Road Scholars on an Eduvacation!
Yes, we're moving on again, but this time like we mean it. In an RV.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Verdant Bedroom!

Admittedly, I jump into projects I am excited about, but normally I begin with a good plan. In this case, I knew the redecorating would be a great change so I made everyone promise to remind me to take "Before" photos before I started painting the bedroom. Did this happen? NO. Is it my fault? I could argue that one. haha
So here are some stock photos I found online which approximate the "Before" room, at least color-wise.

Rhanna did take a panorama, but it's kind of dark (and Gwynnie looks scared to death, lol!):

Now the room is a forest of greens (I think five or six different shades. . .I lost count!) and is much brighter and happier. I replaced the chair with a bookshelf and Gwynnie's little desk (my Nana made both pieces for me - the bookshelf when I was in high school, and the desk/chair when I was about two years old). I took out the fake built-in "desk" and put half of Gwynnie's play kitchen (also made by Nana, for Rhanna when she was four years old). It was important to me that Gwynnie still have a place to play kid stuff, and pretty cool that she gets to travel with furniture her woodworking great-grandmother made. Then I added a little "garden" in the tiny bedroom hallway, which is pretty fun. Gwynnie wants me to add more flowers to the rest of the walls, but I think that might be a bit much. ;)

This week we are starting to move in! There's more redecorating I want to do, namely curtains and floors, but those will have to happen next month. Well, curtains certainly - floors might be a while!

The kitchen is also finished - the silver-tin backsplashes made a huge difference. Photos soon!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Second Week Renovations and TULIPS

Well, I could have finished the Great Room (haha) today, but instead we decided to get out and enjoy the sunshine, opting for some touristy sightseeing, which we have hardly done at all since being in Washington. It was a good test of how long the kids could stand to be in the truck. 
Going forward, it might be best to keep travel days to about four hours. :)

So we drove north to the Skagit Tulip Festival, where basically you drive around on backroads and look at tulips. :) This field was so bright red, and with the bright solid white of Mount Baker in the background, it was striking. 
Plus, a cute farmhouse!

Obligatory photos in the fields:

Who wants to be a goofy tourist?? These kids do!

Okay, so here's where we are with the RV. I finished up all the trim and 
got most of the doors and hardware back in place:

And it's looking really good! So much brighter and cheerier!

I've got a few more cupboard doors to put back up, will need to paint the large doors and install the tin backsplashes (those will make a huge difference!), but I'm about ready to move on to the back bedroom.

Until next week!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

First Week Renovations

It's in my nature to wait until a project is finished before showing the result, but this is supposed to be about chronicling the process, so here's an update of what has changed in the first week that we've had our RV.

Gwynnie spent time getting comfortable with the new drawing table in the dining area 
and "painting" the exterior (with water)

Thane helped begin removing the exterior advertising decals 
(it's just a "thing" of mine to not advertise for people who aren't paying me!)
He's got two and a half sides finished now. :)
We have big plans to add a collection of new decals - more on that later!

And the biggest changes are happening in the living room / kitchen area. Here's the a photo of what it looked like when I first started adding blue painter's tape everywhere:

The lighter cabinets had an overglaze on them that made them look distressed, grubby, and dirty - I think that's a premium feature, but I can't for the life of me figure out why. Here's a close-up, with the beginnings of my first coat of actual clean linen.

Here's about where we are today:

It's sort of dark inside, so this photo makes it look more purple than it is; mainly the back walls are a light blue, and the cabinet doors are a white linen (not white-white). I'm also doing the trim (the stripes of brown you see above) in a darker blue that makes for some great highlights (photo of that later). 

Two other cool things I've done: The entire back of the island (that's pushed in front of the fridge in the above photo) is a blue chalkboard for the kids to play with, and several of the panels I underpainted with magnetic paint, so we can hang magnets everywhere. They are SO COOL.

It actually works! Woo! Now we can collect little magnets wherever we go and display 
them all over our main room. It's going to be so fun.

The last things we did today involved dismantling furniture and increasing our storage space.
We took out the hide-a-bed in the living room loveseat, which will give us a secret compartment
 for things like bulky jackets and things like that that we don't need very often. 
We're going to cover the loveseat with a more coordinating slipcover.

The table was originally installed perpendicular to the windows, but with both leaves in (which we need so all six of us can sit together to eat), it stuck out pretty far into the room - no FLOW. :)
Here's another in-process photo that shows that:

We unscrewed the table from the floor and re-positioned it parallel to the wall, and added a cedar chest as a bench seat in the back - now we'll have a huge amount of space for pantry items in the chest and comfortable seating for all of us as well! And FLOW! Pretty cool.

So that's it for the first week. Next week I'll have the painting finished and will post completed photos. It's going to be unrecognizable from the dark interior full of browns and tans. Maybe I'll even have some new curtains finished. (I started cutting fabric for those today!)