Monday, September 19, 2011

Church Office Redo

I work at a historical church in downtown Flint, MI. It was established in 1836 and is the oldest church in Flint. It's a beautiful place to work. All of the wood work, furniture and stained glass is just gorgeous. Someday, I'll have to share more of the building, but today I'll be showing you the office. Over the summer we got new carpet which led to an office redo! I was in charge of the redecorating!

I don't have any before pictures, but the office did not have a very welcoming feel to it. It always seemed cluttered and the furniture was a mix of old cast offs. We "shopped" the church to find some great antique pieces and other accessories that would reflect the history of the building and make the room look more like a church office. 

We found an old door not being used and cut it down to fit above the cabinets

I made the cross out of pallet boards

Some very old bibles and hymnals found in different areas of the church

I removed the purple flowers that decorated this wreath that matched our old decor and added some simple burlap rosettes 

I love all the stained glass!


I made the wreath and angels from old hymnal pages

This door leads into the business manager's office. I made her the framed monogram

We started a gallery wall for her office

The fruits of the spirit

I made this out of pallet boards and leftover chair rail from my son's nursery.


Throughout the history of the church, there have been several devastating fires. These are pencil drawings showing each of the church's building and how it has changed over the years

The top picture is what the current building looks like  
 Here are a few overall views of our new office. 




I still need to do something with the empty space above the mailboxes

I wish I had before pictures so you could see how much it has changed. I hope you enjoyed your tour of our new space! :)

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:




36 comments:

  1. Fab! I love the bibles! Great find. I'm lucky to serve as organist at a small UMC in VA. They still have the original sanctuary basically intact from the 1800's--complete with Eastlake Victorian furniture and pulpit, they also have antique showcase with artifacts from the chuch, as well as important documents and books relating to the chuch's history. I'm redoing my home office a little more shabby chic than gothic (which it was) you can see what I've got going on in there in my archives or by searching my site!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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  2. Love what you've done! Also love the old Bibles! I've pinned those on my Books board, just to let you know.

    Visiting from Debbiedoo's Newbie party.

    XoXoXo
    Joy

    http://christmasspiritallyearlong.blogspot.com
    http://tomorrowsmemorieskjlb.blogspot.com

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  3. I love everything that you've done. Looks fabulous.
    Visiting from Debbiedoo's
    Barb

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  4. Love the hymnal-page wreath, love the burlap roses on the other wreath, love the monogram, the gallery wall,... hmm you get the idea. Love it! I'm over from the "At Home with K" link party. I will definitely be giving a try to several of your beautiful projects!

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  5. Looks fantastic! My favorite is the old Bibles, I have an old German one that sits on my nightstand.

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  6. Wonderful! My husband just moved to a new office in the church and we have a lot of decorating to do --- you've given me some great ideas!

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  7. Nice touches, Melissa. I like the rustic cross, and vintage bibles. The church sketches are a great historical addition.

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  8. Wonderful! So clean and organized and a touch of fall. Thanks for sharing Melissa.

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  9. lovely. new follower from linky party. I see pumpkins and gourds above the mailboxes!
    http://imnotatrophywife.com laura

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  10. I love the wreath made of hymnal pages. Where do you find the hymnals? I would LOVE something like that. You've inspired me!

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  11. That's the prettiest church office I've ever seen! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  12. I'm so glad to see someone decorate outside of their home. What a great place you've created for everyone!

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  13. The effort and talent that you put in to your office made it such a cozy, welcoming space! That window is absolutely amazing!! Blessings on your "new" office! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  14. You did a great job - adding such thoughtful additions.

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  15. looks beautiful clean love the addition of the vintage churches in frames and other items come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  16. Well aren't you smart? I love the vintage / shabby chic look of the paper angels and rustic looking cross.
    You are so crafty!!

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  17. Wow! That re-decorating project looks amazing! They are very blessed to have you as an employee at the beautiful church. You added so many warm and inviting elements into the office. Great job! I saw your post over at "Serenity Now".

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  18. Great job, everything looks wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  19. Gorgeous! So nice to see a place that is so important getting the treatment it richly deserves.

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  20. Beautiful, so serene and pretty. Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence!

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  21. You did an amazing job! I love each and every detail from the gorgeous wreath to the Fruits of the Spirit wall hanging. Everything looks fabulous! Oh and I can't wait to see more pics of the rest of the church. The stained glass is gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)
    Crystal

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  22. You did such a beautiful job on everything! I love it all, but especially love your idea of cutting the old door!

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  23. This looks like a peaceful place to work, I love what you have done with the decor, especially the gallery wall and the wreaths

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  24. What a fabulous and wonderfully thrifty redo on your church office! You did a fantastic job! Thank you for joining TTF and have a beautiful day!

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  25. How beautiful! Love the stained glass and the pallet sign you made. Found you via Stuff and Nonsense. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/few-finished-projects.html

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  26. The room looks lovely! I love the wreath! Thank you for sharing at Simply Creations Link Party!

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  27. Melissa, You did a wonderful job adding some character to the office. Love the wreaths and the pallet sign. Thank you for linking to the Open House party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  28. Amazing work. Love all of these projects. Thank you for sharing your church office redo at Bacon Time. The rosette wreaths are my favorite. Love the burlap.

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  29. Melissa,
    Your new decor in the church office is beautiful. You are one talented lady with all of the wonderful projects you created for the office. Love the old hymnals and bible and the framed drawings of the church. Thank you for linking it up with Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  30. Everything in this article is just great! And the office renovation deserves a big WOW! :)

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