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RL Tips: Furniture Queries

The Real Living Team together with guest designers answer your decorating queries and more!


From home basics to color queries, the RL team and a couple of guest designers answer your questions sent via social media. Keep the answers in mind as they may come in handy in the future.

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Heirloom Seat

Q. I recently got my lola's two wooden armchairs, which are about 60 years old. Should I apply varnish to restore them? Or simply paint it? —Chelin Lea Fausto David, via Facebook

A. It is best to preserve the wooden finish of your furniture. Simply clean your chairs and apply varnish. You may match your chairs with a simple sofa with the same form as your chairs. As for your center and side tables, you may either have the traditional wooden tables or a sleek table with a glass top. —Pauline La’O, interior designer

Upholstered Anuc Armchair in Quilted Fabric, P10,000, Anuc Casa Di Arredamento (*price is subject to change)

In Search of Sofas

Q. Where can I have a customized sofa set made at a fair price? – Aleli Santos

A. Mandaue Foam furniture sells very affordable sofa sets that can be customized to an ideal size. You may also contact Shack Furniture at mobile 0920-922-2038. —Hannah Acab-Faustino, interior designer

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