Monday, January 02, 2006
Posted by Chris Guld
Just because your home came off a factory assembly line doesn't mean you can't change it. We've already done a lot to ours; took out the couch and put in file cabinet/bench and computer workstation; took out one dinette bench and added an office chair then fitted the table with a computer keyboard drawer. One other thing that has been bugging us for a while is the old carpet. If you've ever taken out an old carpet you know how dirty it is regardless of how often you have it cleaned. And, in a small place like a motorhome, every square inch of carpet is in the 'traffic pattern'! Lynne and John have had two motorhomes now. The first one, they took out the carpet and put down wood. The second one they put down vinyl tile. When they offered to do the same for ours, we jumped at it. I'm not sure if it's planned or not, but Lynne seems to get the dirty work! In this case, pulling up the old rug - including all the tacking strips and rotting padding. Jim helped a little. (I just took pictures!) Then, they had to cut plywood to fit for a 'subfloor'. They must be good at measuring because it was perfect. Then John went to work - making sure everything fit and lined up perfectly! Odie likes his new floor - he can make all the mess he wants and it won't upset me cuz it's so easy to clean. Yes, there are some times on chilly mornings that I miss the rug. But, I can use throw rugs to remedy that. Having this beautiful new floor makes me feel like I have a new motorhome! And, if we ever see rain again ... the knowledge that I won't have a muddy carpet to deal with is quite thrilling. The floor is obviously a BIG thing. But, the little things make a big difference too. Take a look at this canvas pocket shoe rack on Lynne's bed: We have something similar that we bought at Camping World. The difference with Lynne's is that she picked the exact color of canvas she wanted *and* it wraps all the way around the long side of the bed as well. That's because she sewed it herself. "Sewing" to me means hemming a pair of pants. "Sewing" to Lynne means creating anything you can imagine! Here she is in her 'sewing room' - the utility trailer that they tow behind their motorhome. This is how Lynne and John make their living while living on the road. Check out their website at www.cosmicmuffin.us. And, if you happen to be in the vicinity and want something unique created - give them a shout.