The $50 Paint Job
Just for effect I’ve included a “before” and “after” shot of Gina down below.
I now hear from EmBee and his buddy, Craig, that their first impressions of Gina were not very positive. EmBee even mentioned the dreaded words “junk yard” yesterday when describing a good place to park Gina before her transformation! It’s a good thing that *I* have an eye for undiscovered beauty and potential.
Before the plastic surgery restoration:
Ok, I have to admit that she looked a little rough back in the beginning. But her potential cute factor was underneath all the rust, rotten wood, and damaged paint. Really! If you look VERY carefully with your eyes squinted just right (or with cataracts) you can see it, can’t you?
But here she is just a mere four weeks later……
After checking with local auto body shops and getting painting estimates ranging around $600 I took to the local Farm and Ranch store and bought 12 cans of tractor paint at $3.59/can. This truly is a $50 paint job when you add in the plastic tarps and blue painters tape. It’s not perfect…but it’ll do.
It is so satisfying to restore one of these old trailers and be able to preserve a part of American culture. And it’s not only the preservation aspect that is so appealing. I love the fact that a multitude of vintage trailer enthusiasts are taking abandoned trailers and bringing them back to their original glory. And then actually CAMPING in them! This isn’t like restoring a 1965 Mustang and showing it off in the summer at car rallies. This is about restoring, or reliving, the American culture of getting closer to nature and re-discovering the great outdoors! I’m looking forward to leaving the TV and internet behind and hitting the proverbial trail to ferret out lovely and lonely places.
When we’re not hiking or biking we’ll need a shady place to sit and relax outside with a nice cool beverage in our hands. This vision included one of those old striped awnings attached to the front of Gina. After an exhaustive search online I found that I couldn’t afford to buy one. They range from $350 for a small one on up to $1,000 or so. I’m afraid I have a bit of the Martha Stewart mentality in me and I figure that I can make just about anything. $46 in fabric and about 3 hours of actual sewing later and Gina has a nice scalloped awning to grace her new lovely paint job.
Some people have asked about pictures of the inside and when am I going to post them? Patience my dear readers, patience…..soon.