the reupholstery project

alvin and i bought a couple of dining room chairs early this year. mainly because we realized we didn’t have regular-sized chairs and i was hugely pregnant, which made perching on the bar stools we were using as dining room chairs slightly difficult. we found some sturdy, folding ones on sale at s&r and grabbed them. they were very comfy.

unfortunately, they were beige.

i’ve been itching to reupholster them since day one but what with waddling, giving birth and taking care of a helpless baby, it was hard to find time to do it.

last night, because it was alvin’s birthday (really, his birthday had nothing to do with it), we finally hunkered down and transformed the icky beige seats into something more fun, and lucky you get to have a blow by blow. 😀


get a couple of chairs with drab-colored seat cushions.


unscrew the cushion from the frame.


find fabric you really like and cut it a few inches wider than your cushion on all sides. ours was canvas.


staple the fabric onto the back of the cushion. (we couldn’t find flat staple wires so we made do with cable staple wires and just pounded them flat, haha)


screw the cushion back on.


ta-daaa! instant new chairs!


before and after.

pregnancy report #8

once we began seriously preparing the baby’s things, it didn’t take long before it became apparent that even before he’s out of my tummy, the kid already owns more stuff than alvin and i do combined.

i was half-hoping we could just stash all the baby clothes and other whatnot into the remaining space in the cabinet we’ve been using to keep our towels and linens in, but the boxes and boxes filled with miniature things in the spare room beg to differ. there’s no denying it — the baby’s going to need his own cabinet.

so we began looking for one. we made the rounds of the furniture places — the home and furniture sections of various department stores, stand alone furniture stores in malls, secondhand shops, online furniture stores — and came up with nothing. the cabinets we saw were either too expensive, looked flimsy, or looked flimsy *and* were expensive.

we decided the best way to go was to have one custom-made.

now, we got this ivory-colored shelf  which we really love through a cashcashpinoy deal a few months back, it was made from recycled wood (another plus!) and we thought maybe we could get a quote for the cabinet from the seller. the company’s name was only wood but though we kept googling the name, we  couldn’t find a way to contact them directly so we thought that was pretty much the end of that.

shelf #1

ivory-colored shelf made from recycled wood

then one night alvin and i were driving along east service road in muntinlupa on our way home from somewhere and we drove right past only wood’s showroom! now if that wasn’t destiny, i don’t know what is!

they have such pretty, pretty wooden things but we fell hard for this cabinet.


love at first sight.

i was so in love with it i was ready to go find the nearest atm so i could buy the thing right then and there and carry it home with me if alvin, who is way less impulsive than i am, hadn’t stopped me. realistically, though oh-so-pretty i still dream about it up to now, the proportions of the cabinet didn’t really fit our needs.

so we ordered one that did and it arrived today!

roque's cabinet 01

whitewashed cabinet to be filled with all things baby!

roque's cabinet 02

i love the metal hinges and handles!

roque's cabinet 03a

we like it! 😀

of course it goes without saying that this cabinet is really mine and i’m only loaning it to the kid until he saves up enough money to buy his own. :p



only wood ecological wooden furniture

165 east service road, muntinlupa, alabang

jerome blin: 0917-595.9459 / 238.1134 /

divi haul

in preparation for a-ko’s triumphant return to valenzuela after kicking cancer’s ass, we, of course, went to divisoria where, in between buying supplies for her legendary sari-sari store, i managed to pick up a few delightful finds. 🙂

divi find number 1: 20-peso pillowcase! so kitschy!

divi find number 2: 80-peso statement necklace!

divi find number 3: ampao! i’ve been craving this for weeks!


no matter how big, small, spacious or cramped one’s space is, the urge to keep on filling and refilling it somehow never ceases.

see what alvin and i recently came back from palawan with!

there's a pregnant lady in the house!

i’ve been to various souvenir stores in various provinces around the country and i’ve never seen a hand-carved wooden pregnant lady before, which, of course, instantly made me want to buy it. or maybe it’s the universe’s not-so-subtle way of reminding me of my ticking biological clock, haha!

oh, and about a month ago, alvin and i had a day bed made to replace the red sofa we sold last year. it arrived yesterday.

the main reason for selling the sofa was because it felt too big in our 40-sqm unit. the idea was to get a smaller sofa; one that was more to scale. so, of course, we went ahead and bought a day bed which measured roughly a couple of inches smaller all around. 😀

so pretty! the one month wait was worth it!

the frame is philippine mango wood, which, as we learned, is a sustainable kind of wood. mango trees are grown mainly for their fruit and growers used to just throw away or burn the trees when their fruit-bearing years were over. fortunately, someone somewhere discovered that mango wood would make beautiful, sturdy, affordable pieces of furniture. it’s actually referred to as the new bamboo and is all the rage in the UK!

now, to find some funky pillows!



*day bed made-to-order from kakami design. 2nd floor lifestyle center, greenhills shopping center.

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