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!