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Old 01-06-2009, 07:16 PM   #15
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Beautiful interior! Did you put in the mini-blinds? I recently bought some fabric for new curtains and intended to replace the pull-down shades from my PO. But your's looks so nice that I might have to reconsider.....

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Old 01-06-2009, 07:46 PM   #16
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How do you keep the mini-blinds tight against the wall at the bottom? Is there a special fastener to do that?
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:17 PM   #17
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Thank you for the feedback. I feel a little better hearing that what we did is looking fine to some folks on here who have experience improving their units.

With regard to the questions on the mini blinds, we did indeed install them ourselves. We purchased the Levelor brand (found them at Lowes) which could be cut to our needed width and then we removed slats to achieve our desired height. In order to ensure they had a tight/snug fit to the walls we installed the bottom hooks where the blinds would be fitting tightly against the walls without any "wiggle room".

Honestly ... there are some photos in the forums showing beautiful drapes that others have either made themselves or have had them made for their units. We chose the mini blinds only as a temporary less costly solution. I envy those that have the drapes ... hopefully drapes get into the 2010 improvement budget. I sure do want them.
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Did the bottom hooks come with the blinds, or are they something you improvised? Would it be possible to see a close-up picture of how you did it? How long have you been working on the trailer? It really looks nicely put together. I too like the dark wood.
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:28 PM   #19
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cameront120 ... sorry it has taken me several days to reply to your inquiry. Our homeowners association doesn't allow RVs in our neighborhood so we have the trailer at a storage facility. Today was the first opportunity I had to stop by the storage facility and take a photo of the hooks. Answers to your questions follow:
Did the bottom hooks come with the blinds, or are they something you improvised?
Reply: We utilized the plastic hooks that come with the Levelor blinds.
Would it be possible to see a close-up picture of how you did it?
Reply: Attached is a close up photo of the plastic hook.
How long have you been working on the trailer?
Reply: We purchased the trailer in August (2008) and we have been working on it since acquiring it (I guess about 4 months now). It was in need of much cleaning, some mechanical repairs, some cosmetic repairs and much updating.
Thank you for your positive comments Ö I appreciate it very much. The dark wood was really an experiment. Iíve read that dark colors can actually make a small space appear larger. Iím not sure Iím convinced Ö but I am happy with the resulting look. We tried to liven it up with lighter wall color and brighter accessories. Attached are a couple of photos I took of the twin bed area today.
I had planned to start stripping the clearcoat today and prepping to polish the outside ... but a cold front moved in last night and it was windy and mid 50s today. I decided it probably was not a good day to be getting wet with the waterhose.
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Thanks for the additional photos! It looks like you've done a lot in 4 months!
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:33 PM   #21
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Great pictures!!! We look forward to seeing more.
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:56 AM   #22
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I have to chime in and say I LOVE the dark wood! We have the 80s oak and I'm heading in a darker direction. Your pictures are really helping me with that decision it has a very modern feel. It looks like you stained. Am I correct and if so, what did you use?

And, you can never post too many pics.
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Stain Information

Thank you Judy. We used the following product purchased from Lowe's:
Minwax Polyshades (stain and polyurethane in 1 step), Bombay Mahogany Gloss 480. It also somes in a flat finish.

Attached are a couple more photos showing the new twin bed cushions that we recently installed and the uphostering job that my mom helped us with. These photos show a little of the woodwork where you get an idea of how the stain looks. It is pretty dark ... but we've chosen light colors throughout to offset the dark stain.
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Reading over the information if you already painted over the paste, your not going to wash anything off with any kind of removers. The rough areas could be power sanded down as much as possible,then skimed over, possibly with some kind of patching products. Drywall compound,Bondo, etc.Then resanded,primed painted, then finished painted. Just a thought on how to fix rough spots.
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