Hey everyone! I know it has been a while since I posted, but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy! I'm probably sitting on at least 10 posts worth of DIY projects. And there are a few newer projects I'm dying to talk about, but I can't forget about some of the older, still equally awesome projects! Spring is officially here and has got me itching for some blooming flowers. That being said...lets take it back to our garden project of spring/summer 2015!
So much back breaking work went into this amazing garden. But first, here are a few before pictures.
We rented our house for 6 months before we bought it and it was empty for a few months before that, so the garden beds were a mess! Overgrown with weeds and tons of rocks mixed into the dirt. Needless to say, this was a HUGE project.
First we had the large evergreen bushes taken out by our gardener, which was extremely helpful. We dug the rest of the weeds/plants out ourselves, and by we I mean my husband 🙂
As you can see, the house looked kinda boring and blah. First thing we did was paint the front door and shutters to brighten it up! We used Lap Pool Blue by Behr.
We decided to work on the garden one side at a time, starting on the right. And we were so happy that Dylan's parents stopped by to help us out! It took hours to sift through all the rocks and roots.
After a fun trip to our local nursery Wedel's, it was finally time to start planting!
After everything was planted, we added mulch.
The right side of the garden is complete!
And Dylan hung up a pretty flower box for me!
Next up, that ugly front porch has got to go! Dylan removed the rusted railings and moldy black material from the steps.
Then he gave it a good power washing. You can see the left side of the garden all overgrown with weeds. We are coming for you next!
We let it dry for a few days and then it was time to paint! We used Behr Premium Textured Deckover.
Later in the summer, my parents came to visit! So we all got to work on the left side of the garden. Here it is as we were turning the dirt and separating out all the rocks and weeds.
My dad getting some of the flowers planted!
Finally finished with mom! And the dogs, of course!
Before and after.
A few months later, looking beautiful!
Talk about improving our curb appeal! Its been a year and a half since then and I've added more perennials(flowers that come back every year)! Once things start sprouting and blooming I will do an update post so you can see how much its changed!
Thanks for following our home improvement adventures! Happy spring gardening everyone!
Hey everyone! We all know that kitchens and bathrooms sell a house. We don't plan on selling anytime soon, but man was our bathroom looking drab. Of course we'd rather take it down to the studs and do a complete bathroom renovation, but unfortunately our budget wouldn't allow that. So we decided to do some research (thank you Pinterest) and figure out how to give our bathroom a facelift with a limited budget.
Lets check out a few more before pictures.
From the linoleum floor & cheap vanity to the 90s light fixture...this bathroom is everything I dislike!
The light fixture and medicine cabinet were the first to go!
So what color did we choose? Since our bathroom is 75% white tile, we knew it needed to be something with a little contrast. But paint can often be so expensive. That's why we ALWAYS check the discount paint section whenever we are in Lowes or Home Depot, even if we don't need any paint. The discount section has the mistinted and returned/sample paint cans and usually the colors are really ugly. But every now and then you get lucky!
We got this $33 can of gray paint for $9 in the discount section! It sat in the basement for a few months until inspiration struck me. Paint the bathroom gray! Annie was excited about it too.
And here's what it looks like on the walls! Love it.
Lookin' pretty so far!
While the paint dries...we go shopping!
Now that the paint is done, it is time to stain the vanity. This might seem like a scary thing, but sometimes you just have to go for it! After a good amount of research, I kept finding the same products/methods on several blogs with good reviews. Click HERE for my favorite DIY of how to stain the cabinets.
First and most importantly, you have to sand and clean the cabinets! Sorry for the low quality pictures, sometimes I get a little excited about getting started! Finally a picture of me working! I swear Dylan doesn't do all the work! 🙂
The cabinet & drawer faces with their first coat of stain!
After 3 coats of stain and 2 coats of poly. Looking good!
Close up! All put back together. This makes me super happy to look at.
Dylan also built a custom mirror frame & we stained it to match the cabinets!
Loving the transformation so far! Next up; the floor!
We found these awesome vinyl peel & stick planks that look like wood on Amazon. It took about 1 1/2 packs to do our bathroom. The most difficult part was removing the toilet and resealing it afterward!
After the floor was installed, Dylan sealed the edges with bathroom caulk and reinstalled the toilet. Here is a view from above, you'd never know how easy and cheap it was!
I'm in love with our budget DIY!!
Update: A few weeks later we hung these cool shelves above the toilet!
Thanks so much for joining us in this transformation! It has been one of my favorites yet. Lets find out how much it all cost...
How much did this project cost us? Lets find out!
Bathroom DIY Cost - $365.00
Click on the name to buy the exact items we used!
