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DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Projects - Living Room and Lawn Improvement

Updated on January 16, 2013

Project target to be accomplished in just a month or less

I can do this. That's what I said to myself. Maybe, with a help or two.

My target DIY Project this year is mainly the living room, accompanied by lawn rehab.

I'm in dire need of a vacation these days,and my manning company approved of my utimely benefit, so, I had to grab the opportunity in order to accomplish my projects in mind.

Materials needed for my living room improvement are:

  • paint
  • wooden board
  • cement
  • sand
  • sahara cement (for coloring)
  • palette

I need one help in order to accomplish such project in just less than a month.

Purpose of re-furnishing the sala:

  1. wooden seats are already worn out
  2. untidy arrangement
  3. needs upgrade

How about the lawn?

I'll add the re-fencing of our backyard because of stray animals, such as goats and carabao, hovering and eating the leaves of my newly-planted perrenial and fruit-bearing trees.

Making sure the renovation will be perfect

 The DIY Man (Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)
The DIY Man (Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)

For the Living Room

I have to remove all the moveable objects, the sala set, the improvised drinking bar, display cabinet and the floormat.

I tag along my comrade (friend) to help me in finishing the floor with red cement. Why I'm doing this? Because he got skills in building construction and electrical wiring.

I am repainting the ceiling as its old one already faded. I go for white to milky white as it gives peace and quite inside the house.

Note: Living room is the most occupied area in a Filipino household 24/7, since it also serves as television room of the family.

At the living room, you can be a 'couch potato' all day, but hey, you should be guilty by just surfing the television set.

Entertaining friends and family members during reunion and the eating spree usually happens here, not in the dining area.

So, you could imagine how important it is to give highlight to this very spacious area of the house.

(After a month or less, I can now show you my self-help kind of interior design.)

Rebuilding, Repairing Fences

I'll double time making this at home: repairing, refencing the lawn or the backyard of our home.

We usually use light materials (that can last for half-a-year), like bamboo. It abounds here in the Philippines.

From the cutting, delivery and cleaning of bamboo as fencing material, it will took me a week to finish the re-fencing.

I still have to clean the lawn (help wanted) in order to accomplish my target.

For the labor or help, I usually pay 2 to 3 dollars (around 150 pesos) for a day of cleaning the lawn, excluding their snacks and lunch.

Still, logistics is the bottomline of this DIY project.

Plus, the floral additive, that I will also take into consideration. I'll re-plant flowering plants to add a positive aura on the lawn.

Easier said, than done, huh?!

But I will do it.

Give me a month or less.

DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowners

Self-help books are being published in order to promote self-sufficiency among individuals, much more to say to all homeowners.

Whether you live in countryside or urban areas, acquiring knowledge in skills by tapping available and recyclable resources will help you to be worry-free.

Let's cite this book, DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeoners:25: Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle, authored by Betsy Matheson, is a very good recommendation for those who want to have a sustainable living throughout the year.

You can have your own supply of electricity, water and a lot more, like growing and storing food, raising small livestock and the most sufficient one, solar power.

Now, that almost all commodities are expensive, we can look for an alternative that will help maintain our life in an affluent level.


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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @billybuc: My apologies for overlooking your post, Sir Bill. It didn't show on my notifications.

      Anyways, I'll start my project once I start my vacation this week (January 16 onwards).

      Thank you for giving your time on this hub. It helps.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @mary615: Thank you for your suggestion. That's what I'll do once I get home. I'm still on board ship and I'll be having a 15-day shore leave this last week of January. I'll include my photos (before and after rehash or revamp) and other updates.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I love doing home improvement projects. I enjoyed your Hub but wish you had included some photos of your work....just saying....

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well good luck with those projects. All of mine need to be done outdoors, so I'm just waiting patiently for spring weather. :)