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Old 04-20-2004, 06:36 PM   #1
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Moving along still many hours of work to go!

Starting to take shape... Boy do we not envy anyone who has to start from scratch with their A/S - what a huge job that would be!

Just giving this one a freshening up is a big job. We are very greatful to whomever started the job for us - taking care of much of the striping and sanding. They had a colour scheme going - Mohogany and Birch. To give the mohongany a bit of a lift I used minwax Rustic Orange Accents stain - very light rubbed in coat. Then giving two coats of polyurethane. (Was thinking of oiling but not a good idea if we are going to use it on a regular basis - need the surfaces to be wipeable - (wagging dogs tails can get dirt in places you never new you had!)

All the cabinet base, closet and seat knee fronts along with the table and the edging of the counters are in this Birch/Pecan paint/stain? This is my next step - on the long list. So I have matched the paint with folkart paint to touch up only - just a few areas such as the counter you can see in the picture. - Tomorrows job.

Everything has a coat of polyurethane and all the cabinet facing doors are done and ready for the brass trim and piano hinge (replacing all the plastic hinges for the foot locker doors) But can't seem to drag Peter away from the Playoffs - Go Leafs Go!!!

After terrential rain fall yesterday I have discovered a couple of leaks - so we desperately need to get up top with the parbon and vulkem!!!!

We have some Awning issues - like we need a new one but can not afford one right now.
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Old 04-20-2004, 06:44 PM   #2
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She is so sweet...

Just a couple of other pics...

However I am looking for a couple more biege storage bins - the thin long ones that fit in the kitchen as well as the dresser in attached picture.

And how about that Kitchen Counter - we could go camping right this very minute!!! Oh yeh the tapes are original - just had a bath in Southern Shine - while there is still a bit of pitting - but then I got a bit of pitting at 35 years old too
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Old 04-20-2004, 07:04 PM   #3
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WOW!! Looks great!! The warm wood tones really are making the place even more inviting. Good idea about the polyurethane because you are right--it is very durable and easy to clean and always looks freshly waxed. What else are you planning on doing? The photos give the whole story!!!
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Old 04-20-2004, 07:27 PM   #4
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How do I start counting the things we have to do still....well just looking at the first picture...
- I have a new hand painted tin tea towel hook- yes Celestial it's
- I have the original chrome foil,wax,papertowel holder that will go back up in that patch spot. Unfortunately sanding the weathered veneer to original would have left the veneer paper thin - so the lighter spots will have to be covered back up. (The one on the front right is where the seat goes which is out right now - while Peter works on the plumbing)
- This year '69 was trimmed out in polished brass so we have decided to stay consistent and will replace all the painted screws with real brass screws.
-The A/C needs a little work - like that horrible yucky drain pipe to be replaced - and someone's lazy solution to the other hole was a copper penny and masking tape.
- Have to find the cream enamel touch up paint for the stove a small spot on the door has to be fixed.
- And of course the floor - which was long debated over - to me conceding to pergo flooring - but not the light colour that most seem to go for - the one that is more orange- cheery it is called (click flooring) - and will be trimmed out with brass edging rather than 1/4 round.
-lighting is another issue - missing the light lenses - but at 30US plus shipping - just not worth it for now - and I hear that they don't give the greatest light so unless I can find some lenses - we may make a brass mesh cover similar to boat lighting.

and that is just what you can see in the picture - oh the left counter needs raising and secured - and then once all is done I move the entourage of new upholstered seats, curtains, pillows and more pillows, the bamboo door and lots of other neat things I can not even remember buying
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Old 04-20-2004, 07:37 PM   #5
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GT, I have a little piece of stained glass, round, about 8" in diameter, that was made for me many years ago by a friend whom I've lost track of, and it's celestial, which is not particularly meaningful to me. I'd be happy to donate it to you or to the other celestial aficionado who needed a "porthole." It has a golden yellow moon curving round, with a clear star on a cobalt ground. It's really nice, it's just that I have a LOT of stained glass but a Prairie-style house so it sort of hangs around & looks out of place.

Let me know if you're interested or mention it to that other person if you remember who they are... OK, I'm too lazy to look up the other thread, I admit it, but it's FREE, dangit, and that includes shipping!
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Old 04-20-2004, 08:00 PM   #6
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Oh sooo kind - it would be perfect for my small bifold bathroom door that is two 10" panels - I would love to have it and will certainly pay you for your generosity!!!

