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How to DIY Your Own Backsplash

COVERFour months ago, I decided to find a place to rent that would serve as my work place. My interior decorating hobby became a full time job and I had to find someone who could help me with the project details and management. It was also getting hard for me to concentrate when I work at home because of my two growing “makulit” kids, so an “office” now makes sense. Anyway, I was able to find an unfurnished condo unit very near our place. Initially, the space looked too lonely and dark for me and I just had to inject a lot of Michelle touches in it.

beforeFirst off the list is changing the countertop of the kitchen. See that huge brown spot that is almost the size of the whole countertop (left photo)? That was water stain. Cheap granite slabs are so porous that are prone to ugly water stains, making your countertop look perpetually dirty. 🙁 On the right is the new one where we used 60×60 white granite tiles (Brand: Sol from Wilcon Depot). Granite tile is a durable and affordable option if you need to update your kitchen countertop. I usually do this in my condo projects. 🙂 Doesn’t it look much, much cleaner? Now all it needs is a backsplash that would add some personality to the unit.

I originally planned to handpaint a pattern on it since this is a rental property and I can’t really have anything permanent (except for the countertop which I asked for the landlady’s permission, hehe!) But then Stiles.ph contacted me about their sticker tiles and I knew I had to try it myself since a lot of you, DIYers would find this interesting too. 🙂

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Basically, it works like regular sticker. You would have to peel the protective covering at the back and just stick it on the wall! I think this is perfect if your rental unit doesn’t have any backsplash since you can totally do this yourself. When you move out, just peel the tile using a hair dryer to easily loosen up the adhesive and minimize wall damage.IMG_4115

IMG_4125The size is almost the same as typical mosaic tiles you can buy from home depots so laying it out is easy too. First, I cut off the excess tiles on the bottom and left part so that it would align on the wall and countertop. I used an X-acto knife initially but resorted to scissors on the later part because it’s easier for me. Haha!

By the way, please make sure that your wall is clean, free from dust or oil smudges, so the sticker would stick well.

IMG_4126The instruction from Stiles actually said to measure the wall first and draw where each tile would be installed. I personally find it hard because my kitchen wall is quite crooked, so I had to just test how each tile would fit on top of the existing one before taking the protective backing paper off.

IMG_4134See? I was hard at work trying to keep the “grout” lines even. Hehe!

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If you have an outlet, simply cut the edges using a cutter and ruler. Not my hand though! I must admit that I did ask for a little help installing the tiles, but only in challenging corners like this, not because I can’t but because I was feeling lazy. And I had to take photos! Haha!

IMG_4156Same with the panel box, just slice the edges off using a sharp knife or cutter. 🙂

IMG_4197And here is my finished backsplash, TAADAAA! 😀 I finished it in about 4.5 hours. There was an “un-tiled” space left on the top because I ran out of sheets. I’m planning to do something about that soon… when I find the time. 😀

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It really does look like real tiles. It’s heat resistant too so it’s safe to use even if you have a stove. It’s water proof and can easily be cleaned. Trust me, it always gets splashed with acrylic paint, sometimes spaghetti sauce, but it still looks pristine. It has been up on my wall for about three months now and it shows no sign of peeling off. Totally worth it!

The cost per sheet is P110-120, almost the price of cheaper mosaic tiles, but less the labor cost, tile adhesive and grout cost. It can even be used in the bathroom or even as accent wall in the dining and living area.

For more information and other tile designs, you can visit their website: http://stilesph.weebly.com/ or facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stiles.ph/



Before and After: Trolley Table Mini Makeover

Since Kenya will be sleeping in our bedroom during her first year and her actual dresser is outside the bedroom, I needed a trolley table for her random stuff like cottons, diapers, medicine, clothes for the day, etc. I wanted to have one custom-made but hubby said there’s no more time so better to just buy one instead.

I found one  that would do in SM Department store for P1,990. Too expensive for me but we got P400 gift voucher from BDO credit card’s current promo and 700 points (P700 equivalent cash value) in hubby’s BDO Emerald card so we generally just paid P900 for it. As usual, I hate the black laminate. It was the same finish as the shoe rack that I painted white and turquoise.

I needed to make it look just right for Kenya and black simply won’t do. I would have painted it if only I still had the energy to do some sanding and patience to paint in thin layers. But my back is already killing me and doing simple things are now really hard so I needed a quickie solution. The solution: FABRIC TAPE!

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Fabric tapes are just like washi tapes except well, you guessed it, they are made of fabric instead of paper. I simply covered the wood with striped fabric tape and accented it with coral fabric tape as well. A task as simple as that would normally be done in 30 minutes or so, but it took me 3 hours to finish including three short breaks, not to mention super achy lower back after. Oh, third trimester, how I hate you…Cart-make over2

For protective sealer, I applied 3 layers of Mod Podge gloss. If you’re wondering where I bought my Mod Podge, it’s from Deovir SM   North branch. I bought my Mod Podge about a year ago but I was reserving it for a special project because it’s just so expensive (P180 for 4oz). I used Elmer’s glue diluted in water instead for decoupage projects and for sealing purposes. But this one is for Kenya so it just have to be special. Hehe!


Ikea Hack: Faux Native Table

I’m still working on having a beached-themed living room and the process is taking so slooooowly that’s why you’re not seeing further updates. From the rate I’m going, the big reveal might probably come mid-next year or worse, end of next year. I just hope not. Anyway, here is one accomplished task (out of 500, kidding, kinda…)

I can’t buy any new furniture right now so I just have to make-over my existing ones to match the theme I’m going for. I have an Ikea Lack table that just looks lousy but I can’t part with it because there’s hardly any furniture in the house. For the longest time, I’ve been thinking of what I can do with it like decoupaging it with fabric (can’t find the right fabric), painting it (looks tacky and plain), adding mosaic (not too beach like). Then one day, while window shopping in Landmark, I found this nylon woven placemats that will look great with the table. I want something similar to a wicker chair or basket and like I said, I can’t afford anything right now. I have the rest of the materials like the sisal rope I bought months ago in Quiapo so I grabbed for of the placemats and went home excited to start a new project.

See, it’s ugly now so I need to act quick. The process is pretty self-explanatory so I’m just posting pictures. But feel free to ask me if anything is unclear.

White glue works well for the table top. I tried using it on a leg but failed, unless I want to hold the placemat around the leg and wait for the glue to dry. Contact cement (rugby) works better. Just apply thin, even coats on both surfaces (the leg and the placemat) and allow a few minutes for it to dry. It will stick flat and perfect. I even attempted using white glue for the rope. I didn’t know what I was thinking then…

Four placemats were exactly enough for this table. I wrapped rope on the uncovered part of the leg to remedy the damaged bottom. I don’t think a damp mop can do much harm now.

I just love the texture, so native and local. I wish I could finish the living room so you could all see my table with the rest of the gang.

Oh, while editing the images, I asked my 3-year old son which looks better, the old one or the new one. He likes the old one better. 🙁 I don’t care, I still think it’s beach-y.


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