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11  GOOD NEWS and Step 1 to restoration ... destruction in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by urban_albino on: June 17, 2009 07:36:08 PM
I made the first step to getting things started!  I took one of the mattresses out!  Haha -- I stopped after that because we found critters of the mousey type living in there!  I am afraid of wild critters (domestic mice/rats, I'm okay with strangely), so I felt like you HAD to see this mattress that came out of the camper.  The mattress is just a thick piece of foam with a cover sewn over it that had a print of like spaceships and stuff!  It was totally cool.  I cut the fabric off because its in surprisingly decent condition -- its like this rip-stop nylon type material.  I'm totally going to repurpose it into a purse or something cool!  *Not BEFORE washing it thoroughly in the washing machine though!!*

I took a picture of the baby mouse {because of it's undeniable cuteness} , the cool mattress with my Yorkie, Glory modeling it for me and ... .. drum roll please ....


What a lucky girl I am!  Cheesy  My mom and I were making all these nifty plans to build a folding table at the suggestion of several posters and voila ... those smart peeps back in the 60's already did the hard work for us!  Now we're just going to revamp the area and make it much nicer!

***Someone mentioned a blog. what. a. great. idea.  It would be so much easier to keep track of as far as pictures go and everything.  I love it, I will try to work on that tomorrow!!!!  Thanks for the great suggestion Cheesy

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12  Re: I need your help restoring my camper! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by urban_albino on: June 16, 2009 08:12:03 PM
Oh I LOVE cupcake curtains!!!  I totally love that!!  DH made a little turquoise/banana model.  (Now that we see how cool the turquoise looks, we might consider it.  We will do another model of the candy apple red and see how that looks. Can't wait for all you creative peeps to utilize the coloring sheet! Cheesy )

-- In response to the table idea on the right side, I think that rocks and we are going to try to work that out.  I like the idea of bolting neat chairs to the floor!  This is a lot of fun and I am really enjoying all this planning and gathering of ideas.  Tomorrow we are getting paint stripper from the store to get it down to the aluminum.

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13  Re: I need your help restoring my camper! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by urban_albino on: June 16, 2009 07:24:45 PM
what are you going to do with the interior? are you going to paint the wood? it would look lovely white with all the doors the colour  that your going to paint the outside

I think that's a great idea - thank you for suggesting that.  A previous poster mentioned a restoration they did where they gutted everything and replaced everything with Ikea storage, which I think is a grand idea.  When we really get in there and start poking around, I'm going to have to see if there is any mold or moisture damage from a broken window.  I don't think there is too much, but you can never know until you start taking things apart.  

****Look what hubby made for me on his university computer!****  Feel free to download this picture to your computer if you have photoshop or ms paint to play with! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy 

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14  Re: I need your help decorating my camper! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by urban_albino on: June 16, 2009 06:35:22 PM
I am so overwhelmed with everyone's sweet suggestions and responses!  There are so many good ideas.  Here are a few that I've put together and conglomerated:

1. Husband and I believe we will go with the Candy Apple Red/White/Chrome or Silver scheme.  True, turquoise will most definitely evoke a reaction from most everyone who sees it, but we both believe that that the afore mentioned color scheme will ring true with retro/modern and will look really nice for years to come.  

2. I LOVE .. LOVE ... LOOOOVVVEEE the Sailor Jerry tattoo idea!  We are going to seriously consider it.  I am not sure if my husband can reproduce something like that freehand, so we will see about getting custom huge vinyl decals to put on it.

3. We have a friend who works on wiring and things of that sort, and has offered his time to check it out.  Since the trailer is constructed of aluminum, we don't have to worry about exterior damage as far as leaks.  The only serious damage I can really see is a bit of water damage to the inside wood paneling by the bed where the window has been broken for who-knows-how-long and the rain has gotten in.  

