Peek Into My Closet

As we were getting ready to hit the road again, we had to put a few things away and I took the opportunity to take some pictures of how my clothes are currently organized. Mind you, this doesn’t even get into everything… but I just wanted to share πŸ™‚

We just have a small closet on each side of the bed, with a nighstand underneath. The closet is so short, I can’t even hang my shirts in it. We elected to use shelf organizers (from the kids organization section at WalMart, $6) and cut them down to just 3 sections. We did this a while ago, but had our clothes folded. For me this just didn’t work, they got messed up so easily. Now, I’m rolling mine (Brian continues to fold) – not only does it stay more organized, but I find I can fit much more.

Rolled Clothes Stored in Closet Organizer

Rolled Clothes Stored in Closet Organizer

These are only tops… tank tops, t shirts, blouses and cardigans. That little bag at the bottom of the closet holds hair accessories. I have a couple of hats placed on top of the organizer. My pants, dresses, and jackets are in the cabinet above the bed – also rolled – but are in kind of a disarray and I didn’t photograph them. It’s stuffed full though!

I also purchased some drawer organizers from Amazon that I used for my smaller clothing items – socks, underwear, bras and PJs.

Socks, Undies, Bras and PJs nicely separated and organized

Socks, Undies, Bras and PJs nicely separated and organized

Underneath the closet there is a night stand which extends all the way back. Kind of a dead space for me that isn’t going to get used for much. Just so happens that the organizers fit there perfectly.

Organizers stored on night stand

They have yet to go anywhere as we drive! Only downside is my cat likes to squeeze in there and sleep on them. So far this system is working great for me! One of these days I will try to share the bedroom as a whole and how we have it ALL organized, but I hope you enjoyed this snippet.

 

An Almost-Complete Trailer Tour

We’re almost there! Window boxes are up, backsplash is completely done, and we even have decorations up!! We are at the point of touch up painting, cleaning up and attending to minute details. We are almost ready to call it Home.

 

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I promise to do a post later on with official “before and after” shots from the right angles and whatnot… this isn’t the same angle as the photo above, but just want to give you a reminder of what the trailer looked like when we started!!

 

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Here’s today’s video update!

Trailer Reno… Icing the Cake

That time has come. As Brian likes to say, we are icing the cake πŸ™‚ Everything is coming together and all those little finishing touches are going on.

Over last few days Brian was working with our friend Greg to create the window boxes for the trailer. We used to have these funky, curved window valances. They have built us new, straight ones for a more modern look.

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Old Curved Window Boxes, New Straight Ones

Thank goodness Greg had a nice garage for us to work in and tools for us to use πŸ™‚ We are at the point we have gotten rid of everything, so this was very helpful. The guys did a great job, too!

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Window Box Construction

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Brian and Greg Upholstering Window Boxes

Once they were all built, it was time to upholster them! They are padded a little with some batting, then the fabric is wrapped around and stapled on. We used the arrow fabric for most of the windows, but we chose to use the diamond fabric in our room since the ones in there will be against a teal wall already. Here are all the window boxes and an arch, ready to go! We brought them with us so we can start icing the cake!

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Finished Window Boxes and Arch, Ready to Install

They look fabulous. Meanwhile, last night we got the text from our friend Jessica that the cushions were done, so we have brought those along too! How awesome are they?

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Jessica’s Finished the Dinette Cushions!

Now to actually put everything up so we can ooh and ah and be all happy with ourselves, lol. So here’s what we were looking at to begin with. Nice dark wood done, nice green wall done, but it sure doesn’t look homey or complete, does it?

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Let’s add the cushions, shall we?

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That’s better! What will it look like with the window boxes??

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Oh yes! That is going to be AWESOME! THANK YOU Greg, Laura, and Jessica for everything. We needed some help! Brian decided it was time to do the backsplash. It is the last BIG thing left to do! First he peeled off the remaining wallpaper border…

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Then started carefully adding the first tile squares. By the way, these are vinyl peel and stick Smart Tiles. They are incredible.

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He cut very carefully around corners and took his time to get the best results. If you are curious about the installation process and what he did, there is more in the video at the bottom of this post. πŸ™‚

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I am so proud of Brian. He tackles things he has never done before with gusto, and he always does a really nice job. I could watch him work all day.

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Looking awesome, right?! But, I couldn’t watch all day. I had lots of little finishing touches to do, too. Easy stuff, but time consuming. Firstly, I got our bed all made. Have to say, that really made our room look homey and inviting.

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Now pretty much all that’s left to do in our room is the window boxes and some finishing touches like Command hooks and pictures. I also made up the kids beds. Have I mentioned I hate bunk beds? πŸ˜› Good thing we make the kids make their beds on a daily basis. If I had to do it every day, well, I wouldn’t. Ha! We found this pretty cheap bedding at Wal Mart…they are those Bed-in-a-Bag sets in the college dorm section. One twin and one full, although these bed sizes are a little odd, it worked out. Looks great with the walls!!

