April After Party!

Welcome to the AFTER part of of the Before & After parties over here!  On the first Friday of every month you are invited to link up any project that you need motivation to get started on, from home improvements to starting a business to losing weight.  Whatever it is, if you need a way to commit to it once and for all, share your idea here and then come back on the last Friday of the month to report back on your progress!

But wait!! Even if you didn't link up a "before", feel free to share something you've accomplished this month.  It's not a party without you!

I have issues with spinning too many plates at any given time, so these before & after parties have really motivated me to focus on and finish some projects large and small.  In January I gave my daughter's open closet a makeover:

February's commitment was to give my master bedroom some attention, but I ended up going in a totally different direction and refinished my kitchen table instead.

March was all about cleaning out and fixing up the lower level of my mom's house so she can get it on the market this spring.  That one was a lot of work and came out great (particularly since the new carpet was installed!) but the best part of this project was working and chatting with my mom, and uncovering oodles of treasures!
This month I was ready for a smaller and more manageable project since my kids had school vacation and we had the family wedding to prepare for.  At long last I finished building Ballard-inspired shelves that I started over a year ago for my master bathroom, and I'm happy to report they're installed and functioning at this very moment!  Yee haw.

This is what our master bathroom looked like when we bought the house in August 2010.  It's a bit smallish and awkward, but we are happy to live with it until we hit the lottery, at which time we'll combine it with our closet and make a dreamy bathroom with a dreamy tub that I'll retreat to at the end of the day with a glass of wine and a good book.
Wait, where am I?  Oh sorry, I drifted away into my dreamy spa-like fantasy bathroom for a moment......anywho.....this is what I've done with the bathroom so far.

The shower, toilet and vanity are all in the almond family (in my humble opinion there is NO other color option for such things other than white.  White white white white white.  White.  Do you agree/disagree???)  To make them livable for now, I pretended their color was an intentional part of the design and striped the walls with white and off-white.  The off-white stripes have a pearly finish to them for a little *pizzazz* (insert jazz hands here).  I also changed out the ugly mirror for the shell mirror I made, and hung my jewelry board in here as a working piece of art.
All in all a functional space - except for the lack of storage space for towels and bathroom sundries.  Enter the shelf idea.  For some reason the toilet is a bit off-centered in this space, which meant that I had a little extra room on one side for storage.

The wacky plumber who installed the shower clearly did not use a level when he placed this access panel on the wall, and since things like this make me crazy, I am happy to hide it.

These shelves were a snap to build, even with my very amateur carpentry skills.  They're not perfect but I'm pretty fired up to have built them myself and I love the storage space they offer for my small bathroom.  

I'll share a few details of how I made them soon - now I want to hear about what you've been up to!!  

Link up a blog post about any kind of project you've accomplished this month and be sure to check out and be inspired by others!
  • By linking up your blog post, you give me your permission to share your project, pictures and blog link on Before and After Feature Fridays (the Fridays in between the first and last Fridays of the month.)  I love featuring your amazing projects!!
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  • Please link to your specific Before and After post url, not the general url to your blog.


Kathy C. said...

What a coincidence... I also painted horizontal lines in our bathroom last night. I love the look... Your shelves came out soo well!! I bet you're loving the extra storage. :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that bathroom looks amazing! i LOVE the pearly stripes- great idea! it's all so pretty!

Jenny said...

Bathroom looks great! I am linking up my covered porch in progress - even though I didn't link it up as a "Before" - there is no planning in my life right now. ;-)

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

You've been doing so great staying focused and getting your projects done! I wish you would rub off on me! I have soooo many unfinished projects I need to get done!

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Your shelves are awesome! And the striped walls (love the pearly finish!)...and the shell mirror...and everything! And even though your panel is wonky, be glad it's there! We have to go through sheetrock if we need access, and then repair it. Bummer!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Y'know, sometimes those little projects are way more fun and equally as rewarding! Those shelves look fantastic! That makes me want to add some in my bathroom! Have a great weekend and *relax*! (c:

Don't forget to hop over and enter the Perricone MD $150 cosmetics giveaway!!!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

You never cease to amaze me, Lisa! Your master bath looks asbolutely DREAMY! The stripes and just the peaceful serenity of those colors. . . swoon.

Some people hate it when "swoon" is used. I believe it's applicable, here.

And you know what else? I just realized that I told you the same thing about your dining room-- that the colors just really blow my skirt up. I think I just figured out what my real style is.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Brilliant, Lisa. I didn't even realize that your toilet and vanity were almond until you pointed it out. Then I stared at the pictures just to make sure! I think you absolutely tricked the eye with your clever solution. Your bath looks fantastic!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

I can't believe it's already time for an "after" party! My favorite part of your bathroom is the stripes. I love the pearly finish. Nice work building your shelves. Your handyness (is that a word?!?!?) always inspires me!

Urban Orchard Interiors said...

Your bathroom transformation is amazing! I did a double take because I didn't even think it was the same space. Great color choices Lisa!