We have been working crazy hard on the trailer the last few weeks and had hoped it would be done by the end of this month. We are heading North to Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Boston and NYC to see family and enjoy some cooler weather. Unfortunately we just couldn’t get everything done in time. But, it is looking significantly better than when we started!
This is where we last left off. Paint and wallpaper were done!
Since then, we have built the bed frame (it will essentially be a futon).
We also installed the floors but then immediately covered them with protective paper while we continue working. (they are a gray laminate from Lowe’s) Next, Daniel built an “L” shaped storage bench and a table! We decided to paint the bench and kitchen cabinet lowers a dark gray/blue to add a little color. My Mom helped me upholster some cushions for the bench, but they are stored safely inside away from the paint and dust.
Here is the kitchen in all its glory! This has been our major project the last few weeks. We rebuilt the upper and lower cabinets, designed and installed the counter top, and installed the sink, faucet and stove top. We have the cabinet doors ordered through The Cabinet Joint and I can’t wait to paint and install those! (We also ordered the kitchen cabinet doors in our house through them, you can read about it here)
We adjusted the original kitchen layout a bit to give us 2 more lower cabinet, which I think was a great idea! For the counters, we cut and installed 2 sections of 3/4″ plywood to get us our shape and then covered that with higher grade wood planks using glue and staples. We then sanded it down, stained, and topped it with a coat of Minwax Finishing Wax to keep the wood protected and waterproof.
We decided we really needed the storage space under the stove top more than we needed an oven, so we chose not to refurbish the original trailer oven (see below)
While I am a little bummed we couldn’t get the original piece into the final design, we just had to assess what our priorities were and I just don’t see myself cooking with an oven much on the road.
The kitchen back splash is a work in progress. I started installing some beautiful minty green tile sheets by Tic Tac Tile and I quickly ran out. It is going to be a very expensive project, to say the least. I was also having some trouble getting the tiles to stick to the wall properly. I need to think through that some more. I either need to add an additional adhesive to get it to stick permanently (they are meant to be temporary) or consider another option like a stencil or wallpaper to mimic a traditional back splash.
We finally picked up a new window today! We have had to keep the whole trailer covered in a tarp to prevent rain from leaking in through this missing window (it is still covered with unpainted plywood on the inside from when we replaced all the walls). We had the window custom made at a local glass place and will hopefully be installing it in the near future!
We are finally making some exciting improvements to the trailer! For months Daniel had been working on repairing the floors, running the electrical wires and replacing all of the wall and ceiling panels. And now the fun begins! While Daniel was away this past weekend, I tackled the priming and painting. I decided to just go with white for most of the trailer interior and add wallpaper as a fun accent above the bed. My Mo is the wallpaper genius and she helped me with the accent wall yesterday. I am so happy with how it looks and about this major progress! Next up will be prepping the floors for laminate and building furniture!
We didn’t wallpaper all the way to the floor because we will be building the bed here and that section ill be covered anyway. Clearly the floors need some work.
We plan to build a futon-style bed that will also be our seating area during the day.
Here is the rest of the trailer, looking very white and boring. I can’t wait to build in some cabinets and add some color.
Here on the right below the double windows will be our dining area.
Loving how bright it is with the white paint!
I bought some thick white cotton rope to cover the edge between the painted wall and the wallpaper. Since this is the end of the trailer with the rounded roof, we can’t install straight edge molding here.
Thanks for following along on our trailer renovation!
Paint: Benjamin Moore, Simply White color matched to Valspar
Wallpaper: Spoonflower, Swiss Cross//Grey Plus