I've been borrowing from posts from the New Liturgical Movement these past two days. They love to post before and after pictures of recent church renovations which I love looking at too!
The one they just posted really caught my eye in that the "before" look is almost identical to the parish church I grew up in Augusta, Georgia. It is called Saint Joseph Church too. It had the same beams and roof line and almost the same sanctuary as the before picture, except in Augusta the wood was painted, the arches were a maroon reddish color and the ceiling itself, wood planks like in the photo below was painted white. It is about the same size as Augusta's church too (which is now their social hall, as they built a new ultra modern one.
It is also very similar to the parish church of my first assignment in Albany, Georgia, St. Teresa of Avila.
MY COMMENTS: I have mixed feelings. Certainly the after picture is a great enhancement but it doesn't seem to go with the simple A frame style of architecture. These kinds of churches were built in the 1950's and even in pre-Vatican II times, these buildings would not have been gussied up as much as the after picture is. It seems to have two different styles of art clashing, an A frame building wanting to be Baroque or something other than what it is.
Apart from that the "rood screen" effect blocks the altar from the some sitting in the congregation and seems superfluous and to fussy in this particular style of A frame building.
Just my thoughts.