Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Studio Reveal! Before and After!

I cannot wait one more day. I HAVE to show you the progress in the studio/guest room remodel!

We've made a lot of updates in our Pennsylvania house during year one, but I think this may be the BIGGEST transformation to date!

This room was formerly a wood paneled "den". The previous owner, a doctor, had used it as his home office.

Here are the "before" photos from moving day.

Dark paneling everywhere, and heavy insulated drapes to keep out the light.

I tried to make the most of it by adding colorful accessories and swapping out the heavy drapes for sheer curtains. But in the end, those dark walls just swallowed the light.

So, after a LOT of priming and a LOT of painting, here's the studio/guest room now!

Let there be light!

The built-ins were a LOT of work to paint, but the result is perfect! We chose Valspar's (National Trust for Historic Preservation) Churchill Hotel Hazy Yellow for the walls, paired it with Valspar's Sea Kiss for the back wall of the bookcase, and a nice crisp white for all of the woodwork.

That sewing machine will come in handy when I finally get around to sewing the window treatment!

Yes, this room is still a work in progress. For example, I have not shown you the fourth wall behind a row of cabinetry that has NOT been painted yet!

Hmm. This one will definitely take some strategy. Those units are not built in, and they weigh a ton!

Maybe we'll just keep it this way to show everyone the "before" and "after"!

Maybe not.

I am so happy with the way all of the existing pieces came together.

The quilt and lamp base from Walmart (Better Homes and Gardens) that matched the clearance lamp shade from Target!

The organizational items from Target's Dollar Spot that matched the bins from Martha Stewart (Home Depot)!

The sheer curtains are from Laura Ashley, and they were a great price at Marshalls!

Finally, a place to just be still!

Overall, this room did not cost a fortune to update. Paint is such a cheap fix! New curtains and curtain rods, a new lamp and shade, and painting supplies. We paired it all with our existing bedding and storage items for a funky look that achieves the perfect balance between vintage and updated.

This room used to be "the black hole" at the end of the hallway. Now, it is the happy place at the end of the hallway! I can get a glimpse of it from my kitchen, and whenever I do, it just makes me smile!

Time to get inky!


  1. I love your new room. Isn't it amazing what a difference color makes! You've done a great job of transforming your space - may you have many happy hours creating or just relaxing in your lovely new studio!

    1. Thanks, JW! Paint indeed does make all the difference!

  2. So pretty. Mom always says she loves John's was thinking this could be considered my room...when I come for a visit of course.With that in mind...thank you!

  3. Everything looks so inviting! The colors are perfect. Thank you for sharing what materials you used. Very inspiring for you and for us. Creative Blessings in your updated digs!

    1. Thanks, Kelly! Glad you like it, too!

  4. Very light and bright......great job. Enjoy!