And because he is such a great Dad / Husband ... the children and I conspired to surprise him.
This (below) has been his office since we moved into this house in March 2007. (Actually this photo was taken after I had started priming the room -- I forgot to take an actual "before" photo). What is tough to see here are the fluffy clouds on the dingy baby blue upper walls, and the dingy white wainscotting. Oh, and the Ballerina cows on the walls --- it was not exactly a "manly" space. He works from home, so he spends A LOT of time in his office. Yet he never complained about it at all.
We patched holes, removed the glow-in-the-dark stars from the ceiling (from previous tenants ?) and then primed the room twice (all oil paint on the woodwork, and years of "wear & tear" on the walls).
Next we painted the trim, doors, and wainscotting a nice light tan to match the woodwork and wainscotting in the rest of the house. It took 2 coats.
And then we coated the walls twice in a deep blue gray paint, in a flat finish ... we chose these in hopes of giving DadToCherub's eyes a break when he is working in there every night (he works with the computer, on the nightshift).
Here (above) is the room ALMOST finished ....
And finally, we reassembled his room, cleaned his office furniture, hung the curtains, and then put some of his awards and personal things on the walls like his Bristol poster from last year's race and all of his Nascar ticket stubs.
So, we hid when DadToCherubs arrived home ... and since the house was quiet, he went to his office to put his suitcase away and to check his email ... and from my hiding spot I heard "WOW !! THIS IS INCREDIBLE."
So, in the tradition of those commercials ...
$26 in primer
$70 in paint
Surprising a wonderful man with a freshly painted "man's" office
Every time he goes in there, I see him just looking around .... he is so pleased and keeps saying THANK YOU, THANK YOU over and over again.