Motorhome Makeover-Late June Update

We have finally gotten rolling on the Motorhome Makeover again. Of course we picked the week that heralded 90 degree temperatures and the Brexit. Watching your retirement account plummet while sweatin’ your girdle off is just plain discouraging.

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This hot mess (see what I did there? It’s hot and this is a mess.) is my dining room, presently being used exclusively for the rehabilitation of one tired ole motorhome. Those green things are the parts of the sofa bed that I covered in my cute paisley fabric. It took all winter and spring-mostly I was staring at those things-trying to figure how to cover them-there is no wood to staple fabric to. I thought of a drawstring-like an ironing board cover-but that would mean constant adjustments. In my worst moments I envisioned getting out my ever lovin’ hot glue gun and hoping for the best. Even Pinterest let me down! Every camper makeover either tossed a vintage bedspread over the sofa or removed it and bought something from IKEA to put there instead. Then a few weeks ago, the Piper says ‘envelope”-and out of the blue it hit me-make an envelope to slip each piece in-the seat belts will be able to come up between the cushions like before. Whew! But I did make a huge booboo on the side parts. I sewed slip covers for the arms-the little paisleys were all going in the right direction-then I stapled them over the arms…..The second did not fit as well as the first. I thought  (Grandma Olive-cover your ears!) what the H-E-double toothpicks have I done now? SO I grabbed the scissors up and cut that puppy to fit, and stapled away… Until the Piper came in and flipped both ends in the right direction and I realized I had cut correctly, sewn correctly, and stapled incorrectly. I had put the fabric on cock eyed-then made it fit, and now some of my paisleys are taking the path less traveled. It will haunt me forever, but I can’t waste another two yards of fabric to correct it. I ‘ll make a nice sofa pillow-a big one. No one will notice.

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The Piper is sweating and cursing over the vinyl plank flooring, and it looks just wonderful!

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I tell you what-a plump ole country girl can cover a whole lotta 1998 brass and plastic ugliness with a can of good spray paint!

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Now you all know how I suffered over the decision to paint or not to paint the cabinetry. Frugal and Wise Mrs. Pickles realized the light oak cabinets really weren’t ugly-at least they were not as ugly as blue and mauve window treatments and musty faded blue carpet. But the Pinterest-Struck Mrs. Pickles wanted to paint those suckers out shabby white!

The cabinets remain wood tone, but all of the pulls and the brass trim got a good coat of red spray paint. I briefly entertained the joy of choosing all new hardware pulls-until I counted them up-42-yep FORTY-TWO new pulls would be needed.  As I start adding my chosen soft goods to the mix-those cabinets are looking pretty darned updated and just plain good! See that little tease of the new cafe curtains? Same red!

Well, I better go offer the Piper a Gatorade. He is down to fitting little bits of vinyl in all the nooks and crannies-and there is a blue cloud of swear words comin’ out the screen door. Even Lucy The Boxer Dog has her ears covered. So long for now from Out to Pasture.

 

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