A few months ago, on our way back from a camping trip, I happened to be searching Craig's List for a vintage camper to restore...a dream of mine for a long, long time. To our surprise, there was just that thing I was looking not more than a few miles away.
It took much convincing and begging and promises of this and that in order for JR to say yes. This little camper needed our TLC, and I was most certain we would not find another one like it for such a reasonable price any time soon. So a few weeks later, we made arrangements to bring it home.
And now, she is living at our friend's garage, while we do the outside work, until can bring her home to do more detailed restoration in our own driveway.
A few weeks ago, JR and I spend an entire Saturday removing the aluminum skins....carefully preserving every piece, removing nails and staples and screws. The windows and door were taken out and brought home for their restoration... fortunately they are in pretty good shape for their age.
To our great surprise, our little Scotty was in better condition than we ever imagined! We fully anticipated having to replace all the plywood structure, but someone ahead of us had started a careful restoration and had already replaced all but one side. Even the floor was rebuilt!
Now, mind you, she doesn't look very pretty right now, but here's the inside, stripped of all but the basics.
I think about that little camper every day. We have measured and sketched and talked for hours about the layout. I dream of color schemes and fun stuff to put in it. I obsess about this project, which JR claims is really his project for a good long time because it involves power tools and building cupboards and nails and stuff. I want her to come home. So I can at least watch him with his project.
Last week, I scored some very funky upholstery fabric at Joann's, of all places. Best of all? It was a red tag sale for $9 a yard, with a Veteran's Day special of 50% off, and a one day additional 25% off coupon! I ended up with 10 yards of fabric for about forty bucks! And best of all, I ended up with a color scheme!
This will be perfect with the shiny silver sides of the camper! What sealed the deal was that JR happened to come home that very week with a canvas awning that someone gave him that will be exactly what we need for the outside of our Scotty. (I had first imagined this shiny bright silver camper having bright red hubcaps.)
Can you even believe our luck?
So, I'm thinking of red composite flooring and black boomerang Formica for the table and counter-top.
I think it's going to be fabulous. and fun. and funky. We'll paint the inside white or pale gray. And best of all, it will go with my vintage picnic basket and metal cooler!
I'm so excited.