Paint- $9.00 ea. normally $33.00 (Home Depot)
Faucet - $54.00 (Home Depot)
Drawer Pulls - $4.98 ea. x3 (Home Depot)
I absolutely love our budget friendly bathroom makeover! What's up next? Our bedroom makeover! Stay tuned!
Until next time DIYers,
This is a very special DIY project for us! In the fall of 2014, Nan (my grandma) had some serious health issues arise while visiting us in Michigan. She ended up staying in our guest room for almost 2 months.
After she was well enough to travel back to CA, I knew that I wanted to give our special guest room a makeover. When we moved in the room was very pink, as the previous owners used it as a nursery. I love a good pink, but I wanted our guest room to be more neutral & happy.
Choosing a color is one of the most important parts! I originally thought I wanted a light orangey-coral, but all the samples I found ended up being too similar to the color already on the walls! I think the snow piled as high as the window may have inspired my choosing of a cheerful light yellow! Annie was not looking too sure about my color choice at this point.
Tape off and cover anything you don't want paint to splatter on. Dylan removed the dinky little light fixture(which I forgot to snap a picture of) and starts with a fresh coat of paint on the ceiling.
The room is primed and ready to go as Dylan installs a new fan! Yes, you can go from a light fixture to a fan. It took a bit of trial and error, as much of the wiring in our house is old and not properly colored. (No husbands were harmed in this DIY project!) While the power was still off, Dylan switched out all three of the wall outlets and lightswitch with newer, safer ones.
The first coat of yellow is up! Annie is feeling more confident in the color choice!
Hello happy yellow and pretty new fan! I also did a fresh coat of glossy white paint on all the window and door trim.
And while the paint dries, we go shopping! We got these cute rustic pieces from At Home.
My least favorite part of all these DIY projects...painting the doors! A pain in the butt! Thankfully I have Dylan to do most of the heavy lifting. Here he is assembling the new doorknob and getting the door hung up!
Here are a few of the things that I love the most in Nan's Room. Its all in the details!
We also cleaned up and painted the closet (which is Dylan's closet). Annie definitely approves.
The new layout of Nan's Room!
And here is what it looks like one year later! We added a few floating shelves & plants. Don't mind my wrinkled bedspread, we haven't had any guests for quite a while! Can't wait for Nan to come visit and see her new room!
How much did this project cost us? Lets find out!
Guest Room Makeover Cost - $266.34
Click on the name to buy the exact items we used!
Ceiling Fan - $169.00 ea. (Home Depot)
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for our Bathroom DIY coming up next!
I know its been a while since we've posted, but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy! In the last year we put our DIY touch on several rooms in our home, got married in CA & completely tore out and landscaped the front garden. All of which I will share with you guys...a little at a time!
Lets see, where did we leave off?
We will call this the Hallway Makeover! So the hallway in our house has a linen cabinet and doors to our room, the guest room, and the bathroom. As you can see in the before picture, it was all pretty dingy and old.
This poor linen cabinet is in desperate need of some love! But first, lets peel off some wallpaper.
Why there was 3 layers of wallpaper inside this cabinet, I will never know!
Here is another view of the hallway. A little dark and blah.
He will probably kill me for posting this, but I wanted to share with you guys the importance of working top to bottom! Paint the ceiling first, and if any paint drips onto the walls its okay because you're going to paint over those next anyways!
Yes!! Bright white walls!! This is after installing the new LED light fixture (same one we used in our last post).
The hallway already looks and feels bigger! I'm not sure if I will always keep it white, but for now its nice and bright.
As you can probably tell, most of these pictures were taken at night! That is because I get my best motivational groove on in the late afternoon/evening. Here is a picture in actual daylight! Don't worry, we're coming for you next pink guest room!!
I ended up with extra wallpaper from our last project, so I decided to fancy up the shelves in the cabinet!
Its not perfect, but close enough. And hey it will be covered in towels anyways!
Meanwhile, the cabinet drawers and doors got some TLC as well! Fresh paint and new hardware.
Here I am, trying to organize my life. If only the cabinet still looked as organized as it did this day!
Reattaching the doors! Almost finished.
Hello pretty new hallway! Wanna know how much it cost us to do this project?
Hallway Makeover Cost - $131.17
(Click on the name to buy the exact items we used!)
Totally worth it.
This may not have been one of the most exciting projects, but we will get there my friends! One paint brush at a time! See you next time!
We finally framed some of our engagement photos to hang in the hallway! They look great.
These gray double matte frames are from Michaels, you can find them HERE!
With all the snow and below freezing temperatures this Winter has brought, we decided that we couldn't sit around waiting for Spring to get here. So we decided to do some indoor projects that were super easy and really made a huge difference in the look and feel of our home. Luckily, these are the types of projects that anyone can do year round and best of all, they are cheap!
