Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Canned Ham Progress - The Bad, The Bad and the Ugly

Before moving on to the ugly, this is the one thing I've gotten done art-wise. Trying again to create a page that doesn't detract from the page already there.  I WILL complete this journal, someday.

 So many projects, not to mention art, go through a really ugly phase before starting to look good - and this project is no exception!

You'll note however that the damn clock is still there!  I WILL conquer it sooner or later though, hopefully without destroying the paneling.

Guinness thinks we're building him quite the doghouse.

Above are the old roof panels, and below are the new ones.  Kind of a shame we'll barely see any of it!

I've been spending most of my time scrubbing 50 years of grime off of the aluminum surrounding the windows, and then polishing them.  It hasn't been pretty, gloves, mask, oven cleaner, steel wool, metal polish, - the kitchen looked like a disaster zone, but you can see a proud grouping of the smaller windows all clean and polished, below.  I think my favorite thing about this trailer are the louvered windows, opened and closed with a little hand crank.

I've also removed all the cupboard doors and drawers, and sanded and painted them.  They're going to be a light cream color except for the lower part of the kitchen area, that is going to be the green from my inspiration old enamel hooks piece that I posted previously. I may tone them down some and distress them, I haven't decided yet.  I tend to start twitching when contemplating something so flat and one dimensional, and want to grab sandpaper and some stain.  Drawer pulls will help of course, I still need to decide on those.

My next big project is figuring out where to get the bench seats reupholstered, and with what.  My mind is spinning.....


  1. So exciting....it's going to look amazing :D XXX

  2. Impressive progress... I had to look again when I saw the open plan kitchen!!!!

    Have fun choosing your fabric :)

    Karen x

  3. The pages are gorgeous - I love the black and white edging, the highlighting is really effective, I thought it was real ribbon!
    Great progress with the van, isn't it a wonderfully satisfying feeling when something so ingrained with dirt comes up gleaming! Enjoy your next lot of choices and chores - I'm looking forward to seeing the progress!


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