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February 23, 2012

Well… nothing’s ever really completely done, is it?  There will always be things we either need – or want – to do, but for now, the major projects that we can do ourselves are just about all done.  We’re waiting for new white curtains to arrive for the windshield area.  That will really finish off the interior appearance nicely.  If you haven’t been following along, here’s what we started with.  Basic 1998 RV interior:


And here’s where we are now:

We replaced the fold-out sofa with a reclining loveseat.  We’ve opted to keep the carpet in front for now, but it will need to be replaced eventually.  The original window treatments have all been replaced.  We eliminated the side pieces, and recovered the top valances with blue denim.  We replaced the old yellowed miniblinds with new white ones on three windows and added side curtains in a blue and white print.  Some new rugs and placemats added some touches of red.

Looking back toward the kitchen/dining area, here’s the original dining area::


And here it is today:

We installed new Armstrong Allure vinyl flooring, and we painted the entire interior.  Nell used the same denim fabric to recover the chair seats.  We’re using 3M removable hangars for all the artwork.  While the artwork is hung with wire, we bought some Velcro strips which we’ll use on the backs of the artwork to keep it from moving when we’re on the road.

Some things we added:

We removed a swivel chair from this spot next to the door to open the space up a bit.  Found this little table at Garden Ridge, took some frou-frou trim off and repainted it to give it kind of a “shabby chic” look.  It holds a variety of things one might need to grab on the way out the door, like flashlights, mosquito repellant, etc.  The basket holds Hemi’s leash and other dog-related items.  Can’t figure out how to make that fire extinguisher less intrusive, so we’ll just live with it.  We’re seriously considering setting a flatscreen TV on this table, if we don’t mount it above the door.  We’re thinking  a 26” will be about right for this space.  Then we’ll remove the old tube TV from the dash, and use that space for storage of some kind.

This is the table we built a couple of weeks ago.  Instead of staining it, we decided to paint it the same color as the one by the door.  We’ve really got that blue-white-beige thing going on, with the addition of a big dose of brown.  The painting leaning against the wall was a gift from Australian artist John McNelley, whose use of color fascinates me.  The table started out to be a place to put my coffee cup while hiding the dog’s crate, but I foresee a sketchpad and some pencils, along with a couple of art books as well.

Nell is especially tickled to have a new white sink.  The old one was an old yellow color that must have been popular in ’98, but it looked really bad.  Along with new paint, this really freshened up the bathroom.  New caulk along the back of the countertop and around the sink will finish this off.

Today I washed this big baby.  The last time it was washed was at a truck stop on the way here.  We want to make a good impression when we arrive at the next location, and besides, it feels good to see it all cleaned up again.  This wasn’t a total detail job, just a good washing, but it still took nearly three hours as a one-man job.  There are apparently some RV Parks that won’t accept a rig that’s over ten years old, so we have to be on our best behavior, appearance-wise.

We’ve got a place reserved for an overnight stay tomorrow night in the town of Fairfield, which is about half-way to Conroe, Texas.  Our destination on Saturday morning is Woodland Lakes RV Park near Conroe.  Nell’s job is near Houston Intercontinental Airport, and Woodland Lakes will be about a half hour commute for her.

Even though we’re not actually “travelling”, we are now true Fulltime RVers, living in the motorhome.  We’ve spent almost three months here in the DFW area, and will spend another month in the Houston area.  Nell retires in less than six weeks!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. dabs permalink
    February 24, 2012 1:53 am

    Love everything you both have done to the place… It looks great and I also enjoy reading about the adventures… so many to come!

    I would suggest not putting the tv over the door as you will discover you will get neck pain from always having to look up! My sister did this in a tiny room and we all were stiff from viewing it.

    You also have me interested in gouache now! 🙂

    • February 24, 2012 3:08 am

      Thanks, Dabs. You’re point about the TV is a good one, and we’re still thinking about it. We’ll probably end up with it on the little table beside the door, which would put it at eye level from the loveseat. I went to your blog and saw that you’re not travelling anymore?

  2. February 24, 2012 2:20 am

    Nice job – lookin’ real good. We pick up our 2012 NEXUS 31′ Class C in Elkhart IN. on 4/5!!!
    Very exciting!

    • February 24, 2012 2:58 am

      Richard, when you pick yours up, we’ll be setting up near the beach on the Gulf Coast. Maybe later on we’ll cross paths somewhere.

  3. February 24, 2012 6:44 am

    She looks great. I love reading about your work on her and can’t wait for stories about your adventures along with paintings….

  4. Yorky permalink
    February 24, 2012 11:38 am

    It looks great Ralph, enjoy your summer.

    I would leave the extinguisher, it needs to be found in an emetgency.


    • February 24, 2012 5:03 pm

      Doug, there was no question about keeping the extinguisher in place. It’s just ugly. Thanks!

  5. Chico permalink
    February 24, 2012 3:08 pm

    Do you miss being in a place without wheels?

    • February 24, 2012 5:19 pm

      Chico, not really. Not when I have 180 degrees of windows. The wheels are a reminder that we can unhook the “umbilical cords” and go wherever we want, whenever we want.

  6. February 24, 2012 3:10 pm

    Hi Dad, we’re going to try to come see you on Sunday afternoon. I want to see all these great changes in person and get a hug! Oh, and yes, we’ll bring Isabella. Ha!

  7. William R Moore permalink
    February 24, 2012 3:20 pm

    I like the changes, sweat equity well done. I felt your pain with the flooring. :0) Enjoy following your blog, looking forward to your many adventures. I’m thinking you could combine both blogs here, “Back Roads and Brushes” seems to cover both painting and RVing.

    • February 24, 2012 5:08 pm

      William, I seem to be putting more into BR&B these days. Maybe because I haven’t been getting much artwork done. You make a good point. I may start trying to make that transition. Good to hear from you. Thanks!

      • William R Moore permalink
        February 24, 2012 9:25 pm

        Conroe…I think I see more pine trees in your tree repertoire.

  8. February 24, 2012 6:09 pm

    What about using some of the leftover curtain fabric to make a ‘curtain’ for the extinguisher? You’ll still know where it is, but, it’ll just have a piece of fabric covering it, easily removed when needed. Love all the color you’ve added. It looks like a ‘home’ now, not industrial like before.

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