop out of the home and into a building made for it. But, for now, its awesome to have so close at hand!




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