Tuesday, July 24, 2012

the maiden voyage, part two

Oh, what a difference
a little a lot of elbow grease,
 a few gallons of paint,
a very handy MR. can make.

Remember, this is what we started with:

After removing, the water-damaged wood, 
we MY MR. patched the bare spots with paneling.
then look what we found at Home Depot?!

It's made for exterior...
It's a  cover-up 
it won't be damaged in the event of future leaking
it's just my style.


We MY MR. trimmed out the two main windows 
with a pre-packaged door trim.
It was the  only thing small enough in scale to work 
with the petite-ness of the trailer.
(found at  Home Depot)

We  MY MR. then painted the entire inside 
with a soft white paint..
(are you surprised?)
We  used the hybrid oil...
I like the finish and it should be very washable.  

It is amazing how clean and fresh it is now.

For the floor, we MY MR. used a  vinyl plank flooring...
(also from Home Depot)

We were not very prepared for the camping part
and had to borrow camping equipment
as I told my daughter
we may not have a cooler
we do have beadboard
(which works if we so happen to have  a power hook-up)

I am so NOT even kidding.
First things, first!

When she saw the finished product
she just laughed.
I am not sure why?
Does she NOT know her mother by now?!

The inside is neutral for now.

I did not have much time to decorate.

(and by this, I do  mean we- I did help some
recovered the seats at 6:00 the morning we were leaving.

The exterior is just primer
We were playing with color
to see what we like.
I wanted an aqua with a glaze (like my back door)
MY MR. kinda looked at me like I had lost it at this point.
We shall see.

A few vital statistics:
She is a Dalton...made in California.
She is 12 ft. long
(perfectly cozy)
From research we think she is circa 1958-1962-ish.

I'll leave you with the *before and afters*.
Even MY MR.
 had already forgotten how bad 
she looked just 2 weeks ago.

linking to:

White Wednesday @ Faded  Charm
Show off Your Cottage @ The House in the Roses 
Creative Blogger's Party & Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime
Make it Pretty @ The Dedicated House
Tuesday Cowgirl Up @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Your Cozy Home @ Cozy Home Scenes
Knick of Time Tuesday @ Knick of Time
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Cottage Garden Party@ Fishtail Cottage
Under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage
Air Your Laundry Friday @ Freckled Laundry
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Fabulous Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Farmhouse Friday @ Laurie Anna's Vintage Home
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
PRIMP Your Stuff @ (PRIMP)
Thriftin' on a Thursday @ Savvy City Farmer
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Potpourri @ 2805


must love junk said...

It looks unbelievable!! I definitely think you have your priorities straight! :)

Unknown said...

Wow, what a remarkable change. I love the chandy and my goodness, beadboard too-adorable!

debi said...

Oh Rene, she is SWEET! What an amazingly beautiful transformation!

podso said...

Amazing transformation! And such fun! And so familiar looking! :-) (showing my age here!)

Linda Evans said...

you worked your magic again....can't belive it, beautiful!!!!!

Rebecca said...

I think the neutral is quite nice, actually :) I know you'll have fun accessorizing and outfitting this beauty. Have you named "her" yet???

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Just amazing! I can't believe how much you did so quickly. The paint looks great. LOVE the chandelier. I could maybe camp with a chandelier. :) Enjoy!

Pamela Gordon said...

What an amazing transformation! I would have looked at that in it's original state and said "No Thanks!" You and your Mr. did a fantastic job. Have fun!

Unknown said...

Oh I envy you ! I want one of these so bad . I am willing to do lots of work on it if I can get one cheep. Real cheep ! I love the beadboard and the window trim , good idea !

Adrienne said...

Oh - oh - oh! She's beautiful! I knew she would be. You did what we have decided to do with my little, vintage trailer that's about the same size. We weren't going to use the vinyl beadboard - I wasn't certain how it would handle paint. You've made my day, my friend. Now I can't wait for my sweetheart and I to start the process. Love your colors and everything you've done. Thank you! You've inspired me.

