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5 Ideas to Steal from a Three-Storey Townhouse with DIY Projects

Be inspired to furnish and decorate your space with this young couple's home

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson Interior Designer: Mikki Alingarog

Did you know that there are many budget-friendly ways to improve your home? Just ask homeowners Mathew and Mikki Alingarog! Since Mathew's family is in the construction business while Mikki is an interior designer, they were able to transform this three-storey townhouse without spending too much money.

Although you may not have the same resources at your disposal, you can still make the most of your own place. To help you get started, you should try these tips and tricks inspired by Mathew and Mikki's private sanctuary:

Create DIY decor

Can you believe that this cool modern chandelier was made by Mikki and one of their construction workers? Mikki simply drew the chandelier shapes on manila paper. The worker traced these designs on plywood, cut the plywood, and fit the two pieces together to create a unique conversation piece. 

Plus, the wall behind the gray sofa is decorated with three panels made from discarded mirrors! You can also save more money and unleash your creativity by working on your own DIY decor. Click here for a list of fun and easy projects that you can try!

Use antique pieces

If you look closely at the picture above, you would see a kitchen island in the middle of the space that can be used for preparing food and storing dinnerware. Surprisingly enough, this piece used to serve as Mathew's father's old work desk! 

With your parents and grandparents' permission, you can also use their precious items in your own home. For example, a baul can be used as a seat while a sewing table can be used as a side table.

Create a dollhouse cabinet

Mikki used discarded plywood planks and leftover paint to create this charming dollhouse cabinet for her daughter's clothes. We like this particular item because it serves as a focal point and a functional piece.

For your own home, you may also want to build something out of unused things and scrap materials! Before you throw anything away, you should figure out if you can still do something with it. 

Opt for a bright blue wall

Another DIY project worth trying? A simple paint job! You can use a bold and vibrant shade to define the wall above your bed. 

RL Tip: Not a fan of blue? We think a lively coat or two of yellow paint could also work! 

Make a pendant lamp and chalkboard art

We also liked how Mikki turned woven baskets used for hens to nest in into pendant lamps! The baskets that only cost her P40 each now serve as charming rustic lampshades.

Believe it or not, those chalkboard panels behind the lamps were actually painted directly on the wall! She covered portions of the wall with chalkboard paint and wrote inspiring and motivational quotes. To make them seem like chalkboard panels. she placed empty white picture frames on them.

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