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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

It’s not only walls that can use a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes you need to paint your old furniture to match the new colors found on your walls. That’s what Danica, our DIY Diva, thinks so too.

Danica feels that her ombre wall deserves furnitures that are not old and tired-looking. If your existing furniture has good bones and you just need to jazz them up a bit, follow our DIY Diva’s footsteps and find out how you can add a lick of paint to those wooden chairs and tables to make them look like new.

One good tip is to watch Painting 101, an instructional video that will teach you how to prepare your surface and 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 6

DIY Diva, Episode 7
DIY Diva, Episode 8

Hellbent on painting her nest with colors that bring her joy and energy, Danica opts for an ombre look and paints one accent wall with different blues to remind her of the Cebu beaches.

After a successful visit to a Boysen Mix and Match Station, she prepares the wall and the area around it, then rolls on three shades of blue, blending it to get the effect she wants to achieve.

The post Personalized Walls from Boysen shows you different ways to make different effects for your walls. You’ll also see an ombre wall, where sponges were used instead of rollers.

Follow Danica’s story and see the other episodes:

DIY Diva, Episode 1
DIY Diva, Episode 2
DIY Diva, Episode 3
DIY Diva, Episode 5
DIY Diva, Episode 6

DIY Diva, Episode 7
DIY Diva, Episode 8

A true DIY-Diva like Danica is a go-getter. So after choosing her colors from the Boysen App, she moves on to buy those cans of paints from the Boysen Mix and Match Station, that you can find in select hardware stores, home depots or paint centers. Check which outlet is closest to you here.

Buy all sundries you need in the same place to get those colors on your walls in a jiffy. Why wait, right?

The ombre wall Danica is making here needs more time, and different colors of paint (same hue but different tones). If you want something simple, just paint your wall one color, like what most people do. Jazz it up a bit by having one accent wall, which you paint in a different color.

Follow Danica’s story here –
DIY Diva, Episode 1
DIY Diva, Episode 2
DIY Diva, Episode 4
DIY Diva, Episode 5
DIY Diva, Episode 6 
DIY Diva, Episode 7
DIY Diva, Episode 8

How convenient would it be if there was a Boysen App that you could use in the comfort of your home, so that you could choose the color that you would want to paint your walls with?

Episode 2 of DIY Diva is where Danica walks you through how to use the Color Capture in the Boysen App.

It’s as easy as how Danica makes it look and would save you time choosing Boysen paint colors for your walls. What’s great is you can use favorite photos to find your colors, and you can try each color to find that particular shade that appeals to you most before you go to a Boysen Mix & Match Station.

Watch how the DIY Diva does it!

You can download the app for free:

For Android
For iPhone

Wanna know Danica’s story? See
DIY Diva, Episode 1
DIY Diva, Episode 3
DIY Diva, Episode 4
DIY Diva, Episode 5
DIY Diva, Episode 6
DIY Diva, Episode 7
DIY Diva, Episode 8

Meet Danica, our DIY Diva, who has been promoted by her office and assigned to Cebu. New responsibilities, new colleagues, new city, new home.

Excited to see her new nest, she opens the door and is underwhelmed! Oops, boring! But she’s a go-getter and creative to boot so she goes about redesigning her home and some things in it so her new residence will carry her colorful style and high energy.

Follow Danica’s journey and learn from the DIY Diva.

Follow Danica’s story –
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 Diva, Episode 8

The rains are here, and so are roof leaks.

Global climate change notwithstanding, the rains are here as expected at this time of the year. To most Pinoys, this can be a cause for celebration as we kiss the summer heat goodbye.

But it seems that the local weather has become so chummy with the heat that it doesn’t even want to leave us, even with the onset of the rainy season. So what’s worse than melting under the summer heat? It’s continuing to melt even when the rains descend upon us. And what’s even worse than that? Sweltering in the heat, amidst a torrent of rain, under a leaking roof.

The Eurythmics chill classic goes, “Here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a memory…,” except that one would feel far from chill, when raindrops are anything but a memory.

I can very well relate to the frustration of having an unidentified source of roof leak. The irritating pitter-patter sound of raindrops that you think you hear on the right side of the ceiling, only to frown at the suspicious stain starting to form in the middle of the room’s ceiling, and waking up one day to see that the paint ceiling on the right side is starting to peel off . Saan ba talaga galing ang tulo?!

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Roof leaks or any house water leaks for that matter, pose a major challenge for any homeowner. The best way to find out the source of a leak is to investigate it as soon as you see it. If necessary, remove ceiling openings to investigate further where exactly the leak is coming from, and the most ideal time to do this is during a heavy rainfall.

Last year was a challenging process of elimination for us, when we found ourselves badgered with a constant dripping sound coming from our ceiling, and soon enough we started seeing a map-like vision of a stain staring right back at us during our relaxation time. After establishing that it wasn’t a major leak, but big enough to bother us, I started asking around and discovered that sometimes, a leak does not necessarily mean a major house repair expense.

As it turns out, Boysen carries some products to address the perennial water leak and seepage problem common to home maintenance. Let me focus on 3 Boysen products—Boysen Roofgard, Boysen Plexibond, and Boysen Acrytex. Now, all three address water-related problems. How are they different from each other?

