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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Working on the Bunk Window frames and Screens

Wow...what a lot of arm and finger work to shine up these window frames! It is so worth it to see them shine.  I am going to put some fresh screening in them also.  These are the only two interior windows that have this type of framing, the rest are wood--thank goodness.  But the outside will be just as fun I am sure.

Window on Bottom is Before!  
Window Frames After!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cleaning Her Out!

I took some vacation days now that the Holidays are over and my husband went to a wedding with his family in Texas.

Today I have been working on the closet, cabinets and drawers.  It took me a while to decide on cabinet paper but since the wood was a little dated and they had some really heavy duty paper on it previously I decided to cover all the exposed wood above the stove.  I am hoping the paper holds up in different humidity levels and such.  It's not that expensive, so I figured I would give it a shot.  Here are a couple of pictures.  

Cabinets Before
Cabinets After

The Adorable Refrigerator that I am working on cleaning out.  Need to clean the seals with a toothbrush!!

Isn't it adorable! 
Still has the drip pan! 

Look at these AMAZING Vintage Glasbake Honey Whip Bean Jars from the 1950's-60's!!!  The colors are pristine.  Can't wait to figure out how I will use them in the camper. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Finally Home!

She finally came home right before Christmas but I have not had time with classes and family obligations to work on her until a few days ago.

The four stabilizer jacks came and she is rock solid to work on.  I washed her down with mild soap and water and started waxing the front of the camper and the back (so far).  My DH helped for a few minutes with the waxing while I cleaned out some bees nests and screening that was poking me every time I walked into the camper.

I cleaned out the drawers and am removing the very ugly shelf paper over the stove. I bought a heater for the garage to make it more comfortable to work outside.  It works great (when it stays lit), apparently "high" does not work on the heater.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Getting Closer

Getting closer to the glamping part of working on my camper!  I need to scrub up the outside, wax the paint and do a deep cleaning of the wood and cabinets.  
New electric has been run and is hidden inside the cabinet out of the way.  

Besides a lot of cleaning I really need to make a decision on the pattern I am going to use for the curtains and such.  I want a nice piece of laminate for the counter top, probably boomerang.  Since she is a White Star I am leaning towards Atomic Starburst for the pattern.  I love anything celestial.  

I am enjoying the "collecting" part.  I have some Glasbake Honey Bean Pots on order, a 1960's tube radio, a late 1950's bed comforter and a really cool percolator. Still searching for the perfect set of eclectic dishes from the 60's and a mini chandelier. 

Front Dinette



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Vintage Camper Update

Work has been progressing.  I must confess a couple of times during this process my stomach has done some flip flops.  It was so hard to see her up off her wheels and tilted to get to the frame.  But as time has progressed progress is being made.  The new carriage bolts were installed and the floor has been placed.  The old plywood floor was two layers with linoleum on each layer!  It was quite a task for Paul (my restoration expert).  He has been such a pleasure to work with. He is very patient with my ever changing mind! I had originally intended to pick her up and bring her home to do the work myself, but I am very thankful that I needed lights and stopped in his business.  He has some AMAZING vintage campers on his lot that he will be restoring and I would love to go up on weekends and help him.  He has a tiny silver canned ham that is absolutely to die for! Wood from top to back.  

Ok, on to some pictures.  

The ceiling had to be addressed first since it was leaking: 

Getting ready to replace wood and insulation
Could not find more boards, so had to patch a little.  Still not done.

Onto the Front Window and Floors.  They had removed the exterior lights and did not seal the holes so water was coming into the camper.  More than likely also around the windows over time as they all need new rubber flaps on them.

Front Window

Demo- Have to work around the fridge! 
Nice fluffy insulation

Love the new clean floor!  Heavy duty water resistant wood.
Checking out the new flooring which won't go in until after the front and back walls are gutted, strengthened with new wood

The front and back walls.  I had asked to add an electrical socket, however I did not specify the outlet that I wanted (my fault).  I will be changing that to a ceramic socket with a silver plate cover.  Hoping to find an older one, if not I will get a new one and age it.  

