How To Paint A Vintage Trailer

It’s the post you’ve been waiting for.

I’m not going to clog it up with words.  Just the facts.

 

To tape off the windows and lights, I used painters tape meant for stucco.

How to paint a vintage trailer

 

How to paint a vintage trailer

I bought this automotive paint sprayer for $60 from Harbor Freight.  Normally I don’t do HF tools.  But I didn’t want to over-spend on this tool in case I never used it again.  Turns out I LOVE it and have since painted several more things not auto related.

How to paint a vintage trailer

 

Use oil based exterior paint with enamel.  Thin with acetone according to the directions on the back of the paint can.

I used RustOleum’s Aluminum for the silver.  Unfortunately RustOleum doesn’t make tintable oil based exterior paint, so I hit up Sherwin-Williams to mix up some Nifty Turquoise for me.

I tested them on a spare piece of corrugate metal to make sure I liked the way they looked.

How to paint a vintage trailer

I sprayed starting at the top.  The technique is similar to spray painting.  Lots of light coats or else drips will happen.

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

I taped off where I wanted the stripe to be.  I did NOT use the stucco tape.  I used auto-paint masking tape.  I noticed there was some slight over-spray from the aluminum.  I knew that when I painted the teal that I’d have to be extra careful.  I waited for the aluminum to dry and taped some plastic to the stripe to protect it from overspray.  It worked great.  Unfortunately, I did not take a picture.

Make sure to cover up.  I was the tin man.  And oil based paint does NOT come off easily.  I literally had to bathe in acetone and pumice to clean up.  It was the most painful bath of my life.

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

Then we had the joy of removing the tape.  Be prepared.  The stucco tape is STICKY.  Like, really really really sticky.  But nothing bled through at all.

How to paint a vintage trailer

We took the trailer camping over Easter weekend.  Last minute we needed to put the Xterra in the shop, but luckily we were able to use Aaron’s brother’s car to pull it.  She was STUNNING in the trailer park.

How to paint a vintage trailer

There are still more updates we plan on doing to the exterior.  Hub caps, new light covers, paint the trim around the windows.  But the paint scheme is settled!  Originally I wanted something a little more feminine, like scallops.  But Aaron and I decided something classic to the era would be best.  And he was right.

This wasn’t an ideal “after” picture because of the way the sun is shining, but I’m so in love with how shiny the RustOleum Aluminum is.  It looks so classic.

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

This has been the funnest project.  It has been hard work.  I did most of the painting by myself in the hot sun (as my sunburned neck testifies of).  The reward is great!  We had so much family-fun this weekend.

Waking up with my two loves in the canned ham on Easter was pure joy.

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

I even made Rice Crispy treats 🙂

How to paint a vintage trailer

 

And most importantly, she has a name.  Welcome to the family, Myrtle.

How to paint a vintage trailer

 

 

 

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I’m almost done painting the trailer!  April showers have made it a little challenging, but I’m sure you guys will love the finished product.  Stay tuned for the juciness of our canned ham!

Remember the time I told you I have an addiction to infomercials, and designed a whole workout room because of it?

What I wanted to buy on the infomercial was $400. *insert eye roll* pfff.  Yeah right.

I found a way to build it for around $20.

Maybe **I** should be making infomercials!  BUT WAAAAAIT!!!!!!!  THERE’S MORE!!!!

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I bought 2 closet brackets from Lowes for $6.40 each.  And a dowel 2″ in diameter.

Closet Bracket

I had a spare board laying around in my garage.  I painted the dowel and board the same color of gray that I used in the triangle wall (Taupe Tone by Sherwin-Williams).

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I wanted to use a board so that I could mount the closet brackets to the board, and secure the boards to studs.  With all the stress that would be on the barre during workouts, I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be ripped off the wall.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Using drywall screws, I secured it to the studs.  I painted over the screws so it would blend in a little nicer.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Be very careful when you attach your dowel to your wall brackets.  Put your power drill on the slowest setting, and I would highly advise drilling a pilot hole.  This wood can split very easily.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I’ve done a few different barre workouts, and this one is by far my favorite. I sweat like a Carl’s Jr model spending an afternoon with Richard Simmons.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

It’s definitely a welcome change.  I do love running, but this is a fun workout to mix things up.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Evelyn loves exercising with me too.  She’s the queen of wiggle-ninety-x.  (Infomercial coming soon)

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Easy Entryway Table

February was a hard month.  First, I had strep.  Then, someone crashed into Aaron on the freeway and totaled his car.  Our water heater broke, and we had to get a new one.  Then Evelyn came down with a nasty cold that had her in the hospital one night.  We’re all fine now, just trying to catch up on life.