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I found those awesome baskets at Target and got them for the feet of their beds as a place to throw things throughout the day, so that their stuff isn’t all over the trailer (hello from the future, a month later I can say, it’s WORKING!)… anyway, the beds were looking awesome, but they needed a little something…

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Bam! Now I’m happy. Brings a little of our accent color around to this side of the trailer and makes their beds look a lot more fun with this pop of color πŸ™‚ I also finally decided which pillows to put on the couch, and added one to the dinette as well (there’s another one at home so each dinette bench will have one!)

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By the time I got all of this squared away, Brian was pretty much done with the backsplash. All that’s needed tomorrow is the little bit of tile up high next to the microwave. It’s starting to look pretty fantastic in here, if we do say so ourselves! Messy of course, but we can SEE IT now πŸ˜€

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Here’s our video walking through all of this… with more detail on the Smart Tile installation and a little tour around how everything looked at the end of the day πŸ™‚ We are ALMOST DONE!!

Painting Done…Our Colorful Space

The word of the day is “touch-ups!” There are lots of them needed…. but, don’t even care… because WOW! We love this place!! It’s really starting to come together now that we can see the doors and hardware on in all of the rooms. We couldn’t be happier with the bright, fun colors and how it makes us feel when we are in the trailer. It’s really feeling like HOME!

The only spot left that looks like the “old” trailer is the kitchen where the Smart Tile backsplash is going to go. We are VERY excited for that one! It will be like the frosting on the cake πŸ˜€

People think we are crazy picking these colors but WE are happy with it! We love it πŸ™‚ For the record, I AGREED with the colors but they were Brian’s idea. I LOVE color, but blues and greens are not really my favorites usually… I wasn’t sure about this. Now that it’s done though, I am thrilled that I went along with it. I love how happy it feels πŸ™‚

Caribbean Blues & An Unusual Island

We’ve been working so hard that we haven’t had a lot of time to keep up with what we are doing, so you’ll see quite a bit of progress in this little update. In the beginning of the video we just started painting the blue in the bedroom, and by the end we pretty much have the entire trailer painted!

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I know we have talked a bit in the videos about our fabrics but we never seem to have them in our possession so I’ll share them now in case we haven’t. We picked out a total of four fabrics (all from Hobby Lobby). These two are from the large upholstery rolls and we picked them out for the dinette booth (but will also use the diamonds one on the window boxes in our room)…

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Super excited that our lovely friend Jessica is helping us out with the dinette cushions and the curtains!!!

Brian’s Fathers’ Day consisted of wandering Home Depot and coming home with this giant tool cart…

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He was super excited to find out that the utensil dividers we already had (from the Container Store) fit perfectly in the top drawer. We are going to be able to fit SO much in here!! It also solves our magnetic chalkboard woes – now it can just be a chalkboard and we can use magnets to hang things on the kitchen island πŸ™‚ It looks great and it is actually less deep than our other one was, and longer as well so allows more prep space. It works great in there!

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And the kids’ bunk area!

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It’s really coming along and we are just loving it πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming along on this renovation adventure with us! We hope you are enjoying it as much as we are!

Cabinetry Update, Smart Tiles and Green Neon!

 

Whew! While it’s been a little bit of a break from our videos and blogging all week, The Scotts were certainly NOT on a break!! We have been hard at work and have even enlisted help from Papa Scott, too. Once the kitchen was complete, we started on the slide next, which includes our pantry, dinette area, over-the-couch cabinets and a large wood frame that goes all the way around the slide. We removed the fabric piece that went all the way across the top of the slide (which will later be re-covered with an updated fabric!) and taped everything off. Once the prep work was done (which takes so much longer than you think it will), the rest was pretty smooth sailing.

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Prepping the slide for Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations

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Papa Scott helps out with the painting!

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Slide woodwork complete. Love the Chocolate color!

Don’t worry, that spot on the side of the pantry wasn’t missed… we have plans for it! We are planning to turn it into a magnetic chalkboard! We do still need to do the little bit of trim around the actual dinette table top… we will get that at some point. Luckily our little couch is pretty easy to move so we just moved it out for painting and moved it right back. Β  After the slide was done, we moved on to the bedroom. Even though it has ALL been a big change, for some reason it seemed even more drastic to me in the bedroom. We are just LOVING this Chocolate color. So glad we changed. With the plans we have for bright colors in here, the reddish color of the Rustic we first chose would have clashed with the decor.

