Friday, March 12, 2010

The transformation

This was probably the fastest RV makeover ever. We started last Friday and were finished yesterday. In this picture you can see that I recovered the kid's mattresses on their bunks with crushed green velvet. I also painted the cabinet fronts with chalkboard paint --a feature the kids are already loving!
In the kitchen we painted bright yellow to make the space more sunny. You can also catch a glimpse of the backwall that is also painted yellow. My paint kept running down the walls...it was very annoying.
This is the main interior. I recovered the seats in a vintage floral upholstery fabric that we got in Billings. $5 a yard!! You can see the very best improvement is the laminate hardwood flooring that Dan painstakingly installed. You can not see the carpeting in the front that he also installed.
Mechanically we think she is sound. Dan put in new shocks so we don't feel like we're sailing down the road. We are hitting the road today...in fact right now...I better go....we'll update you later on how she rides!
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Ever since we got married Dan and I have dreamed about buying an old RV and renovating the inside. It started with my college friends, Kevin and Sara, who bought an old camper van and fixed it up. They drove that thing all the way across Canada and back! Now it's our turn!
Our dream has expanded to include our two beautiful children, who think this thing is the Taj Mahal even before we pulled out the orange shag carpet! Dan bought this beauty in Boise while he was on a business trip. He drove it home with no mechanical issues...just had to stop at every gas station along the way!
Oh yah! Don't you miss the days when orange was the predominant color? This baby is vintage 1978 (almost as old as we are...ha!ha!)
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