I took the advise of reddirtshasta.blogspot.com to use Mother’s Aluminum Polish to shine up the wings on my 1958 Shasta camper. I first started with a fine steel wool to take of the first layer of dirt & grime. Another tip I found online that helped tremendously, was to sprinkle basic flour on top of the black grime that remains after you rub off the Mother’s Aluminum Polish. The flour picks up all the remaining black residue and leaves you with a pretty shine. I received this tip from reading a forum about refinishing the exterior of an Airstream. Since it is summer, and I am working in a hot garage, I kept the polish in our outdoor refrigerator so the paste stayed firm and was easy to work with.
Later this week I will be tackling the task of polishing the Z stripe. I have researched the process and will provide you with tips next week.
Updating our vintage 1958 Shasta has been such a joy. This has been a group effort in most cases. Doug and I are fortunate to have both sets of parents live within 25 minutes and all very skilled. We appreciate their generosity by allowing us to park in their driveway, sharing their tools, and kindly providing us with fresh coffee and lively conversation. Personally I have tackled a few daunting tasks that I never thought I could ever do. I can proudly say I now know how to sew a zippered pillow cover, and I officially laid flooring tiles and grouted them all by myself! DIY girl power!
Before. Selecting flooring tiles, window and seating fabrics.
Before, when we first purchased.
The camper when we first purchased was actually in excellent condition and a time capsule of sorts. Coming from a design background, I felt compelled to take it to the next level. The original flooring had been covered up, so adding an underlayment and new tiles was the smart thing to do. I found the flooring at Lowe’s which came in standard 12″x12″ size. We cut them to 9″x9″ like the originals and I feel like it was the best scale. I didn’t like the tiny cracks between them and figured they would just fill in with dust and dirt over time. I then researched grout for laminate tiles and bingo, I found the solution. I grouted in-between the tiles, by simply using my finger to press the grout into the tiny cracks. I then wiped the surface with a clean damp towel. Easy enough. I purchased armstrong polish for the finish coat from amazon. My local hardware stores only sold the shiny, but I preferred the matte finish.
The camper door was original and in fair condition. Rather than sanding and refinishing with shellac, I decided to give it a coat of classic black chalk paint. We have had fun allowing our camping trips to be documented by having guests sign their name on the door. I’ve been of course photographing so we can remember those who have enjoyed and shared in our adventures. We did remove the screen door and I sanded it down, gave it a coat of Bulls Eye amber shellac and replaced the screen. Somebody has already broken it in with her little paws scratching away reminding us that she too wants to join in on the fun.
Another sweet nice of ours is getting married this July. Last year we baked our infamous white almond butter cream cupcakes for the bridal shower. This year, her triplet sister is getting married and back by popular demand, another delicious batch of cupcakes will be made.
I shot this photograph, while on a hike in Colorado last year. I don’t know the bride and groom, but had to capture the moment.
Join me on an adventure of sorts. Last summer I purchased a vintage 1958 Shasta camper from my friend Paul. He has been a long time collector of vintage trailers & all things Mid-Century Modern. I’ve been obsessed with the Shasta camper since we first became instant friends while camping in 1993. Little did I know back then that I would actually have one to call my own one day. So I will share with you glimpses of what it has taken to get my little “cupcakz” back into shape.
Oh and I have a new nick-name, “Betty” to go along with it…thanks Paulie!
Our sweet shih tzu “Lily” has turned 12 this year. In celebration we purchased her a new dog bed to enjoy. Have you heard of Molly Mutt yet? Genious.
Simply stuff your Molly Mutt doggie duvet with your old clothes, towels, pillows, etc. Your dog’s favorite scent? It’s you! As a result, this is the dog bed dogs love. I couldn’t be happier with the design, quality and extremely fast shipping. So head on over to Molly Mutt and check out their products for yourself.
The adventure of life is to learn. The goal of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The secret of life is to dare. The beauty of life is to give. The joy of life is to love! -William Ward
As my children have told me, I have a way with words. As an artist, I appreciate the spoken & unspoken means of communication. I have been reading some wonderful blogs that have really made an impact on me as an Artist, Wife, Mom, Realtor, and admirer of all things beautiful. Cottage & Vine, Emily A. Clark, Simply Seleta, C.Style, and Elements of Style are all filled with delightful tips of home, family and personal interests. I then felt compelled to do the same, in hopes of inspiring others. I don’t have anything specific in mind, just sharing with you glimpses of my everyday life, and areas of interests & fascinations. So follow me on this journey, in hopes of making your morning cup of coffee a bit more enjoyable….”Hello World”.