The previous owners were not what you would call ... sensitive ... to the alterations they made to the interior of the camper. For example, we quickly learned that the carpet on the walls was attached using finishing nails. Lots and lots of finishing nails. As if they had an entire 1,000 count box of nails and felt they were only getting their money's worth if they used every. last. one. of. them. The number of nails we pulled out of the walls and structural supports was unreal.
We also found out the carpet was hiding some water-damaged birch paneling. Which was fine, as we were going to replace some of the panels anyway. We determined which walls (and ceiling panels) we were going to stay and which needed to be replaced.
Our ultimate vision is to paint all of the exposed wood fixtures and walls with a light grey paint. For the remaining walls, our plan is to install vinyl flooring planks that look like reclaimed wood. We want the interior feel to have a Colorado cabin style/appearance, and found the PERFECT reclaimed wood vinyl planks for both the walls and the floor.
First things first. We had to demolish a lot of the interior.
While the interior certainly looks vintage, there are little things that made us say "what the #@&!! were they thinking?!?" Peeling back the onion of the interior only made our sailor vocabulary that much stronger. Those foam cushions were cheap foam covered in what could only be described as "tissue paper". Oh, and it didn't cover the back of the foam and was stitched on with fishing line.
Looks great, doesn't it? No. They recently painted the stove, refrigerator, and oven hood with that aqua color. How could we tell? The paint overspray on the counter, underneath the overhead cabinets, and on the oven burners was a clue. We continue to focus on the big picture of making this our own and not letting the previous owners' choices blur our happiness.
More vintage-y goodness on the surface. More cheap foam and carpet walls at the rear dining area. We are not even going to show you the toilet closet because that thing is coming out completely. We're not going to deal with any more crap – literally and figuratively – in this camper in the grand scheme of things when all is said and done.
We have to show this picture, as it is a microcosm of the entire camper experience so far. This is one of two light fixtures at the front of the camper that are literally just screwed to the carpet walls. No junction box or wires running to the location. It's just decorative and non-functional. Insert more sailor vocabulary here. Oh, did we mention there were nails in the carpet?
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