09 May 2016

a little manual labor.

in making a concerted effort to get the 50s teardrop project off and running, we recently put some work into the trailer .. the hubs flipped the axle back to its original setting and added smaller wheels and tires. before the tires were added to the wheels, i spray painted the wheels with a rustoleum spray paint called Stone in a cinnamon tone which to me looks perfectly rusted and is the exact look i wanted for this unit. i also painted the vintage lights as shown below.

is that not a neato look? 
you've no idea how pleased i am with the result.

the same paint is on the wheels .. 
i just didn't catch a close up of the detail. 

i've decided against adding 
hubcaps or wheel covers. 
i'm seriously fond of the overall 
appearance as is. that, and how the wheel area looks at present will go far in how i'm planning to finish the trailer's exterior.
and that's still in the planning stage.

here's the trailer at the present time..
the pin striping will go bye-bye.
that's all i'm saying for now. wink.

oh, and see the gray propane tank
on the ground next to the teardrop?
that's a recent find that made its way
from washington state to us in
northern california. it's a 40s
horizontal propane tank
that has a universal mechanism.
such a find. that'll go on our
55 boles aero mira mar trailer.
the hubs painted it the same green
as the trailer wheels after i shot that pic.
it's beautimus!

for a special interior embellishment 
i scrounged my stash of antique ceiling tiles 
from a turn of the century 
(pre-1900) home in san francisco. 
like the garage mess? 


i scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed some more,
front and back. then i sanded the raised edges to show more of the layered paint as well as the rusted areas. golly i love this look. 

the hubs cut down the sides for me then i crimped the edges and made necessary adjustments. we then secured the ceiling tile in place using screws boasting rusted heads. this area is the inside of the cabin on the other side of the kitchen. the interior of the cabin was painted using behr in devonshire cream then a ralph lauren tobacco glaze was smeared over that. perfect look for this trailer.

here's a close up of the tin after installation.

more on this project .. soon.


Deanna said...


elizabeth said...

I LOVE what you've done so far!

Jen Kershner said...

That is truly incredible! I've never seen anything as uniquely beautiful in a camper. Well done!

the uncommon pearl said...

Gorgeous look! I can't wait to see the rest. I'm making a note of that rustoleum stone spray paint. What a great look in one easy step!

Deanna Rabe said...

Kind of like decorating a doll house! What fun! I like that tobacco glaze. Very nice! I got the paint brushes I was hoping for, so now I'm playing with paint at my house! Learning as I go!

Sherry said...

swOonie swEet. :)

Sherry said...

thank you elizabeth .. worth the sore arm.

Sherry said...

we've owned and refurbed/restored 9 trailers .. this being what my husband thinks will be the last. we'll see about that. wink.

Sherry said...

thank you - i think it's rather amazing.
there are a few shades of that rustoleum stone paint.
i love rust so finding then trying that paint out
made me a happy camper.

Sherry said...

i loved playing house as a little girl. and now, as a big girl i can continue the playtime. it's just more spendy now. wink.

looking forward to seeing your completed projects!

Adrienne said...

I LOVE what's happening here! The ceiling tiles are perfect and the rusty things are just right. Can't wait to see more!

Sherry said...

she's getting cute, huh? :)

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh Yes Sherry
It's exactly what I would have done...the ceiling tin panels are amazing. Your creating rustic charm, can't wait for the complete reveal.


Sherry said...

it makes me giddy. ;)