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Another Ugly Wall To Cover Up: How to Paint Pallet Wood

beforeI really hate it when I don’t have time to do new posts for my blog. This is like another baby of mine which, most of the time, is left ignored. I have a lot of ideas in mind and I wish I have 48 hours on my day. Apparently, this post is long overdue since I have some minor renovations did almost a year ago and I haven’t shared the details in my kitchen yet.

So anyway, rants first. When we moved into this house 4 years ago, the kitchen was far from looking like the above photo. The counter with cabinets on the left was not there and so was the one where the stove and convection oven is. The tiles were ugly pink and the floor was slippery 12×12 maroon ceramic tiles. It was dark and dingy and probably cockroach and rat-infested. The kitchen was the first area in the house that we renovated. Of course, this is where our food that will keep us alive and healthy will come from.

The slippery tiles had to go for Bryce’s safety and my sanity. There has to be extra storage for the pots and pans and a proper place for the stove and oven. I was quite daring back then and I really wanted something fresh like apple green for the walls to compensate for the depressing view outside the kitchen window (squatter’s area.) So that’s the picture above. Unfortunately, this is a house with weird angled walls. See that awkward looking wall under the kitchen sink? The paint started peeling after the first flood hit us.

kitchen-coverAfter the second flood, I had another reason to have the kitchen repainted (I eventually got sick of my yellowgreen walls) and fixed a bit. I tried to make that wall under the sink look a bit straighter and disguise that small door (for the pipes) by adding reclaimed pallet woods. painting1I didn’t like palochina’s natural yellowish tone so I decided to paint them. I still wanted to see the wood grains so here’s how I did it. (It was my first time to do this and I’m pretty happy with the result.)

1.) I mixed some acrylic paint that you can buy from National Bookstore (blue, green and black) with water until I came up with, well, dirty water! I tried it first on a spare wood a and it looked too dark so I added more water (remember, this is more of washing the wood with color than painting it).

2) I needed more green to match the floor tile (see top washed plank), but then it was too light and too green. To make the grains come out a bit, I added a bit of blue and very, very little black (see middle washed plank). For the bottom plank, I added another layer of wash to make it darker.painting2

3) I “washed” the wood with my dark brownish green water. Just like when painting something, applying wash in thin and translucent layers is better so you can easily adjust the intensity of the color. I think I applied about 3 layers here.

4) After letting the wood absorb my dirty water wash, I diluted the off-white paint I used on our kitchen wall with water (make sure you’re using latex paint which is water based and not oil-based one or enamel) and again, worked in layers.painting32

I’m quite happy with my experimental white-washing. Haha! Now I need a pop of color. Using the yellow from our dining room wall, I painted the inside of the shelves. paintin4

But it looked too yellow and bright for me so using the same craft acrylic paints, I roughly mixed a bit of green and yellow in white and lightly dabbed it on wall. I was just dabbing the tip of my brush so the bright yellow would still show through. And yes, this is the same acrylic paint that you use to paint on canvass. It quite good on your walls too. 🙂 kitchen2

Under the sink looks quite nice now. I used 1.5 bundles of planks here (10 planks per bundle for P250) plus some old 2×2 wood for the frame. Pretty cheap project, right? 🙂 after

My overhead kitchen cabinet needed a pop of color too. And since I still have small pieces of leftover wood, I made a tray to organize my other kitchen utensils.

Organization tip:  Organize and display your spices using 3 pieces of 2″x2″ wood so you can easily see the labels. You can paint them or wrap them in pretty paper if you want but I was too lazy to do it. Hehe!

Baby Girl-Friendly Master Bedroom

Kenya will be sharing room with us for her first year. I honestly thought I wouldn’t be sharing our bed  with a drooling (and peeing) baby anymore. I surely don’t miss our milk/drool-stained colored bedsheets. I’ve always wanted crisp, white sheets and so when Bryce had his own room two years ago, I immediately bought a 300 TC set of beddings.

