This is going to be just a very short post since my eyes are still burning and my head still feels like being fried. It had been quite a frustrating week since I got sick with flu on Tuesday. Yea, on a holiday when I was supposed to be finishing up my home office, I was practically bedridden with achy muscles and fever that didn’t go below 38℃! That said, after more than a month, I’m still not yet through with this space in our house.
Anyway, I’m just so excited to share that I have at least finished my hand-painted herringbone wall. I still have to do the other side of the wall though. Hopefully, I’m all better next week. So here’s a glimpse of my home office…The wooden shelf brackets are still bare. Gotta stain that next week too… And look at my framed vintage ads from my 1967 issue of Vogue! Bought that Vogue from one of the shops in Cubao Expo for P250 a couple of years ago. I just love the hand-drawn ads. Reminds me of college days…Hehehe!That’s it for now. I’m going to sleep again. What do you think of the progress?
I always envy those DIY bloggers who have this virtual house tour links in their blog. Their houses look perpetually clean, organized and styled as if the HGTV crew is ready to barge in anytime. Some of these are veteran bloggers who, even in their first or second month of delivering a baby, still manages to blog and even more amazing, squeeze in a DIY project or two! Kenya is already 8 months old and it is only now that I am finding time to pick up where I left off. And still, it is such a struggle! Imagine being blissfully immersed in what you’re doing and suddenly it’s time for feeding or for pumping milk again after just a couple of hours.
So anyway, this is really embarrassing and let me emphasize that I am so not proud of this. But if you’re wondering if bloggers really maintain such glorious abodes, well, take me for a reality example. This is how our house looks like right now, at this very moment: total chaos! Haha!
Our center table has taken a vacation to make way for the foldable foam where Kenya can safely play. I wasn’t able to finish painting our shoe rack and has been the car seat’s place since Kenya was born. Notice the car seat isn’t even properly placed on its based because our house help has never seat a car seat before and I don’t even care fixing it. The place is a mess anyway.
The other half of our dining area has been my temporary storage for months. This is its cleaner state now that I have moved all of Oriel’s stuff in their unit. The one on the left behind the electric fan is the former built-in bookshelf I had removed from upstairs and the DIY buffet table is still left unfinished. Sad, huh?
And finally, our work place that has been neglected for months! I never finished the shade for my DIY pendant lights too. And speaking of work place, let’s now talk about MY work place. After all, this is what the post is all about. Haha!
I’ve always wanted my own home office, an entire room, that is. I want all my arts and crafts supplies to be in one place, safe from curious little hands. I also hate working when there are people around and since our workplace is shared with the living area and with the rest of the house, I would usually work on our bed using our “breakfast in bed tray” as my laptop table. And of course my back would suffer and I would end up surfing most of the time instead of finishing my projects because the bedroom is simply not conducive to working.
And so I decided to transfer my work place upstairs so I can have the privacy I’ve always wanted. :p It may not be the best spot since it is beside the bathroom but with my magical powers, I can make it work. Haha!
That bookshelf is no longer doing its job efficiently so it has to go. See, more mess…
This is my corner home office in progress! Woohoo! Not much to appreciate here yet but this looks much better than having a bookshelf there. I will try to finish painting the walls this week so I can have the final reveal by next weekend.
The yellow wall will have hand-painted herringbone pattern like this one and I will add a rug to brighten up the space. I would have done a mood board, but again, I can’t find the time. Haha!
So there, just sharing the current state of our home. I gotta finish painting the walls today. Once this corner is done, I can finish cleaning up the rest of the house.
By the way, just a tip I found somewhere in Pinterest. I love painting but I hate cleaning my tools.
I 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.
After 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. I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!