I’m so excited, it’s going to get up to 40 degrees today!  I’ve been driving by my camper, it’s buried  in a mountain of snow looking quite cozy.  All I can really do at this point is dream and research how to begin my camper renovation.  I called the guy who will put in the driveway and I’m hoping I get on his springtime list!  This is how it is in Maine, you wait idle all winter and come spring you leap into action and try to make the most of the warmth and mild weather, I do fear this spring will be a horribly muddy one with banks of snow this high I can’t imagine it any other way.

So far I have decided I want my 1984 Terry Manor to look like this:


I might have to settle for a bit less chic, my budget is about $10.00!

I am very excited about installing laminate wood planks.  Ripping up the gross, dirty and brown shag-carpet will be very satisfying.  Why do they put carpets in RVs?  How are people supposed to keep them clean?  I can’t wait to see how “Wayne” looks after I install the new flooring.  Just that alone will make him look so much fresher.  I’m hoping to have enough money to also paint Wayne, I will need to patch some minor holes (from the fugly curtains and rods I took down)  I’ve read that bondo works the best.  One internet “expert” on the topic had this to say,

“I prefer Bondo to Spackle. It shrinks less, cures faster, and sticks better. For small holes, like screw holes, you can just force it into the hole. Larger holes need to be backed up somehow. I generally slip a small piece of wood into the hole that is as wide as the hole’s largest dimension and 2x longer than the width. I tie a sting to the middle of the piece of wood, spread glue onto the wood, then slip it into the hole. I then use the string to pull the wood up against the inside of the wall and tie it to something to hold it in place until the glue dries. Once dried, I hit the crater with Bondo. If more than one or two inches in diameter, I also like to embed some drywall mesh in the Bondo to ensure it will not crack. “

The cabinets are in good condition, I think I will keep some of the kitchen cabinets their original “oak”.  It seems like the older camper models are more sturdy and rugged.  The cabinets look like real kitchen cabinets, the counter is real ceramic tile and the sink it enameled aluminum instead of plastic.  Those are some of the features I love about the 1984 camper.  I don’t love the horrendous amount of mirrored surfaces on so many of the cabinets.  I’ve been brainstorming on how to cheaply transform them?  The mirrors easily slip out so I think a nice textured and subtle patterned fabric would look lovely.  I don’t want busy, but maybe a beige or cream fabric with a soft brown leaf or tree motif?  I think it will be fun picking out fabric!

So those are a few of the ideas I can’t wait to work on.  I’m so excited for spring.  I’m also enjoying getting ideas from pinterest and other bloggers.  There’s wealth of information for a DIYer.  We are lucky to live in a time where we can easily get so many tips and ideas from other people.

I will take pictures of Wayne sitting in the snow for next time, but here he is last August when he was brand new to us!


And here he is far away!


Isn’t the field beautiful.  I can’t wait to make it more comfortable so we can spend a lot of time there this summer.

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