Monday, July 23, 2012

Free Funky Handles

Just a little update on my progress in the cold and remote bathroom that I like to call Siberia. I'm nearly finished with it, at least as much as I can do without spending any money in this No Buy July.

It has been fun. 
Actually, No Buy July has been fun.
 Really...

 The fact that I had to rely on what I have on hand has been good for the brain.  

Joining this zero cost makeover already in progress...

Cabinets before


Stained "oak-ish" cabinets were painted Heirloom White. 

I might have picked  a more adventurous color,
but I didn't happen to have an adventurous color around here.
 I did happen to have about a quart of Heirloom White 
and the matching spray paint for a smooth finish. 

So Heirloom White it is. 




I used the existing handles since that's the only style I have on hand. (Actually, I have a whole basket full of this style. They were on every cabinet in the place and have been hoarded as I replaced them room by room. 

They come apart which makes this project so easy.


I used this stuff.
(Hope that Mod Podge lasts until August...)



I sprayed all parts with some Universal satin to give them some stick 'em. (Would have just used spray primer, but I'm out of it right now. )



Metal parts got a coat of this limey green from a kitchen project.



Ceramic inserts got a little Mod Podge

Polka Dots for the drawers


Stripes for the doors. 


And Ta Da.
Free funky handles. 

Yes, they are a little wackadoo,
 but wackadoo is the look I'm going for
so I'm giving this the thumb's up. 

I'll be finished with Siberia this week so I'll show the rest of the project then.
In the meantime, enjoy the other projects on
Metamorphosis Monday


*****
By the way,
can I just take this moment to shout out the auction
 at My Place To Yours?
It's for a very worthy cause.

54 comments:

Debbiedoo's said...

You know I am LOVING those handles...so CUTE! Keep it coming Debbie.

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Very clever - and I love the green, too! Well done!

Beth said...

LUV the change. what a great idea. so the little touches that mean the world ... can't wait to see more. fun! (:

Vee said...

Those are very nice. What a great idea; you're a clever gal!

Ann said...

Again, you hit it out of the ballpark!
Now, I notice you said you spray paint AFTER you use regular latex paint....why? Does it make for a stronger finish? I will be redoing the kid's bath soon (a 20 year old doesn't need little fishies and jumping frogs all over the walls) and I know I'd like a stronger finish on the cabinets...

Terrific job as usual!
Cheers!

Sherry said...

How cute are these! Can't wait to see the finished product!
Sherry

Kelley Highway said...

I wuv the wackadoo! THESE ARE ADORABLE!!!!!

Excited to see the rest! SHOW US! HURRY! SHOW US!

;o)

Debbie said...

good morning! Now these are both REALLY clever and creative, but darling as well. Love them...can't wait to see the whole thing!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Debbie, this is exactly the kind of project I think is F.U.N. Easy, creative, CHEAP, and fantastic results! Can't wait to see the big reveal.

BTW, a big "thank you" for the shout out -- and your bids. Hopefully the auction action will pick up today.

Barbara F. said...

You are another "Woman of Paint" -(a title I made up for blogging friends who can paint better than any man I know at the moment). Those handles are A-MAZE-ING! You could not find them in a store and they would not be inexpensive. Can't wait to see the whole room. xo

Christine said...

WACKADOO...now that is a new one for me.
Learning so much from this post.

Miss Char said...

OK Debbie, this idea is just too stinkin cute. I love the way the handles turned out and of course the cost is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing.

bj said...

SOOO DANG CUTE, girlfriend...love these handles...and can't wait to see it all finished. :)

I've come across several auctions for the people in Colo. ....will go over and see if this is one, too. thanks for the shout-out.

bj said...

OOO and I just got a POTTING BENCH...yay...flipout...dance a jig...hoot'n'nanny....I AM PROUD. You can see it in another hour...nothing fancy but sooo cute.
Now, for that GREEN THUMB part...I don't think so. :(

Amy Kinser said...

Those are great! You are one creative lady. I love seeing the projects you are doing without spending any extra money.

PS..mom had her first haircut. Praise God for haircuts!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looking great so far! Love the fun colors, be careful or you'll make it so cute and cozy you'll never want to leave Siberia:@)

Tricia said...

What a clever idea for those handles! They are adorable -- love the whimsy they'll add to your "new" bathroom!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Your mind is amazing on the NO BUY program!!! You may need to do this kind of fast again... I'm just WOWed!! Can't wait to see the finished Siberia!

Michele said...

Those handles look incredible! You are very imaginative coming up with such a great one-of-a kind look without spending anything!

Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle said...

Love,love,love these! I am so enjoying seeing what you can do without Debi. Thanks for sharing.

Renae. said...

Wow! those are dang cute and especially loved the egg carton support system. hahaha

Kathryn Ross said...

Well, not the decorator choice I might make - but, this is Siberia so funky it may well be! Look forward to the big reveal!
Joy!
Kathy

Sue said...

Thumbs up coming from my way, Debbie! great Job! I will be finished packing in a few days, and I am looking for a great painter, and from what I see here, I think I might have fond her! ~smile~ Enjoy your week.
Hugs,
Sue

Sharlotte said...

Cute, Cute, Cute! Love the color, the stripes, and polka dots. Can't wait to see the finished room!

