Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Meet Kit

Today I thought I'd show you guys the inside of the camper.  (I think we will name him Kit.) He's a 1966 kit companion camper (so you can see why I call him Kit).  I didn't really take any pictures of the inside before we started the little jobs. Mostly because I was unsure if I was going to be able to share them anyway. So the pictures I have are the ones we pulled off of KSL where we bought it.

Everything is brown. The only thing that is not brown is the carpet which at the moment is blue. 

This couch pulls down into a bed which will be where Trevon and I sleep. 

It looked like someone had done a little work to it already. The counter tops don't match the 60's style..more like 90's.

Doesn't this toilet just look super clean and sanitary? haha. At first, we didn't care about having a bathroom, and it wasn't something we were looking for in a camper.  But we realized with kids it might be a good thing to have. We were also unsure if this camper was built with a bathroom at first or if someone added it in. But as we got looking at it more, we decided it was there originally. But it was really gross looking.

Like most campers, the table folds down into a bed.

And this is the top bunk, that is above the table. This was another thing we weren't sure if it had been modified. Most campers that have fold up bunks like this are really cupboards.  But, we decided that this was also there originally too, but may have been changed a little. 

As a sad/scary little side note, we put V up there when we got the camper home. It had the bumper on it so he wouldn't just roll off, but he pulled the bumper off and fell off the bunk. He got a really bad black eye, and because he fell twice his height we had to take him in for a CT scan. Thankfully he was ok! 

When they give a baby a CT scan, they have to sedate them so they will hold still. He was pretty groggy for the next day or so.

Anyway, we decided the first thing that needed to be done, was to clean the camper as much as possible. This was the camper that was in the best condition that we looked at, very little water damage, but everything was also filthy.  So we got some Lysol wipes and wiped every hard surface down. And that helped a lot with the look of the camper. 

We also took all the upholstery off to wash it. I don't care for the color and we considered reupholstering everything...that is still pending. For the time being, we wanted to clean them and get the smell out as much as possible. There was a lot of animal hair all over the cushions --And I'm allergic to cats and horses. So where we weren't sure what kind of animal hair it was, it was really important to get it all out. We washed it twice and then laid it out to dry. The next day I took a lint roller to it....

...ew. So I wiped the whole set of upholstery with this, then after 20ish sticky sheets, I threw it in the wash again at my mom's house. She has a sanitation cycle on her washer. 

Meanwhile, while the upholstery was drying, we worked on the musty smell of the cushions with THIS spray that I found at Target. It's meant for pet stains and odors but it was cheaper than most of the other options so I bought it.  I was surprised how well this worked. We only had to spray all the cushions once on each side and it didn't use quite a full bottle. 

The next step is getting new curtains made. We decided on a fabric, I'll post more about that when we get the curtains up.  

Sorry about all the terrible quality pictures. Better ones to come.

Have a great day!

Are you allergic to anything?

Did you take any big falls as a kid?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Let's catch up

Hey, everyone! It has been a while.  After V was born, I needed to take some time off for my family, and now I'm ready to start posting here again a little more regularly. So I'm back, let's catch up.

There has been a lot of big things happen since we last talked.  J just finished kindergarten! She loved her class and her teacher (who happens to be my aunt) and she made some good friends.  She lost her first tooth and is now working on 3 others that decided to all get wiggly at the same time.  At the end of the school year, J got to run her first race. She clearly had fun! She had this smile on her face the entire time.

M learned how to ride a two-wheeler and now that's all she wants to do.  She's getting ready to start preschool this fall.

V is getting so big. He will be 1 this week! He's walking and getting into everything. He's sleeping through the night.

As a family, we've had a lot of change, which was one big reason I needed to step back from this blog for a while. We had some job changes and schedule changes. We had a lot of fun things and some sad things too. One of the exciting things that you'll be seeing more about on the blog, is that we bought a fixer-upper camper. This was one reason I decided that now is a good time to start the blog back up. I wanted to document the changes we are making to it, and maybe answer questions for those who are remodeling their own campers or inspire others to do it themselves.

Plus there will be the normal running and everyday life stuff here.

Thanks for stopping by!