A Man’s Office: My Extreme Makeover Office Edition

My first day at LifePoint I was introduced to my new office space.

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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):

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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.

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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.

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In short, I love my new office.  And I love my new job.  Here is the alternative/IKEA (although messy view) of the office.

DESIGN: IKEA

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FINISHED: Manly Space

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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!!).

 

About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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44 Responses to A Man’s Office: My Extreme Makeover Office Edition

  1. calebgardner says:

    Great job! Love the wood wall.

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