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Camper Done, Lights Installed

Camper Done, Lights Installed

Light in the camper, and light at the end of the tunnel!
As of today, July 25th, 2015, the rebuild of the 1966 Yellowstone Cavalier, now known as The Aquatomic Lounge, is DONE (except for testing the propane)! Now, the decorating fun begins, but that won’t take long at all, as I’ve been planning, plotting, and dreaming this “look” for almost TWO years!

There’s so much progress to show you! Curtains, backsplash, outlets, signs, table, counter, atomic symbols, and lights — so let’s get to the pictures! First, some silliness. The aliens are glow-in-the-dark “earrings” I put together for our rock guard because the guard corners are forehead height for John and I. I figured these would help us avoid stitches when walking around the camp site. I hung them up yesterday while we were working, and sure enough, John immediately endorsed them! He came around the front of the corner, saw an alien in his face and ducked, avoiding bonking his head on the corner. Success! The second photo shows the beaded trim with flamingo drops that I put together for the tiny back berth windows. They are too high and small to need curtains, but I still wanted to embellish them somehow. “Embellishment” is my middle name!

rockguardearrings  berth window trims

Next: the table and curtains! Look at that sexy Formica! *wolf whistles* It looks fantastically nebula-like! JohnnyV and I took a break to have a celebratory first meal at the table, even though we have no cushions yet (don’t get me started on the upholstery saga)! Check out the neat little USB fan in the middle pic – another JohnnyV “cool find”. In combo with the ceiling fan, we evidently had a bit of air circulation, because when we shut the tiny fan off, we noticed the temp rise.

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The power is hooked up and working, so, here are lights, and the curtains. All of the lights in the camper are LED, which means that we can be “off-grid” and still have lights for over a MONTH. Energy-efficient. The storage bins fit so nicely up on the shelf – I only brought George and Jane out so far – I still need to bring Astro and the Atomic Fishies (sounds like a good name for a band).

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Today was backsplash install day. We installed the SmartTile pretty quickly (more info on this tile in the “Camper Resources” post – link in the sidebar). It is a little finicky to work with because it is so thin, so you REALLY have to pay attention to what you are doing. Such an interesting look, it is super light, and no messy grout, so all around, it was a great choice for this camper.

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I love the contrast of the vermillion and ruby red against the aqua! This is all coming together quite nicely! Once the tile was up, we were able to hook up those outlets. The under cabinet light sure shows off the color! If you look closely on the right side of the backsplash, you can see the cool nightlight that JohnnyV got me for Christmas last year. It’s aqua, it’s 60’s, it’s a lava lamp! Perfect for the camper!

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Three exterior shots: the guard for the screen door and the Lend-A-Hand folding hand rail were installed yesterday, and we now also have a nifty outdoor courtesy step light. We really needed the screen guard so Lola doesn’t push her way through – she can get just a wee bit rambunctious when she wants to play.

vintage camper door  camper grab handle  courtesy step light Lola is a Packer fan

There’s been a lot of work I’ve done in the studio for the camper besides the rock guard “earrings” and the curtains! A wide variety of tasks like cutting the vinyl lettering to label our First Aid kits, and handpainting the “Spy vs. Spy” sign I painted for the head. All the little details are what make a look come together. Did we NEED the Spy vs. Spy sign? No, but it adds one more 60’s bit of flair so that when you step into the camper, you feel transported to another time!

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Speaking of little touches, we put up the atomic symbols on the front cabinet today. Quite subtle, you almost can’t see them, but they catch the light and then you see the symbol of the atomic age at each end of the cabinet. I was so tickled to see the shiny reflection in our varnished wall. The finish on the wood is beautiful.

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It’s almost time to take the plastic protection off the step and take her on her maiden voyage! Hmmm…need to think about a christening of this vessel! I don’t want to smash a bottle on her nose, so maybe a water balloon?? 🙂

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hand painted sunflower wedding giftAnd lastly, one photo of a special hand-painted piece I just finished. The mother of the bride from last weekend’s wedding commissioned a commemorative bowl for the newlyweds, telling me to just keep my eyes and ears open at the wedding for a moment to capture in paint. The bride told me a lovely story about one of the sunflowers, so I painted them on the piece. I just got word that they loved it! *smiles*

So, there’s light at the end of the rebuild tunnel, there’s light in the camper, and there’s a special kind of light that comes from sharing stories and sharing love…I hope YOUR weekend is filled with light and love!
Eclectic Dawn

Camper Progress and Custom Signs

Camper Progress and Custom Signs

Painted Bowl - OctopusThe Kukui Lagoon studio has been rocking! I’ve been painting a lot of colorful bowls and hand-lettered signs in between trips over to the workshop to work on The Aquatomic Lounge (our vintage camper)! Chronic pain can sometimes make me feel like I’m moving through sludge, but Gratitude Attitude that I’ve been feeling pretty darn good this week, so I got a lot of work done. I’m posting a few of the pieces that I just finished…and I LOVE how the octopus tentacle and baby turned out!! He was adopted before he was even completed, and swam off to a new home as soon as the clear coat was dry.
Feel free to contact me if you’d like a custom sign done for your camper, your man cave, your workshop, or garage! $45 and up, on a variety of substrates. I even paint on plates, metal trays, bottles, and other surfaces.

happy camper sign    whiskey sign

The camper is looking crazy COOL!! Almost every bit of trim is now in place. Look at how sexy that batten looks on the back curve by the rear bed. The other pics show the plumbing in progress in the lower part of the galley cabinet.
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Next, you can see the clean lines of the ceiling lights and the vent frame now in place! Slick! Second photo shows the big drawer in the dinette bench; the door is almost ready to be installed. The fresh fridge face is in place, too.

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The dinette table is ready for Formica! Wait until you see what’s going on it (if you haven’t already seen the mock up I did a few posts back)! 🙂 For now, check out how great it works converting to a bed. Boards that turn into a bed!

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With this tiny space (remember, the trailer is 13′ bumper to tongue), we need to make good use of every inch. Who doesn’t like more counter space? Well, JohnnyV came up with this nifty convertible extra counter space. Again – glorious! A board over a bed!

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And the holy of holies, the remake of our microwave and fridge face. We used some of the leftover single stage automotive paint from the exterior, so it will match perfectly and be quite durable. I have some detailing to do on the micro yet to complete the retro-vation of it, but you get the idea!

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I’ve got to run because I have paint drying on my palette! Until next time, think out of the box to be able to utilize your space wisely. NO one thought we’d have a potti, microwave, fridge, sink, dinette, and so much storage space in this lil’ 10-foot interior! The Aquatomic Lounge is a lot bigger on the inside than it looks outside…kind of like the Tardis. 😉
Eclectic Dawn

mandala silk scarves Thanks so much for your support!