Friday, July 27, 2012

Siberian Facelift Part One

You know how you open a blog with a big, beautiful reveal
 and immediately start ooohing and ahhhhing? 

Yeah, well, this won't be one of those times. 

This little makeover wouldn't be bloggable at all were it not for the fact that I promised to show it, and that it was done without spending a single dime.

Not a single dime, people.
Do you know how hard that is?

Keep that in mind before I open the door.  

Siberia before



And Siberia as of this morning.


Still a work in progress.

If I felt like renaming this room (and I don't), I might choose The Graduate.  That's because nearly everything used in this room is a cast off from the dorm days of The Practical One.

This shower curtain graduated in 2011. 


This part was kind of serendipitous because I had already decoupaged those cabinet pulls when I remembered that curtain.  I had been planning to fashion something together with fabric remnants, but decided to use that one instead.


Nothing like letting a hoarded napkin decide an entire room design...


I like it because not only is it free but it lets me introduce a dozen fun colors into the room. I plan to introduce them all.  I promise that there actually is a method to all this wackadoo madness...

 For shower rings, I just sprayed those old plastic blue ones with white Fusion and then gave them a coat of the same trusty lime as the cabinet pulls. 

Little wooden buttons were painted and glued to the hooks
to dress it up a little. 


The extra cabinet is from the same graduating class as the shower curtain. It was white laminate, but I think it looks better painted heirloom white to blend better with the cabinets. I used Kilz on it first.  I'm not positive that's necessary since my HW has primer in it, but I would rather be safe than sorry when painting cheap laminate.

More green for the knobs.



The ugly brass light fixture got a facelift too.


 I had originally intended to go white with it. (By the way, here's my tip of the day: Hoard burned out light bulbs to use when painting a light fixture.)  But really, I want to replace that fixture completely. That being the case, I didn't think it would hurt for it to go green as well. 

Oh no, she didn't...


Oh yes, I did. 

Wackadoo. 
It's just a cheap brass fixture, people.


Now, I'm sure you noticed that this room is stark and boring and needs some 
accessories to finish it.

Let me explain...

It's not going to get any. 


You see, the room is not only called Siberia because it's cold in there; it's called Siberia because it's extremely remote. Basically, it's the Wonka Land of the home place. Nobody ever goes in, and nobody ever comes out. It just sits there,  hidden from view, a vast wasteland.  

Emphasis on the waste part.

That's why I decided to change its function and give it a job description. Don't you think giving a space a job description just makes it perform better?

Yeah, I think so too.

Unfortunately, this post has already gotten too long so the full  lifestyle lift will have to be a post for another day. Hopefully by Monday.

Here's a little clue....



I need the Man of the Place to help me put up some final things before I'm finished, and he's still out of town.  Poor guy comes home to a honey do list every weekend. Good thing I give myself that Friday facial so he  comes home to sugar lips as well.

And that's the way it is. Friday, July 27, 2012...


43 comments:

Angel said...

Wow, Debbie! Once again I am thoroughly impressed. I think the Siberian Facelift looks great and that light fixture redo is simply genius! Did you just use normal spray paint on that?

I bet your hubby will be impressed too...with Siberia and the Sugarlips. :)

Happy Weekend!

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Debbie!

It's hard to believe those handles were decoupaged before you remembered that old shower curtain.

I liked the cupboard pull re-do yesterday but seeing them on the cabinet really shows how cute they are!

I can't wait to see what's next.

xoxo Bunny Jean

elizabeth said...

I LOVE it! You "done good", my friend!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

A room where I could hide and no one would come looking for me... It's a nice thought some days. It looks like you're about to get your cheerful hideaway finished. I hang on to "graduated" housewares, too -- at least I used to. I've been decluttering them. Just watch... As soon as I get rid of them, they'll be exactly what I need for a project. Just watch!

I hope you'll join my impromptu Olympic link-up. I'd love to see which of your past posts you'd choose! Enjoy your evening!

