My first day at LifePoint I was introduced to my new office space.
The walls were painted a dark gray with burnt orange tiles on the ceiling. The carpet was a dark multicolor carpet. There was black plastic trim on the door and floors. Mismatched furniture adorned the room – which I later discovered was my colleague Andrew’s furniture that he had carefully collected over his tenure at LP.
After consulting with my buddy Caleb, Natalie and I came up with a plan to turn the office into a manly space. Our goal was to turn my space into an environment in which Sherlock Holmes, House, MD, and Iron Man would want to hang out. Here were our goals:
- Lighten the walls to an almost white gray
- Construct a pallet wall on the back wall space (Wood smells manly)
- Turn the opposite wall into a floor to-ceiling bookshelf seating area
- Turn the remaining wall into a large white board
- Open the space with a minimalist modern desk and glass coffee table
- Fit the room with a dark leather sofa and chair and with white credenzas
- Mount a WideScreen TV on the back wall for a monitor
- Put up surround sound for a musical ambience option
Here was the plan on IKEA’s free CAD software (A mirror image of the other Pictures):
The first thing I did was to bolt plywood to the pallet wall along the support beams. This served to protect the integrity of the back drywall in case I moved offices. That way, there would be minimal holes, since I would be screwing the pallets into the plywood, not the wall itself. Then I primed the remaining walls in preparation for the whiteboard paint and harbor gray paint.
The next thing I did was paint the walls and begin to build the pallet wall. You can find out how to build a pallet wall from people on Pinterest. After searching the greater North Dallas area for the right furniture, here is the final product.
In short, I love my new office. And I love my new job. Here is the alternative/IKEA (although messy view) of the office.
FINISHED: Manly Space
Notice the basketball hoop on the door (Compliments of my wife via the awesome dudes at Visiting Angels Headquarters in Waco). If you look closely, you can see how I incorporated my Larry Bird life-sized poster and my Iron Man and Thor Wall Cutouts into the backdrop of the book shelves. I find that these features complement the basketball and action hero themes of my office (Manhood!!).