We ripped up that ugly ol' carpet yesterday. I think that's going to make a big difference in the overall look and feel of the place. Still trying to decide exactly what we're going to do with the floor now - we were going to put hardwood floors in (or at least lightweight waterproof laminate that looks like hardwood floor). But I saw this picture on Pinterest that I wanna try first.
I know it won't look exactly like that, but that will serve as my inspiration. I'll probably sketch a design out on some cardboard, then trace around that directly onto the floor and then paint. I don't know, we'll see! But here are some pics of our project day yesterday. We took shifts - I started then got tired, so Brannon finished it up with his strong muscles...
After we replaced the paneling, we filled in the cracks with wood filler so we could paint over it. It won't be completely smooth, but it'll be good enough for us.
When it dried, I sanded it, then put another layer on.
Getting closer to painting!
The Weather Channel app has been my friend lately. January in the Midwest is mostly cold, but we've seen some unseasonably warm days lately - which I greatly look forward to. My work days are carefully planned around these predicted warmer days, of which I take advantage of every hour that I can. Anything in the upper forties or fifties and I'm outside working. Hurry Spring, I don't want to wait.
We work on our projects in little spurts, depending on warm weather and our availability. So today we finished the paneling project.
I needed to buy more insulation for the wall on the back side, because the insulation came off with the old paneling. So I headed to Lowe's to pick up what I thought would be a can of spray foam insulation. After talking to a Lowe's associate (who also has an RV and was very helpful), he suggested a sheet of R-value styrofoam insulation, in addition to a can of minimally expanding spray foam to seal the edges. So I took his advice. But one problem...
How in the world did I get all the way through the checkout line and out to the parking lot, forgetting that there was no way that was going to fit that in my car?! My mind must have been somewhere else entirely...
So, I called my mom, who graciously brought her minivan to the Lowe's parking lot to rescue me. Meanwhile, I got a lot of strange looks, leaning against my car with the doors and trunk open, with this huge-ass sheet of styrofoam on a cart next to me. A young Lowe's associate came over to me while he was collecting carts and asked if I needed help. I politely told him, no - I just forgot what vehicle I was driving and someone was coming with a van.
I'm sure he had a good laugh.
So my mom came to my rescue...
I worked till I ran out of daylight, which also took with it the warmth of the day.
So with that, I called it a day. Back to watching the forecast for the next warm day...
There were a couple of paneling sections that had a little bit of water damage, so we decided to replace those sections. Instead of replacing the entire piece, we used a stud finder and my rotary tool to cut the paneling at the aluminum frame.
We bought a sheet of Masonite hardboard at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which was much less expensive than a hardware store. Brannon and I each did a section - measuring it, marking it, then cutting it to size with my jigsaw. We'll fill the cracks in with wood filler after we screw it to the frame.
There was also a piece of particle board by the entry way that was rotted at the bottom. So Brannon sawed the bottom part off, and then attempted to "re-groove" it for the rubber molding to fit back in with some glue. Unfortunately, the particle board was in pretty bad shape, so we just ended up screwing the rubber piece back to the board because the glue wouldn't stick. Ya live and ya learn!
Today, we tore this place apart...
Talk about committing! There's no going back now. I guess you've got to start somewhere, right?
This is the what the carpet originally looked like underneath the table holder thingy. A bit different...can't wait for those hardwood floors!
Some previous owners replaced some paneling over the bunk, and unfortunately did a quick and poor paint job, leaving lots of chunks behind. This required a planer to shave these little guys off.
And speaking of poor paint job, are you for real with this?
This full-length mirror was ridiculously had to get off the wall, and left some nasty residue once we did.
And who knows when this air conditioner filter was changed last...g-ross!
Soooo, kind of a mess. But one step closer to our imagined finished product!
The upholstery fabric in our new camper was a little outdated, and didn't go with the image we were envisioning. So we searched through four different fabric stores for hours, combing through every pattern and color, holding samples up against each other, trying to envision everything together with the paint color that we were wanting for the walls/cabinets (mint and white).
We settled on a solid coral color for the cushions, so we could have a nice pattern for the curtains. Coral also happened to be the same color that my mom had used for her Airstream curtains a couple of years back, and she happened to have extra - just enough to recover my cushions. Score! So today, I started working on recovering the cushions with that fabric.
I liked the back of the existing cushions - kind of a faux leathery material - and it was in good condition. So I decided to keep that, which meant I had to separate the front from the back.
I will say that I'm no seamstress. So my process was pretty basic, and by no means professional. But it worked for what we needed.
I took the front piece, laid it on top of my coral fabric, cut around it, and pinned it. Simple as that.
Getting the cushion back IN the new cushion cover was a bit difficult, and apparently slightly entertaining to the outside eye... (thanks, honey)
But I managed to man-handle it enough to eventually fit it back in.
And voila! First cushion down.
Now only four more to go...
And Ollie is no help at all.
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