For the longest time, our room was just black and white which I loved. When we had our ground floor repainted with happy blue and yellow, I wanted some of those happy colors incorporated in our room. When we found out we’re having a girl, I knew I wanted some pink and yellow in the room. bedroom1-new

I only got to start working on our bedroom when I hit 36 weeks and as much as I wanted to do so much in this room, I just lack the energy to do it. So the projects had to be really quick and easy.

First, I bought a couple panels of blackout curtain from SM Department Store (on sale for P480/panel). If I were still “capable”, I would go to Ylaya St.and buy blackout fabric there and sew the curtains myself. For P1000, I would have 10 yards, definitely more than enough for 4 panels which I need for our window. (I can’t remember if the width of blackout fabric is 110″.)

Originally, I wanted to either dye my fabric ombre or paint it with cool geometric pattern. But like I’ve said, I was already huge and my back is killing me so I ended up buying 6 meters of 3″ coral ribbon to sew stripes on my curtain for a pop of color.


The frames above the headboard now seem too black compared to the white curtains now. I wanted the room to look brighter and if only I had more time, I would have spray painted them white. So instead, I used the same striped fabric tape I used for out trolley table to make the frames lighter. And look, I finally changed the default artworks. I did a couple of 5-minute water color painting and used scrap book paper for the other two. I will change it still though.

I am also planning to re-upholster our headboard with something of lighter color like white leather or oil cloth. As much as I love our fabric headboard, it’s a dust gatherer and I know it would not be good for Kenya.

I’ve always wanted something around the TV or even something to cover it like a frame that can be opened because I don’t like having a really huge black spot on that wall. (The TV was a gift from my sister-in-law so I can’t really complain. Hehe!) I was thinking of a different treatment for this but I found those cheap native-looking placemats (P30 each) in Landmark and thought maybe it would be a good background for the TV. But when I finished attaching them (I used double-sided tape), I’m a bit disappointed with the result. It just doesn’t blend with the rest of the room. Again, I will change this as soon as I am recovered from delivering the baby.

I added washi tapes on the bottom for more color. The planter was DIY from my collection of used palochina planks. Oh, the two cylindrical vases are the same black ones from the “before” room. I just wrapped it with corrugated gift wrapper. Told ya, quick and easy projects.

Have I told you that love shopping at Landmark? It’s like every time I go there, there’s something new and interesting. You just have to look hard enough. Remember the cute pillow covers and the polka dot kitchen towels? Shopping their home section is like a treasure hunt for me. I always score something pretty yet cheap. My last find was that cotton coral rug (approximately 72″x48″) on sale from P999 to P899. I am so in love with the color and I wish Kenya has her own room already. It seems kinda off in its current placement but I don’t care because I love walking on to it every time I go to my side of bed. It’s so soft…. And by the way, that’s my new diaper bag (hospital bag for now) and we’re ready to deliver anytime!!! Yey!bedroom4-newI can never have enough baskets. I hate clutter and these guys make things a lot easier for me (and keeps me sane too). I got quite a bunch of damaged discs so I decided to use them as temporary labels. Not so creative huh… I will work on everything as soon as Kenya’s here and I’m up on my feet. But for now, I guess this would do… Now you know why I am getting so impatient. 🙂

Sneak Peek #2: Master bedroom

This is originally posted September last year but I’m posting it again for reference purposes.

For the nth time, i’m going to say that I really regret not taking photos before the renovation took place. This is how our bedroom looks like now. The built-in cabinet occupied the space where the headboard is right now. We had the cabinets moved to the right side of the room and replaced the worn out walls with new ones. And like Bryce’s room, we had bigger windows installed.

Our window before was so small that one curtain panel was enough. I felt like we were in a tower prison with one tiny window positioned way too high on the wall. And that window had the same ugly pointed arch like the one in our living room.

All the furniture in the room are custom-made, the cabinets, side table, bed frame, the console table on the foot of our bed. I am especially proud of our DIY headboard, my first ever DIY project (with the help of hubby of course).

Oh, you can see how lazy I am… I bought the four frames hanging on top of the headboard last year and I still haven’t changed the photos that came with them. I’m getting tired of the black and white theme too. I’m planning to change the look soon. So many things to do, so little time…


I haven’t posted the other side of the room.So here are the pictures before I did a minor make over.

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