Before + After

Even though Metaladon was in pretty good shape when we got her, we did a ton of work over the course of about 5 months (part-time) to get her to where we wanted her to be. We hadn't planned a website or blog or anything like that when we started so we didn't capture quite everything we wanted in the "before" pictures but we think this is a decent representation of the changes we have made. While not everything can be seen in these pictures, we tried to list all the changes underneath each set of pictures so that you can find information about renovations, parts, etc. that might be useful to you in your projects.

*Where there are links in the improvement lists they are either links to posts explaining how we did the work or if they are simple projects, direct links to the product pages from the vendors that we purchased them from. If you have any questions about how we did something or where we go something, feel free to drop us a line at trav@elish.net.

Exterior

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Avant

le polissage

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APres

le polissage

We'd love to take credit for this makeover but we owe it all to John Teachey of @mirrormetalpolishmirrormetalpolishing.com for the many hours of hard work he put in on stripping the clear coat, removing the decals, and polishing the heck out of our home. Don't hesitate to reach out to John at Johnt@mirrormetalpolishing.com for a quote and availability. He works out of the Austin, TX area.


Kitchen

 Amanda really, really, really, did not like the spice rack.

Amanda really, really, really, did not like the spice rack.

 Removing the wallpaper and repairing the walls might have been the most time consuming of all the kitchen projects - maybe of all the projects!

Removing the wallpaper and repairing the walls might have been the most time consuming of all the kitchen projects - maybe of all the projects!

The Faskse's (@oureverydayadventure) did a lot of heavy lifting when they owned Metaladon so we were fortunate enough to inherit a like-new counter top and sink. We brightened it up a little by replacing the spice rack with a leather strap supported shelf, adding under-cabinet LEDS, and replacing the yellowed switches and outlets. We added some additional cosmetic touches such as a glass tile backsplash,  refinished the window frame and replaced the shades  as well as some functional updates including better under-sink shelving and an improved, multi-bin under-counter pull out trash/recycle container.

 

  • Hinged counter extension

  • Window shade

  • Under-sink/cabinet shelving


Office

 Thanks to James and Holly for this pic when Metaladon was their home.

Thanks to James and Holly for this pic when Metaladon was their home.

 The wide angle lens we used to take this pic might make this area look larger than it is, although we do have some big-ass monitors.

The wide angle lens we used to take this pic might make this area look larger than it is, although we do have some big-ass monitors.

The office is another area where the Faske's (@oureverydayadventure) did some heavy lifting by removing the original dinette and replacing it with a desk which includes an enclosure for the house batteries. Since there are two of us working from home we needed to extend the desk. We did this by adding the same piece of Ikea counter top to the end using hinges and a folding leg so that we can fold it down when wanting some extra space. We also needed a little extra storage space so we re-purposed an old set of Ikea desk drawers by bolting them down next to the battery enclosure. We took another set of Ikea drawers, cut out it in half and inserted the two drawers into the top of the battery enclosure. We brightened things up by replacing the existing curtains (sorry Holly!) with roll-away shades and adding six under-cabinet LEDs on a dimmer switch, and replacing the outlet, telephone jack and 12v receptable/coax signal booster with new white ones. To breakup all the white we added a dark wood panel wall. Since we're constantly charging USB devices we also added a permanent USB outlet.

  • Fixed water damaged wall

  • New AC outlet, phone jack, DC outlet/coax signal booster

  • Refinished window frames

  • Roller shades

  • Hinged desk extension

  • Set of free-standing drawers

  • Drawers added to battery enclosure


Bathroom

 We had already stripped some wallpaper, removed the toilet, vanity door, and some "wall carpet" when we took this pic.

We had already stripped some wallpaper, removed the toilet, vanity door, and some "wall carpet" when we took this pic.

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As far as we know, the bathroom was essentially untouched for nearly 30 years. 


Shower

 We used the shower to store the toilet at some point. We definitely didn't have a shower toilet.

We used the shower to store the toilet at some point. We definitely didn't have a shower toilet.

 The epoxy paint on the shower basin made a world of difference in reviving the shower alhtough Amanda almost needed reviving after inhaling all those fumes!

The epoxy paint on the shower basin made a world of difference in reviving the shower alhtough Amanda almost needed reviving after inhaling all those fumes!

Whitening goes a long way not just when it comes your pearly whites but also when giving your living space a face lift. I wish we got a better picture of the "before" shower to stress how big a difference painting it made. Thanks again to the Faske's (@oureverydayadventure) for giving us an epoxy paint kit they had bought but didn't get around to using.


Dinette

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Hats off to the Faske's (@oureverydayadventure) once again for laying most of the ground work here. They removed the old couch and built the bench cabinets , had custom cushions made, and supplied the table top.

  • Removed curtain tracks

  • Replaced particle board end cap shelf with wood shelf

  • Removed rippled wallpaper

  • Refinished window frames

  • Pneumatic cabinet door supports

  • Cabinet baseboard molding

  • Painted stereo enclosure

  • Filled holes and painted

  • Roller shades


Electrical + Lighting

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While it's mostly already covered in the other areas, replacing the outlets, receptacles, switches, thermostat, etc. went a long way in sprucing things up. Some of these items were hard to find. Hopefully this will help if you're looking to replace existing switches in a similar trailer and/or looking to add LEDs.


Bedroom

 We took this pic after starting the demo on the bunk beads, patching the walls, and replacing the speakers, outlets, etc.

We took this pic after starting the demo on the bunk beads, patching the walls, and replacing the speakers, outlets, etc.

 Hoping we don't get impaled by the gazelle one day.

Hoping we don't get impaled by the gazelle one day.

The Faske's had done a great job of building bunk beds, ladder and all,  for their young children. Unfortunately that configuration wasn't going to work for us so we had to take it apart. This was one we didn't have a ton of confidence in. The original bed frame was still intact and housed the hot water heater, some pipes, and a bunch of wiring. The Pergo floor also wasn't installed under the bed. Their was a lot to consider but we took it one step at a time and it ended up better than we ever imagined.

  • Demo'd existing beds

  • Removed curtain tracks

  • Patched walls

  • Replaced dresser drawer top

  • Weather sealed access doors

  • Refinished window frames

  • Completed flooring


Bedroom & Wardrobe

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Hate to repeat ourselves but wanted to cover the whole bedroom and since we got the wardrobe in the shot, that too.

  • Replaced thermostat, outlet, signal boos

  • Patched and painted walls


Galley

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I think we've covered most of everything seen here in other comparison but we like this view!

  • Removed LED light strips from overhead cabinets

  • Removed 3 light fixtures including the large fluorescent fixture

 

  • Overhead cabinet trim