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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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We Have A Bed!

The boys have been spending the night in Edelweiss all week. They love their bunks. Our new bed is constructed and the mattress is finally finished. The frame allows the base to slide from a 30″ deep sofa during the day to a 55″ bed at night. Grandpa reconfigured the old sofa area that had tons of wasted space underneath to include a large drawer to store our bedding during the day.

The natural latex mattresses are layered with organic wool batting then slip-covered with a Sunbrella linen fabric to make them durable and cleanable.

It just needs our bed pillows and some cute toss pillows and it will be just like home.

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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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Remodel Progress

I’m getting so excited because things are really starting to come together. We have about 75% of the painting done, the bunks are built and the full sofa/bed is constructed — we’re just waiting for the foam to arrive. Some of the lighting has been replaced and we bought new faucets and a toilet seat that are ready to be installed as soon as the painting is completed. We also picked up the wood flooring today and its gorgeous! Can’t wait to finish the painting so we can install it. Noticing a trend here? Got some peel and stick stainless steel tiles to create a backsplash in the kitchen…so many changes!

The painting has really brightened everything up dramatically. I went with the color Swiss Coffee #1812 and had it color-matched at Sherwin Williams; its a delicate ivory color. I’ve typically used their zero VOC paint, Harmony, and had good results with only one coat but this time, maybe because there is very little colorant, the coverage is frustratingly poor. It takes 2 coats, sometimes 3, over a primer to get even coverage.

I’m waiting, not very patiently, for my Sunbrella fabric samples to get here. I really want to order the fabric for the mattresses and curtains. Because having materials that won’t off-gas in such an enclosed space is important to me, we shelled out a lot of money for a healthier natural latex foam for the mattresses, not stinky-petro-chemical memory foam or formaldehyde-off-gassing urethane foam. Which means I need to cut costs by upholstering them myself. Maybe I can convince my mom to help too.

My dad has been indispensable to this whole project! Between Designerd’s consulting work and me homeschooling the kids and skating, its challenging to find time to work on our to-do list. But my dad is out there building away nearly everyday and making amazing progress! Maybe he’s just in a hurry to get his quiet house back ;)

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On the Road and Going Nowhere

We left the peninsula around 3pm and crossed over to the east bay to take a less busy route south. After only 90 min on the road we hear a loud, startling sound and thumping. This could not be good. Immediately we pulled off the highway and looked. At first I didn’t see anything, but upon closer inspection the truck had blown the back inside tire and there was metal hanging underneath. Nope, not good. We called the roadside assistance number and they were very nice and sent someone out to help us. 45 min later we had a great mechanic telling us that its even worse than it looks. Fan.tas.tic. If anyone is familiar with NorCal we were on hwy 580 just before it merges into I-5. Hot, dry and middle of nowhere. Oh and speed limit is 70 which means people are really going fast! We could see the rest stop a mile up the road and I had to pee like nobody’s business. Needless to say its very awkward squatting next to a Uhaul with traffic on both sides. Mr. S was a trooper holding a blanket in front of me. Enough said.