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4 Areas to Prioritize for a Makeover

Make the right choice and spend your money wisely

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photo)

Giving the home a new look can be as easy as updating the furnishings and accessories or even rethinking the layout of your space. However, if you have the budget, you may want to make a list of priorities when it comes to areas for improvement. This can help you make the most of your hard-earned cash while achieving the look that you want for your home.

Interior designer and Real Living editor-in-chief Rachelle Medina shares a list of areas—arranged by priority that you can keep in mind:


If you have a set budget, the kitchen should be on top of your list. Look into the fixtures, appliances, and current layout of your cooking corner. Take into consideration the importance of being able to work efficiently in the area. Here are some of the questions that you need to ask yourself:

  • Can you still move around freely?
  • Are the tools and utensils easily accessible?
  • Does the space look dull and cramped from afar?

The answers to these questions can help you decide on what to work on first. For starters, you may want to look into upgrading the plumbing, fixtures, and the layout (if needed). Those looking for a quick and easy update can work on the cabinets, too. “New (replaced or repainted) cabinet doors can greatly improve a kitchen and brighten up the rest of your home if the kitchen can be seen from the living and dining areas,” Rachelle says.

Photos by Miguel Nacianceno.

Click here to see the complete makeover.


Aside from the kitchen, you must also consider improving the bathroom first. “If your kitchen and bath fixtures aren’t working properly, you won’t be able to live efficiently and comfortably,” Rachelle says.

Just like in the kitchen, you need to check the plumbing and fixtures too. Consult with a professional or a seasoned plumber to have the pipes, valves, and drains checked. You also need to make sure that there are no water leaks. To freshen up the T&B, you can have it retiled and regrouted.

Photos by Miguel Nacianceno.

Click here to see the complete makeover.

Living Area

The living area should be the second priority for renovation. Aside from being the first area that you see in the house, it’s also the special place where we spend some downtime with family and friends. “This area can easily benefit from a fresh coat of paint and new accessories like pillows, a rug, and curtains,” Rachelle says.

After updating the soft furnishings, you may also want to invest in an entertainment system, work on a new layout, or reward yourself with a new couch.

Photos by Vincent Coscolluela (Before) and Paolo Feliciano (After).

Click here to see the complete makeover.


While the sleeping spaces can be your last priority since guests don’t see these areas, you also need to make an effort to make it as cozy and comfortable as possible. Depending on your budget, you can purchase a new set of bed linen, have a headboard customized, or get new curtains—these must-haves can give your room a dramatic new look and a hotel-like vibe.

Help set the mood in the space by changing your lighting to indirect, warm white light instead of a clinical cool white light. “If you have to repaint the bedroom, use odorless paint so that you can use the room immediately after,” Rachelle suggests.

Photos by Jun Pinzon.

Click here to see the complete makeover.

Are you ready to win your own free makeover? If you have been residing in your current residence (whether owned or leased) for at least two (2) years within Metro Manila, and the provinces ofAntipolo, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, or Bulacan, then you are qualified to join this year’s Ultimate Makeover Contest!

Send us your entries with the following information: Full name, birthdate, occupation, contact numbers (2 current numbers, mobile or landline), and your complete home address. Make sure you answer this question in 50 words or less: Why does your space deserve an Ultimate Makeover? Don’t forget to include at least three clear photos of the areas that need a makeover. E-mail your entries to reallivingmakeovers[at] More details will be announced soon.

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