Overhauling the Chalet

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  1. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    [:D] Hi ya folks! Miss me?

    Sorry it's been so long, but haven't done any camping for while. Here in AL, you can only camp a few months out of the year; just too hot otherwise.

    So, this last weekend, we took it out on a Spring beach trip, and the first thing I noticed is the bed/sofa SUCKS! Couldn't sleep a wink...plus, I was sick with the flu, ug...so I thought, why not rip all the beds out and be comfortable in a good mattress?

    And the more I've thought about it, the more stuff I saw that I want to change, and I've decided to do it all on my own, ha ha. I've already gotten started on a bed for my 3 year old DD!

    I'm making the whole Chalet into a Frozen theme. Figure since I won't give my kids a Frozen room at home, they may as well have one when we go to Disney this Fall. (and that's my goal, to have the overhaul done by Sept)

    Here's the bed after I did most of the work...all on my own, no kit, no plans. Did everything myself.

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    And after the base coats, black, blue and gold:

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    And after the first coat of detail:

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    I couldn't not share it with you guys! Can you guess which character the scheme is???
     
  2. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    Having some roof issues too, after the beds are finished, that's next on the list.
     
  3. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    Elsa has taken over!!!!

    Did some touching up with the flowers, now they are looking pinker:

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  4. mamabean5

    mamabean5 Well-Known Member

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    Looking good! You go girl!!! :)
     
  5. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    Aww, thanks! I have a feeling it will turn out ok. [;)]
     
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    It looks great! Can't wait to see more!
     
  7. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    Thanks a bunch!
    Now for DS's bed; he's almost two.

    The other day LH found this headboard on the side of the road, which is great because I had no idea what I was going to do until I saw this treasure-trash leaning up against the stair (thanks LH!):

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    Then suddenly, I knew what had to be done; DS is getting a Kristoff/Sven bed! But first, some modifications were in order.

    The headboard is just too tall to go into the pup as is, so I cut away a little over two inches off of the bottom: (I ended up going a little higher than the line I drew)

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    Even though this is a twin, it's still way too wide for a little guy, and to fit two preschoolers in a pup, I had to custom make a mattress no wider than 24". So I ended up chopping the headboard...then my universal battery died and that's as far as I got.

    For the custom mattress, this morning I sewed two outdoor cushions together to make one 24X48" mat, which is slightly smaller than a toddler bed and just the right size for my DS.

    While hand stitching, this little fella fell out of my hair:
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    Showing off the hand stitching:
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  8. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    I designed the mattress so that it could be easily folded and put out of the way during the day, otherwise the bed would overlap the entryway.
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    DD modeling her brother's mattress:
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  9. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    Oh, also I wanted to show you my roof issues.

    When I first bought it last year, the roof was already a bit wavy.

    Now it's REALLY BAD:
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    Both my husband and I have tried patching it MANY times, but water still finds it's way in through the windows; quite a faulty design, if you ask me.

    Even the walls have some damage:
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    I'm going to remove all of the windows, add some more insulation, and replace the outside with a new section of laminate.
     
  10. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    from now on, my punctuation and capitalization will not be as good...since DD has decided to tear all my keys off of my keyboard. :(

    doesn't look as bad from out here:

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  11. zendecat

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    "Here in AL, you can only camp a few months out of the year; just too hot otherwise."

    Here in NH, you can only camp a few months out of the year; just to COLD otherwise lol.

    Seriously, that is some bad delamination on your roof. Good luck with the repairs. If you google RV sidewall delamination, most sites say there is luan under the fiberglass walls and it is most likely rotted and moldy. Your roof made be made differently but I would guess that there still is some kind of mold and possibly rot under there. Again, good luck with the repairs and keep us all informed. I bet there are some other AFrames out there with the same problem.
     
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    You would do best to contact the manufacturer and buy new roof panels.
     
  13. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    thanks friends, but i think i'll save me about $2000 making it myself. [:(O]

    in the meantime, just look at my new floors!
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    New and gorgeous:
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  14. kudzu

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    That's a worrisome looking roof but the new floor looks fantastic.
     
  15. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    thanks! oddly enough, the delamination doesn't seem to have affected the inside roof other than a sag issue. it's from being out in the heat; the sun has warped it.
     
  16. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    oh, forgot to add that the floor only cost $24!!

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    it was leftover vinyl flooring from lowes that i cut to fit.
     
  17. abbadackerygirl

    abbadackerygirl Alabama...yeah it's better than you think.

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    Just a quick update:
    if you were wondering what happened to me, you should know that it has been raining all week, with no signs of stopping. [:(O]

    Here are some pictures of what i figure i can still work on indoors, ie. the cabinetry.

    The before:

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