Quar­an­tine made me do it

Guy ren­o­vates or­di­nary room into a ho­tel-like ac­com­mo­da­tion

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Guy ren­o­vates or­di­nary room into a ho­tel-like ac­com­mo­da­tion

‘When I was ar­rang­ing all the things and the space started look­ing like the ho­tel room I’d been want­ing, that had been the most ex­cit­ing part for me.’

While many Filipinos have turned to bak­ing, gar­den­ing, or ex­er­cis­ing to keep them­selves oc­cu­pied amid the quar­an­tine, Nelo

Coloma opted to work on a project he had been want­ing to do for a while— ren­o­vat­ing his room.

The goal? Trans­form his room into a space sim­i­lar to a ho­tel room.

“Ev­ery time I en­ter ho­tel rooms, I’m al­ways amazed. I’ve al­ways dreamed of hav­ing a room like that,” he tells Manila Bul­letin Life­style. “Be­cause I also work as a teacher and as an event pho­tog­ra­pher, I told my­self that af­ter a long day, I de­serve to rest in a comfy room.”

Achiev­ing that dream room had taken Nelo around ₱50,000, a few help­ing hands here and there, as well as all the time he had while in quar­an­tine. For the most part, though, the ren­o­va­tion had been his own do­ing. “It’s just a DIY project.”

Nelo, in a now-vi­ral Face­book post, shared how he went about with the project through be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter pho­tos.

Fol­low­ing a la­bo­ri­ous paint job and sourc­ing pieces that add the el­e­gant feel of a ho­tel room, the once-or­di­nary room had be­come un­rec­og­niz­able af­ter the makeover.

What used to be bare ce­ment walls had been painted with a gray­ish blue color. What seemed like a raw, wooden ceil­ing had been painted white, along with one side of the wall. A red-and-white flo­ral cur­tain had been re­placed with a sheer cur­tain in cream color.

A flat-screen TV now hangs on one side of the room, which stood out not only be­cause of its size, but also due to the light ac­cents Nelo had placed at its back.

To achieve the ef­fect, he used a five-me­ter-long LED strip in red, green, and blue col­ors.

“It has dou­ble-sided tape al­ready,” he ex­plains. “Just plug it into the TV’s USB port and it will light up.”

To fur­ther el­e­vate the look of the space, Nelo had also added a sky­blue car­pet, as well as a min­i­mal­ist wall clock.

For wall ac­cents on the op­po­site end of the room, he opted to hang pho­tos.

“As these are a lit­tle too ex­pen­sive at the mall, I bought three frames in dif­fer­ent sizes and searched for pho­tos on­line, which I later printed,” he says. “More or less, I only spent ₱500 for all three wall ac­cents.”

This prac­ti­cal­ity is an ap­proach Nelo had tried to stick to through­out the two-week project. Apart from be­ing af­ford­able, much of the items were avail­able on­line or at stores that were open dur­ing lock­down.

“When I was ar­rang­ing all the things and the space started look­ing like the ho­tel room I’d been want­ing, that had been the most ex­cit­ing part for me,” he says.

Nelo’s post has been shared over 67,000 times, a re­sponse he says he never ex­pected when he de­cided to share his room’s trans­for­ma­tion.

“It was so over­whelm­ing,” he says. “It was so un­ex­pected but I’m glad that many were in­spired by my project.”

For those who would like to DIY the ren­o­va­tion of their rooms, Nelo has one key ad­vice—al­ways have a plan.

“It’s not im­por­tant how long the ren­o­va­tion takes. What’s truly im­por­tant is pre­pared­ness, es­pe­cially for the ex­penses. Be­gin with the end in mind,” he says. “When you plan, surely one day, you’ll fin­ish the ren­o­va­tion and feel a great sense of achieve­ment know­ing you worked hard on it.”

COOL CHANGE The orig­i­nal room (left) trans­formed into a ho­tel-like bed­room; (in­set) Nelo Coloma

AN­GELA CASCO

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