Dam Site Camping

Finally! Weather fit for a trial run in our made-over camping trailer. Dam Site Campgrounds on Beaver Lake is one of our favorite camping spots. It’s a few miles out of Eureka Springs, Arkansas on a road from the hot place curvy enough to make you lose your lunch, but once you get there, you will be so glad you came…until it is time to leave and you have to repeat the Nascar experience. The Beaver Dam separates two camping areas; the lower one is the River Site and the upper is the Beaver Lake site. The campground by the river is open year round on the honor system. The Lake site doesn’t open until April first,and both are beautiful spots. We usually opt for the lake since we like to fish Beaver Lake and the boat launch is there. This time, we didn’t have the boat or a choice so we were thrilled to get a place by the river.DSC00135

Breezes whisper through the branches of majestic pine trees. Camping spots are spacious, the trout fishing is said to be good, (We aren’t trout fishermen, so don’t ask us how many we caught) and the flush toilets and shower points are clean.
Rates are only $14.00, and with a Golden Pass, you get half off. Seven bucks a night, can you beat that?

During the months of March and April, when the bass fishing is good on Beaver Lake, we store our trailer at a facility near the lake so that we only have to bring the boat down when we are ready to fish, and then pick up the trailer and move it to a camp spot when we get there. This, and a visit to our daughter and family in Fayetteville were our main purposes for going this week. It’s still a little early for white bass. I also wanted to see if I would love all the changes in the camper as much when actually staying in it. Success! We both really enjoyed the lightness added with the driftwood toned cabinets and, despite the fact that I wasn’t wild about the look of the bedroom curtains, the effect was a delightfully dark sleeping area. Wonderful!
It’s still a work in progress and this trip allowed me to see some other things I want to do. I added these two candle holders I adorned with shells and twine and changed out the chrome clock to the ship’s wheel one.
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For Saint, and seemingly for all guys in the camp, it’s all about the fire. He could care less what we were going to eat, how hot or cold it was, or any of the other minute details. But guys from four or five campsites away came to admire his fire. The next day, it was bright, sunny, 76 degrees and he still built a blazing fire.
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Here are pictures of the trail and the river.
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Trail to the river If you’re anywhere near the area, stop for a few days. I think you’ll love it. Oh, and as for the trailer, I think the thing I like best is part I was not sure of…when I slip-covered the sofa with a twin sized knit sheet, I wasn’t convinced I’d like the look or the feel. It is perfect. Since this was not an official camp out, meal prep was minimal. We stopped at a restaurant in Eureka Springs, and I brought a to go box home, set it on the sofa while I unloaded groceries. It leaked onto the slip cover. I blotted it off with a tea towel, and it was as good as new. The added thought that I can remove it and wash it as often as needed is a bonus. Brilliant idea.

MOVE THAT BUS!

I miss hearing those words! The work Extreme Makeovers did in Joplin, MO was just short of miraculous. I wish I had something that awesome and helpful to post, but actually, I do have the results of our little camping trailer makeover to share with you…nothing extreme, for sure, but cute as a button, nevertheless. I’ve already shared the painting of the cabinets which lightened up the area considerably, so today,
let me begin with the window treatments. Here are the before pictures:
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The heavy lambrequins have been replaced. In keeping with the coastal tones that I had hoped for, I chose to mix natural and bleached burlap with a blue and white ticking striped fabric. At first, I tried to create the “poufs” I wanted by bunching and tying. That was ok, but not the look I wanted. I remembered the plastic “create a valance” frames I had picked up at a garage sale 3 for a dollar, and yes, I actually found them without any too much trouble. I used the hot glue gun to tack the poufs in place. I made these fabric flowers as accent pieces. I found these cuties here I didn’t follow the tutorial, just made my own by ruffling some with needle and thread and tacking together, and others by ruffling and attaching with hot glue. Either way worked just fine.DSC00060
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I added panels of the striped fabric to the window beside the sofa, but not to the window over the sink.
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Remember what the sofa looked like before? Lots of country blue print fabric. I thought this would be my biggest challenge because I wasn’t sure how to remove or reupholster it. Well, nothing says coastal like slip covers, and I had another brilliant idea. I tried a queen sized fitted sheet. It was too big. I tried a full sized fitted sheet. Still too big. I have no twin beds, but I borrowed a single fitted sheet from my bff, and voila! Just right. A stretchy T shirt sheet set from WalMart for about $15.00 worked perfectly.
DSC00081 I picked up the large pillows at Target on clearance, but I didn’t find the nautical covers I was looking for. Sewing (yes, I said the word) a pillow cover out of leftover burlap was not too difficult. I stuffed it with an old pillow I had, and sewed in a strip of navy and white striped fabric, tied it together with nautical rope, painted a wooden anchor cutout navy blue, and there you have it. Today I purchased navy fabric to make additional cushions later.
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The booth cushions were covered with the same print. Saint helped me cover them with the navy striped fabric (also picked up in the pillow above) and keep them intact by duct taping; a trick learned years ago from Christopher Lowell on HGTV.
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And here it is.
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We covered the blue trim around the booth, under the sofa, above the door with burlap. I repurposed some white sheers and made tie backs with the blue ticking fabric. The ship in the background was one of the few purchases I made for this project.DSC00084
Here is the before picture of the bedroom.
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I’m not too wild about how these window treatments turned out, but the good thing is they untie to block out all the light. I like a dark room for sleeping. Here, I reused the banner from a baby shower above the bed. I’m still looking for a new comforter and shams, but this one is still okay for now.
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I’ll take more pictures when we get this girl on the road, but right now, I kind of like the way she turned out. I think this is still my favorite part.
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The chalkboard paint on the old fridge. Can’t wait to say, “Move that trailer!”

