Monday, October 3, 2016

Canned Ham - The Before

She's home!  Last weekend we got her moved - a day I thought would never come!  And so now, the work has begun.  There are some water stained panels inside, and after trolling the internet looking at nightmare restoration projects, we decided we needed to peel off the aluminum skin from the front and top to see just how much damage there was to the frame.  A million screws, nails and staples later we got to see what were dealing with, and I am so relieved to say it's not bad!

The corners have some staining and we're going to need to cover or replace some paneling on the inside, but overall - WHEW!  The top looks similar but the aluminum is in worse shape up there so we're going to replace those panels (depending on how much that costs).

So, now for the inside. Ready to enter this time warp?

 This clock WILL NOT COME OFF!  I think the whole cabinet is going to come off with it by the time I get it down...

The orange curtains were made by my friend Val when she was about 12.  She's given me permission to replace them!

This is the bed area, with one of the table benches pulled out partially blocking it.

The empty space above is where the fridge goes, if we can (please god) actually get it running. It's the original propane one.  

So, that's it - lots of work to do, and lots of decisions to make!  I'm wrestling with how original I want to keep it - I'll keep you updated as I go and will welcome any advice!


  1. OMG....the ultimate craft project! Whatever you decide it is going to look amazing :D XXX

  2. Wow!!!!

    Gosh what a fun project... if anyone can pull it off it is you and your OH :)

    I have no helpful ideas ! Sorry :( but I do have complete faith in you both :)

    I just can't wait to see what happens next!!!!

    I bet your sweet dogs think you have treated them to a lovely outdoor kennel home!


  3. That is one huge project you've got yourselves there - I just know that once you have given it the Terri treatment it will look fantastic, quirky, unusual, and utterly desirable! I'm really looking forward to seeing it transform.

  4. Oh my gosh!! HOW AMAZING!! This will be so fun (and not sometimes, lol) to do! I CAN'T WAIT to see the final results!! Good luck with that clock! xoxo


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