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Monday, July 9, 2012

This is what I've been doing lately....

 We finally have begun the work on my vintage Trailblazer camper that we towed home last fall from northern Minnesota.

A lot of wet sanding to get the old paint ready for the new paint. Mr. Wild has painted many vintage cars, I am doing the grunt work except for the roof.

He is working on the roof because the man we purchased it from sealed it but didn't take the time to clean off the dirt. Thank goodness we kept is covered all winter and spring.

(check out the sweet baby moon hubcaps, original to this camper)

Then the irritating part is the guy used silicone sealer to caulk all around the edges. Paint will not stick to silicone and this guy just had to smear it as wide as he could. 

I'm cutting out and scraping as much as I can with a knife.

Then I apply 3M silicone remover. It has to set for at least 2 hours and it removes the paint besides the silicone.

The silicone before...

After scraping it and using the remover, it still needs to be sanded smooth.

We removed the fiberglass awning that was over the front window. I was afraid it might be damaged in the spring storms.

We will paint the camper all white with an aqua blue horizontal stripe. The metal where the windows are has a quilted pattern and that is where the aqua blue will go, the shutters will be white.

In all the pinning I have done on Pinterest I have not found a vintage camper with shutters like this!  I think they are so cool. 
And I love that louvered glass door and the louvered windows in the door work too!

Close to the shade of aqua, maybe a wee bit more green? Maybe a little bit lighter too. 
It has to match this car.

This is not my car BUT...Mr. Wild Bought a 1961 Impala 2 door bubble top for me several years ago. He WAS supposed to have it restored to look exactly like this by now. 
I'm hoping he will get going on it after he paints the camper.

The story behind this car is....
When I was about 6 years old my dad went into a Chevy dealer to buy a new car. He always brought me along when he went to the dealer. This car was on the show room floor and my dad asked me "which car do you like?" I walked straight to the pretty white car with the aqua blue stripe and said this one and he bought it!

I think he probably planned on that car anyway but I can still remember that day clear as if it was just a few years ago.

I always remembered that car and I was just crazy about it.

Since Mr. Wild is a car guy, I whined for years about wanting a 1961 Impala bubble top which he finally found and bought but right now it's sitting in the barn...some day I'll be driving it again.

Little has changed on the inside of the camper other than I have some of the new fabrics.
It is yellow inside but it great condition so no way am I going to redo it. 
I thought I wanted a turquoise interior but after bringing this camper home I found that I love the bright cheery yellow inside. Even on a cloudy day it's still bright and happy.

I have always liked yellow and turquoise together, maybe it was meant to be.

I crocheted this large yellow rose pillow for the camper last fall.
The floral print will be the curtains and the fronts of the back cushions in the dining area. 
The woven tan/green upholstery fabric will be the seat cushion tops. I want something durable.
The green will be the edges and piping on the cushions. 
The yellow you see beneath the green fabric is the pretty yellow Formica table in great shape.

The floral fabric brings some other colors in beside the tans and yellows. A little green and I love the sprinkle of pink.

I removed part of the upper bunk so that I can have just a shelf and it opens it up quite a bit.

The birdcage was a $10 find in South Dakota last summer. I will paint it white.

The curtains in the back will be made using this machine embroidered cotton fabric.
I bought a bunch of white pom pom trim and that may go around the edges.

I'll recover the couch/bed cushions in plain muslin and keep the chenille bedspread tucked around the cushions.

I bought chenille pieces on Ebay last fall to make lots and lots of pretty pillows. I have some vintage pom pom trim for those too.

A LOT of work ahead of me!
Right now I mainly want the outside finished so I don't have to keep a tarp on top all the time or worry about leaks.

This camper had to of been stored inside most of it's life otherwise it would have been rotted according to Mr. Wild after inspecting how the roof was done when it was built.

I did find a 1961 Trailblazer for sale before I found this one and it was so moldy and needed total restoring, the entire front of it felt like it was about to fall off. Although that camper was what made me decide I wanted the Trailblazer brand. I picked this camper up for twice the money but still I am happy to not have to do interior work since we have too many irons in the fire already. 
Just having fun decorating it!