Lady Courtney said...

Amazing!!! And isn't that the coolest thing, vinyl beadboard!!! Oh wow!!! I cannot wait to see more updates!!!! donna :)

Anne said...

Your camper is as beautiful as you home.WOW gorgeous.I knew it would be.You have amazing taste.And your Mr.did a great job too!

Tammy said...

Absolutely FABULOUS!!! What a charmer!!! So tickled for you!!
Nice job to you both!

sherry. said...

BEYOND awesome!!!!!

we're doing vinyl plank flooring (from HD) as well, in the lisbon dark cork.

every itty bitty detail so far is just perfect, rene. my compliments!

a name .. does she have a NAME?!

NanaDiana said...

Oh! She is very, very, very sweet and you (I mean he) worked very, very, very hard to get it done...and I am glad you DID help where you could! She is lovely- xo Diana

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

I don't know what your daughter was laughing about, because I thinks its fabulous. I would enJOY camping in your "new" trailer.

Faded Charm said...

I have three letters...WOW!!!!! I cannot believe this transformation. You two
are amazing!

Happy camping:-)


Ps. hope you are enjoying your new grandbaby.

Rhonda said...

Thank you for this post...I was looking forward to seeing the before and after of your sweet trailer.

Don't you just love vintage trailers? Lucky you to have Mr. Handy...you both worked miracles...she is a beauty now.

Enjoy your summer!!!

EllenaElizabeth said...

I have to say I love what you've done but somehow I had pictured in my mind that you would do what you've done.... I love the external colours and all of it actually. When I saw the backdrop of the pine trees I almost screamed!!! That is one of the icons of USA I would so love to see for myself. I suppose loving The Waltons introduced me to the american pine tree.....sigh.... Just lovely.

Anonymous said...

It's just incredible!!!

Wow! I love the clean, uncluttered, yet romantic feeling you've created. Bravo to you both.

And I totally agree - first things first. :)

My husband doesn't know this yet, but our NEXT little trailer will be just like this...

love, Ingela from Sweden

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Unknown said...

WOW!!! What a difference you made, it looks fantastic. Well done you two....enjoy your camping days together.
Rene I agree a aqua glaze would look stunning.
Love Gill x

Tina said...

Your camper have turned out SO pretty Renee - Love the look inside. The most beautiful place to vacate. The outside it so pretty too - love all the white

On Crooked Creek said...

Amazing...and somehow I knew it would have a chandelier!!! I adore the aqua exterior hue! I can see a wonderful transformation taking place on the interior, as well!Keep the progress photos coming!!! When viewing the out of doors photo...B&B On Wheels came to my mind!

trash talk said...

Girl...you've given me hope a'plenty with this post. I have a canned ham sitting in the back forty waiting to be brought back to life. I've put it off 'cause it just seemed so daunting, but after seeing your before photos I truly believe now it can be done!
Love the direction you're taking her and can't wait to see what all directions she takes y'all.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love how this turned out. Absolutely wonderful. What a difference the before and after pictures are.

The chandy is a sweet touch.

Happy Camping ~ FlowerLady

Wild Oak Designs said...

Enjoy your camping trip, you guys have earned it! What a transformation! Even my Hubby could enjoy that! Wow, from trash to treasure if ever there was a demonstration, you guys did it!

Carol said...

What amazing work the two of you did and sooooo much accomplished in such a short time. The "camping stuff" will come soon enough, the important part was a "clean" pleasant place to stay and you have that. Can't wait to see the homey touches you will add. It's inevitable

Olive said...

It is transformed and ready to encounter bear or rachel ashwell. Whichever comes first.

Heaven's Walk said...

Wow! What a wonderful transformation!!! I love the way you remodeled your sweet camper with soft neutrals. GREAT job! :)

xoxo laurie

Sew a Fine Seam said...