I’m happy it’s March.  In like a lambion, for us.  Half rain, half sunshine.  I’ll take it.

We really needed an entryway table like JLaw needs to stop trippin.  I mean, it was adorable to just throw my keys and purse on the floor every time I walk in the door, but…  no.

I whipped this up in an afternoon with some stuff I had hanging around in the garage.  The messy messy messy garage.

For the top, I wanted to use the top of a trunk.  I have a few trunks sitting in the garage from when we cleaned out Aaron’s grandma’s garage; the very best kind of hand-me-downs!

Easy DIY Entry Table

I had some extra 4X4’s in the garage from Jumbo Jenga.  I decided to use those chunky babies for legs.  I used my miter saw to cut them all at 36″

Easy DIY Entry Table

The legs got a nice wash in stain.  I used Minwax Polystain in espresso.  It’s the same shade I stained the banister.

Easy DIY Entry Table

After the stain was dry, I used spax screws to secure the legs to the top.  And Evelyn slept the whole time (note the sleeping baby in the swing).

Easy DIY Entry Table

I probably should add cross pieces for support.  But honestly, it’s pretty sturdy as is.  So we’ll see 🙂

Easy DIY Entry Table

I decided to hang the mirror up while I was at it.  I wish I could have hung it a few inches lower, but due to the light switch placement, this was the lowest it could be hung.

Easy DIY Entry Table

Easy DIY Entry Table

Easy DIY Entry Table

And there you have it.  The easiest entry table that ever lived.

Banister Shenanigans

Are we ready to get back to the great room?

When we planned out our renovation, a new banister was not part of that plan.  The deeper we got into it, the more that hideous chunk of metal stuck out.  I knew what I wanted.

Expectation.mary-poppins-gif

Reality.

stuck in banistervia

The demo of the old banister happened so fast that I did not get any good before pictures.

Banister

Aaron got to work installing the newel post.

Newel Post

It was a very Clark Griswald-y night.

Newel Post

 

Newel Post

A proud man and his newel post. #innuendo

Newel Post

 

Just like I mentioned with the subway tile backsplash, time was running out to complete our projects on time.  We called in the big guns to help finish the banister.

Redbeacon

 

Redbeacon.  Seriously, the 2nd time using the service.  And just like the first time, it was exceptional and reasonably priced.  For those of you new here, Redbeacon is a free service provided by The Home Depot, where you input your job description online, and get several competitive bids from licensed contractors.  Each contractor is held to a high standard, background checked, insured, and rated by customers.

When I posted about the backsplash, Redbeacon contacted me about offering a discount to all my readers.  Use the promo code “KenzFriends” to get $10 toward trying out Redbeacon!  This post is completely un-sponsored.  I just love the service, and they love giving a good deal.

I knew I could stain and finish the banister, so we had him just put it all together for us.  Since we had already bought all the supplies, and had the newel post in, it didn’t cost that much 🙂

Banister

I taped up the shoes and got to work staining.

Banister

Banister

Banister

Banister

Before:

Banister

After:

Banister

Banister

I kinda think we’ve surpassed level Mary Poppins, and entered into a whole new realm.

Banister

Russian Nesting Doll Mobile

One of the things I’ve been DYING to share with you guys is the Matryoshka Mobile for Evelyn’s nursery.  It’s been a quick minute since we’ve talked about the nursery, so to bring you up to speed here’s the reader’s digest version of what I’ve done:

made a wingback rocking chair
mood board and design concept
stenciled a gold scallop wall
messed up the light fixture and got a pretty new one
hung & altered curtains and laid flooring (all by my pregnant self!)
painted some IKEA Billy bookshelves
that’s where we left off, and here’s where we pick up today:

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

 

This was actually a really simple project.  I’m not much of a sewer.  I wish I could be like Kim or Michelle and whip out quilts like it’s nobody’s bidniz.  I’m much like the miller’s daughter from Rumpelstiltskin who wishes she could spin straw to gold, but really, I just have to trade my soul to get it done.

Lucky for me, trading my soul is a little less dramatic… I just resort to Etsy.  I found some Matryoshka Christmas ornaments, and I knew they would be perfect for the mobile.

One of my favorite things about ordering on Etsy, is that you can chat with store owners.  If you have something custom in mind, it never hurts to ask.  I asked the shop owner if she could do the dolls in purple, and nix the hangers and bells.  She was more than happy to.  I told her I was planning on turning it into a mobile, and she was excited.  The shop I used is called Indigostitch in Liverpool.

