RL Makeovers: A P120,000 Makeover for an Antipolo House

Design consultant Grace Moslares transformed the living, kitchen, dining, bathroom, and bedrooms in this family home

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez-Angluben Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Styling: Issa Villar Design Consultant: Grace Moslares

Homeowner Abby Flores wanted a makeover so that she could surprise her mom Sol who works abroad. While the family already repainted their mom’s room, the rest of the house still needs improvement.

Although design consultant Grace Moslares initially planned on renovating only the living room, she eventually transformed the kitchen, dining, bathroom, and bedrooms as well. Her hard work resulted in a beautiful space that the mom, the relatives, and all of their guests can appreciate.

This makeover would not have been possible without Grace's team of happy helpers:

  • Mariestell Moslares of Magara Designs (Mobile: 0921-563-3146), who took care of the crystal embellishments, specialized throw pillows, table runners, sun catchers, and crystal tie-backs.
  • Pando Adarayan of Magara Designs (Mobile: 0919-709-8033), the general contractor who took charge of the carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, and paint finishing.
  • Andy Bright, Lerie Pangilinan, Pits Clemente, and the Boys of Magara, especially Arnel and Bobby—indeed, it takes a village to pull off a makeover!

Read the original article ("From Top to Bottom") in the May 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Replace the furniture

Since the old funiture pieces were already worn out, Grace replaced them with customized items made using wood from Handyman: an L-shaped sofa, an ottoman stool, a pair of armchairs, a center table, a round side table, and an entertainment center, all by Pando Adarayan of Magara Designs.

Grace and her team also constructed a frame for the existing mirror. The wood was painted white to match the new airy feel of the space.

Personalize your pieces

The sofa is made more comfortable and colorful with throw pillows from Robinsons Department Store. To make these pillows more special, Mariestell Moslares of Magara Designs added beads.

Mariestell also added little touches throughout the space, like crystal embellishments and sun catchers.

Choose a light mocha shade

The only remaining original pieces were the piano, the Last Supper relief, and some bronze accents. Based on the colors of these items, Grace decided on a neutral color for the walls: a light and soothing mocha from Handyman.

Rearrange the furniture

For easier viewing, Grace moved the TV area near the seating area. She moved the old piano to the TV's original spot near the stairs.

Choose a customized table

Since the piano next to the stairs made the area seem too tight and cramped, it had to be replaced with a customized console table. The family photos are displayed in frames from Robinsons Department Store.

Say no to laminated furniture

Grace replaced the existing laminated dining set with a custom-made dining set with benches and chairs. The cushions were made using materials from Robinsons Department Store. She used queen-sized and double-sized mattresses for the foam and curtains for the slipcovers. Her mom, Ofelia Moslares, turned the curtains into slipcovers.

Paint old lighting fixtures

For a modern look, Grace painted the old lighting fixture white.

Create an optical illusion

Mirrors were mounted on the dining room wall to visually enlarge the space. Since they reflect the light, they can also make the once-dark space appear much brighter.

The existing Last Supper was retained and moved off-center.

Regrout kitchen tiles

If you are unable to replace your tiles for now, you can try regrouting them. That’s what Grace did in this space and the tiles look as good as new.

Replace cabinet doors and drawer handles

In the kitchen, Grace changed the existing cabinet doors and drawer pulls. She repainted everything for a fresh look. 

Paint the bathroom

Using the leftover paint, Grace also repainted the bathroom. She also added mirrors from Robinsons Department Store.

Find new sheets and accessories

Since the family already repainted the bedrooms, Grace simply organized everything and used bedsheets and decor from Robinsons Department Store.

How Much It Costs:

Carpentry materials, paint and paint materials, electrical materials, wood, drawer pulls - P 45,057
Robinsons Department Store
Foam, curtains, mirrors, frames, rugs, flowers, lamp, vases, other accessories - P 45,000
Labor (partly sponsored by Magara Designs)
- P 58,200
Grand Total:
Ready for a makeover? Contact interior designer Grace Moslares, mobile 0927-715-1393, 0908-891-3626. You can also email [email protected]

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