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DIY is a panacea for heartbreak and for our hero Max, it definitely worked. Move on na move on na si Max! And Cody is relieved that things are looking up at home, with the apartment and with his Dad. They also met DIY Diva Danica while out on a run.

This last episode will give you an estimate of the DIY costs. If you want to make some of the things that Max made, don’t wait for a heartbreak.

Creative expression is a way to channel depression or anxiety but it is also the way to an inspired life. Here’s a quote from a spiritual teacher Osho:

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.

Follow the journey of Max and his dog Cody –
Episode 1
Episode 2 (How to Make a Doggie Daybed)
Episode 3 (Life is a Ball)
Episode 4 (How to Make a Cool Coat Rack)
Episode 5 (It’s Shelfie Time)
Episode 6 (Make Your Own Bottle Opener)
Episode 7 (A Chance Meeting)
Episode 8 (Summary)

Finally, after weeks and months of having a gloomy and glum Daddy, doggie Cody cuddles up with Max on the couch. But Cody is bored. There must be more to his life than just sit through all these DIY projects.

Thankfully, Max seemed to understand the canine vibes. Play time! Yes, finally they go out for a run and that’s great after being a couch potato for days on end.

They meet someone. Who could that be?

Follow the journey of Max and his dog Cody –
Episode 1
Episode 2 (How to Make a Doggie Daybed)
Episode 3 (Life is a Ball)
Episode 4 (How to Make a Cool Coat Rack)
Episode 5 (It’s Shelfie Time)
Episode 6 (Make Your Own Bottle Opener)
Episode 7 (A Chance Meeting)
Episode 8 (Summary)

Max has been doing a lot of DIY lately, which is okay with Cody as long as his Daddy stops moping around the house all day. The home begins to look tidy and Max is focusing on other things, like this bottle opener. You may think that it would be easier to just buy a bottle opener and be done with it? But where’s the challenge in that. A guy has to do what he has to do to get over that girl, you know. Besides this one has a cap catcher.

So now Cody has his own bed, Max’s jackets are on a rack instead of the floor, the books are also on the shelves instead of all over the place. So I guess, it’s time for a drink.

It’s beginning to look light and bright in the Max & Cody household!

Follow the journey of Max and his dog Cody –
Episode 1
Episode 2 (How to Make a Doggie Daybed)
Episode 3 (Life is a Ball)
Episode 4 (How to Make a Cool Coat Rack)
Episode 5 (It’s Shelfie Time)
Episode 6 (Make Your Own Bottle Opener)
Episode 7 (A Chance Meeting)
Episode 8 (Summary)

Max is on a roll with his DIY projects, starting with the doggie daybed for Cody, the coat rack using a beat-up skateboard, and now it’s on to shelfie time.

You know those books which are strewn all over the place? Make two shelves with just two wooden planks and four metal brackets, and give those books a new home. Using a rag, stain the wooden planks with Boysen Oil Wood Stain in Walnut for a warm look before attaching to the brackets.

If you put some order into your living space, you also quiet your mind. For someone who went through a heartbreak, this could be a good thing.

Follow the journey of Max and his dog Cody –
Episode 1
Episode 2 (How to Make a Doggie Daybed)
Episode 3 (Life is a Ball)
Episode 4 (How to Make a Cool Coat Rack)
Episode 5 (It’s Shelfie Time)
Episode 6 (Make Your Own Bottle Opener)
Episode 7 (A Chance Meeting)
Episode 8 (Summary)

Inspirations in life come from everywhere, including how to make a cool coat rack brought to you by a trusty doggie like Cody. But of course you also have to be in a frame of mind that you are open to inspiration. And thank God, Max seems to be steadily on the road to recovery. Heartbreak seems to be losing its gut-wrenching sting.

When you are down in the dumps, try to step back. Don’t think or overthink. Give your mind some quiet time and keep your hands busy. Do the things you love. For Max it is creating something with his hands. It gives the added advantage of making his home more presentable.

If you’ve got things in your home which you no longer use, think about how you can repurpose them. For inspiration, you can read the following DIYs:
Play and Display
Got Excess Paint? Paint Beyond Your Walls
Be Creative and Bold in your Decor by Repurposing Things

Follow the journey of Max and his dog Cody –
Episode 1
Episode 2 (How to Make a Doggie Daybed)
Episode 3 (Life is a Ball)
Episode 4 (How to Make a Cool Coat Rack)
Episode 5 (It’s Shelfie Time)
Episode 6 (Make Your Own Bottle Opener)
Episode 7 (A Chance Meeting)
Episode 8 (Summary)

Cody is happy with his doggie bed and he thinks life is a ball. Max, on the other hand, seems to be finally getting over her. At least now he plays a sedate game of catch with Cody in his not so messy, but still messy (that’s the Tita vibe in me) living room.

Cody comes back with a shoe and that got Max into thinking what he can do with his old skateboard. In Episode 4 (showing on Friday, January 19), you will see another of Max’s DIYs.