I've started a blog just for the camper and once I get that posted I'll add a link.

Linked to;
Faded Charm for White Wednesday
Homemaker on a Dime for Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
2805 for Potpourri Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday


Pam said...

I am so excited about your camper!!! I was just looking at someone else's camper renovation last night (I'll send you the link if I can find it again). I'm picturing you crocheting in the camper. Sounds so peaceful.

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

I've been wondering about your camper. I remember your announcement of getting it and me thinking 'what a lucky gal'. I know it will be a lot of work, but so worth it when it is done. Have fun!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow! What a treasure your camper will be when you're finally finished with it. It's too bad that the last owner didn't do a good job, but now it's in the right hands!!

It's me said...

You did a great job darling !! wowwwww.....enjoy a happy day love Ria...xxx..

Debbie said...

I LOVE the way you are decorating your camper, Faye! All the vintage fabrics are going to look saweet in there!! The chenille really looks awesome on the cushions, and I love how you will have all the pillows made from more chenille pieces.
You are so talented, girl!
What a labor of love.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Wow, this is going to look so great! Lots of hard work with all the sanding, but how satisfying it will be when it's done!

victoriantailor said...

That camper is sooooo awesome!!! Love the story about the car and your dad, I have hopes for a Gypsy Wagon, some day! Can't wait to see the final resoration of your camper!


Hi Faye,
I LOVE YOUR CAMPER!!! I think I want one!~ LOL!!! My Grandparents had one and we would take summer vacations with them. Good memories!
Love the color inside! It's going to be awesome!!!!!

suzyq said...

Love your camper - and can't wait to see what you do with it so have become your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back :)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Faye!
I love your camper and your plans sound perfect! Can't wait to see more! Did you see that Rene over at Miss Gracie's is doing over an old camper too?!

pink*cherub*moon said...

HI! I found your lovely blog through the link partyh at From My Front Porch To Yours and love the post aobut your vintage camper - how fun! Love the colors and fabrics you plan to use! I am now following and looking forward to reading more great posts! Come by and see me too if you want pinkcherubmoon.blogspot.com. Take care! Hugs, Leena

Anonymous said...

What a fun project!! Love the little shutters on the windows!

~ Liz ~ said...

It's coming along so nicely and what a great job you did removing the silicone. Painstaking but worth it because looks great. I'm thrilled for you. The car story is just too sweet and to have the two together just makes me wish I could find an old camper around here. It's my goal, but I'm getting no where on it, fast. Thanks for sharing so I can live vicariously!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Faye: I spotted you on French Country Cottage Feathered Nest. I couldn't resist the trailer so I became your newest follower. We had a 17 foot Arisotcrat back in the day and fixed it up. Such fun. We now have a motorhome and are in the process of doing the inside, but I want to be sure and watch your progress. Come around to the Cottage and visit. I think you will like it... Happy Thursday..Judy

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a great vintage camper. You have a real treasure! I can just see it painted white with turquoise! Very kitchy! If it would have an AC in it I could send the summer in such a darling little getaway!

Olive Cooper said...

It is super coll and your fabrics and ideas for the inside will be making it so cozy.

Honey at 2805 said...

I'm so excited over this project! A big job, but you will give it an amazing new life!

Thank you for sharing this at Potpourri Friday! We will enjoy the ride!

Ann said...

I can't wait to see the finished product. This is adorable just as it is!

Pondside said...

What a lot of fun you're going to have once the hard work is finished!

Penny said...

Love your camper..can't wait to see it finished! Penny

DearHelenHartman said...

Love the project and my first visit to your blog!

Pamela said...

What a great wonderful project! Cant wait to see it all finished! Thanx for sharing at THT!

Babs said...

What a fabulous project, but it looks like a "labor of love" to me. Lots of hard work on the outside and fun decorating in the interior. Love the chenille fabrics. Too cute!Babs

Sherry said...

That camper is sooo cute! Love it!