Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sid takes his first trip to Mt. Hood

Meet Sid... Why Sid you ask?

Sid is the 80 year old gentleman we bought the trailer from. He and his wife were just awesome. They had taken such great care of our 2003 Fleetwood Prowler.

They were so excited for us. They stood in their driveway as we pulled away and waved their arms with big grins and yelled, "You look so good towing that trailer!"

Even a couple days later we had a message on our phone wishing us luck and loads of fun.

So... Sid just seemed fitting.

Here is Sid's wife and Sid's trailer before they sold it to us...

The Trailer

Truly the inside was almost like new. We had looked for a long time (months and months)...

I started off looking at cute little vintage Shasta's and such. (you can see some adorable ones on my Pinterest Board HERE). But soon I realized that wouldn't be very practical. So I started looking at newer ones. And trying to keep within our budget. (we saved and saved for a trailer)

But goodness... I started seeing a LOT of brass and blue. The kind of blue I call 80's blue. Now no offense to anyone reading that has blue in their trailer. It's not that I think it's hideous or anything. It's just not 'us'. And well brass.... So not my favorite...

But more important than colors was the layout and the size...


And one day I saw the ad on Craigs List for Sid's trailer. 2003. 25'. Well taken care of. And pretty much the layout we were looking for. We called Sid. We traveled about 45 minutes, and 5 hours later we were pulling a big honkin trailer behind us! LOL

So let's get started on the before and after tour! This is what we saw when we walked in the door and looked to our left.

Pretty blue flowered wallpaper. LOTS of brass (hinges, knobs, handles, cabinet trim....)
Kitchen and Dinette

And here is the After! NO more brass! We primed and painted (spray) all the hinges, knobs, handles and trim with an Oil Rubbed Bronze color from Krylon. We used adhesive linoleum like tiles for the back-splash behind the stove top and hubby trimmed it out with some wood strips.
Kitchen

You can't see it in the pics, but the freezer door looked pretty bad. (the wood looking paper had peeled in a few places) So I made it into a chalkboard! It's awesome... Super easy with Contact Paper Chalk Board!

The pretty blue flowered wallpaper border has been replaced with fishing flies... And those lovely upholstered and fabric valances with fake curtains Velcro'd on..
Dinette

are in the landfill... You can't see them very well. But hubby made new valances from some molding/trim that we stained to match the cabinetry. And I made curtains from two tablecloths I got on clearance.. {and those lovely blue upholstered trim things on the dinette seats... gone! They are now matching wood}

Dinette

Oh... Have I mentioned the beautiful etched glass mirrors in the cupboard doors above the sofa and bed? Why????
Sofa and Kitchen

The doors above the sofa have been replaced with cork board! Perfect place to put postcards from our travels and pictures of our kids and grand-daughter... The cork is contact paper too!

Kitchen Sofa

And I can't fail to mention the stapled fabric (with pretty blue flowers that matched the wallpaper border) headboard....
Sleeping Quarters

Mirrors

3 - 26"x26" feather IKEA pillows are much more comfy... And some linen looking fabric I picked up at JoAnn's for super cheap, filled the spot where the mirrors and lovely blue upholstery fabric were.
Bed

I think the bathroom had the most brass in it....
Bathroom

But the Primer and Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, a little bit of wallpaper, a really fun picture... A homemade fishy shower curtain.... Tah Dah! A whole new look!
Bath

Bath

Blue Flower Wallpaper

The picture is a print I picked up at one of my favorite spots here in town. It's a replica of a vintage print, personalized with the name of our town and the store I bought it in. Very fun...
Bath

And here is Sid on his first trip up the Mountain with us. We got the very last campsite and it was perfect for Sid.... Hubby spent his evenings out on the lake in his pontoon boat. {after he built me a fire} and I sat and did handwork. I may have taken a nap or two as well...
Sid

So here's a little run-down...