Do you have a picture? - I will never be able to sleep now

If there is anything I can keep my eye open for, for you please let me know - we have a free driveway spot for anyone wanting to vacation up this way - say on their way to the Eastern Provinces.

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It all looks very nice!

I have a question: did you use a particular product or practice to clean/restore the countertop? I want ours to shine like this!

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you got it babe....

... better than a picture, how about just PM me an address & the actual thing iitself will be in the mail tomorrow. it has a hanging chain but you could just clip the rings off.
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Old 04-20-2004, 08:13 PM   #9
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Sounds fine. I have a line on a brass porthole ring trim from a nautical supplier out of Italy - I'm hoping it will fit inside - and then that would be perfect too.

I'll send you a PM right now.

Thanks again -send it snail mail the cheapest (not UPS)

Thanks a million again!!!
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Old 04-21-2004, 07:37 AM   #10
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Brass and aluminum are more incompatible than steel and aluminum. If you are going to the porthole in the skin, keep the metals separated.

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Old 04-21-2004, 08:38 AM   #11
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WoW. Rally looking nice!
I can't wait till I can get to the point of putting the interior back in. I m about ready to just take a week off and get the stuff I havent had time to do done. Wishe ours was in that nice of shape. Hope it will be one day.
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Old 04-21-2004, 09:46 AM   #12
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Ouch John.... I know I'm new to this but....

I am talking about the interior bathroom door - it is about 3/4 " thick so I can't just stuff the stainglass in and expect it to stay So the porthole trim rounds would work perfect on either side of the bathroom door.

Took the advice on this forum and dropped the idea of cutting a hole in MoonBeam - now that would be a big OUCH!

So we are venting in to the cabin and then up and out through the ceiling fan at the rear.

Geees brass and aluminum who would have ever thought putting those two together - ah maybe Wally Byam - but one inside and one outside. How about Paint and aluminum ahhhh-argosy????

Also a lot of sailing yachts and cruisers out there have both brass and chromed brass up top and brass fittings bellow - which I am kinda partial too being into boats for ah lets say 20 years (both in their place though)

You have a good one now
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Old 04-21-2004, 01:39 PM   #13
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GT, You've got your Airstream lookin "ship-shape". Feel like "Toaster" does ... can hardly wait for mine to look that good.
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Old 04-21-2004, 09:53 PM   #14
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I'm sorry Doug I must have missed your post and question

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I have a question: did you use a particular product or practice to clean/restore the countertop? I want ours to shine like this!
I guess we were just very lucky that the PO's how many there were?? looked after the counters - she came with the rubber made counter saver with hot plate and dish rack holder - but the dish rack is missing - the colour is the same as the counters.

All I used to clean them was varsol - then a nice clean cloth to buff the counter. But they really do look brand new. I have used Armoural on counters and it works really well to buff them up and hide the scratches.

Now if I could get the bathroom to look like the kitchen I will be a very happy camper
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Solved a couple of today.

Last week when testing all the appliances the furnace was not working - pilot would come on but as soon as you turned the main burner to on - the pilot would go out....good darn thing!

Today we had to yank the furnace out - to raise the counter that had sagged - due to a) the weight of the mamouth early 80's Zeneith VHS monster that must of bounced around in there for years. And b) the A/S worker who had a long lunch break....missed riveting the counter support in at the back. When we dropped the gas line out of the furnace and met it under the A/S - we found it had a split in the hose. This would not have been seen on a visual inspection.

Lesson! (WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT FAQ!!!! on what and how to test your systems) Pressure test the gas lines first and how can DIY do it safely. Take no chance with the old brittle lines and replace them all with new!

Mystery # two - the water heater - yet another gas experience - decided to make sure there were no impurities in the tank - so we scorched them to death! - seriously - hey - there is another part we needed - it is called an "orifice" and it screws into the Elbow supplied to us from the heating and pluming place???so why did they not mention it. And at another RV place where the Burner tube was bought - Peter popped the question - is there to be another part between the elbow from the regulator and the burner tube??? Hole seems pretty big??? RV guy nope you have everything now! Well he guessed right - he had purchased a blow torch Now we need to find out if we can obtain the Orifice - and we will be set. But in this case our previous post requesting information - was not all that helpful - infact our 73 service manual arrived and the first thing we did was check out the schematic of the Atwood Water Heater - and there it was part 10 ORIFICE!!!!

