Ultimate Makeover

RL Makeovers: A Two-Week Renovation for a 30sqm Home

Proper space planning and art-inspired colors transform a house from cramped to comfy, with plenty of room for style

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba

Located on the fifth floor of a walk-up condominium, the 30sqm home of couple Romeo and Joan was filled with clutter, discolored walls, and worn-down vinyl floors. The small space also did not have enough lighting fixtures and storage options.

After only two weeks of renovation and decoration, the homeowners are more than happy with the output. Joan shares that she particularly likes the dining area. "It's so vibrant, fresh, modern, and relaxing. We actually conducted a prayer meeting there with our cell group on the very first night we returned [to] our beautiful condo," she shares. 

Read the original article ("A Mondrian Makeover") in the September 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App ( now! Log on to for more details.  

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How Much It Costs:

Crossings Department Store
Bunk bed, dining set, couch, linens, tableware, wall hangings, and various decor - P 80,000
Davies Paints
Various paints and paint materials - P 24,072
Water closet, faucet, and other bathroom fixtures - P 22,498
Tiles and adhesives used in the bedrooms - P 30,300
Brushstroke Creatives
Vinyl stickers in the foyer and kids' bedroom - P 17,031
Firefly Electric and Lighting Co.
All the bulbs, circular lamps, and switches - P 11,180
La Farge
Cement used in the bathroom re-do - P 5,000
Command Caddy, picture frames and hangers, Command Hooks, and various cleaning aids - P 5,000
Labor and Materials
Carpentry and various construction materials; paint, electrical, and tiling works - P 98,648
Grand Total:

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