Once I received my package of nesting dolls, I went to the hardware store and picked up a 1/2 inch dowel.  I cut it in half with the miter saw and sanded the rough edge.  It took about 2 seconds.

I spray painted the dowels gold so they wouldn’t contrast too much against the scallop wall.  I didn’t want it to be too busy.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Using a really skinny drill bit, I drilled holes in each end of the dowels.  (I’m a wretched blogger who didn’t pay attention to what bit size I used.  I just know it was skinny minny.)

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Using yarn I lashed the 2 dowel pieces together, then drilled the middle hole.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

I had a scrap of gray felt laying around, so I decided to cut out a few hearts to add to the mobile.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

I laid out how everything would go, before I connected them all together.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Connecting them was a piece of cake.  I went through the top/back of the dolls, then stitched up the heart, and through the hole on the dowel.  Tie a knot, and that’s it.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

I installed a hook in the ceiling according to the directions on the package, centered over the crib.  Which again, is so easy.  You don’t even need to trade your soul to Rumpelstiltskin to do it.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

At first I wasn’t quite sure of it.  (Which seems to be my trend lately.)

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

But of course, it grew on me so much.  It has so much natural movement.  I love the hand-made quality it has.  It’s a nice change from the “factory” look of the IKEA furniture surrounding it.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

An update on the pregnancy front:
I’m miserable.  Throwing up.  Inconsistently contracting.  A 3 and 80%.  Doctor is shocked I haven’t gone into labor.
Tried every wives tale in the book:  prenatal massage with pressure points hit, spicy food, pineapple, walking, bouncing on a yoga ball, fun adult times, drinking castor oil, drives up & down the mountain to change elevation, jumping jacks, and more… then repeat.

The amazing and talented Jadie Jo Photography was able to come over and take some maternity pictures at the house.  You should check out some of her work and like her on Facebook!  I’ll have a post with more pictures later, but for now, here’s a peek.

Maternity Photos

Board & Batten with a Sprinkle of New Furniture

This isn’t going to be an informative tutorial on how to install board and batten or baseboards.  Just an editorial of a ugly duckling turned swan.

We didn’t go with traditional baseboards because they are curved on top.  We knew we would be doing board and batten, so we wanted something flat to work with.

Primed MDF boards for baseboards and board and batten were the best route to go.  Baseboards are pretty easy.  Cut them on a 45 degree angle and use a brad nailer to secure them to the wall.  Easy.  That’s your baseboard tutorial.  End of tutorial.

Baseboards

My dad brought over his laser level to make sure my chalk line was straight.

Board and Batten

AS AN ARROW.  I don’t need no laser level.  I don’t want a part of your country club…

Board and Batten

The top rail was super easy.  My dad and I did it in an afternoon.  Same as baseboards.  Make cuts on a 45 degree level, and nail the to the wall.  Make sure they’re level.  End of top rail tutorial.

Board and Batten

The slats were easy too.  Measure, make straight cuts, put some calking glue on the back, level them, and nail.  End of tutorial.

Board and Batten

Look how wicked cool my dad is.  He’s all the good parts of Norm Abrams mixed with a dash of Bob Villa, and the good looks of Scott McGillivray.  But most importantly, he’s a bunch of fun wrapped in layers of awesome dad jokes.  Like your resident Phil Dunphy.  I’m always the luckiest when him and Aaron team up on projects.

Board and Batten

And for dramatic purposes…  Here’s the difference simple board and batten molding can make.  Before.  (Oh hi Chester!  Welcome to the living room.  Hope you like our bums your new family!)

Board and Batten

After.
(It was a rainy day=bad bad light.  Sars not sars.)

Board and Batten

So much pretty.  We did our boards 30″ apart.  I think 2 and a half feet was the perfect spacing for the scale of the room.

Board and Batten

And the stairs wall before (including the coconut gumball light) …

ENGINEER-PRINT

A sexy after (with the orb-licious light).

Board and Batten

Oh, and we got our new couch and rug.  This trunk came from grandma’s garage.  And those chairs are borrowed from the basement.  We’re trying to decide if we want them to live upstairs, or if we’re still going to shop for the perfect piece.  So far, nothing has jumped out.  The trunk is going to get a better “coffee table makeover,” including legs and glass.  But for now, it’s a good place to toss your tired feet.

Board and Batten

Oh, and the board and batten isn’t 100% done.  It needs to be caulked and painted still.  But, you know, I really just couldn’t wait.  You know, bloggers and their patience.  Do those words even belong in a sentence together?

