The Spring 2020 One Room Challenge is finally happening! So glad you joined us! If you’re unfamiliar with this event then you’re in for a treat. Each Spring and Fall, 20 Featured Designers are selected by Linda Weinstein and the ORC team for a 6-week challenge where they each take us along on their journey to an incredible room transformation! Feeling inspired? Guest Participants, like yours truly, with a blog or Instagram account can register and join in on the action. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the challenge includes an additional 2 weeks of work time which is so helpful for newbies like me and Hubby!
You guys, I learned so much about myself this past week that it’s kinda scary! I knew that order and organization were important to me, but I had no idea how vital they were to my everyday life until we started working on this shiplap install. I may or may not have had a panic attack … once or twice, but after I calmed myself and was able to think rationally, I understood that a bit of chaos was needed to create beauty! For this project, we purchased 6″ x 8′ primed shadow gap shiplap which was perfect from a convenience standpoint. Shadow gap shiplap is self spacing and removes the hassle of having to manually space each individual piece, significantly reducing our install time. The added benefit of this shiplap already being primed should also make painting easier.
You’ll notice vertical markings across our wall which indicate the location of the studs. It’s so important to identify your studs if you want to properly secure your shiplap. We also chose a horizontal layout because it’s a simpler process and doesn’t require any additional wall structure set up prior to the install. By choosing these options we were able to really maximize our work time!
FYI my friends, a nail gun is highly recommended when installing shiplap. It speeds up the process and because the nails are so small, it allows for a smoother end result. Hubby did a lot of cutting in this process, so to create a smooth surface for painting, he’s going to fill in the cracks with drywall putty (what we have on hand) and sand it.
The horizontal, white shiplap definitely lends more to a farmhouse style, however, I think once the wall is painted and our bedroom is completely styled, it will have more of that cozy modern vibe we’re going for!
We selected a pretty minimal trim that will border both windows and the rest of the wall, allowing the focus to remain on the horizontal shiplap. Adding trims is a great way to create a cleaner, finished look since it hides any uneven cuts made!
This Week’s Agenda
It’s such a good feeling to check projects off our list! Be sure to subscribe to our blog and follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on our personal journey in this event. You’ll also definitely want to follow along and see what the Featured Designers and other Guest Participants are working on! Anyone else participating in the ORC? Comment below to let me know so I can show my support and celebrate your transformations!