The Study Renovation | Final Reveal

The study / office renovation is finally completed. I know that you thought it was taking forever, and I feel like it was, as well!

Thankfully, it is finally complete, and though I still have a bit of tweaking to do, for the most part, it’s finished.

In case you don’t remember, this is what the study looked like before, still in it’s original state…..dark wood paneling, popcorn ceiling, etc.

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It had great bones as they say, but it was dark and dreary, with the wood paneling taking on an orangey look over the last 40 years. The lighting in here isn’t great on a sunny day, and the dark paneling made it even worse.

What I do love about this room is the bookcases, the arched design in the paneling, the original parquet floor, and the mullioned windows. It also has a great closet for extra storage.

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I’m the one that works in this space paying bills, working on projects, writing blog posts, and I always felt a bit depressed working in this room….definitely not inspired!

Here is what the study looks like now after the renovation.

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The first thing that we tackled was planking over the popcorn ceiling with lightweight wood planks.

If you would like to see the tutorial on how we did this, you can see it by clicking HERE.

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

We also removed the original French chandelier and repaired and rewired it. It had stopped working many months ago and some of the sockets were broken. It still had standard European sockets on it so we had to update all of them.

Hubby was great at repairing it and rewiring it so that it works beautifully now.

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After much debate, and many sleepless nights, I decided to paint the paneled walls. I know some of you will cringe, some of you will be aghast at painting over the wood. I didn’t come to the decision lightly, and it actually took months for me to make the decision, but I’m so glad that I did.

It’s light, fresh, and current. No more dark and dreary. I enjoy spending time in the space now.

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

Another change that we made was adding doors with wire screens to the built in bookcases.

I wanted to add just a bit more of a french element to the room, so hubby custom built the doors to fit the large bookcases.

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The renovation in this room wasn’t extensive, but definitely time consuming.

Priming and painting the walls and bookcases seemed to take forever.

I bought my desk from Pottery Barn 15 years ago and it’s really heavy, large, and well made.

It has a very cottage look to it that I love, but I wanted it to have a little more french style. I had been searching for an antique French desk to use in here, but after seeing the heart stopping prices, I decided to make this one work.

 To give it a bit more french style, I added a pleated skirt around it to soften the look.

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I moved Evelyn’s french commode into the room for extra storage of files, supplies, and paperwork.

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The little french chest that I repainted awhile back fits perfectly between the mullioned windows, which are dressed in gray buffalo check curtains.

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Hubby likes to sit and chat at times, and Miss RubyLou loves to sit and nap while I work, so an extra chair in my workspace is always a necessity.

I found the perfect chair at Soft Surroundings.

I can’t say enough about this chair, it’s so comfortable, the french style is perfect, and the blue linen upholstery is absolutely gorgeous!

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

Remember the green linen armoire that I had in the master bedroom? I moved it to the study to house my wireless printer, camera and accessories, paints and brushes, etc.

The verdigris green color didn’t work in the space so I painted it. I’ll share more of it in another post later on.

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The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

I’m slowly adding artwork and filling in the bookshelves.

It’s an ongoing process and will be tweaked many times, more than likely, but it’s a start!

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

The Study Renovation | Final Reveal | Edith & Evelyn Vintage |

Another room marked off of the list! While I’ve been finishing this space, hubby has been working on the formal living room. We’re getting ready to get the walls and trim painted in there, and then put the wood floor down. I will share more on this room as we progress.

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I’ve added a source list at the bottom in case you’re interested. Thanks for taking the time to see our latest room renovation of the study. I love hearing from all of you!


SOURCE LIST: (may contain affiliate links)
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Advance
Ceiling Planks: Lowe’s
Ceiling Stain: Minwax Pickling Stain in White, Lowe’s
Desk: Pottery Barn (no longer available)
Evelyn’s French Commode: Vintage, painted in Pure & Original Paint
Desk Skirt: Made from bleached drop cloth, Lowe’s
Chair: Soft Surroundings
Armoire: Soft Surroundings
Curtains: Carousel Designs
French Bombay Chest: Vintage, painted in Pure & Original Paint
Mirror: Antique, painted in Pure & Original Paint

124 thoughts on “The Study Renovation | Final Reveal

  1. Congrats on being brave enough to paint the wood walls white. Beautiful. But do not like the covering around the desk. Keep thinking as I looked at it, it was a bedspread. Maybe you will come up with something else in the coming months, you are so clever.

