I hope that the next time I post, it will be photos of the finished project. There are still a few loose ends to tie up, like a new oak headboard, some shelves in cabinets, a new mattress, and supplies. Can hardly wait to be able to make a before/after album because the changes are striking. However, we've made so much progress and the FW is looking so good that I just can't resist sharing before we're done.
First, T has finished installing the molding and trim for the floor so here's a photo of the floor and trim in the bedroom, on the "bump up" and platform at the head of the bed. We used cherry Allure Ultra on the floor and the trim is either oak or pine with pecan wipe-on water-based stain and satin water-based polyurethane.
The bright gold tacky plastic trim bugged me, and more so after we replaced the gold cabinet hardware with antique brass. I thought about removing the trim but that would have exposed pressboard edges so I experimented with camouflaging by painting it. I tried several colors and decided that a partial coat of hammered taupe-y brown might tone things down. It took hours and hours of taping and a few minutes of spraying to accomplish. The trickiest part was masking the narrow curved piece of oak vinyl between two narrow pieces of gold trim on several cabinet ends.
Here are the back cabinets taped.
And after the trim is painted. I didn't want 100% coverage, and it's not even, but the trim fades into the cabinets, which is the effect that I wanted. Worth the time and effort to me.
Kitchen before (but the overall effect of the gold hardware and trim isn't as obvious in the photo as it was in reality):
Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of the kitchen taped, but it was a sight to see since there's a lot of trim. Here's the kitchen after the trim was painted, followed by a closeup. You can't see it in the following photo, but the grill below the frig was sanded and painted a glossy dark brown.
You can see a little bit of the old fabric-covered piece over the door. It had a wide piece of gold plastic at the top that I used for testing paint.
Re-covered the trim on the booth with a soft vinyl that looks like distressed leather. It should wear well, not show dirt, and be easy to clean. Booth cushions will be re-covered with camo fabric in a realistic pattern called Vanish Hybrid.
New entertainment center with 32" flat screen TV and DVD player, plus new Jensen Heavy Duty AM/FM/CD/ipod/weather radio.
Slide, showing new wood trim and medallions. The original boards were covered in wallpaper so the slide wasn't set off. The sofa will be slipcovered in loden twill. New cordless, wandless aluminum miniblinds. The cornices won't go back in. We'll raise the blinds and put a Velcro strap around them when we haul the trailer where it's going to "live". We don't need light blocking or privacy where the trailer is going to be and we don't have to worry about the blinds moving around because it's going to be moved over the road only once. There will be a new two-bulb swing-arm lamp on the wall where the bare wires are now.
Other end of slide
Bathroom (new floor, molding, porcelain toilet, and antique brass accessories, painted trim on right side of cabinet)
Painted mirror over lavatory, added towel ring, fixture will be replaced with antique brass fixture
Re-covered door trim. Can't tell from the photo, but the fabric is a weave of cream and dusty medium green.