Trailer Re-do Update

Now, I can admit that I was having major second thoughts about tackling this project. Painting the cabinets was no easy task, and when I saw the stark white, I was mortified less than impressed. The tones of the trailer interior simply did not work with bright white, and I did not relish the idea of changing out the wall coverings, flooring, and counter tops. After all, I only wanted to redecorate, not overhaul.

After much googling and a few phone calls, I was convinced hopeful that, even though I had used a high quality oil based paint, I could still do an antique glaze over it. I was going for a coastal look, so I purchased a small can of RUST-OLEUM wood stain (sunbleached was the color I chose.) It was perfect! I spread it lightly on the cured paint with a sponge brush and then wiped it down with a soft cloth. The result was a driftwood tone that blended with its surroundings nicely. Whew! Amazing how far a little bit of success will go in encouraging one to move on. After that, I selected fabric for recovering the banquette seats and for replacing window treatments. Here is a sneak peak at what I’m doing with the windows in the kitchen.
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I think you’ll love how they turned out. I know I do, but I’m not ready to reveal those, just yet. What I am ready to show you is one of the most unexpected, pleasant surprises. The stove and microwave are black, which is fine not bad for staying with the coastal theme, but the refrigerator, although framed in black, had fake oak inserts. I had a wild hair brilliant idea to paint the inserts with chalkboard paint. Absolutely the most fun decision I could have made.
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Isn’t that adorable?
Another idea popped into my head when I noticed the new driftwood colored paint technique exacerbated the gap between the closet and back wall. A 3/8 inch strip of cotton (sailor’s rope) roping hot glued into the corner added to the coastal theme. BEFORE
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AFTER
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I’m getting closer and closer to the big reveal. Good thing, too, because camping season is just around the corner. More to come. Insert excitement!

Call Me Crazy

And I will surely answer!
Before I begin a big largehuge home project, I usually think on the decision forever for a long time. I research options, do a cost analysis, and start a portfolio of ideas that would make an old Sears Catalog look small. For some odd strange reason, I plunged head long into this one without a clue. I decided to do a makeover on our little travel trailer.

We bought this little 27 foot camping trailer from the original owner who upgraded to a motor home, and although it has been gently used and is only a few years old, the decor looks like it is straight out of the eighties; country blue print upholstery, light oak colored cabinets, and gold trimmed cornices over the windows.

Saint did not complain one bit much when I said I wanted to do a makeover, despite the fact that he said it looked fine to him. He’s way more interested in the tires and the tongue than the curtains and comforters. My thought was that just getting rid of the oak look would be a good beginning, and we had leftover cabinet paint from our kitchen update.

Yikes! WHAT WAS I THINKING?

Removing all the screws and hinges was enough for Saint. And after seeing what a coat of primer would look like on this…whatever material these frames are made of, I was a little disheartened. The doors, however, are a better quality material and, after two coats of primer and two coats of cabinet paint, look like this will be do-able great!

After the initial scare of this project, I looked online for ideas and photos of trailer makeovers. I have seen some cute transformations, but nothing that grabs my full attention. I’m leaning toward coastal decor. I would appreciate any suggestions, links to pictures, or personal success (no horror stories, please, I’m already scared enough) annecdotes you’d like to share. Until then…this will be a WIP and I will keep you posted.