  2. Imagine my surprise, when scrolling down, I came to the pictures of your Miniature Schnauzer, Miss Ruby Lou! We have a black and silver Mini Schnauzer, too–“Harry Potter”! He pretty much runs our house as well, What is it about Schnauzers!? 😉 We are in the middling of a HUGE MBA/MBR gut and remodel right now, but the next project will be my office/craft space so I am taking notes here and will save for the future. I love everything about your wonderful room, now! I know it may have been hard to paint your paneling–men usually balk, especially-but what a great transformation it has made in your space!
    Thank you so much for sharing! Look forward to seeing more!! 🙂

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  4. Cindy,
    Your office looks wonderful , and all of your furniture really makes it !!!! I hope your office manager doesn’t give you to much work !!


  5. Congratulations on finishing this room. Love the blues! Thank you for sharing how hard it was to decide to paint the wood walls. I have the same issue in my home–LOTS of fancy oak moldings and cabinetry that I don’t like but am too chicken-hearted to change. Maybe, thanks to your example, I might finally find the nerve. I also really like the wood planks on the ceiling, and I envy you having a hubby with the skills to make doors for your bookshelves.

  6. Oh Cindy, I am IN LOVE with your study! I can imagine how hard the decision was to paint the wood but it WAS the right decision for sure!!! I adore the space now and would love to have that much space in my office! Love the armoire you brought in for storage. You have inspired me to try an armoire I have to do the same thing. What a gorgeous room you both have created!!!

  7. Wow Cindy…the results of this renovation are beyond stunning!!! I am so glad you took the plunge and painted the wood paneling. I remember you asking us for our opinion on doing this. Curious…what did most of your readers suggest? I will miss seeing Evelyn’s commode in it’s former location but I have a feeling it will be hosting velvet pumpkins in it’s new home in no time! Hugs to ‘my friend’ Ruby Lou….she looks perfectly at home on that chair, lol! (I did notice her bejeweled collar…I always notice the bling 😉 ) I sit here with baited breath waiting to see what you do with the living room!

    • Thank you, Susan! The majority of the comments were in favor of painting the paneled walls! RubyLou loves wearing her blingy collar!

    • Thank you so much! I lost a lot of sleep over painting the paneled walls, but in the end, I wasn’t going to be happy unless I did!

  8. I love it! It was worth the wait. You inspire me soooo much. I have done a French looking chair like one you did. Thank you so much. Keep those ideas flowing!b

  9. You wowed us again! I absolutely love everything about this room. I have to say that Miss RubyLou looks great sitting at the desk! She adds that extra special sparkle to every photo of your space! Every detail is perfect. I love that you painted the wood paneling! What difference does it make? Wood is wood whether you paint it or stain it. I’m so glad I painted my maple fireplace mantel. My maple cabinetry in our finished basement will be next. Your study looks current, French, light and airy!

  10. Cindy, Thank goodness you decided to paint the walls! The room looks amazing, so French! Haven’t you a very clever hubby! Everything looks stunning!
    Tricia (Australia)

  11. Beautiful, just beautiful, Cindy! The white paint transformed that room from drab to fab! What a lovely job you did on a most laborious project! And I always covet your statues, crowns & other accessories. Congrats on a wonderful job, and thanks for sharing it all with us!

  12. Just gorgeous Cindy!! Yes, we have all eagerly waited to see the transformation. You and Hubby are so very talented in all that you do. Thank you for sharing your beautiful office.
    My absolute favorite pic is the last one where Miss Ruby Lou is commandeering from behind your desk. She looks like she runs the place (which I’m sure in actuality she really does). Amazing how these little furry friends take over our hearts!

  13. You inspired me to attempt a reupholstery on a French chair I held on to for awhile. Would send you a photo but this doesn’t allow it.

  14. I knew you wouldn’t disappoint. Everything is lovely. The bookcases and the fact that you have everything to put in them amazes me. The armoire came out beautiful. As you know, I think your painting ability is the best I have ever seen. This room now looks so inviting to work in. Congrats on another beautiful room completed!

  15. Absolutely awe inspiring! I can never get enough of your ceilings. What a transformation the painted paneling makes. And then you stole my heart with that little blue French chest. Your office is just beautiful and what a joy it must be to sit and work at your desk now.

  16. My home will probably not ever have the beautiful finished look that yours has, but you’ve inspired me to do things I never would have tried before. Certain before photos of your home are very similar to what I’m dealing with, same era, fireplace, paneling etc., You’ve shown me there are possibilities that I couldn’t see before. That paneling in my home is getting painted this fall or else…. 🙂 I’ve studied your detailed information on the planking. Were you able to find the same wood as you’ve used before? I thought I’d read it was no longer available and trying to figure out what to use instead.

    Your home is just beautiful and this room is too. Wonderful result and painting all that wood was definitely the right decision.

