January AFTER Linky Party!

Hello my friends and welcome to the first After Party in the monthly Before-and-After series!

I can't wait to see what you've accomplished this month!  Even if your current project isn't quite complete, feel free to link up how your project has progressed.

With a stomach bug taking up residence in my house this month, I finished up my goal just in the nick of time:  making over my daughter Hannah's closet.  After the bi-fold doors broke off their runners, we took them off and decided to try an open closet concept.  The previous owners had already installed a great built-in shelving unit - I just needed to make it functional for an 11 year old who is caught in the middle of being a little girl who plays with dolls and a tweenager who plays with makeup :)

This is the color scheme we went with when we moved here last year.....a cheerful blue {Ben Moore Splash 2059-60} that I tried to temper with lots of white, and just a pop of lime green and hot pink.

Enter the closet project.

When my Hannie Pannie asked for hot pink in her closet, how could I say no, when I see my baby girl growing up before my very eyes?  There's plenty of time for sophisticated in the years to come....right now I'm all about embracing this age of silliness and fun.

And oh, how painting this closet brought me back to my childhood room, coming home from school to find my mother and aunt transforming it for me - for me!  I had shared a room with my brother but when mom decided it was time for us to have separate rooms - ages 4 & 5?  5 & 6? - he joined my other two brothers and I got a room all to myself.  I'm sure mom thought I'd be delighted, and the boys thought I was so lucky - there I was with a whole room to myself while the three boys were all smooshed in another - but I could hear them laughing at night through the wall and I was oh so lonely.  So on a tiny little budget my sweet mom made that room of mine into a little girl's dream and I learned to love it and enjoy having my own space.  Now I see my daughter read, do homework and write stories in solitude, and play, dance and laugh with her friends in this room like I did once upon a time in mine, and I want this to be a happy place for her, in this beautifully uncomplicated and simple time of her life called eleven.

If a color palette will elicit a little joy, then why not?  So my kids' bedrooms look like Candyland!!  The closet had to be painted anyway.  So here we are - and I have to say - I love it, and so does Hannah!

We found a place for arts and crafts (storage made out of wine boxes....more on that later!).

A spot for the week's outfits, to make getting ready for school just a bit quicker.
{The clean laundry is woefully low since Mom has been busy doing projects.  Will there be clean laundry in Hannah's future?  The Eight Ball predicts,  It Is Decidedly So}

A little nook for the thousands of lotions, nailpolishes, and hair bands my girl has accumulated, with a couple of paper lanterns for light.

We purged this closet, and I hope having an open closet will help us to do it more frequently.  Those grey Fuggs have seen better days but she won't part with them!

Now how could a girl that lives in this room possibly have a moody adolescence?  Right???  I'm all about a little color therapy to battle the impending hormones.

Hannah loves her closet makeover and I hope having it look so nice and tidy will encourage her to take of her things and stay organized, but more than anything, I hope that when she grows up she fondly remembers this room and her crazy hot pink closet.

Now what about YOU??  Do share!  I'm dying to see your projects!

If you're linking up a blog post, please add the Before & After button or a link to Shine Your Light so your readers can find the party.
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The next BEFORE party is next  Friday, February 3 and I'm looking forward to see what you have in mind for your next project.  Before you leave, don't forget to enter the giveaway!

And thank you for joining me for the first Before & After here - I'm so happy to have you over!

I am linking Hannah's closet to Thrifty Decor Chick's closet sharing party today!


Jenny said...

Your daughter's closet looks great! So happy and fresh. My daughter's closet is an atrocity that we try not to look at if at all possible. Perhaps I should put it on my list for next month's before and after. ;-) Must finish dining room first!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that closet is AMAZING!!!!! i am in love, lisa!

Andrea said...

Lisa, I love the way the closet turned out! So bright, cheerful and adorable. I must make sure my daughter doesn't see this or I will be doing another closet makeover!

Privet and Holly said...

Hey Girlie!
LOVE it and I bet H is
over the moon. A true
labor of love : ) I am on
my way to Canada with
my own girl right now, to
see a college. I will attempt
to link up with my I-pad.
We were too rushed before
we left! Have a GREAT
weekend, Lisa!

xx Suzanne

Nantucket Daffodil said...

I LOVe LOVe LOVE the closet redo. That's it. I am quitting my job and just doing house projects. You have me wanting to make mudrooms and fix closets, install wainscoting, and just about beautify everything. You are VERY talented!

Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder said...

Too cute, Lisa! What a lucky girl your daughter is! I love you color therapy reference. About to start that in my own daughter's room. Kinda hard for this Neutral Nelly mom. You've inspired me though!

Val said...

I can't get over how amazing your daughters closet looks. Gorgeous.

Heidi said...

I love the closet. But reading your thoughts about childhood and your hopes for hers made me teary eyed!! The "Be your own kind of beautiful" picture is awesome!! I wish someone had said those kinds of things to me when I was little and you can bet that my 4 year old daughter gets told how funny and creative and smart she is just as much as she hears that she's beautiful :)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Lisa your daughters closet looks awesome! Thanks for hosting!!

Heidi said...

Oh yeah, and I didn't finish my "after" Epic fail..... it's been a rough month, but things are looking up :)

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

WOW. Lisa! Fabulous closet! I love it! Come do mine?? ;)

Anonymous said...

fab lisa...stomach bug and all...you are amazing


Drama Mama Lori said...

I wish MY closet looked that good! Thanks for hosting! I just linked up my afters!! - Lori

Good Time Charlie said...

Oh my, that closet? Let's just say I could take up residence in there and be happy. For real. So sorry there is yukky flu in your home! Hope you and the family are better soon. Thanks for the party.

Sabrina said...

WOW! I wish my mom would've made me a closet like that!! It is so fun and I love the pop of pink!!!

Calypso In The Country said...

I am loving that pink! Just gorgeous! Regarding the "After" of my project...I, um...well, let's just say I am glad your party will be open for a few days! Maybe I will get it done! Oh yes, 2012 is off to a good start! Have a great weekend!

pam {simple details} said...

Pink Perfection!! It is so fun, Lisa!! I'll bet she's thrilled, she'll certainly be the envy of her friends!

Thanks so much for hosting!

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Love the transformation Lisa! It looks incredible, I know your daughter is loving her new space. Happy weekend.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I'm a day late but I am here :)
The transformation is amazing! I love the colors, the closet is gorgeous!!! I hope everyone is feeling better soon!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

What a sweet mom you are :) It must have been such a mother-daughter bonding experience to decorate it together.

Carli said...

I think i've told you before how much i adore your daughter's room, that closet came out FaB!

patti west said...

Hannah's closet turned out wonderful!!! What a lucky girl. :)

Cathy Wall said...

What a lucky girl...the room, so fresh and happy...the closet, packs a punch! Love it all!
I am now following...
Cathy @ Room Rx

Colleen said...

love all of this! the room and the colors throughout. Such a pretty happy space!