4. I have posted pictures of the inside.  It really needs some TLC on the inside, but I don't think anything serious.  Previous poster mentioned gutting the entire thing and replacing storage with IKEA which is a great idea!  The current storage solution is I believe very thin wood -- I don't think its pressed board because I'm assuming that moisture from all these years of that broken window would have really messed things up, but it is still in tact.

5. The floor right now is ugly, disgusting, brown carpeting.  That is going very soon.  I like previous poster's idea of the 12x12 sticky vinyl flooring.  That would be very easy, likely cheap and fast.  Easy to cut if needed.  

Idea - let me know what you think - right now there are two beds.  The bed on the left beside the broken window (at the back of the trailer) is bigger than the one on the right (at the front of the trailer).  I had the idea of taking out the bed on the right and repurposing that space for something else.  Don't know what though?  Surely don't need two beds though.  Its just hubby and I.  No kids, don't plan on it for a while.  

6. Dad has an automotive paint sprayer (for some reason ... we've never painted a car before .. but anyway...) So, he said he would buy the automotive paint kit for us.  He said it would cost about $60 from Napa.  He said about a couple of ounces of paint should do the whole thing.  Husband and I are going to try to find some sort of strong chemical to get the original paint off down the aluminum.  Anyone know what to use?  

7. I LOVE neat kitschy curtains!  When we get close to finishing, we will come up with something cool and retro. I like the idea of gingham, it would be really pretty.  I have seen a lot of very nice prints to consider at the suggestion of other posters, which I very much appreciate. I will most likely splurge on nice fabric online for the curtains when the time comes for it.

8. I didn't realize until getting ready to post these pics how grungy it really looked on the outside.  Haven't had the chance to try out the electricty and the lights, and I can really see how much work it really needs.  We are prepared for some elbow grease though!  I have a week off work end of September, so we are going to try to have it done to take for a camping trip in Myrtle Beach then!  I hope it works out!! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

The pictures in order are :: Left Side, Floor in front of door, counter/cabinets in front of door and part of right side bed, and finally the neat storage on the right side on top of the bed.  

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15  I need your help restoring my camper! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by urban_albino on: June 15, 2009 06:27:17 PM
Inside pics added to page 5 + 9!  This camper has its own Progress Blog! http://popstarantics.blogspot.com/

Okay folks - my parents have this crazy cool camper that was built in 1962 that they are giving to my husband and I!  They bought it when I was like .. 9 (13 years ago) for the purpose of using it to move from our old house in FL to our now house in TN.  So, for the past 12 years, it has been a yard decoration and for 12 years I have totally despised it, begging them to sell it and get rid of it.  Well, my mom and dad know that my husband and I like camping every year, so they decided to give it to us.  At first I was hesitant, but then I came to the realization that I have NEVER seen another cool vintage camper like this at campgrounds or on the road!  So now I am totally psyched to get it cleaned up and restored to original glory.  Its going to require a decent amount of time and money - a couple of broken windows, trim replacement, mattress replacement on the inside (most likely going to be memory foam from JoAnns or something.) and of course paint, inside curtains and other things.  

*Today I took a pressure washer to it and really got it cleaned on the outside!  Will be ready to paint in a couple days!

I need your help deciding on colors!  I was thinking that shiny candy apple red with black or silver trim might be cool.  My husband suggested stenciling some sort of artwork on it, but we are totally clueless!  I would really appreciate your input of what you think and I would love to hear your ideas.  I would really like to post pictures as we go.  

I can't wait to hear what you think!!!!   Huh  Grin Cool

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16  Complimentary Colors? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by urban_albino on: October 09, 2007 06:44:47 PM
Hi Everyone -- I need some advice! I am refinishing an antique table that has been in my family for years.  I am staining the bottom part red mahogany, the drawer pulls are going to be stainless steel .. (or should I keep the pulls black?), and I really want to tile or mosaic the top.  The wood veneer on top will not sand off or peel off, so my only option is to tile over it. 

MY QUESTION IS -- should I keep the drawer pulls black, or would silver be okay -- AND, what mosaic/tile colors would be complimentary for the top with red mahogany body (just a couple rich shades darker than it is now)?  I would really appreciate any input at all! 

