WIP to Finished…I think

Stick a fork in it. It is done! For now, at least.

This has definitely been a work in progress and a joint effort for Saint and me. And it has been fun. Mostly.

I have rounded up some before and after pictures to share.

BEDROOM BEFORE

BEDROOM BEFORE

 

BEDROOM AFTER

BEDROOM AFTER

 

DINING BOOTH BEFORE

DINING BOOTH BEFORE

 

DINING BOOTH AFTER

DINING BOOTH AFTER

KITCHEN BEFORE

KITCHEN BEFORE

 

KITCHEN AFTER

KITCHEN AFTER

 

 

OLD FLOOR

OLD FLOOR

 

NEW FLOOR

NEW FLOOR

NEW BATHROOM SHELF

NEW BATHROOM SHELF

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UPDATED BUNK AREA

UPDATED BUNK AREA

CHALKBOARD PAINT on FRIGE and SPICE RACK

CHALKBOARD PAINT on FRIGE and SPICE RACK

 

 

OUR SHABBY COASTAL THEME

OUR SHABBY COASTAL THEME

I’ll elaborate more on the campingcapers.wordpress.com blog post. Thanks for stopping by, she’ll be on the road soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.
Candle holders

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.
Delano fishing
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.

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!