A Three-Storey Townhouse filled with DIY Projects

A young couple turned an old property into a family-friendly home

Original Article: Cecile Jusi Baltasar Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

Type of Home: Three-Storey Townhouse

Style of Home: Modern Contemporary with DIY Projects

Since the house of homeowners Mathew and Mikki Alingarog used to be occupied by other tenants for over 15 years, it was in dire need of renovation. The couple had to change the pink walls on the outside, the green walls on the inside, and the orange tiles in the kitchen. They also needed to replace the broken floor tiles on all three floors of the home.

Although most home makeover projects can be expensive, this one turned out to be surprisingly affordable because Mathew and Mikki are in the construction business. The couple saved a lot of money by recycling leftover plywood, paint, and other materials that would have just been thrown away.

Read the original article ("Lovingly Upcycled") in the July 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Living Area

The living area is furnished with a gray sofa with tufted details from Mandaue Foam. It is completed with DIY recycled projects, including three wall accents made from old mirrors. 

The homeowner, interior designer Mikki Alingarog, also made the wooden chandelier! She drew the design on Manila paper and asked one of their workers to trace and cut the design on scrap pieces of plywood. 

Accent Wall

The wall that marks the entrance to the dining area is adorned with a recycled wall mirror. Underneath it are old mayonnaise jars used as flower vases.

Dining Area

A striped wall makes the dining area more interesting! The space is completed with dining table and chairs from Mandaue Foam and a capiz chandelier from Robles Heritage at CW Home Depot in Ortigas.

Kitchen and Dining Area

Can you believe that the kitchen used to have loud orange tiles? The couple replaced the orange tiles with white subway tiles. They completed the space with white cabinets and metal handles.

Mikki shares that they used her father-in-law's old desk into a kitchen island for this space! If you look closely, you would see that they customized the table by adding a few built-in shelves for dinnerware.

Mayumi's Bedroom

Surprisingly enough, Mikki's favorite room in the three-storey townhouse is her daughter Mayumi's bedroom! The predominantly gray area is brightened up with colorful wall stickers and one-of-a-kind DIY projects.

Play Area

One of the walls is spruced up with a playful chevron pattern! Leaning against the gray-and-white chevron wall are white shelves filled with different toys. 

Dollhouse Cabinet

The homeowner completed her daughter's bedroom with a cute dollhouse cabinet made from scrap wood. She used leftover paint from one of her other interior design projects.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom used to have a balcony but it did not have a bathroom. To make the space perfect for them, the couple decided to turn the balcony into a bathroom.

The gray headboard is special because it was made from fabric left unused from one of Mikki's interior design projects.

Display Boxes

The homeowner used woven baskets as display boxes for this particular wall! This is a unique and budget-friendly way to adorn a plain surface and show off your favorite things.

Accent Wall

Another way to liven up a plain wall? You can consider displaying photos and prints in matching black frames!

Hen Baskets

Mikki saved even more money by storing different things in woven baskets purchased for only P30 each! These baskets are traditionally used for hens to nest in.


The homeowner also used some of the woven baskets to create DIY lighting fixtures in the garage! The garage is completed with wall-mounted shelves for keeping paint cans, tools, and wires hidden behind sliding wooden doors. 

Built-in Wall Accents

Mikki covered parts of the garage wall with chalkboard paint! She highlighted the painted areas with old wooden frames that have been painted white.

Aquarium Jar

Mikki used a glass jar into a mini aquarium for their pet fish. It is a cute alternative to the fish bowls that we usually see.


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