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From 'Dirty' To Chic! Pinay Mom Says She Is Cooking More, Thanks To This Kitchen MakeoverMost of the kitchen accents were recycled and repurposed!by Kitty Elicay .
You’ve probably thought of revamping your kitchen now that we’re spending more time indoors. Apart from it being the “heart of the home,” we’re sure that it has also become one of the ‘most used’ areas during quarantine.
But a kitchen makeover can get expensive, which is why mom Michelle Trinidad, 38, challenged herself to do a DIY renovation that won’t exceed Php50,000. “Just before the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) started, our household help left us, and we were left to fend for ourselves. My husband and I both don’t cook, so we were forced to learn,” she tells SmartParenting.com.ph in an interview via Facebook Messenger.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOWCONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
“I thought of doing a makeover for our backyard, which serves as our dirty kitchen, so we can be more inspired to level up our cooking skills,” she adds.
Michelle, an HR professional who describes herself as “crazy about interior design,” says that she started with little projects, like putting stencils on the wall, creating a table from scrap wood and filling up one wall with herb plants. But she was still not satisfied and decided to go ahead with the full renovation with the support of her husband, Jaime Trinidad.
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Michelle shares that whenever she plans a project, she drafts the look using Microsoft PowerPoint. For this kitchen makeover, most of the construction materials were bought from the village hardware, while the finishing materials like tiles and paint were sourced from Wilcon Alabang. "Basically, I only spent for labor, tiles, plywood, and cement," she says.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Take a look at how Michelle and Jaime transformed their kitchen!
Michelle wanted open shelves in their kitchen with practical decorations that can also serve as tools for cooking. So most of the items you'll find here are DIY or recycled. “The desire to create a beautiful space while sticking to my budget fueled my creativity and resourcefulness,” the mom of one shares.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOWADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOWADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Hanging pots and pans
Michelle had workers attach steel bars on one side of the wall so she can display her pots and pans when not in use. She also had baskets installed where she can stock onion and garlic.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Cabinets and DIY shelves
To save on cost, Michelle painted the walls and cabinets herself. She and Jaime also DIY'd the shelves — the wood came from their old furniture business. "I used plastic varnish lang inside the cabinets so it would be cheaper and used flat enamel for the cabinet doors," she explains.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Michelle says that the kitchen is only one of the many renovations that she's done for their house. "At 30, my husband and I were blessed to be able to build our own house. My vision for the house was too ambitious and because of that I had to lean on resourcefulness and creativity so our not-so-handsome budget will fit at that time. A lot of the things I wanted to put in the house were expensive, but I know with research I can learn how to make them myself — and so, I did," she shares.
If you want to get started on a project, Michelle's tip is to lay out your plans. Get inspiration from Pinterest, Google, or magazines. With hard work and creativity, you can turn your concept into reality!
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