Friday, January 31, 2014

HOW TO: Decoupage a Boring Cork Board

Now that you've seen our home office, time for some DIY tutorials! I first heard about decoupage in one of my fave sites, A Beautiful Mess. They featured a project that involved Instagram photos posted on a 12x12 blank canvass which, by the way, I'm also planning to do when I have the time (but I don't think that will happen soon). Hee. So since then, I got obsessed with Modge Podge! I bought mine via my BFF Michelle who's based in LA (it wasn't available here at that time), along with other crafty tools like the 1-inch flat brush and a roller. 

Initially, I wanted a nice magnetic board for the office but we're kinda on a budget (plus I wanna try the Modge Podge, yes, that's really the main reason) so I decided to get cheap cork boards from The SM Store stationery section instead.  

Only P69.75 each!

First on the agenda was to paint the borders white to blend in with the hanging shelves. Read on for the step-by-step process below. 

 1. Prep your tools: all you need is a thin paint brush and a roll of masking tape 
2. Tape all corners to protect the cork from getting painted on.
3. Paint! Don't forget to put old newspaper underneath to catch all paint drips because you can get clumsy, you know. 
4. Let it dry for at least two hours and then peel off the masking tape.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Home Office Project: Finale

Most people who visit us for the first time can't get enough of our office. Well, after seeing how horrible the situation was before, I really made sure to come up with something more than decent for my husband who works from home 75% of the time. Gotta be always inspired to work to have money for the bills, right? LOL

So after a week of fixing, painting, and decorating, here's our finished product:

Photos by Owee Salva-Yulo

The Home Office Project: Overview and Progress

I don't think I need to explain much about my absence, simply put, two Christmases happened. Heehee. Where did my 2013 go? Haha, to be honest, I was surprised to see this draft I wrote last January...of last year. Yes, this post is way, way overdue! So anyway, let's get it on, shall we? Ladies and gents, may I present to you my next area in focus:  The Home Office.

 My husband's work area

Ref in the corner

View from the living room 
(we folded the table, just in case you're wondering where it went)