The entryway to our home is where we begin. Now, normally the entryway is a place to make a first impression as your guests enter your home. As you can see, it really didn't do a great job. From the old wooden doors with broken hardware, to the hanging lantern light that looks like it was taken off a ship, to the 70's wallpaper in the closet, this area was a mess.
We started by removing the old light, switch, hardware and closet door. Then we taped all the edges and gave everything a fresh coat of white primer and paint.
The entryway was looking better, but needed some character. Of course Holli was full of ideas, so we got to work. As counterintuitive as putting up wallpaper may seem, she convinced me that it would be a good idea...
Our friend Adam Martinazzi (the good looking tall guy) is always willing to help out with our projects and lucky for us, he stopped by! The extra reach was definitely needed to put up the wallpaper and in the end, thanks to Adam and my professional wallpaper putting up abilities, Holli's idea turned out to be a good one.
You can see why I was a little hesitant to try out putting up wallpaper after seeing this terrible shelf in the closet. In the end, it seems wallpaper has gotten much better over the years and they actually make some pretty nice designs. Its easy to apply, gives a perfect looking finish and when you get tired of it, peeling it off is actually about 100 times easier that with old wallpaper.
We had a good amount of leftover wallpaper, so Holli decided to replace that 70's Starburst wallpaper on the closet shelf with the leftovers to match the wall. It makes it seem like we planned it that way and are some kind of pros.
We installed an awesome LED light fixture to replace the old lantern, which makes the room look much more modern and because we are working on making every light in our house LED.
Because our front door has an old cylinder deadbolt lock that is basically impossible to find a replacement for and to cut down costs, we decided to spray paint all the hardware with Rust-Oleum Satin Nickel spray paint.
Holli had some great ideas for the finishing touches including this sparkly coat hanger to match the design of the room and closet doorknob! I'll be honest, I probably wouldn't have chosen it myself, but in the end it definitely helped bring the room together.
Although we have a 1952 Cape Cod style home and are making it much more modern, we still want to keep some of the original character and charm. That's why we chose these glass doorknobs for the closet!
And here is the finished entryway! You can't see it, but I had to rewire the light switches and installed a timer switch for our porch lights to go on and off automatically at night.
Now for a breakdown of what we used and how much this project cost!
(Click on the name of the item to buy the EXACT ones we used)
Entryway - Total Cost $179.49
Door Knob - $15.37 (Home Depot)
Thanks for reading and expect Indoor Winter Projects Part 2 soon!
Lets start out with the list of supplies you'll need to complete these crazy easy projects on your own!
(Click on the name of the item to buy the EXACT ones we used)
MAILBOX - Total Cost $39.89
Mailbox - $17.97 (Home Depot)
HOUSE NUMBERS - Total Cost $27.94
Numbers - $5.99 / each (Home Depot)
Caulk - $3.98 (Home Depot)
Now onto business. Holli had been admiring our neighbor's nice new white mailbox, that the city had given them after the snowplow tore their old one out, and said she wanted one too. After looking to see what a new one costs ($100+) we decided to take matters into our own hands. We got to work and it turned out to be a lot easier than we expected.
This was our old mailbox. Pretty sad…I know.
After I removed the old mailbox, Holli got right to work. The paint was crazy thick and we only used about a quarter of the can!
Here it is before I placed the new numbers.
Its way harder than it looks. Not really.
And there she is in all her glory!
As you can see, our old house numbers were pretty standard and super boring. Ignore the dirt on the house, subpar landscaping, old lights and shameful roof. (We'll get to those another day, I promise)
All I had to do was remove the old numbers, drill holes for the new ones, mount them, caulk the openings to seal them, let them sit for a few hours and they were perfect!
Obviously there are many more projects to go, but these 2 simple ones should give you guys a good start on transforming the look of your home.
Until next project,
Hey everyone! Welcome to our new blog, Lovers Lane DIY! So you may or may not know that this CA couple just purchased our first home here in Portage, Michigan. Dylan & Holli, and our little white terrier named Annie who is often roaming around in the background of many photos! And with our new home, came a 25 year old swing-set in the backyard.
With a little wood and a couple screws, Dylan turned the stairs into flower boxes!
Planting some flowers while Annie naps!
Underneath the swing-set used to be a sandbox. So we cleaned it up, added some dirt and planted some shade loving coleus.
Dylan had the genius idea to cap the ends of the slide and fill it with dirt, in which I could plant whatever my heart desired!
So we decided on butter lettuce, spinach and mixed greens seeds, and a few different varieties of mint! Oh and a watermelon plant just for fun!
This photo was taken only 3 days after planting the seeds! They grew so fast!
We also bought a few wind-chimes and hanging flower baskets from Home Depot to decorate where the swings used to hang.
Our recycled swing-set is a work in progress, so check back for progress of how our new little garden is growing!