• Connie Byers


Time to Remodel and Downsize Our Lives


Ok, so it’s been forever since I've posted anything. But hey, it takes time to adjust to a new environment and a whole new way of life! I've been busy settling in, planting a garden, getting used to my new job, and catching up with old friends. It was a process. But, I’m all settled in now. With big exciting news too! After months of searching, we finally found the perfect camper for our tiny house renovation!

We scored her on Facebook Marketplace for a song.

She came with new tires, new studs, new insulation, and a new stove too. The previous owners had already done all of the gutting so I was basically handed a blank canvas. She’s a 20 foot 1977 Coachman Cadet. When the remodel is done her name will be Juniper House, as all of the wood finishes are being sourced from (local) Juniper.

There's a lot of work to be done, but she's a blank canvas.

I've started the work though, and I do a little each day. The first thing I did was to install the accent wall where the breakfast nook will go. I found a beautifully patinated piece of corrugated tin at our local builder's salvage for $7. There's a small section in the lower corner had to be filled in with a new sheet of tin but I was able to distress it with muriatic acid so the color isn't too far off, and it will be covered by the bar so the difference will be well hidden. Plus, I got the tin on markdown at Home Depot for $4 a sheet, so I'm all kinds of budget-friendly! I'll be using the tin for other parts of the ceiling too, but those will be painted white instead of distressed. The only thing left to do in this front corner is install the new countertop!

The kitchen was a bit of an ordeal.

In the kitchen, I decided to completely remove the upper cabinets, and it's a good thing I did! When we cut into the unit, I found that the entire bottom was one big Paper Wasp nest. Two feet long, thirteen inches wide and almost two inches thick! I'm currently traumatized, but luckily the wasps had either died or moved on. With the upper cabinets gone, shelving will be added in and I'm not quite sure on my layout yet. The lower cabinets are staying in place, so they've been repainted and the ugly countertop has been recovered. I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect cabinet/drawer pulls so I can finish off the cabinetry.

D is still in California...

He should finally be here by the end of next week, so I’ve been doing this entire reno myself! With, of course, all the help and moral support one wiggly boxer can give. I must admit I’m loving it. My uncles stop by on the weekends to offer advice and insight so I don’t get the electrical wires crossed, break the gas lines or blow myself up. So, I do have people with actual knowledge backing me up. All in all, I’m feeling pretty good about this project.

Stay tuned to our Instagram for updates on progress!

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