Friday, November 9, 2012

She needed a name

and now she has it!

This is outside the door,
a memory of the last owner.
It is only paper,
so in the cleaning,
it is going to go away.

I think it only fitting
that her name is
Ellie J

for Ellen and June!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

We have water!

But first,
I found these cups in my MIL's garage!
They are perfect for in the camper!

Love the colors

We have water!

JWS attached the hose and started
the water running,
handed me a flashlight
said to go look for leaks. 

I would have rather been on the
I found leaks,
but only two
and that is not bad
for something that has sat outside
at least 40 years. 

more progress on the painting.

No one told me that you have to be a contortionist to work on one of these things.
This poor body of mine has been in positions
that it has not been in in years...
or ever!

I think that once I put the bunk down,
I will be channeling
That is
laying on my back painting.

I see so many people taking out the upper bunk,
I am not thinking that is an option for me
with six grandchildren,
four of which
awaiting the first camping trip.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Kitchen Remodel and a Painting Tip

First of all,
I am attacking this interior
one "room' at a time. 
Kitchen remodel first,
it is almost completed.
It is a small area to work in
and I am here to tell you,
this is a lot of painting and trimming!

Behind the stove was paper,
not in perfect shape,
a little wrinkled at the edges.
The question of removing it, briefly flitted through my mind.
I am way more into camouflaging issues
than making a worse mess sometimes.
So I painted it.
Then to "define" the kitchen area
I decided to stripe it.
Taped off,
and here is your tip...
If you paint back over the tape
with the base color,
it seals the edges of the tape
keeps the top color from bleeding through,
allowing for more crisp stripes.

And all the thoughts of
cupboard doors?
Resulted in Honey Brown.
So far,
I am liking it...

I cleaned all the cupboards,
painted and lined the drawers,
scrubbed the floor
and before I left last night,
could not resist
placing a few decorative items out.
Wish I would have taken the curtains with me.

I am even loving the floor!

Now on to the dining room....

Then the living room!

Monday, November 5, 2012

More Decor

Jackson China
whatever that rooster plate is?
A Walston, Pa find.

Hand-crocheted rag rug that I just finished

1967 Tea Towel and pot holder.
Cocoa Beach, Florida

More Melmac dishes. 
Walston, Pa
Spaces Corners,
B and E Depot,
Two of my favorite junque shop stops.

In the box with the Melmac was the great cream and sugar set.
Doug, from the Walston store
was hesitant to sell the Melmac.
It was his grandmothers and he didn't want
it to go to someone who just wanted to resell it. 
He happily parted with it,
(as I parted with my $20 bill)
as I told him that I was going to use it in my camper. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Grapes and Painting

I finally found the grapes! 
They were in the back of  a store in an alley in
 Melbourne, Florida.
The TSA folks studied my carry on for quite awhile trying to figure those out!

Carpeting up,
the linoleum is actually in good shape,
 not sure whether to keep it or not,
so I carefully taped it off. 
The black is the backing of the carpet,
but it is coming off also. 
What to do? 
It certainly is retro,
but maybe a bit too retro.

One coat of primer
two coats
of buttery, creamy paint
is really brightening
the old girl up.

A decision needs to made about the doors.
After all this,
I now think I want to try Gold.
What do you think?
Not sure I am a big fan
of the propane light,
thinks that it needs to stay.

He has high hopes of camping in it
within a month.

Not sure about that!