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Crunch Time!

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I just sent out the Evite for Junebug’s unveiling party this past week.  Evite even had a little Shasta camper template so it couldn’t have been more perfect for the event!  The date is September 12th and now the pressure is on to finish.

I thought since I now had September 12th as my new deadline, I would get extra done this weekend, but that’s not really how things went.  On Saturday, I applied a third coating of paint stripper to the drip rail.  I let it sit and went in the garage to finish rebuilding the door.  I thought the door wouldn’t take me that long to finish because I finished stripping the paint off the frame pieces during the week.  Unfortunately, it took me almost all day!  I initially thought it would be a good idea to add some putty tape around the edges of the door frame to seal it.  That didn’t work at all.



What ended up happening was that the putty tape was too thick and I couldn’t get the frame piece around it because it’s supposed to fit tightly.  Then I tried some gutter seal, and that just made a big fat mess everywhere, so I gave up and didn’t add any sealant.  If some water gets in there, oh well.

Once I was done rebuilding the door, I got ready to install it.  I first put the screen door back in the door frame because it was still attached to the hinge.   It was at that time that I noticed the screen no longer fit in the doorway!  When I retiled the floor on top of the old tiles, it added just enough extra height to the floor that the screen was too long.  ugh  I was planning to make a new screen door one day, so I guess that day will come sooner than I imagined!

I removed the screen door and then installed the door.  After I found the handle for the exterior and interior, I went to look for the keys and then realized I had no idea where they were.  I searched high and low and still haven’t found the stupid keys!  I usually don’t lose things, but this project has made such a mess of my garage and house that I have been losing things right and left.  I went ahead and installed the handle, but now it won’t lock unless you’re inside the camper.  I may have to pay to have it rekeyed…again.

Later that day, I tried scraping off the remaining paint from the drip rails.  Unfortunately, some of the paint would not budge.  I ended up deciding to use the wire wheel on it to scrape the rest off.  It leaves scratches all over the aluminum, but I was too tired of messing with it.  Even using the wire wheel, it is taking me ages to get all the paint off!  I still have two more pieces of drip rail to go before they’re all cleaned and ready to install.

Today (Sunday), I installed the drip rails that were finished and ready.  I also spent an hour at Lowe’s looking for various pieces I needed to get my AC installed correctly.  I had to get a bit creative, but I’ll save that post for another day.  smile

After installing the drip rails, I also installed the license plate.  It is really starting to come together!  I’m still a little nervous that the tail lights won’t work when I hook them up again.  Fingers crossed that none of the wires come loose under all the skin!


The lines don’t exactly match up on the left side of the door for some reason. It’s not that noticeable so I’m hoping no one will see it. I’m definitely not taking the door off and starting over!


Awning rail installed! There’s one screw sticking out a little because I ran into a screw behind it that was holding the frame together. I think I may cut this screw short so that there’s still a screw in that hole.

It’s really starting to look like a complete camper again!



I’m going to try to work on the electric wiring during the week this week just to get a bit of a head start on the weekend.  My new 30 amp plug and cord came in the mail today, but I’m still waiting for the 15 amp adapter that I will need to test it out at home.  I still need to finish installing the breaker box and all of the receptacles first anyway.  Next week’s post should be electric!  hehe

Back in the Saddle

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I am way overdue for a post!  I decided a month ago that I needed to take a break from Junebug.  My yard was a mess, my house was a mess, and I was afraid my social life was suffering.  I didn’t want to let my addiction to this restoration project become an unhealthy addiction…

To catch everyone up on what I’ve been doing instead of working on Junebug, here’s a quick rundown:

  • Went on four more dates with the same guy I mentioned in a previous post, then decided I just wanted to be friends with him (if that’s possible).
  • Got my hair done and spent too much money treating myself on Valentine’s Day since no one else was going to. (Sorry Mom, you don’t technically count, even though I really appreciated the card and Starbuck’s gift card!)
  • Had a little party with my girlfriends on Valentine’s Day and talked about how great it is to be single.
  • Joined OKCupid on Valentine’s Day because one of my girlfriends said she was on there, and it was entertaining.  Guess we didn’t do a very good job of convincing ourselves that being single is great. wink
  • Spent countless hours sorting through messages from guys on OKCupid.  Replied to about 3% of them because the rest were either too young, too old, too weird looking, married (yes, there are married people on there, I was shocked), or just not my type in general.
  • Went on six more dates with different people.  Two of them were horrible and the others were pretty nice.  Tried to date multiple people at the same time, but it just wasn’t for me.
  • Turned 36 in New Orleans and went to a Mardi Gras parade. biggrin
  • Disabled my OKCupid account because I was getting overwhelmed and all those dates were getting in the way of my project!
  • Narrowed down all the guys to just one.
  • Broke my rule about not going on dates during the week for this guy.
  • Feeling very happy not to be single anymore.    (<3)

Ok now that we’re all caught up, I will get to the restoration updates. I got to work shellacking some of the panels because it has been raining a lot.  I used a roller this time and the result was ok, however I think this wood is much darker than the first piece I shellacked, so I’m not sure if I can put on more coats or it won’t match.  I think I may just do a bunch of coats of clear to give it the shiny finish I like.  The shellacking process is probably my least favorite thing to do because it’s so tedious and makes a mess.


Trying to shellac as many pieces as I can at once to save time.

I was finally able to see a sneak peak of what the walls are going to look like when I put up the new birch paneling.  It’s nice to finally be able to see how pretty it will look when I start to install the new paneling!  smile

I'm not finished shellacking this piece, but I wanted to see what it would look like.

I’m not finished shellacking this piece, but I wanted to see what it would look like.

Today, I worked a bit on the shelves.  I decided to rebuild new shelves because the old ones were just too hard to refurbish and still look good.  Cutting the pieces for the new shelves wasn’t too difficult, but trying to hammer a twisty nail into the wood was VERY difficult!  I ended up deciding to just glue the pieces together for now until I can buy an air compressor and palm nailer.  I think it will be much easier if I use the palm nailer.  I wish I already had an air compressor.  I’m not even sure where I’ll put it since my garage is packed to the gills with stuff!  I may need to do some reorganizing soon.

Old shelves

Old shelves

New shelf pieces cut out of 1/8" birch paneling.

New shelf pieces cut out of 1/8″ birch paneling.

New pieces clamped onto the old shelf to see what it will look like.

New pieces clamped onto the old shelf to see what it will look like.

New shelf glued down.  After this dries, I will glue the face onto the base and the frame around it.  Then eventually I'll get to nail it all together.

New shelf framing glued down to base. After this dries, I will glue the face onto the base and then add the  frame around it.  Eventually I’ll nail it all together with twist nails.

I’m thinking I may stop for today and resume working on Junebug again tomorrow.  I need to run a few errands before it gets too late.