Ok, some of you may know that I recently purchased a 1979 Free Spirit Cub, in what I would call "fair to good" condition. There is not much rot but it does need cleaned and a serious make over. The previous "decorator" loved pink and dark teal. The curtains are pink with roses... and the cushions are covered in a light weight dark teal broad cloth. (not a great job either) And there is this nasty teal short nap carpet on the floor covering what I assume is the original Harvest Gold vinyl flooring from the 70s.
I still haven't managed to get this thing home yet... but hopefully we can drag it home by Wednesday.
Ok... on the the real reason(s) I am posting. I have been concerned with the excess weight things like laminate flooring would add. The tow rig will be a 1991 Ford Explorer with a max tow capacity of 5400lbs (so the RV guy told me) The trailer as it came from the factory is 3330 empty. So adding another 200 lbs of flooring isn't an option, not if I want to carry any supplies that is.
Ok... so I have picked out these fabrics. The floral and the solid will be cushions and the geometric strip will be the cornices/curtains. I've decided to paint the mauve mini blinds an almond or khaki.
Ok so as I perused (watch out! College word!) the sites trying to find a decent fabric for as little cash as possible; I got to thinking about the cornice boards I saw when I went to steal idea from the RV dealer. Again, weight is an issue. As I searched and searched for "batting," I considered and old blanket, or a sweatshirt. Then I thought about that thin typically pink or white Styrofoam one sometimes gets in packages. That headed me into a direction I didn't expect. So here goes the idea... I need feed back.
So for my cornice. I plan to use 1/2" water pipe and elbows... and some of that split Styrofoam insulation lengths. Each window would get a "set" of pipes covered with the insulation and the fabric would be wrapped around and tucked between the foam on the front. The whole thing would be put up on the wall with small L brackets with small set screws drilled and set into the pipe. The only thing I have not figured out is how to keep the 2 pieces of pipe from flapping like a giant pair of lips. Some sort of tie or velcro strap?
I hope I described that well enough. Suggestions, ideas, gently worded opinions?