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8 Affordable DIY Projects by Real Living Readers

Feeling crafty? Check out these interesting ideas from Pinoy homeowners


Who says that decorating has to be difficult, expensive or time-consuming? If you want to spruce up your space without spending too much time or money, you can take on these simple yet effective DIY projects by Real Living readers! 

Make your own chalkboard

Homeowner Bang Ilago cut an old illustration board and used the dark side as a makeshift chalkboard. It now hangs over her "future coffee and tea station."

Work on a calendar

Bang also turned a small spring notebook into a desk calendar for this table. This sure beats a corporate giveaway calendar, doesn't it?

Photos courtesy of @vjbang

Play with stamps

If you want to personalize your table napkins and other soft furnishings, you can try rubber stamps and fabric paint! In this case, K-Zone editor-in-chief Maggie Adan carved out her own pineapple stampthis piece could definitely be used for a playful space.

Photo courtesy of @margarita_asipof

Recycle sandwich spread jars

Don't throw out those empty jars of sandwich spread! Homeowner Michelle says that you can wrap them in washi tape or colorful paper twine. Just remember to wash and dry them thoroughly first!

Photo courtesy of @whatelsemichelle

Paint filing cabinets

Cherish Que bought cheap filing cabinets online and spray painted them silver. The surprisingly affordable pieces are now used as bedside tables. 

Transform a vintage piece

Cherish also decided to paint an old mirror frame white. It is now used to adorn an otherwise plain and simple wall. 

Spruce up a container

Got an empty can of shoestring potatoes lying around? Follow Cherish's lead and wrap them in gold tape. You can use the finished project as tabletop decor or desk organizer. 

Create an accent wall


You can even use gold tape to make your own accent wall! Cherish made a striped accent wall with strips of metallic tape. 

Photos courtesy of @cherishblanchette

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