Mrs.Rabe said...

It's adorable!

Great way to do a makeover and spend no money!

Deanna

Debbie said...

WOW...I am so impressed. Especially the way the shower curtain and the handles go together like that...soo cute. I am always so amazed when women do all that painting on their own. I have never been much of a painter....I make such a mess that my hubby usually just bans me from the room, haha...Anyway, this all just looks great! Hope you have a good week-end.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Debbie -- I think I need to remember to NOT visit when I have coffee in hand -- it usually ends up spurting somewhere, lol.

Siberia looks MARVELOUS!! I am loving the whole colorful look -- did you scrape the wallpaper? Boy, that is always such a job. I love the color you've used on the walls and the vanity looks like a whole different piece and I love what you've done with the light bar -- wish you loved close and I'd have you to lunch JUST to trick you into helping me do that to ALL the ugly, cheap brass ceiling fans my little house sports :)

Can't wait for the next installment and I am SOOOOO impressed that no $$$$ were spent :)

Siberia, lol!!!

Happy weekend!
Gail

Beth said...

i really enjoy the color palate you are using there. so calming. love the new nickname "the graduate". makes me smile. what will it be called next? will you add more or?!! (:

Gina said...

What a super makeover! You did a great job & holy cow...you spent no money! I bow down to you on that one!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Well, I'm ooohing and ahhhing - a lot! This looks fabulous. I can't believe you had that shower curtain that perfectly matches your wonderful door/drawer pulls you made. I love the painted light fixture, and the shower curtain rings with painted buttons are just so clever and cute. I'm thinking you are going to have a potting room, and it is going to be so great! I can't wait to see it when you finish, sugar lips! laurie

Sharlotte said...

I love the colors...great job on all the painting. You've really turned that bathroom around and with NO spending! I think that's amazing!!!I've been thinking about you this week, I'm on a monthly budget and ran out of money on the 15th...ugh...but it forces one to get really creative, right! Again, I love what you've done and can't wait to see Part 2!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I absolutely love it...go girl...and by the way, I think zero or very little money budget for decorating can be the most awarding!

Carol said...

Debbie,
Love your budget. The handles look amazing. I don't know if I could do that. And the way they go with the shower curtain. Wow!
Great paint job everywhere, cabinets, etc.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

It looks great and fun ! Love that you did it with what you had.
(())

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Well Sugar Lips, it looks fun, bright and I'm sure you'll show us... very functional soon! You did a great job-Happy Weekend:@)

Vee said...

Cute post and a wonderful new outpost...I guess. It's so delightful that I can't imagine that it won't be used for something inspired. Is this going to become "the office"? Can't wait to find out...

Denise said...

Well sugar lips you've out done yourself. Everything looks wonderful and you didn't spend a dime. Way to go! I can't wait to see part II.

Sonja said...

in the drop dead heat of this Texas summer, your stripes are just plain inspiring!!

I think the bathroom looks super! I'm thinking you smile every time you peek in there! :)

Dianne said...

Absolutely love this, Debbie! So, so cool! well, I shouldn't have said that--hot, it looks really hot--that's a good word, right?? seriously, you did a fabulous job.

Denise said...

Really nice.

Linda W said...

Love it! Such wonderful happy colors and it really oozes with charm. Now, finish it up so we can see the full reveal.

BTW, I'm still laughing about your 'sugar lips'!

Enjoy the weekend, my friend.

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

And all without spending a dime. You something else, girlfriend.

Mevely317 said...

Loving it, Debbie ...especially the shower rings! Can't wait to read the "rest of the story"!!!

Chatty Crone said...

You did a fabulous job - when are you coming here to re-do my house. Boy are you creative!!! I am amazed.

sandie

Knitty said...

Siberia never looked so cool! Or should I sat "hot"? I am really impressed!

Barbara F. said...

I would make it my new go to place in the summer to hang out! Great job, Debbie, and for 0 dollars? Even greater! xo

Debbiedoo's said...

LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!~ How pretty and what fabulous colors. You are really putting your heart and creative juices here Debbie. Great job!

Amy Kinser said...

Sugar Lips did awesome once again!

You have great talent, my friend.

Barb said...

Hi Debbie,
I love your room. The colours are lovely and 'happy'. My favourite things are the handles and curtain rings...just beautiful.
I thought I spied a paint brush in the container...soo maybe a little out of the way studio is your plan.
Have a good week
Barb from Australia

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Oh how fun! I really love it! It's very lively and even tropical looking to me! Throw in a few artsy colorful palms and fish pics and you are instantly warming in the tropics. LOL! Seriously though, I am still very intrigued to see how you are going to double duty use this room. I love the spray paint projects you did even the light. I am really impressed with the shower rings. Those extra little buttons on them are so cute! This is a wonderfully creative makeover for no money! Bravo!

Sarah (Nikki) said...

laughing by the time I got to the end of your post. But I love what you did..those handles are the absolute cutest. It's the colors..the brightness....the perkiness. Gifted that's what you are. Totally awesome gifted not just in decorating...but writing so my imagination sees what you're talking. You're the best Debbie..

Kelley Highway said...

Whoa, girl. A brilliant cheapskate art thou! Love x 18! Can't wait to see how you put this baby to work!

kitty said...

Hubby shouldn't mind the honey-do list toooo much since Sugar Lips is there to greet him! I LOVE your no-buy July renovation. It's amazing what cheerfulness Siberia delivers now!!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Clean, light, bright, I'm in love. Siberia looks haute, I'm guessing for Monday..."Miami Heat."

So here's what I think of all your hard work, somebody needs to use it. My challenge for you sugarlips, how 'bout a romantic dinner for two in the tub? It's almost free, and you'll have two more posts!

Ms.Daisy said...

Debbie,
A WOW of creativity using only your imagination and your hoard of "stuff." You are to be congratulated on your "new" Graduate. Good luck with your new storage room! LOL!

~Jean

Maryann said...

I am impressed as always and doubly so because you didn't spend a dime, looks great

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

l.o.v.e. what you are doing with Siberia!! The door pulls and all the cute green just make it!! You are leaving us hanging... ;) I do love what you are doing to this room and that you are doing it for $0, but most of all I love the way you tell it. ;) xoxo ~ tanna

Pamela said...

I love what you've one with NO $$$! That's the best part. The other part is that it's so beautiful. I love being able to use multiple colors. Can't wait to see the whole thing!

Christine said...

I need you to come to my home, NOW!

Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle said...

Debbie this looks great! It makes me happy in a Fiestaish kind of way! Love the use of the graduates. I know what you mean about the honey do list....I feel so guilty (okay maybe only moderately guilty)as I plan up all the things Wonder Hubby needs to do when he rolls in :) Thanks for sharing.

Canadagirl said...

You did a GREAT job! I wished I could have you come do a redo on my bathroom. It REALLY needs a lot of tender loving care and creativeness. But then I guess I would need some cash to do it to. ((sigh)) One day I will find a way to spiff it up. [o=

Blessings and ((HUGS))
-Mary

FrouFrouBritches said...

I love, love, love it!!! So wonderful colors and I would've totally painted the brass too. And you picked my FAVORITE color. Love me some green! Can't wait to hear its job description.

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Debbie,

I so LOVE these new colors!! I really like your Heritage White; in the pictures it reminds me of our kitchen cabinet color, Dover White. But the shower curtain and the darling curtain rings with painted wooden buttons - that is just way cute. I really love stripes in cheerful colors like that. Debbie, you did a great job with all your painting, including the laminate cabinet, and the colorful handles and knobs are perfect with the other colors. I can't wait to see the final reveal.

I'm sorry I'm just now commenting; we just got home late yesterday afternoon from a trip to the mountains. Hope you have a great week!

Denise

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