Still working on all the wood work. But ran into a snag - you see everything is trimmed out in brass (original) - and those darn cheap white - well dirty white door catches just brought the doors down. Keeping in the spirit of original - and my exhausted attempt at finding anything remotely close in a real metal - we decided to spray paint them. And the doors are now finished and ready to go back into MB. Tomorrow everything will get its final coat of polyurethane and onto project #??? lost count already.
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Old 04-28-2004, 11:45 AM   #16
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Things are going back in! - a really good sign...

Moving along...

and now we have pretty much everything back in (except for the closet) Peter is making a few shelves to make it more functional. I have the door to contend with - making a new frame for the mirror and doing to tole painting to make up the difference on the hieght of the old mirror.

Here is a pic of the cabinets pretty much finished - Peter has to raise that right door a tad.

Now we are back to the floor "issue" At first the black rubber floor with blue fleck - then the wood look to match the cupboards - but now that it is all done Too much wood and it takes away from the wood cupboards that are really nice. The black floor with our dark material in the curtains and seat cushions are too much - so now what

Linoleum - can't do - dogs would put their nails through it. Same with the cork type flooring.

Could look at the stick on tiles - would certainly be in keeping with what they originally used....well I think it is back to the drawing board on this one...and we are going to have to keep the floor lighter to bring out the wood work. The existing floor is not bad but there is carpet tape here and there and I'm sure it will leave a mark as well there is a bit of rust from the furnace that got under the carpet and turned the tiles a rusty red in that area.

Will keep posting the progress pictures - and thanks for all the nice compliments - sort of keeps us going....
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Linoleum - can't do - dogs would put their nails through it.
REAL linoleum, not the vinyl stuff we all "call" linoleum would be very durable...no dogs's nails would go through it. It's too solid...just a thought. It's what we have in Maxwell...looks great, after two years I still love it & would do it again.

There is a link on our website to the Forbo website with additional info & color charts...under "During/Flooring"

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Just wanted to compliment you on your restoration. It really looks great!
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Well thanks Jack!

It is a lot of hard work and you just want to get it all done right away so you can go camping when summer finally hits.

We are getting really close now - a couple more weeks and I think we can post some pretty final pics.

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I guess I really never thought of "cushion flooring" as anything else - and that is basically a very soft vinyl - which our dogs nails have gone through.

Check out your website again - (really excellent by the way) and I think we have decided to look at this flooring - as we can pick up on the counters maybe or go with a mottled slate blue - just so many things to think about - it is like buying a brand new "Mini" house.
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Old 05-03-2004, 11:17 PM   #20
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Just a little update....

Decision on the floor made! The picture says it all - it is in excellent shape just needed a bit of elbow grease. That saves about 120#'s and as many dollars and the dogs love it - nice and cool - hides the dirt well and extremely durable (until we get our first crack or chunk out of it - no extras - would have to steel some from under the seats )

Tee hee on the mirror door I was looking at it upside down - so no topper - so for now we put the old mirror back with a nice fresh spray painted frame.

Back to work now so time is spread thin before our first Rally - we are not quite finished and will pick up after the rally. I'm moving to the seat cushions and will be putting the curtains back in once the few minor window leaks are sealed up.

Hubby still plugging away at all the systems/appliances - has all the parts for the new toilet now - so that can be installed and he can continue with checking the full water system. - Including the HWT which also has all the new parts - total $45 - the biggy was the new Burner tube assembly.

However, we do need a new regulator so that has to go in and have a full pressure test completed before he can fiddle with the LP system. Electrical still pending. (Darn Hockey playoffs and constant rain are playing a big role in, the procrastination end of things )

Although we have a celestial theme - the kitchen is the original turquois and we are keeping it that way - scored a cute fan and a little silver piggy bank (for the twoonie tours ) There were many little items for the kitchen left with the A/S - except that T-40-1 Sunbeam that is an original - (Wedding Present - in the days when toasters were not shower gifts )

2- weekends left before our first ever Camping/Rally nothing like killing two birds with one "rivet" Speaking of which he still has to get under there yet and rivet the side panel back from our trip home.....
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