Terri Buster said...

How cute is that! I think you hit it out of the ball park for making do with what you had.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Debbie, those handles are so cute and so clever! I think your brain must not ever rest! laurie

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Those handles are just so cute! Really look forward to seeing the finished project!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love the wacka doo handles! I can't wait to see Siberia finished....Your self imposed no spending will be over before you know it!! Oh, don't switch to Google + no one will be able to comment unless they are in your "circle" what ever that is ???!!

Carol

Chatty Crone said...

Debbie I LOVED that. Did you also paint your drawers white from brown?

Those handles are adorable.


sandie

Denise said...

Those handles are way cool.

Mrs.Rabe said...

These are the kind of project I need to see! I want to make some changes around here with out spending any money really.

Your funky handles look great - the white looks great!

Deanna

Denise said...

LOVE those handles. They are the perfect choice for this project. Can't wait to see it all finished. Coming your way SOON!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

How cool are those? I love,love,love, the striped ones! You are so creative and I cannot wait to see this finished room..hurry up! LOL! Just kidding, but I am looking forward to it.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I LOVE love those handles!!! Your bathroom cabinets are much nicer than mine which are flat panels and feel like some sort of vinyl or laminate (something not wood).

Those handles look super cute on your cabinet doors.

Hodge podge is easy to make if you have some white glue on hand. It also works well thinned with water to stretch it.

xinex said...

These are the cutest handles that I have ever seen, Debbie. Good job!....Christine

Canadagirl said...

I CAN'T wait to see your bathroom all done.((squirming in my seat)) If the Lord wills it I will get to show you "my" upstairs bathroom this winter. ((REALLY squirming in my seat)) This is the one with the claw foot tub! [o= I hope that this winter I will be able to soak in a bubble bath and enjoy every minute of it till the bath water turns cold. It was my "mom" time and I REALLY miss that. It has been almost 6 years sense I have had a bath tub to soak in. ((dreaming))

Thank you soooooo much for your comment. I will be taking a lot of time this fall and winter getting to "know" God better. I LOVED how you put that and it is sooooooooo true! Thank you my SSiC. ((HUGS))

Blessings and ((HUGS))
-Mary

Renae. said...

hey, just had to reply to your comment: Yes, layering is fun to do in the summer, but only in the elevations higher than 8000 ft. hahaha, in a rain storm (light rain storm).

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Love it! Very creative, did you freehand those polka dots and stripes? Great job! I think you have a whole new career ahead of you!!

A long time ago I heard this phrase: "Poverty breeds creativity!" I have used that on many projects! LOL!

Can't wait to see the next stage of Siberia!

Katherine

Angel said...

Love the fun and funky handles! Can't wait to see the whole reveal...

Jennie said...

So cheerful! Funky and fun - they're great! (In case you aren't at all surprised, Mr. & Mrs. Sheppard in WR have NOTHING like this in our boring home. Hahaha!)

Alycia Nichols said...

C'mon...admit it. No Buy July is killin' you just like it's killin' me!!! I am counting the days!!! This is madness!!! I couldn't buy fresh flowers for my table a couple of weeks ago, and I have run out of several "staples" of decorating which really has me in a pickle. I'm trying to be good, though, so I've immersed myself in other projects. I LOVE your projects!!!!!!! If I had the paint on hand, I would spend my time refreshing our hall bathroom's cabinets and pulls. What a great idea! I'm not that handy with a paintbrush, but I could sure give it a try. I think the hardest part must be taking all the doors off to paint them? It's so blasted hot here, that I'm not sure I could paint them in the garage without them remaining tacky. You've given me inspiration, though, so that sounds like a project for Fall! Great job, Debbie!

Merlesworld said...

I agree with everyone else the handles look good.
Merle

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Wacky, wild, and wonderful ... love 'em!

Mevely317 said...

Loving these wonky handles, Debbie! I'm guessing there are designers out there whose skin tones are probably turning a most unflattering shade of green.
... Can't wait to see the final reveal!

Barb said...

Hi Debbie,
Lovely handles.
Just enough to tantalise us while we wait with baited breath to see the NEW Siberia......
Have a good week
Barb from Australia

ladyfi said...

Oh, what a creative idea. Love those handles!

elizabeth said...

Totally LOVE this! That was one clever, creative, no spend idea!

Oh, we're having burrito bowl leftovers tonight. YUMMM!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Those handles are brilliant, Debbie. Great idea I am going to file away!

kitty said...

You are just so creative. I don't think you could've bought cuter handles!!!! OMGoodness, they add just the right amount of whimsy. I can't wait to see how you finish Siberia (you're too funny!!!)

Anne said...

Debbie I just love how the handles turned out. I like how you just used what you had on hand. The handles look store bought and you did a swell job.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh my 50 comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL
well I will put in my two bits anyway...I love it, truly love it..how fun this bathroom will be and it will make you smile, like my kitchen does

Now my computer has caught something so I am late getting here having been off line for a week...
Keep it up girl!!

Sandi (Meme) said...

Well now, how darn cute is THAT? You are SO BRAVE - I can't wait to see the rest. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment about my door bench, loved seeing you again! Sandi

corners of my life said...

Perfect pop of color.

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