Follow the journey of Max and his dog Cody –
Episode 1
Episode 2 (How to Make a Doggie Daybed)
Episode 3 (Life is a Ball)
Episode 4 (How to Make a Cool Coat Rack)
Episode 5 (It’s Shelfie Time)
Episode 6 (Make Your Own Bottle Opener)
Episode 7 (A Chance Meeting)
Episode 8 (Summary)

In a past life while living in Europe, DIY condo painting was something I did for a previous home. It was a challenge because I had never done it before and because the condo was about 100 sqm, with a height of 3 meters (or almost 10 feet), and had seven huge windows.

DIY Condo Painting

You’d think that having windows would cut down the square meter area of the surface which you need to paint. That’s right, of course. But preparing the surface becomes harder. You need to paint with a brush around the windows so that painting the walls with a roller would be “easier” to do after. Having such a high ceiling was great, but to me painting that kind of space while being half the height of the ceiling was a handicap. Climbing up and down a 2-meter ladder almost did me in.

DIY Condo Painting

After the first day, I could hardly get out of bed. It seemed my legs muscles were locked in a permanent flex, and my toes were curled in. Maybe looking down to the street through the windows from that ladder while painting around the head and side jambs scared me so my toes kind of clung to the topmost rung, like bird feet wrapped around a branch for stability.

My DIY condo painting was hard work, but I felt deep satisfaction and great pride in the results.

DIY Condo Painting

Would I do it again? Maybe, if I were still living abroad. But here in the Philippines, I’d rather outsource it because I prefer to be spoiled. Which is why when the need to paint my home here in Manila presented itself, I called the professionals. All I did was choose the colors. I came back after less than a week and everything, including the ceiling, had been painted exactly how I wanted it. I was lucky enough to hire painters who are regularly undergoing training with Boysen. Also helpful is that Boysen carries odor-less paints like Virtuoso (my favorite) and Healthy Home, so there were no paint smells at all in the condo.

DIY Condo Painting

If you’re up for the physical challenge, you have time, and you’re willing to experiment and learn, DIY condo painting is something you should do, at least once in your life. In this Internet age, there are so many instructional videos and literature that can help you do a good job, just like in this blog. Here are some of them:
What To Know Before You Start DIY Painting
5 Ingeniously Simple Painting Hacks Every Home Decorator Should Know
Painting 101
The DIY Diva Series

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How much did the DIY work cost? That’s something that concerns homeowners.

With all the expenses we’re faced with everyday, most of us do not even consider refurbishing our homes. It’s not only money but also time. Work, traffic, school, home, social life – all these add up and eat into the hours we have.

Money-wise, total cost of Danica’s DIY works was less than P6,000. You can go lower, of course, if you are not as   diva-ish as her with wanting an ombre wall. You can keep your wall to one color, and the same goes for your furniture. But then what is P6,000 really when this investment can give you something so much more than the peso cost? You get fulfillment and that priceless feeling of being home in a new city.

So go and mosey on down to your friendly Boysen Mix and Match Station after using your Boysen App to choose the colors of your dreams.

Follow Danica’s story –
DIY Diva, Episode 1
DIY Diva, Episode 2
DIY Diva, Episode 3
DIY Diva, Episode 4
DIY Diva, Episode 5
DIY Diva, Episode 6
DIY Diva, Episode 7

 

DIY condo painting is something Danica embraced when she moved to Cebu for work, and that’s what you can do too to make a home you really love. Whether you rent your home or own it, you deserve a space that fits your personality. After all, your home is your nest, your sanctuary, the place you go to so you can rest and re-energize.

How can you make your private space your own when you’ve just moved in? You can have your own familiar things around you. For a bigger impact, you can also put your stamp on it by changing the colors that surround you. It’s kind of like having the same kind of vibration inside you and outside you. Colors can do that. And paint, which is affordable, quick and effective, is the tool that you can use to get that coherence.

Danica went the extra mile by giving the old, tired-looking furniture a new coat of paint. If you’ve smartened up the walls, then give your furniture that pizzazz too.

Wouldn’t you just love to wake up to a new day in a place that is really home?

Follow Danica’s story –
DIY Diva, Episode 1
DIY Diva, Episode 2
DIY Diva, Episode 3
DIY Diva, Episode 4
DIY Diva, Episode 5
DIY Diva, Episode 6
DIY Diva, Episode 8

 

We made another DIY instructional video for you, this time having our DIY Diva Danica show you how to paint your old wooden furniture.

You can make shortcuts like I did with my furniture where I just painted over the old paint. But this is not the right way. An effective painting job hinges upon excellent surface preparation. Watch the video to see what steps you have to take to prepare the furniture you will be repainting.

If you want to learn how to prepare other surfaces like concrete, metal or drywall, then watch Painting 101. You will also learn how to prepare what paint, primers, brushes, rollers or other sundries to use to ensure a successful paint job.

Follow our DIY Diva’s story –
DIY Diva, Episode 1
DIY Diva, Episode 2

DIY Diva, Episode 3
DIY Diva, Episode 4
DIY Diva, Episode 5
DIY Diva, Episode 7
DIY Diva, Episode 8