    • Thank you so much, Darlene! I’m so glad that you’ve gotten some ideas for your own home. Some Lowe’s stores still carry the planks that we’ve used, so you will need to check your local Lowe’s. They are also selling the planking online (linked at the bottom of the post), which you can order and pick up at your local store.

  17. This was certainly worth the wait as I knew it would be! Lovely. Just Lovely. Love the painted paneling and how you changed the little armoire. My favorite photo is of the CEO/Boss in the last picture. She is so sweet.
    You and Hubby are so talented with your update designs. Now I will be holding my breath for the living room reveal.


  18. My favorite thing? The bookcases with the wired doors. No, wait! The bombe chest by the window (you did the painting on that? Amazing!). On second or third thought, it’s the armoire tucked in the corner. Oh, I know! It’s RubyLou!

  19. Cindy, i knew this was going to be a showstopper and you did not disappoint. I loved the armoire in your bedroom but looks great in your study. Hubby is a keeper,he’s so talented. Thanks for always sharing Ruby Lou,your fans love her,

    • Aw, thank you, Sue! I will share your sweet words with hubby and Miss RubyLou….I’m sure they will both preen like a peacock!

  20. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!! You made the right decision to paint the wood. It was too dark before, it brightens the whole room. I’m sure you feel much better doing your work in a bright happy room.

  21. Hi Cindy and Hubby! Fantastic transformation! I especially love the bookcases and the skirted desk. Glad you painted over the wood. Perfect! All of your “old” furniture looks great in this room. And that is one cute dog! Bet you’re glad it’s finally done. Hugs, Pat

  22. Cindy,
    Soon we will see this beautiful transformation in a French style magazine. The space barely resembles its original state which was beautiful in its own right. The room is elegant with the new color scheme, furnishings, white washed ceiling, and paintings.

    Stunning results that will look stunning for years to come. I am inspired to make some changes of my own.

    Why do men prefer wood tones over painted surfaces? Seems to be a recurring point of discussion with women lamenting their husbands’ refusal to agree to painting wood.


    • Thank you, Judith! I’m not sure why men have such closed minds about painting wood. I’m so thankful that mine doesn’t. He pretty much goes along with whatever I want to do, and afterwards, he is very pleased at how updated and fresh it looks.

  23. Cindy – all I can say is WOW!! You will have tons of inspiration working in this space! Everything is absolutely beautiful! Love how you painted that armoire and look forward to how you achieved that vision and colors used. I can forsee it all in a future publication!! Thanks for all your inspiration, Cindy!

  24. Wow….everything is perfect! And Ruby-Lou makes a perfect model! What hard working people you and your hubby are….but its all so lovely. Fun place to now enjoy for sure!

  25. Wow! Your study is simply stunning! I love the painted paneling. And that gorgeous chandelier? It adds the perfect amount of color and sparkle to the room. BTW, where did you find the planter on your desk? Beautiful! Inspiring as always. xo Dell

    • Thank you, Dell! The planter is a reproduction architectural capital turned upside down. I picked it up at an antique store in Mobile, AL, but it isn’t antique….it’s made out of resin. I’m sure you could find something very similar at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Homegoods, or At Home.

  26. I can see where you were ‘uninspired’ in the room as it was. My husband would be aghast that you chose to paint the paneling, but it is lovely and actually reveals the parquet flooring in a better light. I don’t understand how you can get all of your blues to complement each other. The chair from Soft Surrounding blends perfectly and yet I know you painted the chest prior to that purchase! I also like the buffalo check drapes. All of your rooms are like a perfect dream, you have a special touch for styling your collections as well, that anchors the room into reality.

    • Thank you, Pam, for your sweet words! They mean so much to me! As far as the blues all working together, I always stick with grayish blues, nothing with red tones, adding in grays here and there. It always seems to work!

  27. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it all. Well, I’m still pondering over the desk skirt. While I agree it adds a softness to the room and of course some French-y-ness, something just doesn’t ring true about it. Maybe the fabric is too heavy weight? (maybe something a little more sheer?) Well, whatever…..I love the room and wouldn’t mind being an afternoon guest visiting with you and sitting in that beautiful blue chair. Lovely job! 🙂

  28. No source for the CEO in your last photo? I’m always enchanted by your dog and will be looking forward to the addition of the French desk at some time in the future so that lovely piece behind it is more visible. All of your work really paid off. Just lovely.

  29. Wow!!! Luv ! There is nothing that you have shared that I do not luv. ☺ I kept trying to peek behind the desk to see the commode. Haha, then voilà , you showed it. So beautiful. The repainted armoire is so much better , at least in my mind. You and the Mr. do wonderful work!!

