There were such high hopes for the renovation project. The family had the first floor of their home redone, converting the old kitchen into their dining room, and turning the maid’s room into the new kitchen. But the renovation project somehow lost steam.

As a result, the dining room remained unfinished. The bottom half of the dining room walls were of bare cement, there were remnants of the old kitchen counters that were torn out, and the overall space looked cluttered and sad. “I want it simple, [but] it did not come out [the way I wanted it to]—there was no personality at all, says the winner of Real Living’s home makeover.

For its kitchen special, the magazine asked designer Andrew Galano to finish what the family started. Read on to see the result.

Real Home Makeover: Room Rebirth

Get more home makeover ideas from the December-January issue of Real Living Philippines, out on stands now! You can also subscribe to the magazine's digital edition. Also in the issue:

Unique & Cozy Homes!
Cool Christmas Decor
2014 Design Trends

(First published as "Dream Kitchen Come True" in the "Real Makeover" section of Real Living Philippines' December 2007 issue. Words by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Issa Villar. Photography by Jun Pinzon. Adapted for use in Female Network.)

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