August 21, 2017
Eclipse day for us. I was able to get some more work done on the trailer this last week, but not as much as I wished. For me, summer has run out. …. I also had to wait until payday to buy more supplies. I am happy to see the changes in the feeling of brightening and space that my base coat and removal of the closet have given.
The backsplash and the door should really pop with this turquoise color.
The color palate is based on the original colors in the original cushions.
August 7, 2017
I did not think it would take me this long to get back to working on the trailer. Summer School kept me busy in the mornings, and the heat wave kept me out of the trailer in the afternoons. I did, however, buy some supplies (paint and material) and spent time thinking through how to remove that upper bunk.
This bunk was exactly the width of the trailer and removing it without cutting it was a real puzzle. I first took out the hood from over the stove.
The vent that was behind the hood (above the stove) was full of an old, papery, hornet’s nest. I had power washed it from the outside last summer, but I brushed (most) of the rest of it out. I like the spaciousness, but will put the hood back in once it’s been cleaned, and the faux tile work painted.
The closet, cupboard, and drawers were very important when we camped. As I plan to leave the trailer in one spot in my back yard, it didn’t seem necessary for storage. This bank of cabinets was also a hinderance for the removal of the upper bunk. I decided to see what it would look like if I removed some of it.
Surprisingly, the wood emitted a sweet smell. It’s 50 years old! As I continued to remove sections of this cupboard, I really liked the open feeling in the trailer. I also was happy about the access it gave me to the ceiling and the floor. I want to paint the ceiling, and seal in the rust on the staples. I also want to replace the flooring and both will be more accessible with the cupboard gone.
I ended up removing it all, but have saved the pieces in case I want to rebuild part of it. There were screws in the wood screwed in the outside wall, into the wooden frame, before the paneling on the exterior. This did put some holes in the paneling on the walls. The framing was tacked into the roof and stapled. It was difficult to remove without tearing a bit of the ceiling paper.
This picture is the side of the cabinet, that is in front of the couch. There was a side flip table here, that I removed.
The open feeling in front of the couch is exactly what I was hoping would happen. I think the space will be great with something built-in, over the wheel hub, but sill open for visiting with those who sit on the table benches.
July 10, 2017
I have washed the inside of the trailer. I plan to paint the ceiling but first have to cover the rusted staples in the ceiling. I think I’ll keep the white-washed paneling on the walls and cupboards, even though the staples are rusted there too. I have removed the curtain rod holders from the paneled walls. The shelf above the table, that was water damaged and the first item I tore out. It left a piece of wood that will work well for the curtain rod I’ll be adding. I like the space better now.
The dinette cushions turned out nicely after their cleaning. When I find the perfect material for the curtains it’s really going to add a lot of charm.
I removed the ice box and found the last mouse nest to clean.
I’m thinking of selling the ice box. I would like to put in a small refrigerator instead. The ratchet set sitting on the table is my neighbors, so now I know the first tool set I need to buy.
I’m also wanting to remove the top bunk and may try to sell. The bunk is a snug fit and may have to be cut to remove it. It would be a shame if that had to be done. The black padding on the edge of the bed-shelf is in great shape. The original mattress is intact, albeit a bit water damaged.
With the top bunk removed the space will open up and make the area more inviting. I can see a chance to hang some decor on the walls with the bunk gone.
The cleaning is mostly finished and now it’s time for the real restoration work to begin. I’ve been spending time on some blogs and asking questions about products that other trailer owners have used. There is much for me to learn.
July 3, 2017
I washed the outside of the trailer with a soft scrub brush and simple green. I really like the aluminum silver quilting detail on either side of the front window. I’m going to use it for my inspiration for the outside decor.
I washed the ceiling with just water and the panel walls and cupboards with diluted Murphy’s oil soap. Much of the dust came off, however all of the staples and hardware are rusted. I will be removing all of the curtain hardware and replacing it. I haven’t decided yet about the drawer pulls or the cupboard handles. I didn’t like this shelf that is on top of the front large window. It felt like it reduced light and head room above the table. I took it out.
I spent two days with a borrowed carpet upholstery cleaner. I pulled all of the carpets from the house to shampoo, and then turned to the trailer pads. The bench seat pads are in great shape and cleaned up nicely. Washing the trailer and cushions on two consecutive, hot, sunny, days was perfect. I used a water sprayer and ammonia to clean out the under storage spaces in the trailer. I used a lot of water on the outside of the trailer and the cushions were fairly wet during the cleaning process. The hot weather insured quick and thorough drying for the wood frame, floor, and cushions.
The bench/couch cushion has one hole in it, the size of an egg. The frustrating thing is this hole happened this last year while I was having the trailer stored. I know that because of the little bite marks in the foam, and it was in perfect condition when I saved the trailer from its camp in the woods. The picture below is the cushion drying in the warm sun.
I’m playing with the idea of covering the bench pad and tried out a duvet cover on it. I like the colors in the duvet cover and will use them in the trailer. The upholstery colors are mostly olive green and teal. The walls are white-washed panel and the countertop is white. I’ll want to add a bit of color and think a coffee brown color for the floor and some bright for the backspash.
Our cat, Jet, is checking out the duvet cover.
June 25, 2017
We’ve been in our house for 17 years now. When we bought the little bungalow we purchased what we could afford with the idea to fix it up as we went along. We also thought we may get a larger house some day. These beliefs are no longer true. We have no desire to move away from our lovely neighbors. We are well into the second halves of our careers, so upsizing is not a good option. So, we have started looking more closely at what we really want/need. Last year we had to replace the back yard deck. It turned out beautifully and has inspired us to do more in the back yard.
We have had a metal shed in the place of the garage since we bought the house. We talked many times about building a garage. We finally decided on a multi-step plan. I was able to get my parent’s 1967 Aloha Trailer. While camping is not high on my list, fixing up a retro trailer is. This trailer is sentimental to me as I spent many a summer’s night playing cards and falling asleep in this cosy home.
Multi-step Plan:Order a new shed for the back yard.
- Order a new shed for the back yard.
- Prepare the area for the shed
- Clean out the items in the old metal shed.
- Remove the old metal shed.
- Plan for organization and storage systems in the new tool shed.
- Move items into the new tool shed
- Move in the trailer.
- Refurbish the trailer
- Build a roof for the trailer.
- Settle the trailer in its permanent back yard location.
- Buy a new garage…. but really a studio/hangout/office space.We have been working on steps 1 -6. Step 7 will begin this week.
We moved plants on both sides of the little wood fence. The new shed would sit behind the wood fence. We removed an ailing rhododendron tree and removed roots etc.
We had purchased a Tuff Shed three weeks before installation and they arrived with it all painted and ready to put together. The floor sits on steel beams and they level it with pavers before they put on the walls and the roof. We found Tuff Shed to be very responsive to our needs/wishes.
Jamie had the brilliant idea to hang the large yard tools on the back, outside, wall of the shed, under the eaves. This idea solved a big storage problem.
Eleanor planned out the peg wall.
Jamie found a piece of wood and brackets (in the old shed) to make a shelf for the new shed. Then she planned a Storables Storage System around the home-made shelf. We found keeping the bikes and the mower on the floor was better use of storage space, so we went up the walls for storage solutions.
We planned for a work bench area under the window, with shelves for my garden supplies. I put the outdoor holiday decorations on the top shelf.We even have some empty storage crates! It feels great. The silver material on the walls of the shed help it remain cool in the heat and warm in the cold.