This morning Daffodil and I are off to another adventure. We are headed south to the girlfriends’ camping event where she made her debut last year. A year ago she just had four walls, a ceiling, a floor and a bed – and quite a few totes and suitcases. Well, she’s not completely finished yet but she has definitely changed since then. Even though there are things to be done, she has definitely begun to bloom!
She has new vintage-style brake and signal lights and a classy license plate light.
When I last shared photos taken inside, her cabinets had been installed but the drawers and doors weren’t there. She has all of her original cabinet doors and brand new drawers that my sweetheart made. The cabinets above the little kitchen look like this now.
The entire upper cabinet has more storage space than you might imagine. I just need to figure out how to organize it to the max. You’ll notice holes in the middle where the original propane lamp was attached. We have that lamp and my sweetheart plans to wire it for twelve-volt lighting so I can use it again, but that’s way down the list of things to be done.
The last time I gave you a tour she had a white dust ruffle under the bed. I have been gathering vintage train cases to use for storage. When I found the last one (the white one) at a local antique mall I decided to keep them under the bed. They were so cute I didn’t put the dust ruffle back. I’m still undecided whether or not to add the dust ruffle and have the train cases behind it or if I should just leave these cute cases exactly the way they are.
The latest addition is a sweet, little yellow polka-dot valance on the kitchen window. It has much smaller polka-dots than the curtains on the side and back windows but the lace is the same. When I put the valance in place, I stood back and smiled. It was perfect!
The original mirror somehow survived through the years. It was attached to the closet door with ‘awful’ plastic holders. My heart longed to have a framed mirror on this door but it couldn’t be very heavy. Then I found this simple frame in a thrift store and I was amazed that it was the perfect size for the vintage mirror. A little chalk paint and my sweetheart’s ingenious help to attach it with screws that I later painted with chalk paint, and she was back in place. I’ll show you the before and after sometime soon.
I wanted a different handle on the closet door than on the cabinet doors. I ooh-ed and ah-ed over many vintage-style door knobs and handles but most were too big. Or, they stuck out too far. In the photo above you can see how close the handle is to the kitchen sink. I knew every time I backed up or turned around I would be bruising myself with bigger, fancier knobs. So, I looked and looked until one day I found the perfect handle. I knew it would be just right. It is similar in shape to the other handles. It’s the right size and just what Daffodil’s closet door needed.
We had hoped that her little kitchen would be finished before this trip but life got busy and it just couldn’t happen. Her little avocado green stove will be where the microwave sits now. My sweetheart temporarily built the two shelves for me to use until the stove is in place. It’s one of the next things on the list. Since camping season will soon draw to a close we hope to work on things so she is completely finished by the time we roll out to the first camping trip early next Spring. In the meantime, I’m so thankful to head down the road this year with conveniences I didn’t have last year!
I’ll tell you all about our trip when Daffodil and I return home. I have so many projects planned for her in the future. There are walls to decorate and pretty things to display. And a surprise or two along the way. Don’t worry - I’ll share it all with you!