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10 Must-Do DIY Projects for 2013

It’s almost the end of 2012 and I know most of you have been pinning DIY projects for the past months. How much have you actually tried from among the ones you pinned? Don’t ask me. I think I’ve only tried just one or two or probably none. So why don’t we try these popular pins from last year and make it our New Year’s resolution to accomplish all of them (that is if you haven’t done it already.)

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1. String art - There are so many versions out there, but this one is my favorite because the bright strings look beautiful against the rustic wood.

2. Cutting a wine bottle - I have always wanted to try this and this tutorial is so far the simplest and easiest one to do.

3. Crochet basket method – If you know crochet basics, then you can definitely do this for making rugs and baskets.

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4. Transfer an image on a canvas – This really is a must do for me.

5. DIY Tinted Mason Jars - I’ve always wanted to do this with all the bottles I accumulated but never really found the time to do it. I will try this one soon.

6. DIY chalkboard paint in any color – It’s so hard to find black chalkboard paint here in the Philippines and I don’t think there are colored versions available either. So this tutorial is just perfect for me or for anyone who wants to save huge.

7. Handmade felt flowers -  Decorative handmade pillows are so expensive so I’m creating one instead. I already have felt anyway.

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8. Moss graffiti – We have a plant box but I can’t plant anything because our dog will just chew everything off. This one might add some greens outside the house.

9. No-sew roman shades - For people who don’t know how to sew like, this is a useful tutorial.

10. DIY Sharpie tie-dye - Another Sharpie project! Can’t wait to try it.

Sunday DIY Inspiration Idea

* I often surf the net for interior design photos and I usually stumble upon inspirational ones. My definition of inspirational is when furniture and decors can easily be duplicated by DIY. I know, I’m cheap, and that’s true.Because first off, I don’t have the money to spend on designer furniture (although I’d be grateful to have one) and there’s always such joy from creating something myself. So every Sunday, I’m posting an inspirational photo that might also give you an idea for your next DIY project.


Sneak Peek #1: Bryce’s Bedroom

Just for fun, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek to one of our bedrooms (there’s only 2 anyway) with no styling involved, no editing, just plain normal day.

We had our second floor renovated last November 2011 and I really regret not taking photos. I didn’t know I would be blogging about our house that time.

To give you an idea on how bad this room looks like before, take a look at our living area again. This room had the same small screened window, smaller to be exact. The built-in cabinet was on the left side and there was a huge horizontal window on the right wall with fixed glass! Reminded me of hospitals. And there was this annoying, rotting, old house stench that wouldn’t go away no matter how many times we clean and disinfect this room. For more than a year, we didn’t use this room except during summer when my little sis stays here for a vacation.

See how messy this room gets when Bryce is playing. Good thing he can clean it up himself.

What was involved during renovation?

  • Replacement of ceiling for both bedrooms. The ceiling of this bedroom was decaying so badly, live maggots were falling on the bed one time. I swear this is true! There were probably dead rats up there. Imagine what the poor carpenters who worked on our house had to go through…
  • The wall dividing our rooms had to be demolished too. The built-in cabinets were on that wall and I wanted them transferred on the wall next to the door.
  • Floors were sanded and painted.
  • The pathetic small windows were removed and bigger windows were installed.
  • New outlets were installed. There was only one outlet per room before.
  • Of course, the walls were painted.

Why the color scheme?

This is a boy’s room but I want to stay away from the primary colors (red, blue, yellow). I don’t want it to look like a pre-school classroom. I know I want the color scheme to be complimentary, blue and orange but which shade of blue and orange to be exact. Like I said, no primary colors so blue-green and orange (tertiary and secondary colors). It took me quite some time to find the exact shade of blue green though, flipping endlessly through Wilcon’s paint catalogue. Boysen Virtuoso has the widest range of colors. Good thing, my husband was working on some Chic-Boy branches during that time and this Virtuoso was the paint he used. If it weren’t for Chic-Boy I don’t think he would recommend this brand, given the price and how cheap budget-conscious he is. Luck me! Okay, I don’t know if you understood a thing that I said but now you know how I think. Hehe!

Wall Paint Color: Apatite (Boysen Virtuoso); Cabinet and Bed Paint: Mixed the orange myself.

I am not being paid by Boysen but I just love Virtuoso. It’s a bit pricey though (P1,700-2,000/gallon) but it’s totally worth it. The finish is satin, so it’s not flat (which is elagant but easily gets dirty and super hard to clean) or glossy (cheap-looking but easy to clean). It’s just perfect, matte yet easy to clean, just wipe the dirt off with damp cloth. And the color is just vibrant! Love!

I still don’t consider this room done. If you notice, there are no detail shot, because there’s really none. Well, there will be soon.


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