  30. Love your style and your your little office manager sitting at the desk in the last photo! When I looked at your source list, I had to click on Carousel Designs to see if it was the same one I was familiar with. And it was! Their factory store is in my town and the last time I was in there was when I furnished my daughter’s nursery over 20 years ago! I love those Buffalo check draperies and their price is much cheaper another retailer I love to shop.

    • Thank you, Kelly! I love the buffalo check draperies from Carousel Designs! Their prices were definitely better than some of the other sources that I checked, and very well made.

      • Sharon, if you “like” their Facebook page, they have sales all the time. I waited for a sale and then purchased the drapes. They were a great price!

  31. Wow, this is so lovely! I love everything you’ve done! The ceiling, the painted walls, the wire cabinet doors, the skirt around the desk, painting the armoire, all the colors and styling ideas are amazing! I’ve been wanting redo our office, which is a challenging space and I haven’t been able to envision what to do, but this is so inspiring! You’ve helped me think differently, and made me excited to get started. Lovely, lovely, lovely! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  32. Yip, you did it again. Absolutely stunning. I love everything about this room. I think you made the right decision on painting the walls. I would have done the same.

    • Thank you so much, Debra! Luckily, my hubby just goes with the flow, although I’m sure he does some “eye rolls” on some of the things I come up with!

  33. Wow! This room is gorgeous!! What a difference. Before, the paneling, trim, and floors just seemed to blend in together too much. I notice the beautiful floors more now, and the crown and baseboards seem even thicker and more detailed. That chandelier..swoon. So glad you kept it. Love the bookcase doors! I can’t pick what I love best. It’s all divine!! Great job!!

  34. Hi Cindy,
    EVERYTHING you do is exquisite!! Truly! Painting the wood was the right way to go. But when I saw the curtain around the desk I immediately thought of the altar in my church. For me, I would rather see the open desk, but that’s just me! The rest of the room is OVER THE MOON!! Hubby did such a great job on the cabinet doors – looks like they are original. He’s a keeper, right!?! Love your site. The best I’ve ever seen on line! Keep inspiring us!

  35. Cindy,
    Absolutly beautiful,as expected. That chandilier is to dye for!!! Love Ruby sitting in the french chair(she has good taste) and behind the desk.Look so forward to your posts.

  36. Oh, my goodness, I love, love this! Just when I thought your home couldn’t get any better, you do this! The styling and decor are unique yet it fits perfectly with the rest of the house. Looking at your blog this morning was like opening the best gift on Christmas morning after much anticipation!

  37. Absolutely beautiful! I didn’t recognize the “after” picture. What an amazing transformation! I especially like the last picture with Miss RubyLou sitting in the boss’s chair.

  38. Cindy, your study has transformed into a work of art with you and your hubby as the masterful artists. I cannot say enough of how much I love it. You made the right decision of painting the woodwork. It went from dreary to being a most happy place to work in. Love your skirted table. What a most beautiful solution to getting the look that you want. I am sure that one day you will find the desk of your dreams with a heavenly price! Another room that you and your hubby have so wonderfully done….a true labor of love. And happy to see that Miss RubyLou is in charge!

    • Thank you so much, Shirley! I’m so glad to have another room marked off our list, and I love the way it has turned out. Can’t wait to get the next room off of the list!

  39. Your new office is truly amazing and your vision for it was “spot on”. Painting the walls from dreary dark brings the room alive. The new ceiling, the skirted desk and pretty decor are all fabulous. Enjoy!
    I’m also impressed with hubby!

  40. It is such a pretty space, nice job Cindy! I think it fits the home you have created, and I bet you love walking in there now! Love the Soft Surroundings chair too.

    • Thank you so much, dear Amy! I love working in this room now, and the chair from Soft Surroundings is the icing on the cake!

  41. Amazing…soooooo beautiful…so many things that are my favorite… I guess my best favorite would be the blue chair with the little one sitting there….Thank you for sharing your great talent with all us.. Pat from Georgia

    • Pat, you are so sweet, thank you. I love the blue chair, it’s the perfect style and color for the space, and RubyLou approved!

  42. I can only imagine how happy you are to be in that room, what a wonderful transition. The right choice of painting the walls was made, I love paneling, but in a library, where you want to curl up with a book. But this room, it’s for inspiration – oh la la.

    • Thanks, Heather! I really struggled with painting the walls, but in the end, I’m so happy that I did. It brought this dated room into the current decade!

  43. Cindy , your study is lovely, as we all knew it would be. Thank you for sharing it . Looking forward to your living room re-do.

  44. That is one gorgeous transformation! I love the skirted desk and the checked draperies, but everything is just perfect. Especially Miss RubyLou! Thank you for including pictures of her 🙂 And maybe tell us how you repainted your armoire to get such an old world look?

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