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How To Update a Condo’s Kitchen on a Budget

Some condos, like DMCI, will not turn over the unit to the owner until it has been thoroughly finished. The good thing about it is that you can move in right away. But the downside of not having a choice to leave the unit bare is that you’re pretty much stuck with whatever kind of finish they specified for the project. It’s a homeowners’ dilemma because taking down the brand-new cabinets or re-tiling the floor and bathroom is kinda “nakakahinayang.”

When I was asked to decorate my sister-in-law and friend’s unit in Acacia Estate, the first thing I wanted to change was the kitchen cabinets and countertop. The laminate color was too dark for the unit and so the cabinets made the kitchen look even smaller. And since the kitchen is one of the first areas you see when you enter the unit, I want it to have an impact. But both my clients had very limited budget so having custom-made cabinets was out of the question.

Here’s what I did and what you can do too if you want to give your kitchen a make-over. Both projects cost less than P7,000.kitchen-before2

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Spot the difference! From vertical to horizontal cabinet handles. Just apply wood filler on the screw holes and proceed with these steps:

  1. Laminates can definitely be painted over. You don’t need to strip it off since it would damage the surface, making the project even costlier. Prep the surface by sanding it a bit using 220 grit sandpaper. Laminates are too smooth for the paint to adhere onto. Even if it is a textured laminate, sand it still.
  2. Next prime the surface using flat white latex (water-based paint). I personally don’t want to use oil-based enamel since condos usually have limited ventilation. Enamel odor takes forever to leave the room and you don’t want that.
  3. Choose any color you want in high/semi-gloss finish. Remember to still use water-based paint.

TIP: Since water-based paint dries much quicker than oil-based one, using a foam or cottom roller would ensure a smoother finish. Paint brush would leave brush marks unless that’s the finish you’re after.

With my sister-in-law’s kitchen (above), the mirror backsplash cost around P4,000 plus the quart of paint for P400+.

kitchen-before1For my friend’s unit, I wanted the kitchen to look clean, sort of Scandinavian-inspired. I initially planned on replacing the cabinet doors with melamine board for the glossy look but I realized that I had to replace the entire cabinet too with melamine board and that would go beyond the budget. So again, I had them paint glossy white.

kitchen-after1aThe glass doors looked great with the back of the cabinet painted blue-green. It might still have looked great if they only had white ceramics as contents. But who wastes precious space for such stuff anyway? So to hide the clutter, (because it really shows through despite the frosted glasses) I had the back of the glass painted too. Not bad, eh?

kitchen-after1bThe black countertop was actually just 60x60cm plain black granite tiles laid over the existing granite. I had the left part extended for a cooktop so the gas and trash can could be stored underneath. It looked more customized like that than just placing a gas range in that spot.

Those white little subway tile-like (30x30cm) cost just P23/pc and the black granite tiles were about P150/pc (tiles were from Floor Center.) For this particular project, we spent no more than P8,000 including the tiles adhesive, grout, plywood for the extended countertop, paint and labor.

I really wish I could take better photos because these kitchens look way better in actual. Hehehe!

If you have similar kitchen and are dying to give it a fresh look, go ahead! P10,000 would go a long way. You can paint the cabinet yourself and just ask the help of someone reliable to do the tiling. Lucky you if you have a handy husband!



Ultimate Project of the Year Part 2

Finally, the reveal. I promise I won’t say a lot and just let you take a look at my very amateur photos. I love the soft lighting but I don’t know how to work my camera around it. So pardon my poor quality photos. Any photographer friends who would be willing to help me? 🙂

The Reception Area

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There will be magazines in that empty box 🙂

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Hallway leading to the Treatment Room, Doctor’s Office and Pantry reception area3

Ornate mirror from Heim (Wilcon Depot)

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Display Shelf for their Merchandise

(Whitening soap, toner, sunblock, etc)product-shelf signage signage2The Treatment Area

treatment-areatreatment-area2 treatment-area3 service-menu service-menu3 packaging marketing-materialsAnd of course, I had to take a haggard-looking selfie a day before they open. Hahaha!

selfieSo there! I was able to finish everything, from space planning/designing/materials and furniture shopping to creating all the marketing materials in three weeks! Now I’m going to spend a whole day thinking about nothing. HAH!

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Ultimate Project of the Year Part 1

I earn my living through graphic design and spend my free time decorating interiors. But when the opportunity to do both comes knocking, I am more than willing to grab it because honestly, some of my projects are no longer that exciting. And “girly” projects like this rarely ever comes. So what is the project? A facial center!

processThe first thing I did after learning the name was to create a logo. It was rather simple, with lots of sexy curves because they are offering non-invasive slimming procedures like RF and Lipo Cavity. I also did the floor plan before proceeding with the mood board. Creating a floor plan used to be too intimidating for me but now, it is the part I enjoy most. Thanks to the Interior Decorating course I’m currently taking. Haha! Anyway, I won’t bore you with too much details on my thought process so here’s the mood board. (I would have hired a 3D artist for the perspective but they needed everything done by November 18.)

moodboardIt was just timely that my current lesson that time was color psychology so I knew I had to use purple since it is the color that promotes anti-aging and reduces stress. The place also needs to be calming and at the same time, elegant. And since it is a skin and body care center, it should look clean, natural and sterile without looking like a hospital. So I kept the color scheme light and clean with touch of wood texture.

skinI fell in love with lavender while working on this project. I didn’t know purple can be such a soothing color. I think I want it in our home. Hmmm… Anyway, back to the design. I had to design a reception table and SketchUp helped. See, I could do this! Haha!

reception desk planThe unit had existing granite tiles which had damages. We also need to extend the elevated flooring the previous tenant had installed to add space for the treatment area. Re-tiling the space would take time and would cost more so I opted to use vinyl planks instead.

progress2I personally love the purple side table! I found a picture online that I could use for the mood board. We had it customized and I wasn’t really expecting them to replicate it perfectly. Close enough was good for me as long as the color was right. But when I saw it, I wanted to take it home for myself. They nailed every single detail! Yay!progressI was invited to Nippon Paint Trends Beyond Colours workshop last September and I knew I had to use their newest paint line, Momento Special Effect Paint, for this project. Like I’ve said earlier, I want to keep the decors to a minimum but I want extra “oomph” for the walls. Momento Silver Sparkle in Luminous Lavender did the job.

We had a minor mishap, though, which was my fault. While I was demonstrating Momento’s application process to the painter, I accidentally added an extra layer of paint making the color too dark, so I asked him to cover the area with Momento Primer. It left an ugly uneven patch on the wall (see left most picture above.) It didn’t look too bad on the photo but it really did in actual. Even the clients hate it. To remedy this, I painted a huge lavender square to cover the unsightly patch. It was a good decision because the logo was able to pop out even more. Thanks to my mistake! Hehe!

See the rest of the photos here! 🙂



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