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If you’re the crafty type, do a Carlo move and make your own wooden coasters. After making a geometric wall in his Mom’s neighborhood fruit and shake bar, Carlo sawed wooden hexagon pieces and made them into coasters. Painting them with bright hues could bring you joy every time you use them. Just like Mama, who now has cheerful looking wooden coasters to use when serving her delicious fruit shakes to customers, most of them already her sukis.

Making your own things instead of buying them gives a feeling of accomplishment. There are some people who go as far as making their own Christmas gifts to give to loved ones. I admire those people because you know they spent a lot of time making something for you, when it would have been easier to go to a store and buy the gifts. Even handwritten letters are such a rarity these days. It feels more intimate.

Follow Carlo’s and Mama’s story –
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 (How to paint a geometric wall)

Other Let it B Webisodes

For other DIY webisodes, please go to:
DIY Diva
Move on Max
I <3 Me

There are also other DIY craft videos that you can watch. Just visit our Youtube channel.

The kitchen is an area in a home that promotes a certain connection with every member of the family. There are a multitude of kitchen paint ideas suitable for the home. You just need to pick one that can enhance its atmosphere exactly as how you’d like it.

From neutral tones to warmer hues, choosing the best kitchen color can be a painstaking task, especially if you have no professional help in the process. Kitchen color ideas range from a variety of palettes.

A White Family Kitchen

White as a choice of color for your kitchen will help enhance lighting. This will create the illusion that the space is bigger. White also creates a crisp and cool impression. It can go with any color so you can opt to add other hues in your kitchen appliances, cabinetry, countertop, or accessories.

Warm Colors for Your Family Kitchen

Yellow is another favorite especially in the kitchen. This color radiates a welcoming ambiance, and would be ideal if you are the type to entertain. Think about using yellow if you have an open kitchen or if your kitchen is big enough to entertain guests in. Definitely it would also be great if you have a dine-in kitchen where you and your family have your meals. Who wouldn’t want to a bit of sunshine while eating, right?

Fiery reds are the best option for families with kids who are picky eaters. The color aids in stimulating appetite which is why it is a popular choice in many restaurants.

Cool Colors for Your Family Kitchen

Gray, once regarded as a dull and lifeless color, has enjoyed popularity for many decades now. It is also a color of choice for many homeowners in kitchens. This neutral color has many shades and is a safe choice for the walls of the kitchen. What’s easy about this neutral is that it can work very well with many other colors.

Gray became fashionable with industrial interior design, especially with the use of concrete in the homes. If you prefer something other than paint, then Konstrukt is a Boysen product line that can give you this look.

You can also use green in your kitchen. Boysen Color Trend 2018 has the Be Here palette with a lovely deep shade of this hue called Forest Ranger. Green symbolizes nature, renewal, growth, even money. This kitchen color idea is suitable in bringing a refreshing dynamic into your home.

Draw life into your kitchen by painting it with the color that appeals to you. What kind of hue would you like to be surrounded by while you eat together with your loved ones, or when you’re preparing a meal?

Learn more about kitchen paint ideas here in Let it B (#myboysen). For technical questions, email us at ask@myboysen.com.

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The Year of the Dog is almost upon us as Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 16 this year, so what better time to celebrate our canine family members than now. Many of us love our dogs. Look at how Max and Cody love each other.

Dogs in Your Life and Home

We made this post for our doggie friends and their humans. There’s this segment in the book by John Grogan about his dog Marley where he talks about the precious companionship of a dog,

“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

Palette of the Blissful Year of the Dog
Watch video to see the paint color names of those paws.

The famous American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz who made the comic strip Peanuts and creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, had this to say,

All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.”
― Charles M. Schulz

How to Canine-Proof Your Home

Not everyone in your family may be totally gaga about dogs. To keep the peace with your family members, make sure you keep your home clean, fur-free and good-smelling. Let the home diva Martha Stewart help you with that, click on the Clean-House Tips for Pet Owners.

For your wall paint, you can best use Healthy Home and Virtuoso paints since they are antibacterial and easy to clean.

Do send us photos of your beloved doggies in your homes to info@myboysen.com. We promise to post them here.

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It’s not easy to break up with someone you love, and then learn through social media that she has a new boo and it’s not you.

After a long bout of being down in the dumps because of heartbreak, Max finally picks up the pieces and starts with making a doggie daybed for Cody. Of course, he could have started with cleaning up the mess in his apartment but Cody does not mind the change in priority since he gets a nice place to rest.

How do you make a bed fit for a doggie king? Watch the video. It’s as easy as it looks.

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

 

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

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