RL Makeovers: A Two-Week Makeover for the Kitchen and Dining

Interior designer Vera Villarosa uses a refreshing color palette and modern furniture in this family home

Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba

Maya Tamayo and Barry Gutierrez have been residing in a two-storey house since 2005. Maya works at the University of the Philippines Center for Women's Studies Training and Outreach Program, while Barry is a UP law professor who is also associated with the Akbayan Partylist. They are proud parents to their kids, Amon and Arya.

In only two weeks, interior designer Vera Villarosa and architect Hector Ligeralde were able to completely change the home. The old yellow walls and cupboards were painted over with a cool gray shade. In line with the homeowners’ request, a nifty wine rack was also added to the kitchen. The dining area was separated from the kitchen with columns and partitions. The space is now furnished with customized seats and playful dinnerware.

When Vera first saw the place, she instantly noticed how dark the kitchen and dining areas were. It was not enough to have one light each in the spaces.

In the new dining room, Vera clustered together intricately patterned lanterns from Crossings Home. 

Instead of the usual matching dining set, Vera opted to throw in two custom-made ottoman stools with the more orthodox chairs. She also used masculine lines and colors, like the striped ottoman fabric – which was actually a bedsheet from Crossings – and  the solid black seats.

Vera turned the dining area into a more private affair by creating a functional partition and curtaining off the entire length of the wall to hide the door. During daytime, curtains can be partially drawn to accommodate natural light. The space was also improved with a teal wall decorated with a mirror and console table from Crossings Home. 

The kitchen countertop used to be L-shaped, but had a gap in the middle to accommodate the gas stove and its unsightly cylinder. Lafarge cement was used to create a new concrete base for the additional lower kitchen cabinets and countertop.

Vera also added a new stovetop-with the gas cylinder hidden safely within the cabinet-for a cleaner look. She even removed the shelf filled with different mugs in the kitchen.

"Ang dami nilang stuff sa dining table. It didn't look nice pagpasok mo. Everything used to be all over the place," recalls the designer. Some items even cluttered the top of the refrigerator. Apparently, proper storage was lacking. Vera's team fixed the family's existing cupboards by repainting them and replacing the knobs. There is also a new wine rack to store the couple's favorite bottles.

"Maya requested na sana bright daw 'yung kitchen and dining kasi gusto nila ng colorful," says Vera. Vera opted for yellow-green trimmings of the cupboard panels, an accent wall in refreshing Tiffany blue, and colorful and patterned plates on the partition wall.

 Even the household's new dinnerware and kitchen implements are in bright hues and fun patterns.

Instead of throwing away or replacing big furniture that are just a little worn out, why not polish and repaint them? In this home, the drop-leaf dining table was repainted gray to match the walls. The kitchen cupboards and cabinets, which used to be in dark brown, were also reworked in gray and yellow green. Also, the solid wood cabinet was repainted blue.

How Much It Costs:

Crossings Home
Dining chairs, ottoman stools, console table, trolley, dinnerware, lamps, and decor - P 78,000
Cement for concrete base for the additional lower kitchen cabinets and countertop - P 5,000
Gooseneck faucet - P 8,500
Labor and Materials
Construction materials, labor and materials for the customized furniture pieces - P 49,999
Grand Total:
Ready for your own makeover? Contact Vera Villarosa at 0927 259 8087, or email her at [email protected]

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