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Cristina Garay - Remodelando la Casa


My name is Cristina, and Remodelando la Casa, or "RemodelaCasa" for short, is my happy place on the internet. 

I started this little journey of mine in 2012 to share my projects, including DIYs, home décor, crafts & upcycles. I also share a little bit about my family and our travels.

Yes, I'm a Latina girl!


I was born and raised in Ibague, Colombia, S.A. there, in a little corner of the coffee zone. Of course, I love coffee! 

Every morning a cup of Colombian coffee is part of my breakfast. ;)

Ibague - Colombia
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While living in Colombia, one of my coworkers introduced me to his brother, who was visiting from the U.S. Long story short, we met and married, and we've been living in Maryland for more than 20 years.


Remodelando la Casa started soon after finishing my kitchen makeover. A project that began with a funny / not-too-funny twist.


Tired of how dated my kitchen looked, I got a list of all the changes I wanted to give it.

Honey Oak kitchen makeover
| Kitchen Makeover |

The funny thing is that I thought it would be a joint effort for my husband and me to bring our kitchen up to date. In my mind, he would be the builder, and I would be the decorator, as I've always loved getting into painting, crafting, and decorating projects.


Ha, how wrong I was!


The Mister was not interested, and well, he didn't know how to do any home repairs, let alone build something by himself.


Time passed, and I had to take matters into my own hands. 

Cristina Garay using a DeWalt circular saw

Armed with an old electric drill and a few hand tools, I started my kitchen renovation, and it turned out to be a makeover that I'm very proud of.

This is how the kitchen looks today:


Fall kitchen
|  Pendant Light  |  School House Ceiling Light  |  Kitchen Stools |

Going through the renovation, I promised to let everyone know all the steps I had to take to complete this project.

If you're getting into a kitchen renovation, I want it to be a more effortless experience!


The projects continue after all these years, and they've even gotten bigger, like this entertainment center I tackled in my family room.

Rlc - family room entertainment center
Wall Sconce | Door Knobs | Rug |

Or this mudroom that was created in the corner of our garage.

 RLC mudroom

I was inspired to begin this journey, and I hope that I can inspire you too!


Remodelando la CAsa - lumber rack
| DIY - Lumber Rack |


 Here are some facts about me:

  • I'm a wife, a mother of two, a friend, a sister… A middle child… of 11 (crazy, I know!).

Cristina GAray, Samantha Garay and Matthew Garay
| Here with my babies |

  • A quiet soul, an introverted listener.

  • One of the few Latinas without a sense of rhythm.

  • A traditionalist that finds beauty in the most varied décor styles.

  • I love moldings, white paint, garlands, and chocolate - specifically, chocolatinas Jet. 😋

  • Things that make me uncomfortable: Public speaking, getting in front of a camera, and social gatherings.

Fall outfit

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The latest addition to our family is Louie, the Yorkshire Terrier you see here. My little shadow. 😊 
Yorkshire Terrier - Louie

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  1. I was pleasantly surprised to find your blog as I plan a similar type media centre for my family home in NZ. Great to see another female getting into it with the power tools and measuring tape. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

    1. Girl, It never ends... Power tools, measuring tape, and a single project at a time! You're going to rock that media center. Ours, it's been a versatile storage workhorse. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind message.


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