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Bedroom beginning the Chocolate Transformation

We are really looking forward to taking down that headboard and figuring out something else that is cuter and more modern. It’s hard not to want to do EVERYTHING at once, or go area by area (I was going to say room by room but they really aren’t rooms I guess, lol)… because we just want to SEE IT! But we know we need to get all the woodwork done first because it’s such a big job, and the background for everything else we are doing. We did get a nice little glimpse into the future, though, when we put all the hardware back on the kitchen cabinets and put all the doors back on. It looks amazing!

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Kitchen Cabinetry Complete

Although we won’t be doing the backsplash until much later, we were SUPER excited when our Smart Tiles showed up in the mail and just HAD to get an idea of what it is going to look like πŸ˜€ I liked them up across the counter just so we could get the idea. These Smart Tiles are a REALLY cool product. They are even thinner and lighter than I thought they would be. Think back to stick-on-earrings as a kid πŸ™‚ They LOOK sooooooo GOOD though! On the wall they really give the impression of glass tiles! We are pretty excited about the color we chose, too. When they go up, I think it will look like a residential kitchen.

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Smart Tiles that will create our backsplash. Color: Murano Verde

We had debated between two different green options of Smart Tiles, but I’m very happy we chose this one. The brown is perfect with the cabinets, the white gets picked up with the window, and the silver looks great with the hardware. Overall it blends really nicely with the countertop as well. We originally planned to change the countertop, but it looks so good with all of this, we are going to leave it alone!

 

Next on the agenda was to start putting some paint on the wall. We knew for sure we wanted to put a nice bright green in the entire slide box, to carry over the green from the kitchen. Our color palette, which originated with our first trailer (The Biscuit) is bright green, teal and coral. We might put some other paint colors up on the walls but we aren’t sure yet, mostly because of our limited time frame before we take off on our adventure. We decided to start with the green and see how it goes.

We took our Smart Tile to the store and picked out a green that goes well with it. We debated on which shade but ultimately went pretty bold. We are using Behr Marquee paint, which has a primer in it and supposedly very good coverage, since we are painting directly over the wallpaper that exists in the trailer.

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Our choice, Green Neon, is the 3rd one down on the paint chip.

 

Our choice is called Green Neon (third one down on the paint chip) and we chose an Eggshell finish.

Seeing this color start to go up on the walls is SUPER exciting! We can already tell it is going to be so bright and HAPPY in here!

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Stay tuned for more!

Trailer Reno: Cabinet Transformations Part 3

The Scotts waste no time! As soon as we decided that Rustic was not the color for us, and we had decided on Chocolate, we set off to purchase it from Lowe’s.

As soon as we started painting it on the kitchen framing in the trailer, we could tell it was exactly what we wanted. You can see here a good comparison of Rustic vs. the new Chocolate.

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Meanwhile, I was painting the cabinet doors.

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This time around we ended up skipping the Decorative Glaze step. We did try it out on the back side of one door and we determined that, just like with the first color, it really didn’t make that much difference. This time, though, since we were happy with the color, that was okay! We went straight to the final step which is a clear coat gloss. Once everything had sufficient time to dry (At least 12 hours after the clear gloss) we could put hardware back on and put the doors back on the kitchen cabinets! Meanwhile, we started working on the wood in other areas of the trailer.

Trailer Reno: Cabinet Transformations Part 2

 

The second step with Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations – color! Painting it on is very simple with a 2″ brush. The color covers well, but will need two coats. We originally chose the color “Rustic.”

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Brian painting “Rustic” on the cabinet doors.

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“Rustic” goes on the kitchen framing in the trailer.

It was exciting to see the color start to change. We could almost get an idea of where we were headed. The color was a little too red and a little too light at this stage, but of course it was only the first coat, not to mention there is a Decorative Glaze that comes later which supposedly darkens it quite a bit, according to the picture on the box πŸ˜‰

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We got everything painted with two coats of Rustic and we could not have been more excited to see that Decorative Glaze go on! What would our color actually look like?! When Brian started glazing the first cabinet door, it looked promising.

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Decorative Glaze going on the first cabinet door.

 

However, by the time it was wiped down the appropriate amount, it didn’t look much different than when we started. We tried a second coat and even a third, but by that point, using the rag to wipe glaze off started taking off the paint.

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Decorative Glaze results were not what we’d hoped.

 

We ended up attempting this a couple more times before we came to our conclusion – the Decorative Glaze was NOT going to make it look like the color on the box implied, no matter what we did. It was time to try a darker color. Stay tuned for Part 3!

Trailer Reno: Cabinet Transformations Part 1

We dove into renovating our trailer the only way that made sense to us…. Tackle the Biggest Project First. So that’s exactly what we did. It was easy to say “oh we will just repaint all the cabinets”… until we realized this wasn’t like just a kitchen. The entire trailer is cabinets! So we figured we had better get that out of the way first – not only would it make a very big visual change because it was such a large area of the trailer, but if we got that accomplished then the rest would seem easier and faster. Right?

