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Topic: I need your help restoring my camper!  (Read 25632 times)
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« Reply #90 on: June 17, 2009 09:45:11 PM »

I think that is the same camper my Grandparents have lol.
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« Reply #91 on: June 17, 2009 10:38:13 PM »

I totally think you should consider like a bankquette (I think it's called) table seating. Make the cushions lift up and have mouse free storage under each seat. Like they kinda already are...the table usually has a piano hinge along the wall so that it folds down while not in use and has a pole under it at the end that also folds out. I also don't think I'd paint the ceiling and walls but maybe just wash them down well and maybe use a satin poly clear coat. They make it in water based too. Or for true vintage, Tung oil finish. Maybe also rub it a bit with lemon oil to restore a bit of moisture to it first then let it sit before top coating (can't tell I work at Lowe's huh??) Some of the rest of it is forgivable and can go but those just kinda make it. And I swear either myself or one of my friends had those matresses on our old bunkbeds back in the day.... Grin
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« Reply #92 on: June 18, 2009 04:01:36 AM »

LOL thank is awesome you work at Lowes!  Thank you for all the helpful suggestions!  I am a little torn on whether to paint inside or polish it up.  No doubt it needs to be washed first ... but my grandmother's house was all this nasty wood paneling .. left bad memories in my head.  I don't know .. there are a lot of stains I am uncovering - no doubt from water damage ... or mouse pee, not quite sure which. LOL.  Previous poster suggested painting the inside the match the outside.  OR ... I could meet in the middle and use those MinWax tinted stains, gosh I really don't know. 

http://www.minwax.com/products/wood_stains/water_based_wood_stain.html#Colors

Have never used those stains before and don't know how that would look.  I think we're going to have to end up trashing at least some of the veneer and replacing it, and visiting our local LOWES.  Too bad you don't live nearby!  That would totally rock! 

About the bankquette, we had one of those in the 'real' RV we used to own, and were going to try to fashion one like that.  Thank you for telling me about the piano hinges, I would never have thought that!  Did anyone see those hideous light fixtures inside?  I would like to replace those with something cool!  If anyone knows of any place online that sells unique light fixtures, I'd like to know about it.  There is a lighting store in my town that sells really pretty, tiny fixtures probably meant for bathrooms, but would look nice in a camper.  Doesn't have to be from the 60's .. maybe I can score something original from a fellow crafter .. paid of course!  (woo! today is payday! Cheesy )
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« Reply #93 on: June 18, 2009 05:00:57 AM »

it's not brilliant but just a quick idea of something you could do

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« Reply #94 on: June 18, 2009 06:50:58 AM »

There is a habitat for humanity store on Central Ave that has a lot of fixtures in the back, plumbing, lighting, all types of stuff. The H4H on Washington AVE sells leftover supplies from building homes. I haven't been in that one.
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« Reply #95 on: June 18, 2009 09:18:39 AM »

I am loving following this project!
Cool fabric too!  I can't wait to see whay you create with it.
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« Reply #96 on: June 18, 2009 09:48:30 AM »

I love your camper and I know it's going to be fabulous when it's done.  That mouse is so cute, I wouldn't mind letting him live there (ok, maybe I would mind  Wink). 
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« Reply #97 on: June 18, 2009 07:53:25 PM »

OKAY!  Blog is now active!  I think that I will keep track of the progress on the blog so as let other crafters have a chance to 'level up' lol.  I will post on here every now and then to remind people that we're actually doing stuff and to come check it!  Today we cleaned out a bunch of stuff (the mice mysteriously disappeared .. don't know what's up with that.), and discovered some structural problems.  I guess you'll have to go to the blog to find out all about it! 

I really really really (x10 ... = 30) appreciate all the response, support and coolness from everyone who has suggested their awesome ideas and views to the thread.  I also appreciate the feature on the front page yesterday - that totally rocked my world!  I'm going to admit a weakness -- I find a cool project and sometimes have a hard time following through the end!  I know I'm not alone.  Please help keep me motivated and follow me along the way.  I would so appreciate it.  Okay, here's the link!

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« Reply #98 on: June 19, 2009 03:59:39 AM »

There is a habitat for humanity store on Central Ave that has a lot of fixtures in the back, plumbing, lighting, all types of stuff. The H4H on Washington AVE sells leftover supplies from building homes. I haven't been in that one.

Oh thank you!  I have been dying to go to H4H in Oak Ridge for a while -- I didn't know there was a few in Knoxville!  That's totally awesome.  I don't have many plans.  I'll grab a friend and go thrifting!  Cheesy
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« Reply #99 on: June 21, 2009 07:30:24 PM »

I started demo today.  Sadly, all by myself - DH has sinus issues and convinced me he couldn't help.  Its okay though, because it would have gotten really crowded with two peeps in there moving around  alot.  Here are a few pictures, but try out the new camper blog to see all of the day's events!  www.popstarantics.b logspot.com

There is fiberglass insulation between the paneling and aluminum.  The aluminum underneath looks like brand new!  I was very impressed!  And it was so hot in there.  I had sweat pouring off my face.  I hope to be done with that in a couple days!  Then my dad and I will start putting in new paneling inside!!  Cheesy



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