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Full Circle: Our Return to Ohio

OHIO!

We went back, full circle, to where our little family started. We moved to Columbus after marriage back in 1996.

Jason worked as a Design Engineer for Honda R&D and I worked for an architectural firm downtown.

Mr T was born in Westerville, OH and we got to drive through the town. It hasn’t changed much; it is still as cute as ever. The areas where we used to live have grown tremendously! It was hard to recognize the area. Our first house had been repainted and the cul-de-sac still looked nice but the rest of the neighborhood really went downhill. Such a shame.

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The Big Reveal!

This is it, the big reveal! One year ago, we bought this beauty in need of some major updating and TLC. Since then we’ve primed, painted, re-wired, re-ducted, removed mouse nests and carpet, removed wood floor and a broken microwave, stripped wallpaper, resealed the toilet, eliminated creepy plumbing fixtures, added a bunk bed, gutted a useless sofa, added a table and bench seating and did a whole lot of cleaning! And that was just the inside. Outside we got new tires, repainted the tire cover and the exhaust pipe, scraped off flakey clear coat and repainted some worn stripes, sealed the roof, replaced the lighting, freshened up the windshield wipers, and more cleaning.

Here are the after photos:

And here are the before photos:

I’m so happy with the way it all turned out. I can’t wait to move in :)

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New Roof

It turns out that re-sealing an re-coating the roof was a pretty easy.

Ha!

That’s a blatant lie, sorry about that. Let’s just say it’s pretty straight-forward, but it does involve a lot of grunt work. I’m just glad I didn’t have to completely remove the old coating and scrape and prime the base aluminum. But once a plan was in place, things moved along nicely — if you find yourself having to do this, know that it isn’t difficult or tricky…just laboooorious. With that said, here are the steps I worked through to get’er done:

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New Table: Part 1

The motorhome did not come with a dining area or table or any kind of useful surface. That really left it up to our imagination as to what we wanted for our family. I went through dozens of ideas of my own as well as pouring over photos of other table remodels people have done before we decided on a winner.

My dad pulled out the old hardwood floor that was in the kitchen area and built a half wall that will help support the table. I took inspiration from this family’s website who needed to be able to seat 6 at their table. We’re using unfinished upper cabinets, that will be painted to match, as the seating bench. The table is built much like the bed/sofa frame but with a decoupaged map on the top. I had been trying to decide where to incorporate the map feature and thoughts of putting it on the wall in the bathroom flitted in and out of my head, but I think the table is a better place.

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New Flooring

Replacing the 20-year old carpet and old wood flooring was probably one of the biggest updates that made a visual difference. We found some great gray wood that looked like planks from the side of an old barn. It’s super durable and provided a great foundation and contrast for the look we were creating:

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We wanted to replace the dark woods and chocolate brown colors with lighter colors  — we chose whites and grays as a base, and plan to add splashes of color in the accents and details.

Onward!