|1976 Rambler Peanut|
And, no, this article isn't going to be about my friend's Trillium renovation; she's not far enough along of the fixing-upping yet. Therefore, I'd like to introduce you to another small, classic trailer renovation, completed by Michelle Lynn, who renovated a 1976 Rambler Peanut travel trailer. Prior to renovating the peanut, Michelle bought a Victorian farmhouse which she also renovated (and continues to renovate). She shares her lifelong passion of making old things new again on her website My Country Farmhouse. Enough background, though--let's ramble on over to Peanut's renovation.
"As I sit here in Peanut writing this I cannot believe how well this renovation turned out. All 9 feet by 6 feet of her has been updated and I couldn’t be happier. When I first saw the ad online, I was over the moon that it was only posted within the hour and that only a few short hours later I would get to see her and purchase her."
|Interior colors, finish work, and curtains when originally purchased|
"The exterior was in decent shape. There is the usual wear (dents and scratches) and a couple little holes but nothing that stood out as “too much to handle”. The electrical had been updated, and there was a fairly new plywood floor down. The interior was dark grey and the fabric was sad and outdated. But this little girl had so much potential."
Providing new framing for enclosing the bathroom space, laying down new vinyl flooring, and providing white paint and trim for the cabinetry really spruced up the interior. What was once a functional space became a living space that not only kept out the bugs but also was uplifting.
Michelle's before and after (and during) summary article on her blog provides all the great details of her work and accomplishment. Scrolling down all the blog posts, there are also other articles detailing the refurbishing work. I'm not going to duplicate Michelle's blog article here, but I do want to provide enough satisfying and titillating images and details that you'll perhaps go to her blog and enjoy some more eye candy and details about this fixer-upper project. If not, then there are some great photos that follow!
|Another kitchen view, including the new refrigerator,|
Staying pretty much within budget, Michelle did spent a bit more than expected for her Home Depot refrigerator. She also have to invest in about $400 worth of tools, but those can be used for future projects, too. Managing to get all her required fabric free from work saved Michelle a lot of money, between $500 and $800, she estimates.
So now, a few more photographs, or as Michelle relates, The Moment We Have All Been Waiting For.
Over the years, the trailer had previously been remodeled, mostly by taking out original features that the trailer had possessed when new. "I knew right away," Michelle wrote, "that the bathroom and the fridge / shelving unit needed to go back in. The original 1976 Rambler Peanut had them, and it didn’t feel right not putting them back. There is ample floor space in this tiny unit and that addition didn’t detract from that. It might actually feel bigger in there."
She details her costs for the renovation, which provides some interesting insights into the process. Michelle was lucky to lower her costs by getting for free her fabrics, which were remnants from her workplace that had been unused for years.
- Accessories and Decor: $303.57
- Lumber, Tools, Paint: $639.50
- Fabric and upholstery: $1291
- Fridge: $212
- Hitch lock, Trailer cover, Tire covers: $232
- Toilet: $154
- Total: $2678.07
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