All posts filed under: Remodel Joy

Joy’s Reveal!

We found Joy on Craigslist, much like everything we own, and it was love at first sight. She was obviously rusty and needed a lot of love but she had a lot of potential. At first we thought we would repaint some things, maybe rebuild the bed, and then paint the outside. As we started this project we found water damage all around. We had a long demolition road ahead of us. This was no longer a repair, cute and somewhat easy Pinterest project. This was creating a completely new home in a soda can shell. We started in July 2015 and finished the following December. Literally blood, sweat, and tears were poured into Joy (don’t worry, we wiped it all up because that’s gross). Many weekends were spent rebuilding her, and evenings were spent designing and planning. Basically I never want to go into Lowes again, haha.  To say, “We’ve learned a lot.” would be an understatement. Many times I would ask Kyle, “How do you know how to do that?”. Example: Electricity, plumbing, …

Whistle While We Work

  Wow, has it been a whirlwind or what?! The past three months have been full of pretty much remodeling every aspect of JOY. She had a lot more water damage than expected and we felt that it was best to rip out everything. So we did. EVERYTHING. We are incredibly blessed to have a huge indoor space to work on JOY. Kyle’s uncle and aunt, Dee and Theresa, are graciously letting us work in their shop and use their tools. With the crazy weather it would have been nearly impossible and would have taken forever to get JOY into shape if it wasn’t for the shop. Pretty much 3 out of 4 of our weekends are spent working. Every day of work is a day closer to a road trip we can’t wait to embark on! A lot of the work so far hasn’t been incredibly rewarding because there aren’t big visual changes. So it’s hard to keep in mind that we are making progress. But last weekend we painted! Now, we feel like we …

Waiting for Paint to Dry

      I’ve decided painting isn’t for me, unless it’s on a small canvas, but not vintage trailer. This job is for patient people. That’s Kyle strength. Waiting for paint to dry, it doesn’t get better than that! Finally, we’ve made some visual progress and we feel like we have made a difference! Joy was looking so cute with her fresh coat and Ocean Blue stripe! Kyle actually picked out the color himself! I was out of town shooting a wedding so he texted me some colors that were in our color wheel  and we made the decision over text. After hours of prepping the surface, we poured the primer into the clean spray gun and began. After we slowly went over the whole thing, it started to run. RUN! We literally waited for paint to dry, so we could sand out the uneven surface and try again. It’s not perfect but it will still drive the same. It will still camp the same. The future destination spots, Yosemite, Maine, and New Orleans won’t care. …

So We Bought a Trailer..

                  So this happened. This very old, adorable, rusty trailer is ours! Proud owners, for sure. The caption that should really be blasted on these photos is: “Hello, marriage exercises!” Because there is no doubt in my mind, that remodeling it will challenge, test, and strengthen our communication skills, forgiveness level, and grace for each other. I’m cracking up just picturing the “fun” Kyle and I will have along the journey of remodeling this trailer. But really, we will have a blast! Let’s get this out of the way…. the trailer’s name is Joy. That feels better; I can stop calling her “the trailer.” The theme and word for our marriage as we entered into 2015 has been Joy. An attribute we strongly desire to keep at the forefront of our marriage, companionship, and friendship. Maybe you’re asking, “What’s the plan? Tell me already!” We have a couple ideas up our sleeves.  We think it would be really rad to do a book tour (where and how …