Paint (no more brass) = $3.94 a can - bought 4 cans and had left over
$ 15.76

Wallpaper Border from Ebay (no more 80's blue flowers) = $14.59 x 2 rolls
$29.18

Fishy Shower Curtain = 1 1/2 yards
$11.55

Cork Board Contact Paper from Ebay (no more mirrors) = $ 12.19
$12.19

Adhesive Tiles from Home Depot (nice easy to clean back splash) = $1.29 each x6
$7.74

Curtains for all the Windows (that really open and close) = $6.99 x 2
2 Tablecloths on Clearance at Home Goods
$13.98

Chalkboard from Ebay (great for grocery lists, to do lists, love notes) = $8.16
$8.16

Total: $98.56

Now how cool is that! For less than a hundred bucks I have a spiffy, totally 'us', personalized trailer! And did I mention we TOTALLY loved it last weekend!

There's a few things I didn't get pictures of.. I'll show you those another day. And a few things I still want to get for the trailer... Someday I hope to recover the sofa and cushions. But for now they'll work.. You can see some of my wish list on my HOME AWAY FROM HOME Pinterest Board too!

Thanks for being excited for us, and following along on our camping trip and Trailer re-do! I've had fun sharing... We would love to hear about your favorite places to camp and RV... Because we hope to take many trips in Sid and see lots of new places!

43 comments:

Alisa said...

Love what you did!

Jenniffier Kramer said...

How fun. It turned out amazing. I am sure you guys will have lots of great adventures to come with your new home away from home.

BJ is Quilting! said...

What a great job! Very impressive! We have been enjoying our camper for a couple of years now. And this year we acquired a modest pontoon. Such fun! Congrats!

Kris said...

Wow! You did a fabulous job of personalizing it for you and your husband. And it would be perfect for me and my husband too. Love the fish theme! We are looking for something right about that size. In great shape, and hopefully with a slide out for more room. Congratulations! Isn't it fun!??? Where do you camp?
XO Kris

lifeinredshoes said...

I am blown away! We've been looking at trailers and find that they are just enough outdated to be ugly and not old enough to be cool.
Love what you've done, we'll look with a different eye now :)

Katherine said...

Fantastic space just waiting for an adventure! :)

hugs,

Amber said...

I'm so excited for ya, Jodi! It looks great! And the best part, all those memories you'll be making in it! Good job on a great makeover!

Amber

Anne said...

I love it! :o)

Charlotte said...

looks like heaven! Do you have room for a smallish Englishwoman on your next trip?
;-)

Suzan said...

Oh.my.goodness! What a fabulous transformation and you spent so little money. I am amazed. My dream is to own a little vintage Scottie...small enough to pull with my SUV and safe enough that I can camp alone!

DianeM said...

Really, really nice! You sure lucked out finding Sid :) It's so nice to see your dream come to fruition.
Smiles, DianeM

Leslie said...

That turned out perfect!!! You have motivated me to redo our little 19ft trailer that has so much 80's decor! ha! LOVE everything that you did!!!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Very well done. Looks great. I can't wait till it cools off, or we move to Utah to start camping again. Way to hot in the south to camp in the summertime.

Carrie P. said...

wow! that is so awesome! I love your redos. You made it your own and who would have thought the things you did could change the look so much. Love it.

Susan said...

You are going to have so much fun!

kittyj said...

Thank you so much for sharing your fun with us. My hubby would have a meltdown if he had to pull a trailer. LOL Sid looks wonderful with his "makeover". Have lots of fun and enjoy every minute.

Busy As Can Be said...

It looks great! And you are going to enjoy it so much! Like taking your very own hotel room with you!

Needled Mom said...

Great transformation, Jodi. It is nice to make it all "you."

Katherine said...

Looks great!! Have fun camping!

Jean(ie) said...

I ****LOVE**** the transformation! The fly fishing lure border is just precious times twelve... and the matching shower curtain. Pricelesss!

Yes, they still make those RVs with all the oaky doo-dads, metallic trim, and ooky fabrics. I'm surprised they don't get more sleek. It seems like a few vendors have made the change, but not a lot of the mainstream manufacturers.

YOU ROCKED THIS REDO!

Sallie said...

WOW! I'm impressed! You did a great job! And I can't believe you did it for less than $100!! Have fun traveling!

