The Office Reveal is finally here! I cannot believe we pulled this off in six weeks (actually 5 in real life, haha). This was my first time completing the challenge and I am so glad I did. My husband loves how the patriotic office turned out and I hope you do too! I am so glad to have done the One Room Challenge because it was my first. I have met so many great designers and creative dreamers. I thank you all for sharing, following along, and encouraging me throughout this process.
In case you missed any of the previous posts, you can find them here:
- Week 1 – Design and inspiration
- Week 2 – Getting to work and painting the office chair
- Week 3- Mini-fridge makeover (The Beer Safe)
- Week 4- Painting the antique desk with Prairie Colors Paint
- Week 5 – A dash of patriotism
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Ok, let me remind you of how the area looked before we started. It is a his-and-hers office so my side was already done. You can see that in the craft room reveal.
It was kind of just a hodge-podge mess of spare parts and no purpose. Nothing about it worked for my husband at all. I went through boxes of his old things and studied all of these amazing office spaces. First off, I developed a plan which I showed in the Week 1 original post. I definitely feel like my inspiration and plans were well executed to create a masculine office fit for a man who loves his country and his heritage. Oh, and we came in on budget of $600 by re-purposing and using a lot of paint.
And without further adieu, welcome to the man’s new masculine patriotic office area!
The antique desk that I showed in Week 4 is probably my favorite aspect of the office. I just love that we got to use a piece that already had so much history as it belonged to my husband’s father. The desk is painted in Prairie Colors Paint in Telegram. The gray color has a good depth and is one of their many colors based on the history and pride of the American Heartland.
This room is so narrow that it was very difficult to photograph. I am literally standing on my own desk to show you an overview of the room layout. For anyone who did a bathroom for this challenge, you have my sympathies!
My husband actually came up with this idea to do the world wall clock display. He chose the cities based on places that meant something to him so I went with that. It went very well with the military inspired decor that I pulled up from the basement.
And, of course, the mini-fridge was my biggest challenge to overcome in this masculine office. Originally white, I had no idea how to aesthetically incorporate it into the office makeover. I detailed in Week 3 how we stenciled it and added a dial to give it an antique safe look.
Of course, this office serves as a place for my husband to be inspired by the heritage and patiotism that run so deeply in his family. Although he supports the military directly through his career choice, he is the product of 4 direct generations of Navy pride and service. I am still trying to collect photographs of all of the family members who served, but I will eventually be able to make a proper collage for display.
We purchased these shelves to hold some of his precious mementos and for extra storage. He was really happy to have an area to finally display HIS stuff. Through re-purposing and digging through his boxes, I was able to keep my budget around $550.
Most of the purchased and repurposed accessories got the DIY treatment to create a cohesive patriotic theme. I am very proud of the hand painted American Flag and my son’s gift to christen the office. Every piece on display truly reflects the man I love. And, boy, is he spoiled!
I hope you liked it! Let me know what you think!
Special Thanks to all who made this patriotic office makeover possible:
The men and women of the United States Military (We Salute You!)
Stay tuned for tutorials on the hardware, the world clocks, and more! Also, make sure you visit some of the other REVEALS at Calling It Home here.
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