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Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Free Trailer, Transformed by Decor (Also Known as 'Shopping the House')


This is the 1961 Aloha compact that came my way, free, through a piece of good fortune. She had not been used in about 15 years, and is now undergoing the necessary rehab/maintenance to make her shine again.

But before I turned her into a shop project, I couldn't resist dolling her up a little, and making her comfy enough for a few nights' stay out in our yard. There's no better way to get to know a trailer before you get serious about the rehab.

The interim project called for an episode of Shop the House.


I found of set of trailer-sized curtains, sewn of vintage white chenille. I'd gotten these earlier from someone who wasn't using them anymore. They fit the windows perfectly. (It's amazing what curtains alone will do to create a sense of home in an old trailer, and with sliding clip rings, you make them instantly out of just about anything.)

I'd recently purchased some red and white enamelware, a small kitchen's worth, and the small red and white trailer is the perfect place for it.

The red tulips were a no-brainer--they were blooming in the garden at the time.




The tin toy sink and drainboard, from the '50s, found a perfect home on the trailer's small counter. It was down in our basement, with some other old toys.


By now, it was obvious that the trailer wanted to be red and white throughout. All these other R/W items were lurking in various closets and cubbies--even 'Life Goes to the Movies," from the '60s. The trailer needs little to make it charming and comfy, and that's good, because it isn't very big and would be cramped if overloaded with 'stuff.'


Outside: More red flowers, some small furniture, including the red and white screened cupboard, and her personality popped right out.


Then she got sassy, and demanded lights! She's just the right size for the 20-foot string.

After the fun, we're back to the dirty work, preparing to reseal and repaint. I like her in white, with a single red stripe, so I'm keeping that.

Oh, and I decided to name her Karma.



12 comments:

  1. Love what you are doing. I am looking for an almost free vintage trailer. I think it would be a great adventure to restore one.

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  2. Perfect name! Love your decor. May Karma bring you many wonderful adventures!

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  3. She is perfect!! What a blessing for you both! SHE deserved a good home! YOU so appreciate her charm! Win! WIN!!

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  4. Karma is a cutie! How perfect that you were just able to shop the house and make her come to life. Love all the red and that sweet bunting :)

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    1. Loving the new red styling, it's perfect! And to think you had most of the décor stashed away already, she was destined to be yours! Super cute!

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  5. Luv what you did with the place. But then you always do a awesome job. As always I love red and white as it always looks so fresh and clean.

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  6. Awesome! I love the red and white theme too.

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  7. i think i see a twin for my unknown go-go baby!!! my 1967 looks just like this. i would really be interested to see/hear how/what you do with the roof. i know that someone at sometime redid parts of my roof because the ceiling vent is up top, but no access to it from the ceiling!!! i haven't pulled down the ceiling to see - she currently doesn't leak and i am tempted to leave well enough alone - but i should start thinking about redoing the outside roof for another super hot south florida summer. thanks for keeping us updated!!!!

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    1. The roof had old mobile-home 'sealant' paint that was peeling off, so I finished removing it with a scraper and a heat gun. After washing with TSP, I will seal the top seams and around the vent with EternaBond sealant tape. Waiting for the supplies to arrive for that part; then on to new putty tape under the trim, which has been removed, cleaned, and polished.

      Good luck with yours!

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  8. Just love what you did inside. I love these vintage trailers. I would love to have one.

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