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How I DIY Painted My Car

This is about a project Hubby and I did long before I had this blog.  When we were still in our early twenties, this is how I DIY painted my car! Proof that we are bona fide DIYers, lol 😉

Charlie in 2009


Painting the bumper – 2004


See? Rust issues


Apparently not the right way to tape off a car


See? Blue hatchback issues too . . .
Check out that head of hair on my cutie hubby!  It’s so unfair, he doesn’t even want it!!


Apparently a field is not the ideal place, but its use was free, so the price was right


An “after” shot taken the same year

Now, THIS is a pretty awesome DIY “before & after”.  Does this give us serious DIY cred?

Anyone else tackle a waaay too big DIY project and feel totally overwhelmed?  In the weeks it took us to do this, I kept thinking: “I can’t believe I ruined my car, I can’t believe I ruined my car”.



  1. Vinaya at HipHipHome
    February 13, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Oh my God, Tanya! I just saw this! This gives you serious DIY creds! I mean, Serious!!! It's quite evident creativity really runs in you (and your husband, of course), to pull this off in 2004!

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      February 15, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Haha, thanks! Oh man, we were so fearless back then! We had so much energy, too. We were both working full time, plus I had two part-time jobs and we'd drive an hour out into the country to sand and paint. Took FOREVER, lol.

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