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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 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)

“Move on, Max,” that’s what dog Cody wishes for his daddy this new year. In his doggie brain, Cody could get it that his dear daddy was having a hard time with his heartbreak. But surely it wasn’t a reason to wallow in such messy surroundings.

Thank God, Max seems to get it as he starts his journey to recovery. How do we know? Because he starts being creative again.

Watch Max and Cody’s journey to becoming heart-whole (well, Max mostly) as he (Max, not Cody) starts tidying up, tinkers with stuff, repurposing things, being creative, and best of all, spoiling him (Cody, not Max) again!

And in his doggie brain, Cody thinks that’s how things should be.

Follow their journey:
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)

The first post we wrote about the work of interior designer Gila Salvador of Madhouse Design Studio, was about a renovation she did of a small space, a 22 sqm condo to fit a family of 5.

This  second one is about another renovation of a 29 sqm condo, again for a family of 5. It is not only space that was the challenge but also the dated look of the condo because it is in a 25-year old building.

Ways to Maximize Small Spaces

What I admire about Gila is that she makes something seemingly impossible possible. You can see from both projects that she really listens very closely to what the homeowners have to say. Here are the main elements that make her projects successful:

  1. She uses both vertical and horizontal spaces in her design.
  2. Clutter makes any space look smaller so she provides as much storage as she can so that the family members have somewhere to put their belongings.
  3. She provides fitted furniture which may be multifunctional, like a bed-cum-couch.
  4. Wall, furniture and upholstery colors are neutrals and blend well together.

Gila is the CEO and Creative Director for Madhouse Design Studio, an interior design, graphic design and construction company based in Metro Manila. If you follow her FB page, you will see that Gila’s unique abilities to cater to this market has been keeping her so busy.

For more tips, read these blog posts about small spaces:
Design Ideas for Small Spaces
Tips on How to Use Paint to Make Your Condo Look Bigger
Small, Space-Saving and Sustainable Structures

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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

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

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

If you’re the type of person who spends a pretty good amount of time every single day planning (read: plotting) her OOTD, chances are you usually zero in on a single piece of clothing or accessory that would be the icing on your full outfit, in other words, a fashion accessory that would make great eye candy.

Imagine that socialite in an all-black ensemble, elegantly clutching that It Purse in deep velvet red…or what about that celebrity in a baby pink dress that she matched with ruby-toned stilettos? Your eyes will definitely be drawn to the purse and shoes, because, well, their colors pop.

So what’s the point in all these? If you can spend a considerable amount of time visualizing your OOTDs, then it actually makes perfect sense to seriously strategize how you want to create dramatic looks in your own home, that is, by carefully choosing an item in your home’s specific area, painting it dramatically, and turning it into a stand-out accent piece.

Try these painting DIYs for those eye-catching interiors.

Statement Doors

Seeing beige, brown, and white doors can be a daily occurrence, so why not level up your entry’s welcoming powers and color it bright! Orange, red, green, yellow, or a lively kind of blue will certainly increase the attractiveness of your  entrance or exit. In the past, I recoated my ordinary-looking white back door using excess red paint, and what a difference that made. From a shy, self-effacing door, it made a loud statement, “Come through me, there’s so much more to see!”

Happy Chair

In a room filled with muted tones of neutral-colored walls and furniture, a cheerfully colored seat can be a welcome sight for weary souls. Check out which area of your home needs a quick facelift, without necessitating repainting of walls. Repainting a plain-looking chair with a vivid color can work wonders.

Cupboard Drama

Skip the whites and light-colored hues, and be bolder with your kitchen cupboards. Play up your kitchen cabinets by experimenting with adventurous colors. The kitchen after all is no place to be meek and timid with the visual vibe. A lot of cooking happens here, so let your dramatic cupboards complement the flurry of activity.

Vibrant TV Wall

Remember the time we used to place our TVs on humdrum racks or tables? Well, gone are those days. Boost the experience of TV viewing by providing your telly with eyecatching and buzz-inspiring backdrops.

Kid-magnet Study Table

Ever wondered how else you can make studying more exciting for your child? Just like that automobile bed you bought your son, where he gets his oh-so-lovely naps, why not add some pizzazz to his place of study by splashing his table with his fave color? Your daughter currently in love with pink? By all means, treat her to a pink study table. She will thank you for it. Who knows, the thank-yous might even come in the form of better report cards.

These are minor color transformations that do not require too much cost nor time. Amazing how a little color change can go a long way, and be pleasantly surprising.

Feature image: Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

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