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17  Shadowbox Collage Frame Honeymoon/Wedding in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by urban_albino on: October 07, 2007 04:42:09 PM
 Grin Grin  Hello everyone!

There is a story behind it, but to make it short, my work was throwing away this amazingly awesome huge shadow box that had hideously ugly dried flowers and moss displayed in it.  I stole it from them and made it into a display case for pictures of my wedding and honeymoon this past summer.  I'm sorry, I don't have before/after pictures because I was too excited to start tearing it apart.  But, I stained the frame, added black foam board to the sides and middle, and then added the bw pics of the wedding on the left, and the bw pictures of the honeymoon on the right.  The three color pictures in the middle were our favorites, and then the four bottles at the bottom is sand from each of the beaches we visited.  If you can tell from the picture, the midsection is recessed a little bit, about 4 inches or so. 

Total cost for this project was about $17.  I will be adding a cathode light at the top which cost $6 off eBay and maybe some black velvet underneath the bottles of sand.  Not sure yet though.  It measures about 30" wide by 40" tall.  And it has a huge glass piece that screws into the frame.  It still has a tag on the back of the frame for $100!  I'm leaving it there so my friends will think I'm big ballin.  LOL. 

I appreciate any and all comments!!! Smiley

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18  Super ugly to Super Modern Clock! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by urban_albino on: September 23, 2007 01:42:45 PM
Hi everyone!  My husband and I are moving in our first apartment next month, and we are starting to gather furniture to make ourselves comfortable.  We bought a super contemporary black leather couch, we're craftstering some other items that will be up soon.  Anyway, I went to an estate sale yesterday and bought this clock:

Not very pretty, but I saw craftster potential! So, I brought it home (for $5!) and showed it to my husband who winced at first glance, but then we put our heads together and came up with this!

What we did is take the clock and face apart, then spray paint the frame matte black, then took metallic silver spray paint and applied it with a paint brush over just the raised parts.  Then, we flipped the face over which happened to be aluminum and sanded it down a little for that brushed steel look.  We got some transparencies from wal mart and printed the face and then put it all back together.  Rather simple process, and didn't really take that long either. 

Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think!! 
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19  Lexus service button down to sexy shirtdress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by urban_albino on: July 03, 2007 04:48:35 PM
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I'm  very happy about this since is my first time attempting sleeves!  They look pretty good, but I made the shirt to fit my manequin and not to fit me, so I don't actually know if it came out right.  I'm entering the shirt in my county fair for homemade/recycled clothing.  lol.  Please let me know what you think!  The shirt is made of this linen type fabric and it was quite pleasant to work with, I found.  Anywho, on to some pictures.  Comments are apprecaited!!  (There is still a couple of trimming and hemming I need to do, but I was just too excited to wait)

Do you think I should stencil a crashed car on the shirt at all for a little irony?  Or do you think that would be tacky?  Thanks!!`
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20  My canned fruit for our county fair! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by urban_albino on: July 02, 2007 08:51:49 PM
 Cheesy Hi everyone! This is my first posting on this board -- nice to meet you. lol.  Yesterday, my dad and a house guest walked in the house with a 5 gallon bucket of blackberries and said "Hey you, do something with these. K???"  and I was like .. "UMMM.... okay,..//.,..."  haha! So I got to thinking that the county fair was coming to town in a couple weeks and I would try my hand at canning jelly (but not before I made a deeelicious blackberry cobbler.) I added peaches to the mix for a twangy taste.

So, I found a good detailed recipe on cooks.com, and while I was at it, I tried a recipe for Tomato Jelly (which sounds really gross, but I figured I'd give it a try anyway).  Can you believe 3 quarts (almost a whole gallon) of blackberries only produced 2 pints of jelly??  psh.

In these pictures, they're still hot from the process and tomorrow I should be able to open one to see how it tastes.  Thanks!!!

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