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It’s December and I Haven’t Done Anything in my To-Do List

Sorry for being MIA for the a few weeks. As usual, crazy schedule is my alibi and probably lack of exercise, thus the lack of energy to do everything. I know it would be impossible to accomplish everything in my list but I’m going to try my best because the house really looks pathetic. It has to look somehow appealing for 2013. I placed the list on my sidebar just to help me remind myself of the tasks to do.

Anyway, just wanted to show some little home improvement we’ve done for the past months (ever since I started this blog.)

First, is our living area. The walls were re-painted and all the ugly chocolate brown “baseboard” that was oh-so-80s were painted white as well. And since we have that unusual (and downright ugly) half-wall protrusion, I had the center covered up so that there will be alcoves on either side.

Now, it looks clean (and bare). I’m still trying to decide what to do with those alcoves since they are irregular in shape, not the perfect book case type. And, notice those brown stains at the bottom? It’s one of the many things I hate about this house. I think that is rust coming from the concrete wall. Same thing is happening to the rest of the house walls. This house really needs major overhaul!

Here is the messy dining room before…


… and now the repainted one. The best we could do with teeny budget after the flood damaged the walls.

Since I badly needed storage for all the clutter we have, a built in shelf was made.

I am planning to make a built-in cushioned seat out of that (another!) wall protrusion so I could get rid of those monoblocks. I also want to  build a longer dining table out of reclaimed wood. Hopefully next year. So much to do to make this house quite picture-worthy. Haha!

And lastly, here’s the wall that was severely damaged during the flood. You can’t see it here but the top corner was about to fall any minute so we had to change some of the wooden frames under the ceiling. There were water bubbles under the paint (yes, bubbles with water, brown and icky!) so the paint had to be peeled. And again, there were rust stains showing through the white paint.

Here’s the wall now.

The rust stains keep on showing despite layers of paints (see bottom left of the door). I keep on trying to make this house better but it just keeps on messing itself up. Yes, it’s the house that doing all the mess, not us since this is an old, crumbling house. This is not out permanent house and so we just can’t do major improvements (we better save the money for our “forever home” as Mommy G. calls it.) It’s a bit frustrating and challenging at the same time because the budget will always come first.

I hate the floor too. It’s dirty and corroding. No matter how much we mop and vacuum it, it’s always sandy. I wanted to have it tiled but again, it will cost us a lot for something that is not ours…

So there, I just hope I can have powers to turn this house into something I can love… 🙂

14 Comments on It’s December and I Haven’t Done Anything in my To-Do List

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    December 5, 2012 at 9:31 am (5 years ago)

    it’s worth it! Changes are noticeable and stuffs cleverly assembled. Not yet the “forever home” you wanted but you already did a great job! Can’t wait how the living room will turn out after the upholstery, love that curtain!

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      December 5, 2012 at 9:55 am (5 years ago)

      how about some accent pillows on the couches? and a nice artwork can cover-up that stain on the wall. i think a glaze can also help with the floor. can’t wait for the results of the make-over!

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        December 5, 2012 at 10:09 am (5 years ago)

        Hi Ea! I have yet to DIY my own accent pillows. Hehe! Will glaze work on marble floors? Will it seal the corroding parts?

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      December 5, 2012 at 10:06 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Ate Daisy! The house is “pasaway” though. Like I said, it keeps on messing itself up. Daig pa si Bryce. Hehe!

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    January 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm (5 years ago)

    I saw that buying a sewing machine was number 1 on your list for 2013 and wondered if you knew of the second hand sewing machine market down in Manila near the port and opposite the Philippine Star. You can buy a good second hand machine there for as low as P3000 whereas the new ones cost P8000 (only Singer and Brother are available here) and up. I always recommend just buying a simple one which will do a straight stitch, a zigzag and an automatic buttonhole. You will very rarely use any of the other stitches a lot of machines have, and those machine will be much harder to repair too

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      January 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi! Thanks for the tip. I think it’s where my mom-in-law bought hers too. I might hold off buying the sewing machine and borrow my mom-in-law’s for now since she’s not using it anyway. 🙂

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    Stan Alderson
    May 2, 2013 at 10:21 am (5 years ago)

    Great changes Michelle!!! keep it up… and remember not just to build a house but a HOME…


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