// #RestorationHoneybean: A Slow But Steady Start

DIY Vintage Camper Trailer Renovation
DIY Vintage Camper Trailer Renovation
I mentioned the other week that good ol' Honeybean was getting a little makeover. We parked her for the last time 3 days after we found out we were pregnant with Linden. There was just too much stress and manual labor involved with getting her ready to tow around to shows and events. It was fun, but I was ready to hang up my hat. Since she's just been sitting in our driveway for 2+ years, she's acquired some water damage, a rotten tire, and a whole lotta cobwebs. One day we were working on the yard and I immediately felt compelled to turn Honeybean into a clubhouse for Toby and his friends. My mind started racing with all these fun ideas, so I asked Mike if he'd tow it around to the backyard and let it be a pet project of ours. He finally agreed, but then we got stuck in the yard. It took several hours and a lot of different maneuvers to get that thing unstuck and moving again. Well, the real trick was the $25 tire replacement we had put on at our local tire shop haha! After we got her situated and leveled, Mike just started in by tearing out part of the side wall. A slow roof leak lead to quite a bit of puckering in the boards, so he tore it all out and reframed it. Of course all of this happened in one or two days and we haven't had a chance to work on it since. That's sort of how these projects go, right? Or are we totally doing this wrong? haha

After a lot of daydreaming and contemplation, we sort of geeked out about it being an adult hang out too. We spend a lot of time with our neighbors just chatting, drinking some beer, grilling out, etc. So we thought it'd be fun to make the space a place that could work for any and every one. We have plans to redo almost all of it, so we'll see how it actually pans out. We're envisioning a TV mounted inside, too. So you know... dreaming big over here! We might even give her a paint job. I'd be sad to cover up her sweet peach scallops, but I'm excited to see what happens when we bring her back to life!

Also - mega grateful and stoked to be married to such a handyman. I love that Mike can do almost anything. (And by almost anything I mean please don't ask him to do more than change the oil in your car haha). If it involves tools and wood and putting things together, he's a total pro. I got lucky!

xo KB

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9 comments:

  1. You're totally right with the work in it for 1 or 2 days and then it sits. That's life, especially life with kids! It'll turn out great and I'm sure everyone will love it!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that! :P

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  2. I was just wondering where Honeybean had been hiding! I can totally see her being a hangout spot. Complete with a bar maybe? ;) Can't wait to see the renovations!

    Jess || Writing in Red Lipstick.

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    1. Oooh I love that idea! I better be careful or it'll turn into my passion project and I'll have to kick those poor kids out! :P

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  3. My husband is the opposite! He is a mechanic but not that handy with around the house stuff. Or maybe that is just what he wants me to believe so I never ask him to do it, haha.

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    1. haha! I may or may not be really bad at painting walls on purpose just so Mike doesn't ask me to do it! EEEEEP!

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  4. OMG this little van is so adorable!
    I wish I could renovate one... sounds fun! ♥

    Happy New Week!
    xoxo Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥
    THE KAWAII PLANET

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  5. I can't wait to see how this turns out! I remember you first posting about Honeybean so can't wait to see what she looks like after her makeover. I love the TV idea - I'd be wanting to stock her up with blankets and take her everywhere as my own mini movie theatre though haha :-)

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HEY! Thanks for dropping by. xo KB