I have been thoroughly enjoying the Pink Paradise this year – as usual. And while she hasn’t actually seen the pavement yet, she has come in quite handy. I love to spend time in her reading, napping, and hosting cozy dinner’s. This table for two is my idea of a perfect picnic. No bugs, a nice summer breeze coming in through the window, keeping undercover in case of rain, and of course electric if we need it.
Sometimes I wonder if I should sell her and move on to my next project, while other times I think that is an insanely crazy idea. Especially after enjoying a nice dinner and playing cards in her like we did tonight. If I do decide to rehab another camper I’ve already made up my mind that I’ll pick a completely different theme, different colors, and select one that has a little more lounging around space.
If you were going to restore a camper what would you want it to look like?
Since hubby and I remodeled the Pink Paradise I’ve gotten several emails from other vintage camper enthusiasts. Let me just say how much that I love hearing from people that share my passion for these old beauties like I do.
My camper is about 90% finished and I’m already looking forward to warm spring days when I can get back to working on her.
In the meantime, it’s going to be quite some time before spring arrives here in the Finger Lakes, so I’m looking for other vintage camper stories to feature here at The Joy of Caking.
If you have a great vintage camper story that you’d like to share then I’d love to hear it!
The day has finally arrived to unveil the Pink Paradises’ (Pinkie for short) new paint job – yea!!!
Do you remember the ugly duckling before?
And here are pictures showing our work in progress.
Take a look at her after!
There are still some things that we need to do to finish her up, but what’s a little more work at this point – right? I’m very happy with how she looks. She turned out exactly how I envisioned she would – BEAUTIFUL!
If you’ve been following my 1972 Frolic camper restoration project then you’ve seen a lot of our before and after pictures here. And at one point I even said that you’ve probably seen the last of the inside work, but there was one last project that had to be dealt with in the Pink Paradise. The bathroom doorway and door.
The door was heavy, ugly, and to be honest, I just didn’t like it. Not to mention that both had been chewed on by rodents.. I saved the door project for last hoping that as the rest of the remodel came together I’d know exactly what I wanted to do about the door. Hubby and I were discussing what we were going to do with it one day and I told him I’d like a Dutch door, and nearly at the same time he suggested building a French Door.
And here is what we created after putting our two heads together.
Hubby made the trim and the doors; I painted them. I just love the cottage look it gives the camper. Plus, we can still see all the hard work we did remodeling the bathroom.
I’m now in search for some old door latches that will work on the doors. Always another adventure!
Coming soon – pictures of her new paint job!
Last September I was elated to go to my first Tin Can Tourist Rally to ogle over the most vintage campers that I’ve ever seen in one place at one time. And as you might imagine, I didn’t miss my chance to ogle this year either.
This weekend Sampson State Park in Seneca County is playing host to yet another Tin Can Tourist Rally. Today was the open house where the proud owners of these campers opened their doors and shared glimpses of them with the public. If you have a interest in anything vintage, enjoy camping, or love the Finger Lakes Region Region, I can almost guarantee that you would enjoy this event.
Here are some of the great campers and vehicles that caught my eye at the open house. Check out my pictures and tell which one catches your eye the most.
Thank you TCT for opening your doors to those of us that admire your wheels. Happy Camping!
I’ve been tracking down (affordable) paint for the exterior of the Pink Paradise and as soon as she’s painted I’ll be sure to share her new coat with you. I’m pretty certain that this will be the last post you will see about her interior restoration. It’s been a long haul; and she took more time, money, and determination than I originally expected to put forth to finish her up, but I’m so happy with the “new” her.
I couldn’t resist sharing a few before and after pictures of her with you before I close out this chapter of the Pink Paradise.
Tell me, from the pictures below do you like her made into a kitchen or a bedroom better?
As I’ve mentioned before, the bathroom was the biggest challenge since it required a complete tear out, new plumbing and electric, and a remodel.
And what do you think of her new bathroom? The cedar was hubby’s idea and I absolutely love it. Smells great and looks so cute! I’m still looking for the perfect mirror to put in the bathroom. Any ideas?
Thanks for all of your interest in the transformation of the Pink Paradise. She is a celebrity in her own right.
I’m thinking of turning my love for these old campers into a small business. If you’re in the market for your very own glamper then please contact me and let’s talk!
Ready or not – glamping here I come!
Just so you know, I’m writing this post from the Pink Paradise!
With today being the last day of July, I was slightly discouraged because the camper remodel isn’t completely done. Of course there are a number of legitimate reasons for this. The extreme heat this summer has slowed us down, family emergencies, illness, broken down vehicles, and lack of money are just a few of the things that have kept us from finishing her up. Hey, it happens.
And then I had an epiphany… Why does she have to be completely finished to enjoy her?
With that thought bouncing around in my head I quickly tracked down some bedding that would fit the camper bed. I then asked hubby for a few minutes of his time so we could convert the dining table into the bed; he graciously obliged. As he disappeared to work on another project that was calling his name, I lit my new Yankee Camping Out candle, poured a glass of wine, cranked the tunes, and hopped up on the bed with my computer to write. Yep, it’s just me and PInky.
Between the smell of the fresh linens and fresh air I am in heaven. The temperature inside is perfect, the dimmed lights in the camper project a warm and cozy feeling, and looking outside all I see is darkness.
I remind myself that one of these days soon we will finish this project.
In the meantime, I will sit back, relax, and enjoy using her just the way she is.
I only wish that all of you could be here glamping with me. What fun we’d have!