Karin said...

you did a great job revamping it! You are right about the vintage campers not being super practical - I have one and I *do* love love love it ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/31110202@N02/5805353254/in/photostream ) but, I do wish it had more room (no bathroom, no heat, no hot water. Just a bed, a dinette, cabinets and a sink/counter (and running room temp water). But, sometimes that's all you need (but a bathroom would be NICE!) You are gonna have so much fun with your new camper though! Congrats!

Kelly L. said...

Great Job! I often wondered campers have such tacky stuff in them - you made your look homey and comfortable.

Anina said...

Amazing!

Joy said...

JODI !!!!!! That is so awesome... I have wanted to do that so bad. it really is cute. Have fun!

Cherie said...

Wow loving the re model of the inside. Though some of the campers you had on your pintrest board are totally gorgeous! =D

Robin said...

SO fabulous!! I LOVE-LOVE how you made such huge changes with a little ingenuity and a tiny amount of cash. Sid no longer looks dated, but instead looks nice and fresh!

I'm following you on Pinterest now.

http://pinterest.com/mrssoggy/

Susan said...

Such a great makeover for so little! My husband is wanting to get a trailer (it will be a while), and you've shown how easy it is to make some changes for not much money . . . because by the time we can afford a trailer and the truck to haul it with, it will need lots of updating! LOL

You've done a lovely job updating!

Teri said...

We just got a camper, too. I, like you, am on a mission to rid myself of the 80's fabric! Luckily we have sewing machines, right!

Jenn said...

That is SO awesome! Such great ideas I would like to incorporate into our camper - luckily ours was mainly in browns, but I know how you feel about seeing blue and brass everywhere!! We're looking into a new camper so maybe I'll get the chance to use some of your neat deco ideas on the next one if it needs it! :)

Sonnie said...

Wow! What a fabulous transformation - it looks so cozy and comfortable! Love, love, love your camper....enjoy every minute of all your new adventures!
Take care - Sonnie

adaisygarden.com said...

Wow! Congratulations! You found the trailer you wanted and then made it your very own! It looks great and how fun to work on something you know you'll be spending time off on! My husband and I also would love to buy a trailer... maybe we'll really start looking now! :)

Becky said...

Pea green with the envy here! Thank yo for updating all those "loverly" 80's features. yikes!

Nicole said...

That was such a fun post! I have the best memories vacationing in our good ol'motorhome. I'm pretty sure the decor included brass...and pinkish/mauve flowers :). Hope all is well!

Andy said...

You have got to be kidding me! Well done Jodi! The "after" pics are such an improvement :) I can't believe you did it all for less than $100. Impressive my dear.

picabo said...

WOW!!! You rock!!! Love what you did!!!

Kate Schmidt said...

Wow, what a wonderful transformation. Congrats on a great job!

Laura Lane said...

Oh wow, I am so impressed with how you made this yours. I'm going to pin it just in case we ever get a trailer. Now I want one!!!

Plain Ol' Vanilla said...

Oh how fun! This looks very similar to the trailer hubs and I purchased from Craigslist two summers ago. It's the same layout and yes, it has green and brass! So happy for you.

Joyce

melsfunnyfarm said...

Our trailer has very similar fake wood, etched glass, 80's blue upholstery and carpet, and brass everywhere. Thank you for sharing how you made yours over! I now have hope.

Nora Wiselogel said...

WOW! I absolutely LOVE what you did. We are "researching" moving up from our 3rd tent trailer to "walls", and I too, have been looking longingly at the old vintage ones. My hubs decided he doesn't want old but I want to "make it ours". (Have sewing machine and staple gun will travel) And now,I'm not so scared. You've done just enough and spent the perfect $ amount. There's hope!! I can do this! Thanks so much for your post! I found you on pinterest... Happy Trails!

Nora Wiselogel said...

WOW! I LOVE what you did! We have been "researching" upgrading from our 3rd tent trailer to "walls". I have been looking longingly at the old vintage trailers,I love 'em! But my hubs has decided he only wants newer. But, I sure would like to personalize whatever we get. Now that I've seen what you did, and how easy and inexpensive it was, I have hope! I can do this!! Happy Trails! I'm so glad I found you on Pinterest!

Lindsey Allen said...

Fabulous! What a lovely home away from home! Glad it feels more like 'you' now, and that all that etched glass is gone too, ha! :)

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