And for the sake of drama, this picture was begging to be included.

Board and Batten

Can you believe how far we’ve come?!  We are almost done-sies.  Seriously, we have TWO inside things left to do.  TWO.

Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods 

New roof 

-Build new fence (STILL in progress!  But the leveling, post setting, and retaining wall part is done.  It should be a breeze from here on out)

Paint ceiling & walls

Install flooring 

Baseboards + board & batten

-Build new banister (Newel post is in, if you gathered that from the pictures above)

Counter top install

Back splash (Tile and supplies are bought, just need to do it!)

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel {Fall Project}

You guys, I am SO fired up for today’s post!  This is such an easy fall project (or anytime of year project!) that anyone of any skill level can do.  I know, because it was my first time ever.  This is a tale of how I lost Dremel-ginity.

I was contacted by Coupons.com and asked if I’d like to participate in a fall project extravaganza.  I said HECK TO THE YES!  I LOVE Coupons.com.  I’ve been using the site forever.  As any true DIYer, I’m always focused on saving money.  And Coupons.com has coupons for everything from groceries to home improvement supplies.  Did you know they even have coupons for POWER TOOLS?!  My favorite ever.  Go look around and I guarantee you’ll find something worth saving money on.

I was able to find a coupon for a Dremel, and I’ve been wanting one FOREVER.  It was like the stars aligned.  What’s so great about a Dremel you ask?  It is the Swiss army knife of power tools.  It’s a multi-tool with interchangeable bits.  To name a few functions, it can etch glass, etch wood, carve wood, burn wood, drill, polish, sand, route and so much more.

I have never used a Dremel before, so when I picked it up, I made sure practice on a block of wood first so I could get the feel for it.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

For my fall project I wanted to etch a piece of subway art.  I picked up a piece of craft wood 2’X4′ in the hobby section of Home Depot for $6.  I got to staining it right away.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

I taped the template to the board and lightly traced the outline with the Dremel.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

The Dremel came with a few standard bits, and I used one of them to etch/carve it out.  For your reference, I used a 192.  It looks like this:

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

After the board was roughed in, I buckled down and started etching.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

Except, I forgot one MAJOR thing.  I have carpel tunnel.  And using a Dremel kills after about 45 mins.  One thing I’ve learned in all my projects is that you have to be adaptable and change plans sometimes.  I just had to accept that there was no way in the world I would finish the entire board.  To give you an idea of the scale, here it is on the mantle.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

Yeah.  Not happening.  Dremel, I love you, but I can’t handle that much of you.  So I found a way to change it up and shorten it.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

It was a shift in gears, but I thought it came together nicely.  It could be an inside sign, but I decided to drill a couple holes and thread some twine through, to hang it on the front door.

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

I would like to thank Coupons.com for providing me with a gift card to Home Depot to get my supplies for this project.  And I encourage you to check out the site so you can score sweet discounts on the same supplies.

But I have extra good news for you!  They are giving away a $200 gift card to a lucky reader!  The give away will be open for a week.  It’s open for US residents only.

These other awesome bloggers are also involved in the Fall Project Extravaganza, and you should definitely check out their awesome fall projects!

How To Etch Wood With A Dremel

Emma – Broke Ass Home
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Fall Projects
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RYOBI Give Away Winner! Happy Father’s Day!

I can’t thank Beth enough for inviting me to be a part of this give away!  I have had so much fun!

Big HUGE Happy Father’s Day to you, your daddy, your husband, grandpa, brother… ETC! These men deserve to be celebrated!!

And that brings me to the fact that today is THE BIG DAY that we announce the winner of our Massive RYOBI Power Tool Giveaway! Luckily, our little Rafflecopter form did the dirty work for us and pulled up our winner in the most random of fashion! Congrats to (drumroll please!)…

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Match that BLOGGER! {a contest and RYOBI Father’s Day Giveaway!}

Word up, friends!  Hope your weekend was rockin.  I didn’t throw up once, so I count it as a success 🙂  I am 0ne zillion percent honored to be part of this EXCITING give away today!

We’ve got a special surprise for you today… who doesn’t love a little friendly competition and GIVEAWAY?!?! (there will be a randomly drawn winner in addition to the winner of the contest, so you should enter both ways!)

The premise of this contest stems from the fact that ALL OF US are guilty of Pinning an idea without ever checking the source… guilty as charged! But there are likely pins on your boards that are from your favorite bloggers, and you don’t even KNOW it! (amiright?)

And that’s where the contest comes in:

Contest- Match the Blogger with the Project

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