Saturday, April 9, 2016

RV Makeover

We have been on the hunt for the "just right" RV for ...well... pretty much our entire married life. ;)  

I think, HOPE, we've found the one that will fit our needs (ever so spoiled needs) for the next 10 years.  Hoping for that.  With that in mind, we always buy used and usually buy OLD, cuz, they are cheaper!  This RV had been kept on a farm for a monthly visitor.  We believe they raised dogs, as there was a LOT of dog hair tucked in the nooks and crannies.  Ewww.

The good thing about the "sitting" status, is that it has extremely low mileage and minimal wear and tear on the cushions.  It has had some water damage to the inside, possibly windows left open during a storm?  We aren't sure, but are good "RV Inspectors" and determined it was workable.  The Maverick has good bones and a nice layout, but needed a lot of prettifying and softening around the edges, among other technical things (that's my darling husband's part). 

I call this "Makeover Phase 1" because I plan to paint all the cabinetry white and paint all the walls eventually.  However, in hot humid Florida, the best time for painting is about January time frame.  So, I painted the bedroom for starters and I love it!  Next winter I'll break out the paint once again.. until then... let's camp!!

So, without further ado.... here are some pics to show you what we did and a few to show you how we did it...

You may have to look carefully to see the changes:  

*Couch - old fabric thrown away, cushions were in good shape, so I recovered with a grey Chenille.
*Curtains for over cab bunk - removed and tossed in garbage. ;)  The track was also removed, as we don't intend for anyone to sleep up there.
*TV on wall of overhead cab - we felt this was an odd and awkward place for the TV.  We don't watch TV much, just movies every now and again, so we opted to get rid of that TV, move the larger one they had in the bedroom and put it on a swing arm tucked away in the bunk area.  Besides, the center "wall" piece was hiding a huge space, so Capt. Mike made a door and now we have more storage... it's always good to have more storage!




This photo is all "after" - showing my newly covered valances and curtains.  The dinette cushions were in great condition and I was able to zip off the covers and wash them in my washer, so I did not make new covers ... yet. ;)

A few details... The swing arm tucks the TV out of the way until we want to watch a movie.  It will swing around and tilt down to face the couch.  This cute little sign reminds us why we are here... (wally world)
Newly covered couch (bought the grey Chenille during a 60% off sale at JoAnns ... 12 yards!!!).

Kitchen before and after... again, the changes are small but useful.

*You'll notice new "boxes" on the wall.  Capt. Mike replaced with updated tank reading and thermostat stuff.
*Added a magnetic knife holder (no, we will not be storing the knives there during travel) ;)
*Removed microwave, because I don't use one and I LOVE kitchen storage! ;)
*My little wire 3-tier shelf is great for fruit, onions, bread, etc...
*Added sink cover for more counter space
*Added stove cover (see above)
*Added little counter extension!  Happy about that and still plenty of room to walk past into the bath or bedroom. 
.... yes, I like to have counter space.. I still like cooking when we camp. ;) 

 Again, minimal changes here... the blinds were super old, metal and REALLY dirty.  I was going to toss them, but finding vinyl ones that size was nearly impossible.  So, I put in the old elbow grease, scrubbed them clean and straightened out the "bent" slats.  Tossed the "box" valance and made new curtains.
I used a portion of a shoe holder to make a wall hanging holder for hair brushes, makeup, quick grab items, etc...

This isn't much of a change, but the "gold" stuff is slowly being removed.  I'm not a fan of the "one" towel rack, so I took it off the door and got this cute over the door hook deal. ;)

This was a big undertaking...but SO worth it (the couch was a BIGGER undertaking!).
The original valances were the "box" type.  box on top, box on sides.  I kept the top box and removed all the funky old fabric and interesting braid detail... hmmm.... tossed the side boxes.  I recovered the top and added a metal curtain rod behind the box valance, made soft beige curtains. 

To say this was an insane pain to do is an understatement.  This was quite difficult.  Once I removed the fabric I had 3 separate cushions to work with and a metal frame in the back.  I've recovered "one piece" cushions before with no problem, but these three kept sliding around and fitting was a chore.  
I would say it was well worth the work in the end.  I like the new couch, I like knowing it's fresh and clean and new. ;)  I was also able to change up the "design" a little bit.

Just a few things that needed updating. ;)
Old lights out... new lights in.  I really like the look of the new lights, but when they are on they make a weird color on the walls... it's actually the covers and the way they are designed.  :/

The bathroom sink, and the shower both had these gold and crystal knobs.. um, NO!  Out.  ;)
Capt. Mike changed these out and also added a Fury showerhead.

Now for my FAVORITE part!!!!  Oh I canNOT wait until I get to paint the entire RV this color... it's so HAPPY and BRIGHT...and it just screams "you are on vacation, relax, enjoy, laugh, have fun!" :)

Yes...this is the same room.  Yes...that is supposed to be a headboard. ???  Yes, it feels so much more soft and relaxing in there now. :)

In a separate post I will go over step by step how I prepped and painted both the walls and the cabinets.



Some details...
*I'm happy about having more counter space.
*Capt. Mike installed an outdoor shower in the "basement"
*The fridge was "funky"... to say the least.  I think it had been closed and had some moisture issues.  We removed the doors and this bad boy got a complete military scrub down!
*There is a TON of storage in this camper... love that!  I have little "baskets" and shelves here and there in cabinets to help keep things in place.
*I just HAD to add the vinyl wall words in the bedroom. :)
*The last RV we owned had some wall hooks in the bedroom and they came in really handy.  So I installed some we already had laying around the house.

