The study renovation is finally completed! I know you thought it was taking forever, and I feel like it was, as well!
I still have a bit of tweaking to do, but for the most part, it’s finished! Yay!
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.
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.
I’m the one that works in this space paying bills, working on projects, writing blog posts, etc and I always felt a bit depressed working in this room….definitely not inspired!
But that has all changed! Here is what the study looks like now after the renovation.
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.
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.
After much debate, and many sleepless nights, I decided to paint the paneled walls. I know some of you will cringe, and 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 this space now!
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 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.
I moved Evelyn’s french commode into the room for extra storage of files, supplies, and paperwork.
The little french chest that I repainted awhile back fits perfectly between the mullioned windows, which are dressed in gray buffalo check curtains.
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!
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.
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!
This makes another room marked off of the renovation 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.
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