Spring 2019 ORC Week 4- Ashley’s Kitchen

Spring 2019 ORC Week 4- Ashley’s Kitchen

Hello week 4! Would you like to see what we accomplished this week of the Spring 2019 ORC?

Well, to be honest I wish more happened. Our drywall finisher was sick and that put us behind. Big news…. he finished today!! It is amazing how mud can transform a space. It feels like we are so close!

We were able to get things done even though the drywall wasn’t happening. As you can see in the picture above, we built the base of the island. We are planning on waterfall sides of black concrete and a 16 inch overhang past the depth of the standard cabinets. I am very excited to see this come together!!

I received my vintage rug. It is much more monotone than I expected, but it has such deep moody vibe with the slate. I think it will look great in the space.

a glimpse of our daily chaos around here
The stained step into the kitchen

I was also able to play around with stains for our French doors. Im not sold on any of these just yet. But if all else fails, there’s always black paint 🙂

This weekend is going to be a lot of sanding, painting, trim work and installing cabinets. The fun part!

Here is the link to all the other guest participants in the Spring 2019 ORC.

Here are the links to my prior weeks in case you missed it:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Until next week!


Nash the Trailer

Nash the Trailer

I have always been obsessed with the idea of renovating a trailer. I specifically wanted to renovate an airstream but because budget’s are a real thing and this project needs to be completed on a tight timeline I don’t imagine an airstream is in my immediate future. Plus I have heard that renovating an air stream is a whole new level of difficult due to the compounding curves and general lack of straight lines.

The Project

So when the situation arose where my sister needed a place to live and my dad had a 27′ trailer in desperate need of a facelift, I jumped at the chance to get my hands dirty. First, I had to convince them both that tiny living was cool and that I could actually pull the project together. My sister said had she not seen my last three renovations she might have doubted my ability to do this – but because of those she had faith ;P So yesterday we drove down to my dad’s house and started tearing the old boy apart. I’m calling him “Nash” since its written across the back of the trailer – super clever right!?!?

RV Renovation, Trailer renovation, tiny living, minimalist living
Nash the Trailer – Towards Kitchen
Nash the Trailer – Looking towards the Bedroom

The Inspiration

I have been eye-ing other peoples Airstream and Trailer renovations for years. reading article after article for the best tips and tricks for restoring older trailers. So many people have used DIY to create beautiful tiny homes.

My favorite trailer inspiration photos come from
The Modern Caravan. They travel the United State transforming one airstream at a time while living in their own. The interior design of these airstreams are nothing short of stunning.

Airstream Renovation

Check out this Beauty they call “June”.

The Modern Caravan Airstream Inspiration “June”

While Nash is not going to look as grand or luxurious as these airstreams I am using them as a source of inspiration for our interior. I love how the designers used bright white paint and took the bulky RV shades off the windows. Another item I would like to include in Nash is some natural wood elements.

My other major source of inspiration is the trailer renovated by an adorable couple. You can check out all the details of their 1.5 years of living in a trailer with their family of 5. Ashley’s blog and Instagram feed, @arrowsandbow, touches on all the major hurdles of tiny living. She is so down to earth and realistic about it. I love her choice to focus on the positive and try something as different as moving her family into a tiny home.

They wrote a great article about 5 tips for renovating trailers. You can bet I have re-read that once or twice 😉 I have linked it here if you are interested, Arrows and Bow.

So there it is, we are renovating a trailer. It’s a filthy job and we have a lot of tough days of sanding, cleaning and painting ahead of us – but I am excited and can’t wait to take you along for the ride!

Here are a few more beautiful BEFORE photos!

Dining Area
Master Bedroom

Hope you follow along during our Trailer Renovation. I’d love to hear if you have any tips for trailer renovations.- Rocky

The Classic Modern Kitchen Moodboard

So here it is. I’m calling it the classic modern kitchen moodboard. What do you think?

We have had a lot of back and forth about all of the finishes. We want to save money where possible, but also want the space to be new, fresh, and timeless. Here are some of the decisions we have made:

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Our Kitchen Renovation

Our Kitchen Renovation

When we bought our home we did a minor kitchen spruce up. We added new countertops, painted the cabinets, modified a bit for new appliances. We have lived in our home for 5.5 years now. The 70 year old kitchen is due for a remodel. So here we have the start of our kitchen renovation!

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