More details:

*This cabinet above the fridge is made even better by this extendable shelf (yes that's my little french press in there). ;)
*My little 3 tier wire kitchen shelf has been with me through a few RV's ... it was from the "bathroom" section at (Wally I think), it is really useful!
*I made the cab privacy curtain from two curtains I purchased at Tuesday Morning.
*Adding hooks and "by the door" storage is a must for hats, keys, umbrellas, bug spray, sunscreen, etc...
*Magnetic knife rack for ease of cooking!
*We don't "live" in our RV, but I loved this little sign... it's above the door. ;)
 Storage solutions:
The Kitchen has two cabinets.  To make the most of all my cabinets, I use racks where possible.  I also like to use those expandable bars to keep things from crashing around  while driving.
I put no-skid shelf liner on all the surfaces, as well as pieces between all the bowls and plates.  For the most part everything stays put during a drive, but just use caution when you open your cabinets... just in case! ;)
*By the door, I used an over the door shoe hanger which I had cut down to fit.  I also added a magazine rack we had from a previous RV.  There is always "stuff" so it's good to have a place to put it. ;)
*I used another portion of the shoe hanger in the bathroom for "stuff".
*I'm a fan of over the door hooks, there is one hanging on both sides of this bathroom door.  One on the inside for towels, and one on the outside for kitchen stuff (apron, dishtowel, etc...)
*It may look crazy, but it works!  This is what I use my microwave area for. ;)  Capt. Mike boxed in the unfinished inside to make it look "nice" and I added shelving as needed.  Just make sure your expandable rods are good and tight! 

Well, that's all folks!  I'll post more on the "how" we did some things later down the road.  I hope you gleaned something helpful from this!

Kathy C.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Stone Mountain Georgia

Georgia was on our mind... until it dropped below 40...then we came back to Florida where we belong. ;)

So we spent our "Happy New Years" at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia.  We've been there a couple of times and have enjoyed the Stone Mountain Christmas in the past.  They do hokey "shows" and have a mini-disney feel with the lights, the nightly parade and the snow angel that makes it snow every evening. ;)  All that is fine and dandy, but we really like the train ride at night and the show "The Gift" where the REAL meaning of Christmas is told in an "old town" setting... it's just beautiful.  
The last time we visited was several years ago (at the same time of year) and we sure don't remember it being so crowded...boy howdy was it packed...the campground of full and we are just not into mega crowds.  Last time we visited the campground was nearly empty... that was quite a few years ago, I guess with the addition of "snow Christmas" (snow blowers and tubing) it has become a bigger attraction.  We left early last time we visited due to rain and cold.

Guess what?  We left a day early this time as well.  Don't get me wrong, it's a fun time, and if you have kids, they will definitely love it... but it ain't cheap!  ... and it ain't warm!  lol.  Well, for us thin blooded Florida peeps it was just too cold, especially since our mode of travel while there was "Ruby"... our scooter.... just a weeee bit too cold for us. ;)

Our next trip to Stone Mountain will most likely be in the Spring or Fall, when we can see some color (wildflowers blooming or leaves changing color) and can spend some time hiking the woods in a more decent temperature. ;)

The views from the top of the granite mountain are really lovely, and the hike up is always fun!

Heading out early in the morning....Travelling was lovely until just outside of Atlanta, near McDonough... we hit a nasty traffic snag.  We literally crawled and mostly didn't move at all for 2 1/2 hours!!!!  

Schlotzskys for dinner!!!  Sigh....why can't we just have one near us? :/

Cozy sleep in day...rainy day.

Rainy day breakfast... coffee... pancakes n' bacon.


New Years Eve...day... :)  Lunch at The Commons Restaurant... Nice view of the Mountain and lake.  Good food, decent prices, very friendly service.  Cozy Fireplace. :)

Lovely weather this day... perfect for hiking the Mountain.  

We even got hot ... and worn out, lol.

We like to leave the "beaten path" and take the harder route. ;)  This is part of the "old" trail up the Mtn.  I don't know when or why they changed it...

Awe.... Sweetness! The views are very pretty.

It's way more fun if you don't take the painted "trail" ... as long as you don't pass any signs that say "don't go beyond this point", you are free to roam about... we saw some white tailed deer out there.
 New Years Eve .... millions of lights everywhere...so pretty.

Happy New Year from us two goofies!


Me and Ruby. :)

We took the Tram up the Mtn. this time, it was SO cold... I am actually freezing in this photo.  
 On the train... again... freeeeeeezing!!!!! lol
 New Years Day Night. ;)
 This is me after riding Ruby round the park... it's SO cold!  Let's go home!

Yummy breakfast before we hit the road....
 Packing up...We were on site 151.  It had a deck and a full size gas grill, many sites do.  Very nice addition.  This site overlooks the lake and a nice view of the mountain as well, however it's right on a busy corner.
 Below our campsite, the boat rental (only open in warm months)
 Homeward bound!  Schlotzskys for lunch first... OF COURSE!
 Oh the traffic was SO backed up... wow... Not on our side though...whew!
 Pretty Pecan grove...
 So many people travelling home after the Holidays... crazy busy roads.