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I Need Sunshine

February 13, 2012

Today I’ve got a bad case of cabin fever.  Last night it snowed and/or rained.  It’s after noon now, and it’s cold and damp outside.  Because of the cold, I can’t get started on the next interior updating project.

We plan to paint the walls of the RV next weekend, but there is prep work to be done first.  Over the next few days, while Nell is at work, I’m going to remove all of the window coverings (except for the front windshield curtains).  The intent is to replace the old miniblinds with new ones, and to re-cover the fabric surrounds with something a bit less beige.

The window coverings have to be removed in order to do a decent job of painting.  We can’t tell exactly how the surrounds are put together without taking one of them down, and since we’re going to re-do all of them, they all have to come down at once.  I’ll get them down this week and see how they’re made.  We’ll measure the miniblinds so we can get replacements.  We’re hoping that once the miniblinds are removed, we can replace the old fabric on the surrounds without too much difficulty.

By Friday, I should be ready to tape everything off.  On Saturday, we’ll prime with Kilz, then paint on Sunday.  So far, the weather forecast for the weekend indicates we will be able to open windows to reduce the paint fumes.

We’ll have to cover the windows for privacy for about a week, and then we’ll re-install all the window coverings.  By that time, the new front windshield curtains we ordered should come in.  A fresh coat of paint and new window coverings, along with the new flooring, will give us an updated personalized interior.  Then we’ll replace the old dash-mounted tube TV with a flat-screen in a better viewing location.

I was going to start taking down the window coverings today.  But it’s cold and overcast outside, and if I remove the blinds, the bare window glass will just make it colder inside as well.  This turned out to be one of those “do-nothing” days, resulting in a touch of cabin fever.  The sun is supposed to shine tomorrow, and the temperature is supposed to be in the 60s.

That will make everything better.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2012 12:44 am

    Be sure to mark the window coverings with a code so you’ll know which goes where after they are removed. There could be a slight variation in sizes that would be critical to getting them re-installed properly. Sounds like a big project, but one that will certainly change the ambiance of your home. Be sure to take plenty of before and after pix. Looking forward to seeing the changes.

    • February 20, 2012 7:14 pm

      Man, I thought I replied to this a couple of days ago. Great advice, and I followed it. Everything went back where it was supposed to go. Thanks!

  2. Mum permalink
    February 14, 2012 7:15 am

    I can’t tell you how helpful your Blog is. I am considering buying a 1998 Holiday Rambler Vacationer and I now know what to look at and to check at the dealership. Just tomake sure it is in good working order. I am suppose to talk to the dealer in the morning. Let you know if we do get it though. We won’t be full timers like yourselves but will be using it about 4 times a year for the time being and plan to take trips up to Canada. Again Thank-You this has been so informative.

    • February 20, 2012 7:19 pm

      Mum, by now you’ve probably made a decision, and that’s great! Just remember that you’re buying an older house that’s been lived in for several years. No matter how hard you look, there are going to be things that will need to be fixed. Good luck!

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