That is the cutest little camper I've ever seen! I absolutely LOVE the chandi! What more do you need? LOL!! Wow!

awal.ny said...

It looks so great. Love the little chandelier, it fits. I am sure you have inspired many of us to look for our own little trailer to make over and join the camping crowd.

Recaptured Charm said...

That's sooo cute! I've just developed a major crush on vintage campers. I really want one :( You did a fabulous job. Now you can start to enjoy it!

BECKY said...

I am absolutely in love with your little darlin'! And I adore every bit of it, along with the pale aqua color! I think that's a keeper!

This post sure made me smile! What fun and adventures you will have...oh the places you'll go!

Have a wonderful day!

Sandi said...

I have been wanting a little trailer like this and your post makes me want one even more. Great job Rene! Just beautiful!!

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Rene...I cannot even believe how gorgeous this turned out. You are one incredible woman...with the help of your hubby of course! Totally unreal! xo

Sandi (Meme) said...

Now I am perfectly GREEN with envy! That little gem brings back many, many memories for me - that's why I want one SO BAD!!!! You (MR) did an amazing job, and I hope you are able to share many camping trips in it. Thanks so much for sharing! Sandi

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

How adorable! You did a great job!!

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

Amazing! Cracking me up about the chandy and not having camping equipment...first things first right???

Amy Kinser said...

You are an artist! It's just as simple as that.

Unknown said...

You two did a fabulous job! Love the bead board, trim, well everything!

Betty Stapleton said...

love it, what a great job Mr. did, so important to have a Mr. We had a trailer not quite that old that we restored years ago for an auction office and it worked great.Terrific job that you both did. Thank you for sharing...

Lady of the Woods said...

that is truly amazing. My mouth just fell open. I can never get over what some work and paint can do. You should be proud and I hope this vehicle gives you many many journies of joy!

Elise Lin said...

Wow, that's an amazing transformation!

CeCe said...

I am never surprised by the beauty you are able to bring to a space. I see so many people with these darlling trailer redos it is making me want one just for????? Just for the heck of it... GrEaT JoB to you and your MR! Just love it!

Tracy Wills said...

very cute, I love what you've done with it.

andrea@townandprairie said...

I'm stunned. Wow. I don't even know what to say... it's absoluelty beautiful. My husband wants to buy a little camper...I'm gonna show him this TONIGHT. THANK YOU!!

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

So, so cute! love the beadboard and window trim! I grew up camping in one very similar... no chandy though. Hope you had a wonderful time! :)

andrea@townandprairie said...

I'm back again... I can't stop looking at this!

Renee said...

Whant an amazing redo. Looks great.

Did you have fun camping?

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...


Debra@CommonGround said...

Rene, I have to admit I thought you guys were biting off more than anyone would want to chew, but of course, it's fabulous!! But I wouldn't expect less with you two.. such a fabulous job!!

June said...

Now I know it for sure------you two can do ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I am so not surprised, my sweet talented friend!!!!
hugs from here...

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What a beautiful job you did! I love how clean and spare the inside is, but with all your beautiful details. It would be bliss camping out in your sweet little cabin! Lovely, inside and out!

Leah C said...

Wow!! Talk about from "trash to treasure"! You and the Mr are amazing...and must have some powerful elbow-grease, too:)

Victorian1885 said...

Love it Rene! Enjoy!

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Wow! An amazing transformation indeed! And I love the direction that you are going with the decorating and trimming. Looking forward to seeing how you get her all decked out.

Barbara Jean said...

Oh so cute!!!
And what a huge job....
Way to go you two!!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a fabulous makeover, Rene...you two are awfully talented! Makes me want to find one...

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness!
That is unbelievable! Wow! That is a lot of work...

Thanks for sharing

Ciao Bella
Sensible Sarah
Your newest follower

Lady Pamela said...

I KNEW it would be fabulous. Pass on my congrats to YOUR MR.
It ALMOST makes me want to go camping. lol (I am a hotel kind of camper)