Front Window/Dinette. Birch & Beadboard
New Back Window/Beadboard (lighting bad same wood as front)

The new flooring.  I really wanted the gray with the brown to match the wood but it was special order, had I known I wouldn't have put it in the weekend I bought it I would have ordered the other color.  But, the flooring is luxury vinyl plank flooring with a click lock system.  It is waterproof, scratch resistant, and cushioned to walk on.  Best part is, you can't see dirt or shoe marks when you walk across it.  Very important with my OCD, if I can't see it I can assume it is clean!  It's a shame most of the floor will be covered, but a good foundation is important.  We will be redoing the floor in my daughters pop-up during semester break this winter.  I will use the rest of this flooring in her camper.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

My Little Vintage 1966 White Star Camper

This is my baby.  I fell in love when I saw the ad online and pulled it up everyday for two weeks until I finally was able to go look at him!  I showed my kids the picture and said "this is going to be your baby brother!" And they thought I was crazy.  

Finally the day came I was able to go pick him up, I crossed my fingers and texted the owner to see if he was still available.  Holding my breath for almost an hour until I got the reply "yes".  A man of few words.  Me "Can I come tonight?" Him: "It's not a good night."  Me- heartbroken "Can I come tomorrow at 9 am?" Him "yes".  Me "I will be there." Off the phone and practically doing cartwheels.  I could barely sleep that night. 

I woke up and drove the 2 hours and 45 minutes to finally pull down the driveway to see him.  And there he was-- or so I thought.  I get out and walk over and SHE is Tiffany Blue and definitely female.  I thought from the picture online she was baby blue, but no, no, no the beautiful Tiffany Blue was shining through.  

I knew she was coming home, I had the cash and wasn't going to argue the price.  In the end I offered him $100 less than his asking price (although I found the original ad he purchased her for $500 less than his asking, but hey everyone deserves to make a profit).  I told him I would send him pictures of her progress and he said "please don't, my wife is the one that wants the camper gone, I am heartbroken." I wanted to cry for him.  

She didn't have any working lights so I paid for her and then went to buy some magnetic lights.  On my way to the store I went passed an RV repair shop with vintage trailers in the parking lot.  I stopped in to see if they sell them or do work and luckily they do both!  I asked how long he would be open because I needed to get tires and the bearings repacked.  

An hour or so later I was back with the lights and connected them up and hitched her to the back of the Jeep Overland (v8Hemi).  She had two different size tires and was very crooked.  I am pretty fearless and I was white knuckling it down the New Hampshire curvy roads to get to the RV dealership.  There was no way I was making it home on the highway with her riding crooked, not to mention I did not like the dry rot I saw on the tires.  

PSA- please do not pull campers long distances until you get your tires, frame, springs and bearings checked!!  No matter how badly you want to get your camper home.  Many dealerships do courtesy checks once a year.  

I made it to the RV Dealer and he came out to see her.  He was as excited as I was. We priced out some tires, rims, bearings, labor--$475 later I was out the door without her.  It was like the best Christmas Day & worst Christmas Day all rolled into one.  You know that get the toy you had been waiting for and it needs batteries that you don't have.  When I was a kid we lived in the country and you were not getting batteries until Dad went back to work January 2nd.  You had to stare at the toy for 9 days.  Anyway, leaving without her behind me was heartbreaking, even though I know it was the right thing to do. 

It's been two weeks, and she has her tires, rims, bearings, a new crank and wheel, a new lock on the door, a new roof vent, roof has been checked and sealed, the inside roof area where vent leaked has been fixed. The ugly added bar has been taken off, holes sealed and a track for a bag awning added.  The electric has been tested and is safe! None of her windows were cracked when I bought her and 3 have small cracks on them now. :(  

I just sold my pop-up and have more money to put into repairs.  Hoping to get her back in a week or so to start cleaning up the interior.  

Meet 'Star' a 1966 White Star Galaxy Camper

I kept the original interior hardware and fixed and sealed exterior dome

love the handle to get in the door!! 

jalousie, love, love

1960's light fixture and the porcelain sink does not have a scratch on it, or rust stains.  Stove looks great also.

The light in the middle is electric and has an outlet in it, one of the only two outlets in the camper.  Gas light over the tab