Check out our video above to see an overview of our first day working on the cabinets!!

We decided to try out this awesome product called Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations. I had seen and heard good things about it. We purchased it at Lowe’s. It comes in two sizes (as far as how much square footage can be covered) and we chose the larger size. We picked a color called “Rustic.”
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As well as the additional suggested supplies we purchased:

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Then it was time to get to work! The first step is “Deglossing” – basically you use the “Deglosser” fluid that comes in the box, along with a rough pad, to rough up the surface of the wood and remove the glossy coating. We did this on all the drawers and doors as well as all the wood framing in the trailer. When you’re done you have to give it an hour or two to completely dry before you start painting it. Brian set up an awesome workspace for us in the basement to make it easy to work on the cabinets. He is very organized with these kinds of projects and made sure every door was properly labeled and so was the accompanying hardware. It really made it pretty easy to keep up with everything!

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He also used a chart to keep track of where everything belonged:

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Brian deglossing the doors in the basement:

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Brian deglossing the framing for the kitchen in the trailer:

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FYI we decided to work one section at a time, so we focused on the kitchen first instead of doing this step on everything in the entire trailer. We wanted to make sure we liked the product, it worked well, we liked the color, etc. Also it’s just plain messy and you need to be able to pile things in other areas while working on one area.

This step was pretty easy, it was taking the hardware off, doors off, and labeling everything that really took the most time.

Stay tuned for the next post… Step 2 is painting the base color!!

Getting Ready for Spring Break

Spring Break is almost here and it will be Dorothy’s maiden voyage! (Dorothy is our trailer, of course). We have pulled her out of her storage spot and Brian gaveΒ the awning a good scrub down… it was musty.

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We have now brought the trailer home and we are doing a bunch of organizing and sprucing up, getting ready for our first trip. We are heading to Montana to pick up Brian’s kiddos and spend an awesome week with them. It’s kind of a cool feeling looking at this… our current (way too big) home, with our soon to be super small home parked out front πŸ˜€

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One of the first projects is to build a kitchen island we got at IKEA. It will provide a little more storage and a little more counter space. It can be easily moved when the slide is in, since it has wheels on one side.

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Love it!! In the future, we will be painting the storage bins bright colors to go with the rest of our color scheme. Right now we are using them to store medicines, hot pads/trivets, k-cups and spices but who knows how it will end up when we really move in.

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While Brian was working on the island, I tacked the fold-out sofa. We don’t care for the outdated fabric pattern. We brought in the pillows we had in our previous trailer, plus a couple new ones… bought a fairly inexpensive slipcover at Target and a couple of storage ottomans that went nicely with it. We had to pull the sofa out to get the cover tucked in properly, but it turned out awesome! It’s like we have a whole new couch.

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It’s comfortable, so I am more than happy to keep it and I love how it looks now. I’m also really excited about the storage ottomans… anywhere you can store things in such a small space is a good thing!

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Also got this skinny rug which fits perfectly under the ottomans, and it’s skinny enough to still fit when the slide is in. It butts right up to the kitchen cabinets but still fits and we don’t have to pick it up each time.

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Another project was the bedroom. Luckily we were able to use the same comforter/shams from our other tailer even though we previously had a full size bed, because it is full/queen. We did have to buy new sheets, though. I also needed to find a way to make the most of our extremely limited clothing space. I brought over the bins we used in the other trailer, however, our overhead cabinets aren’t deep enough due to it being the angled front of the trailer. I bought very cheap closet organizers at Wal Mart ($6 each) – in the kids section because I wanted bright colors πŸ™‚ Our closets are super short so I had to cut off the bottom two sections leaving only three sections for each of us.

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Works great for now. I hope to find a better solution when we move in because the deepness behind these is being wasted. We’ll figure something out… but it works for now and we also bought one more and cut it down to only two sections for the teeeeeny tiny kids closet in the bunk area.

Behold – the trailer is ready for spring break!! Bunk beds are made with the kids bedding we had at home for them… we took off the back bench cushions from the dinette and replaced with fun pillows…. added the kitchen island…

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Slipcovered the sofa… added colorful pillows…added storage ottomans, which also makes the couch more comfy…. took down the ugly accordion divider to our room and put up these gorgeous ombre curtains…. added our bedding and organized the closets and kitchen.

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It’s just a start – we have more major renovations we want to do like changing the wood color, countertops, adding a tile backsplash, and changing out the window treatments. But for now it is more colorful, has a little of our style, and has more usability. Ready for Spring Break!!!! Of course, we got up the day we wanted to leave and found this…

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But nevertheless…. here we go! Off to Montana!