Okay….I wish I would’ve gotten better ‘before’ pics, but I’m posting the most accurate one I have. The After photo is as recent as today. Hubby redid the old fiberboard and formica top in one day…because it was crumbling to smithereens, and about to fall through.
We used the items we had on-hand, which is why he replaced it with Bamboo Stir Sticks that he’d been saving for about a year or more. You know the kind you use to stir paint? Only difference is these are real bamboo. Either way, we had to use the stain we had on-hand from a previous job, or we would’ve opted for a lighter tone…had we had the funds to do so.
Either way…I hope our desperate attempts at replacing our bathroom counter-top will inspire you in some way. I was truly inspired by the outcome. Enjoy! : )
So, minus the terrible smell, this is pretty much as we found our trailer. You can’t feel the squishiness in the old, musty carpet either, but this is a visual idea. Please don’t judge us, we were rather desperate, and it was more-or-less what we were looking for: a blank slate of a trailer, with walls, floor, windows (most of them anyway), doors (minus one on our trailer), a kitchen would’ve been nice, but…, and a bathroom that was in working order (yay for us on this one).
Goes to show, there’s truth in saying– You just can’t win ’em all! Join us on our journey of Before & After as we show you what we’ve done so far to the interior of our Vintage Trailer.
We sure had a mess on our hands! I had found this deer lease trailer, neglected and in a shambles, and we got her for super cheap! There is truth in saying, ‘You get what you pay for!’. This is the story in pictures…of our Caravan Remodeling.
Wow…! What a wind we’ve had overnight and this morning! It’s gotta be making all the birds fly backwards out there. Poor little seagulls! I feel for them while I’m sitting nice and cozy-warm by my faux fireplace…in our little caravan home.
I feel rather grateful today; thinking of the things we do have and not focusing on the things we are lacking. One of which would be money: broke as a joke…we are! But, I still feel really grateful, none-the-less. You see…? My husband has started a part-time job for a time-share resort, and to us…this means ‘finally’ a steady income. As much as we are attempting to live a simpler life, society just keeps reeling us back in. And living below one’s means shouldn’t include having to struggle so badly that your selling your stuff (things you might not want to sell) in-order to keep bills current.
I have to laugh at that one: keeping the bills current. Sometimes I just don’t know which way is up! We’re damned if we do (follow the 8 to 5 robotic flow of society) and we’re damned if we don’t (attempt to live below our means in a small dwelling, whilst the ‘uppety’ folks around us frown down their noses like we’re criminals?). But it has all taught me a very valuable lesson: you can’t please everyone…so you got to please yourself, as the song also goes.
So I’m rambling, which I tend to do. But I promise I really do have a point to all this. My point is, we are thankful for what we have, though we are longing for less even-still: less of the societal hooks in our sides, less bills, less crowds of people and traffic, less work and more life (I miss my husband when he isn’t here, and this place would fall apart without him), less complications all across the board, and less nosiness from the folks that think it’s better to send my daughter to ‘traditional school’ (homeschooling looks better everyday). I could go on and on…but I won’t bore you that much!
Either way, we will continue to work on our tiny house dwelling – caravan home, and I will continue to look for a small, but secluded, plot of land to homestead; something that we will own and I can have farm animals and make my own cheese, and gather eggs from our own chickens. And…we can still be free to go camping and travel a bit in Peniki. She needs an overhaul, so we are rather forced to stay put for now. Still, she needs to be turned out to greener pastures and times…just like us. Graze off the land, as we were meant to be allowed to do; this land was God’s gift to man, and man has dominated it to his own injury. My belief…entirely.
So, even though these birds are still flying backwards in life, we are making some progress with the remodeling of our travel trailer — caravan home (one in the same). Therefore, I felt in order to keep this blog from becoming such a ‘hodge-podge’ mess of subjects, I should go ahead and start a blog dedicated to the remodeling of our vintage trailer. I hope you will follow and see what we’re up to, the many mistakes we often make (so you won’t make them too), and the little innovations we are forced to come up with…due to lack of funds. I will be posting the link or reblogging right here…soon! I invite you to take a peek into our chaotic life. You might just be inspired, but you’re sure to have a laugh or two.