A New Look for The Joy of Caking And A Frolic Update

Finding a new look for a blog feels similar to buying a pair of good shoes.  You have to try them on and walk around in them for a while to see if the fit is right.

Having said that, I  just redesigned my blog and I am waiting to see if it’s a good fit, so please bear with me.

I also realized that there hasn’t been a Frolic (vintage camper) update in quite a long time.  For some reason, I don’t feel like we got a lot accomplished last month in the camper.  But, here are a few important accomplishments.

We hooked up gas to the original hot water heater and found the orifice was corroded closed and was preventing us from lighting it.  Hubby located a new one and changed it.  He also gave the burner a thorough cleaning.  We now have a working hot water heater.  Yea!!!

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Along with the making sure we have hot water, we also made sure the stove and oven were in good working order.  And here is what we found.

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Both the stove and oven lit without any trouble.  Yea, again!!! 

And do you remember the ugly wheel well that stood out and needed to be covered?

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That has been taken care of as well.  Since this picture, I have primed and painted the storage bench and lid.  There is still a bit of trim work to be done, along with a cushion to be made.  Progress is slow but steady. 

I’ve also been busy looking for vintage items to put in the camper.  So far, I’ve found a cute vintage coffee percolator at an estate sale for $3.00, and a vintage dish towel for .10 cents at a local thrift store. 

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Coffee anyone?

From the 13th – 16th of this month there is going to be a vintage camper rally at Sampson State Park. The Pink Paradise will have to sit  this one out, but we are excited to see the other vintage campers that will be on display there.

And there you have it.  A new look for The Joy of Caking, and a vintage camper update. 

To see all of the posts related to the restoration process of the frolic camper so far, just type the word Frolic, Pink Paradise, or vintage camper in The Joy of Caking’s search engine found on the right side of the page. 

 

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Summer is… And a vintage camper update

Summer is hot – 100 degrees here today!  My baking has been replaced with sugar-free Popsicle’s.

Summer brings beautiful flowers, and with beautiful flowers comes bugs.  Some are more obvious than others.

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Summer is a time to work on projects that otherwise might be neglected.  Below is the latest picture of the Pink Paradise.

I’m hoping to get some trim work up in her when things cool down a bit.

The big change here?  Re-upholstered cushions.  I have to thank my father in-law for making them for me.  He graciously made the covers for me after I picked up enough off-white vinyl at the Gunlocke Company outlet store to cover all four cushions for $21 bucks – a true steal!

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Yea!  It’s finally starting to come together.  The stove has been thoroughly cleaned and put back together.  The wallpaper is up, and a television/entertainment center is in the works at the rear of the camper.  I’m saving that for the next post because I like to keep you guessing – lol…

What is summer to you? 

The Pink Paradise – Update #1

Real progress in the Pink Paradise.

When I started this project I consulted with a couple that sells vintage travel trailers in our area.  My big question to them was simple.  Do I keep the travel trailer original, or change it to something more my style.  There weren’t any nice birch cabinets to refinish in this trailer so their reply was; change it to something you like.  With that said, I have made some dramatic changes.  

The biggest challenge is working around the color of the original stove/oven.  I don’t want to replace it because it’s in excellent condition.  I think I’ve got this challenge all figured out, but only time will tell. 

So, are you ready for a sneak peek?

The bathroom before cleaning.  I found a live baby mouse cleaning this out – cute, but gross!

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The bathroom after cleaning.  Ahh… Much better!

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The major cleaning is done, and the persistent bees, mice and ants have been terminated, or have they?   And the bathroom is slated for a remodel just in case you’re wondering.

I had a nosey visitor stop by to check out my progress.  I think she was looking to see if I was planning on building a nesting box to accommodate her.

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I removed a bulky plywood couch that took up entirely too much space in the trailer.  That will be replaced with some type of seating to cover the wheel well.  Still trying to decide exactly what.  Ideas?

No more bulky couch below.  Do you notice the pink paint?

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I primed everything.  That was a time-consuming process since I decided to use a non-latex based primer and this type of primer does not apply quite as easily.  I also took all of the cabinet doors off, along with their hardware.  I can tell you that working in such a small space didn’t help speed things along either.

Remember the travel trailer before primer?

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Look at the trailer after the primer, and with a touch of the pink paint.

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Below, I have put the first coat of paint on the ceiling, walls, cabinets, and door latches.

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Below is a picture of the start of the cherry laminate floor installation.  Hubby did the real carpentry work while I played carpenter’s helper. 

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And lastly, here is the finished floor. What a transformation!

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There is still a lot more work to be done, but I’m really happy with the progress we’ve made.  I promise lots more surprises.

If you missed my first post about the Pink Paradise check it out here.

 

My Vintage Travel Trailer; The Beginning

With my flower beds all spruced up, freshly mulched, and looking like something out of an issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine – okay, maybe I’m exaggerating just a little, I announced to my hubby that I needed a project.

Little did he know what I had in mind, or should I say in store.  In fact, I had been hashing this (not so) little project over in my head for quite awhile.

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For years now, this little diamond in the rough has been sitting out back waiting for someone’s undivided attention.  That someone, as it turns out, is me.

I love just about anything vintage, retro, and antique, so when I started looking on-line and saw how people are re-doing vintage travel trailers and making them into the coolest, hippest, tiny spaces on wheels, of course I wanted in.

Armed with bee spray, a shop vacuum, and massive cleaning supplies, I dug in.  A couple of hours into the start of this project I wondered if I had suddenly, without any warning, become insane.  There’s always that chance you know. 

Apparently, the chipmunks, mice, bees and ants take vacations too because  I found chew holes in the walls and cabinets, along with mouse droppings and  black walnuts that had been stashed in every drawer and crevice. I even found an abandoned honey comb under a seat, and the ants still visit daily.

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Since I’m not a fan of inexpensive dark wood paneling, which is pretty much what this whole travel trailer is made up of, I am painting  the inside of it, as well as the outside.   And my color of choice?  Hold on to your coffee cups, PINK!  Of course, out of consideration for my hubby I asked him if he’d mind the color pink and he (being the loving and supporting) husband that he always is, said “No, this is your project, you paint it any color you want.”  Hence, he has already come up for a name for her “Pink Paradise”.

My objective; beautify this relic on a shoestring budget, and use as much recycled material as I can come up with.  I’ve got a pretty good start on that  since I have some scraps of laminate flooring and lumber on hand.  I am going to use some wallpaper that I bought at a dollar store a few years ago and never  put to good use, and with  a few modifications I might be able to recycle some old curtains I’ve been storing for Lord only knows why. 

Follow along as I  take you on my journey of transforming this beast, into a beauty. 

Click here to see (lot’s of pictures) of our work in progress.   Also, at the bottom of this post are pingback links that you can follow to see our restoration work too.

And here she is close to finished!  

Mission nearly accomplished!

Still want to see more??  Click here to see the  Before & After – 1972 Frolic Camper Remodel – Bathroom Door or here to see Table for Two in The Pink Paradise.