Saturday, September 10, 2011

CARRIED AWAY DEBUT

By golly, it seems like forever since I've blogged or even thought about blogging.  Where does the time go?  I hate that I've kept everybody waiting so long to see the progress on my little camper project.  But I do believe you will think it worth the wait.  While it is not done yet, I do feel that I am in the homestretch.  I took Carried Away on her first outing last weekend--not quite perfect, but still quite capable of handling a weekend at the lake.

Against the strong opinion of my son, I decided to paint the outside myself for four very good reasons.  

1. It was cheaper.  Much cheaper.
2. It was quicker.  Much quicker.
3. Her condition warranted it.  No matter how much I spent, this little girl was never going to look perfect.  She's old and has battle scars that were just not going to be covered up with a fancy-schmancy paint job.  She's a lot like me.
4. It's been done successfully before.  I did my research and there are plenty of hand-painted trailers owned by Sisters on the Fly.  That was good enough for me.
Also against the strong opinion of my son, I choose to paint her bottom bright yellow.  There are some good reasons for that as well.  

1. Everyone in the family (except my son) voted on that color.
2. It was a color on the shelf at Home Depot (Rustoleum oil-based).
3. It made me smile and sing "You Are My Sunshine." 
You may wonder why my son's opinion is even mentioned here. Well, that would be because he did all the inside carpentry work.  I did, as nicely as possible, remind him that he was on the construction committee not the decorating committee.  In the end, he did agree that she looked pretty good considering.

Tessa had enough sense to take a shot of my beginning efforts. I admit that I had my doubts for a few hours.


I am quite happy with the results.  Of course, I still have the white to paint on the top.  Labor Day weekend did not wait for me to finish. Husband had enough sense to stop and have me take a photo of her first outing.

It was some feat getting this comfy mattress through the door, but oh, it was worth it.  Unfortunately, it came off of my guest room bed, so that room looks weird right now.



There are lots of  things to notice in the kitchen besides I did not finish painting that board. That was because it was nailed in right before we left.
 
The old tin was one of the pieces I bought at an auction for $10.
 
The string of lights I bought on clearance at Home Depot.
 
The dish towel from William Sonoma came from Goodwill.
 
The bar and little shelf thing came from IKEA.
 
Modern conveniences:  micro, fridge, stovetop


And now onto the dining area.
 
I fell in love with that yellow Waverly fabric at a local outlet.  It was $5 a yard.  I already had the blue that I used for the piping.  I actually had a local guy do the cushions for $25 a piece--worth every penny!  I know that the tablecloth does not really match, but the table was still a little sticky from painting.  *grin*
 
I made the curtains from some long IKEA ones that I had previously used in the house.  I love the little pinch pleats and the red rings that I sewed on.  I did not want to use the clip-on ones that are so popular . They are hung by twine right now, but that may change. 


I have several more things to finish and tweak, but I could not go another day without sharing. I hope you will stop back to see some more finishing touches.  I have a trip planned for October, so it will motivate me. I promise!  And in closing, the following photos were just too cute not to share.

That sink came in handy.  Temperatures were over 100, and Jett was a sweaty mess!
 I do believe he thought I got "Carried Away" when I pulled out my special shower gel. 
 "Please, Grandma, must I smell so . . . pretty?"