I’ll be vintage before this is all done… wait, I already am. That reminds me, I was carded while buying some sparkling rose’ today. After leaving the shop, my tween asked why they asked for my ID… because it’s sooooo apparent that I’m over 21. Nice.
We are busy finishing the other side of the Skamper and it takes all hands on deck. One more wall and ceiling and then the inside is pretty much done 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
I even started a coat of paint!
I’m going to do gray and white but I’m thinking it needs a splash of color. It feels so good to put some fresh paint on it, even though I’m probably jumping ahead. It still needs to be sealed and patched in places. Oh well, I can always touch it up.
One of the toughest jobs of fixing up the camper would be dealing with insulation. It’s wasn’t hard, just uncomfortable. Being in protective gear in 90* weather was a little stifling.
After packing the walls with this fluffy stuff , we installed the walls. I’m using 1/8″ Luan. Weird name for thin bendy wood.
The nail gun would not hold this stuff down so we just scored into the edges. That small corner wall was a beast to fit correctly until my hubs had the brilliant idea of tracing the the outside of the camper on to the Luan to get the curve right. Smaahht.
The bench was to installed which will eventually fold out into a twin sized bed. The wainscoting on the front gives it such a finished look!
The ceiling went up, cut from the same Luan. I painted it first to avoid splattering on the floor. The seams aren’t perfect but that will all be covered with trim. It’s really starting to come together! Now we can move to the other side of the camper, which is still a shambles! It houses the dinette and all of the important electric and water structures. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼
Between the heat, thunderstorms and a horrible sunburn I am slowly making progress on my camper.
After finishing the cabinets and hardware, I started the flooring. It changes the whole feel already. Bye bye 80’s.
I’ve decided to install the peel and stick vinyl flooring to the one wall that the kitchen is on. I ❤️ the texture it’s adding to the space.
I thought that the adhesive on the flooring would be enough but I ended up having to use a couple of caulking tubes of E6000 glue. I used painters tape on the seams to hold it all in place. Nothing is ever as easy as I think it’s going to be🙄
I’ve just ordered the foam cushion inserts and bought the fabric for covering them. So excited! BUT FIRST- let’s get some walls and a bench/bed up. It’s starting to look like a camper✨
I love home decor and I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a vintage camper for quite a while. This project is already bigger than I thought it was going to be. I wanted to slap some paint on and update the flooring but this baby needs a little more TLC than that😭
Yuck! Not the best site I’ve ever seen. But with a little hard work we are slowly replacing the framework.
Looks so much better already! Luckily the cabinetry is in OK condition and we removed the doors and started painting.
I’m using the highest grade of Sherwin Williams paint and so far it’s worth the $$$. It goes on so smooth with amazing coverage. And it has almost no odor, which is everything when you are working in such a confined space. I purchased this hardware from Target, it’s from the Hearth & Hand line. So lovely but I wanted some gold. If you’ve never tried Rub ‘n Buff, you’re missing out. It comes in various colors and is so easy to use. And it lasts!
Look at the lining of these drawers! I used the gift wrap that I designed from Spoonflower. It’s such heavy paper and so perfect to add that bit of color. ❤️ This is the part of the project that I love❤️
Painting cabinets may seem a little premature given the fact that my camper has no walls😬 but I wanted to paint them without caring about drips and painting outside of the lines… But it’s also incentive. Seeing the fresh paint makes me want to hurry up and finish it!!
I spent Christmas break in the studio experimenting and playing and getting messy- it was the best.
The next section of Unfurling focuses on backgrounds. This is where my hoarding comes in handy. I have tons of paper ephemera waiting to be used for just the right project. I loved decoupaging the pieces on, covering them with paint, and then uncovering them again! It’s all about the layers.
They are so beautiful on their own but add so much to a piece as the starting point.
I am loving Christmas break and in the studio pretty much all day everyday. It feels so good just to experiment and play without a destination for the end piece.
Still practicing my portraits. Much better than the last. I need a tabletop easel. The perspective is so different sketching and painting while the work is flat on the table than when you look at it upright.
Painting my hubs was my best attempt, yet. One thing I wish the book would elaborate on is blending and brushes to use. Round, flat, big, small…
The next few pages are on backgrounds, the fun and free stage!