Saturday, August 16, 2008

Walls Must Come Down

Early this morning I met a few guys at the church with the purpose of destroying a wall that separated the youth room I taught lessons in and the room the youth played in (this makes the second church I've done that at).  We ripped into the wall and it only took us maybe 30-45 minutes to have completely down.  It would have been faster if it wasn't for some screws that didn't want to come out without taking the ceiling down with them.  But with patients, we got them removed.  Then we removed chalk boards (do people still use those?).  

All in all it was a 4 hour project, but there's more to be done.  

On Monday I plan on framing up the ceiling space of where the wall was to make it look nice, putting in a carpet bar (for where the carpet goes to tile), and then filling in all of the holes in the walls (and there are a lot of them).  

Then on Tuesday I'll (and a few who said they wanted to help) be sanding all of the holes and then priming the walls.  Not sure of when they were last painted, but from what they look like I would assume it hasn't been since the church was built.

In the very near future I'll be painting the room to make it more lively.  I asked Sarah what she thought I should paint and she said she really liked a design I did for a bible study (a 7 weeks study I put together).  I do seem to see the grunge floral look everywhere so I might end up going that way. . .any suggestions?

If you don't know what "grunge floral" is, here's a few pictures with the concept.


Rick Lawrenson said...

So what's that? You only want girls to come to your youth room?

Think high school football players. Grunge floral doesn't work for them.

Even in your decor be purpose driven.

Read "Why Men Hate Going to Church".

TerryKM said...


Believe it or not grunge floral is something most guys are sporting these days. Walk through a high school and you see it everywhere. It's probably one of the most common "theme" on t-shirts for guys.

Basically, it's a sort of floral design with masculine colors.

Ask Nathan. I'm sure he's seen it a lot.

MilePost13 said...

yeah, you're wrong here, pop, unless you're thinking youth groups are meant for your generation.

But, the problem with this (as with just about anything you might want to do) is that grunge is already going out of style. In another year or two, you'll have a room that looks a few years old, and in ten years, kids will be making fun of you.

I've seen youth rooms that are cool but simple enough that they can change with the times. As long as you're not putting all your eggs in one basket, and are up for changing again in a few years, I say go for it.

But, I would still ask the guys for their opinion more than the girls. Even some grunge does look a little girly.

Andy Lawrenson said...

Rick would dig some groovy cartoon characters in bell bottoms with the "one way" symbol. Think Brady Bunch! Sha na na na na na na Sha na na na

You could use some of the colors and just do one wall in the grunge as an accent or focal point and then in a couple of years use the same colors and paint over the grunge or change the theme all together when grunge fades away.

Anonymous said...

Another idea that I have seen is to pick a color theme and then do two accent walls - a girl wall and a guy wall. It looks really good when the two other walls are solid colors and its brings out the creativity in the teens and also a little fun competition. It is a great activity to do on a Saturday morning between the groups.