Boysen Roofgard

Boysen Roofgard is a gloss acylic, water-based roof paint designed to protect and adhere to most roof substrates. Roofgard can be applied on pre-painted galvanized iron sheets or on corroded G.I. surface roofings, provided that rust removal and application of Boysen Metal Etching Solution is done first.

Boysen Plexibond

On the other hand, Boysen Plexibond is an acrylic polymer (a kind of formulated plastic to resist breakage and elasticity), which when mixed with Portland cement, transforms into a compound that gives you excellent adhesion and water resistance. Plexibond is best for water seepage and is ideal for waterproofing roof decks and firewalls.

Boysen Acrytex

Boysen Acrytex is an acrylic solvent-based coating that forms a seamless, non-porous, watertight film that repels water and also prevents seepage. Acrytex is usually applied on any interior or exterior wall or substrate, be it wood, cement-type, or steel.

As with any house repair project, it is best to consult with a professional on how to go about repairs. But do consider that your water-leakage problems may not require extensive masonry rework, and may in fact be simply addressed by over-the-counter, tried-and-tested products, which we can easily access from our neighborhood home depot.

My home’s leaking problem was a small, 3 sqm cemented deck area right outside my son’s room, which caused water to fill up and leak through our kitchen area under it. I had the bigger cracks recemented which only took half a day, and applied Boysen Acrytex for good measure. It’s been bye-bye leaks since then. I’m glad it wasn’t as laborious as I thought it would be.

One happy homeowner here. Now, to get back those zzzzzz’s I missed out on, worrying on those leaks.

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If there’s one thing that kills the mood, it’s a smell that isn’t supposed to be there. Whatever turns your nose off—garbage, partially rotten food, molds, your dog—is eventually bound to be a source of annoyance.

And like many things, the solution doesn’t require you to dish out hundreds of pesos. Store-bought deodorizers work fine, but homemade recipes made from a few household ingredients do the job with just as much ease. Plus you won’t have to burn another hole in your wallet.

For all the DIY enthusiasts, we gathered some of the simplest, most straightforward, no-brainer odor-eliminating recipes we could find. Next to being budget-friendly, these recipes are all free of harmful chemicals that store-bought deodorizers could potentially contain.

Air Freshener Sprays

Pour 1 tablespoon of baking soda and a few drops of your preferred essential oil (or a combination of oils) into a small spray bottle, fill the rest with water, and shake well. Done. Spray.  The baking soda acts as the deodorizer here, and the essential oils, while completely optional, do the job of making things smell pretty.

If you don’t have baking soda, lug your oversized jug of Datu Puti white vinegar out and mix 1/2 cup of that with 1 1/2 cups of water, along with 10-15 (or more if you prefer a stronger fragrance) drops of essential oil.

To make your spray double as a disinfectant, bring in the vodka. Mix 1/2 cup high-proof vodka or rubbing alcohol (an alternative, but gives off a harsher smell), 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar, 3/4 cup water, and 50-60 drops of essential oil.

These recipes can be used for just about anything—clothes, fabrics, cabinets, rooms, or rugs. And whatever you do, DO NOT MIX BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR. Just don’t, or your bottle will start frothing at the mouth.

Deodorizer Jars and Disks

Clothes tend to take on a certain unpleasant smell when left unused in cabinets for long periods. Gently mix 1/2 cup of baking soda and 10-15 drops of essential oil into a bowl or jar and place it inside the offending cabinet. Make sure you keep it somewhere it won’t fall, because trust me, that’s one hassle you don’t want to clean up.

If you’re up for the challenge and have time to spare, you could even make your own deodorizing disks. You know, those white round things that we all probably wanted to taste when we were kids. They’re ideal for garbage cans, closets, and any enclosed spaces.

One easy recipe mixes 1 cup of baking soda, 4 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 15 drops of lemon essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil in a bowl. Pour the mixture into a cookie pan or any baking mold you have and leave it to completely dry. You could also bake some in the oven for a more durable deodorizer disk.

Finger Smells

I have this strange habit of constantly smelling my fingers after eating crab with my hands. Or chopping onions. Smelly fingers bother me like an itch that I have to compulsively scratch.

The age-old remedy of rubbing your fingertips with calamansi or some other citrus fruit works. Rubbing some salt along with it also helps. But if you have none of those, you can scrub your fingers with coffee grounds, used or fresh. More heavy-duty options include rinsing your hands in a vinegar or baking soda mixture. If none of these work, well, finger smells go away by themselves eventually.

Home Deodorizers

This works the same way as baking brownies and then having your whole house smell like brownies, especially condo units. Slice up some fruits, herbs, spices, and extracts of your choice, then toss them into a pot of water. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for as long as you like, and your house will smell like whatever you placed inside your pot. A nice touch when you have guests over, and there are a wide variety of combinations you can experiment with.

As with most things, people may think that only store-bought products can do a completely perfect job of solving a problem. With the amount of DIY blogs and tutorials you can find out there, this obviously isn’t true. So the next time your impulses tell you to run to the store for that expensive can of aerosol spray, look to your pantry and what you have before anything else.