Welcome friends to week 6 of the One Room Challenge (ORC)! The past few weeks have been overwhelming and I’m grateful for the support for everyone that has voiced support to protest against the wrongful killing of Black men by policemen, the constant oppression of Black lives and the constant neglect of Black communities.
Black Lives Matter
Last week on Instagram, there was an overwhelming reaction toward racism and as a result, birthed the social media movement #muted, #blackouttuesday and #amplifiedblackvoices. This movement urged social media accounts of our white counterparts to pause, listen, educate themselves about racism, the daily struggles of Black lives and to amplify the voices of Black content creators and Black-owned businesses.
We also saw some brands pledge their solidarity to do better, support to diversify their brand and provide equal opportunity for Black men and Black women. I hope that individuals and brands that took these steps are in it for the long run and not just when these hashtags are trending.
I want to thank Linda the creator of One Room Challenge for showing support during these times. Week 5 of the One Room Challenge was paused to allow others to focus, listen and hear the voice of Black men and Black women in our nation.
The time for CHANGE is now, the time to get UNCOMFORTABLE is now, the time to not STAY SILENT and to SPEAK OUT is now.
Protests are not only happening in the US but all over the world because people have had enough with centuries of hate toward Black men and Black women. Let’s all stand together to end racism, the brutality of Black men dying in the hands of law enforcement and neglect of Black communities.
We Can Do Better
I urge you to read books about racism, watch documentaries about racism, vote to make a change and I urge you to demand change. Most importantly, the end of racism starts at home.
Black men and Black women need everyone to fight social injustice. For more information on how you can take action for change, please visit here.
One Room Challenge, Week 6
Friends! It’s crunch time. YES!! We have only two week left before the reveal. I still have a lot to do and I will have to push through hard this week to finish my project on time. I’m really getting nervous.
If you are visiting here for the first time, welcome! I’m working on my powder bathroom for the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge. I joined as a guest participant and this will be my second time participating in the One Room Challenge.
I shared the before photos of my powder bathroom in Week 1, my design plans in Week 2, started cutting the hardboards in Week 3 and in Week 4, covered up the textured walls.
One Room Challenge To-do List,
Disconnect plumbing Remove vanity Remove baseboards and mirror Locate studs Finalize placement of trim boards Cut and prime smooth hardboards install smooth hardboards on the wall
- Cut, install and caulk trim boards
- Install and caulk decorative moulding
- Cover the floors and paint the ceiling
- Install and caulk crown moulding and baseboards
- Paint trim boards, cap moulding, baseboards and crown moulding
- Install mirror, toilet paper holder and towel bar
- Install vanity and faucet
- Style the room
- Photograph the room
This week, it’s been all about getting all the trim boards installed. I have to say I got some muscles built up in my biceps. Haha! Holding and nailing two 8 feet, 1×8 primed trim boards myself to 10ft walls, is no joke. I’m glad it’s done.
Here is my trim work design plan for the largest wall in the powder room.
Torn between using 1×4 primed trim boards or 1×6 primed trim boards for the vertical and horizontal slats for the panel recessed moulding. I went with 1×6 primed trim boards thanks to your suggestions on my Week 3 update. It adds depth to the powder room.
Install Trim Boards
I started with installing the 1×8 primed trim boards horizontally at the bottom of the room. Then installed 1×8 primed trim boards horizontally on the walls, near the ceilings. I left about 4 inches of space in between the ceilings and the trim board to accommodate the crown moulding.
I ran into an issue with the crown moulding spacing because the height of the crown molding is smaller than the space. I’m working on a solution and I’ll share it next week.
Moving forward, I installed 1×6 primed trim boards vertically in between the top boards and bottom boards. Then I installed trim boards horizontally in between the vertical boards at 36 inches to divide the height of the walls, adding interest to the powder bathroom.
I can’t wait to finish up caulking, fill in the nail holes and begin painting.
See you next week for the last progress update before the REVEAL. Don’t forget to check out other One Room Challenge guest participants to see what they have been up to in their One Room Challenge spaces.
Thank you for your continued support and love as always! Chat with you next week!
What do you think?