Hi Guys! Time for your update on Maude! My plan is to aim for once a week updates, so here ya go!
We got to work on Maude a few hours here and there in the evenings this week. We went camping over the holiday weekend, so we didn't get a TON done, but still - some progress! Keepin' the balance!
Maude was one dirty lady! After sitting for so many years, she had gathered quite a bit of moss. Here you can see just how dirty she was! She cleaned up nicely!
We got a buffer for Maude! We've decided to go ahead and give Maude a once-over so that she's most of the way to her mirror finish before the weather turns rainy. What a motivator - look at her shine! It will take 3 different buffing compounds each of a finer grit to get her to that mirror shine that is the signature Airstream look!
Camping for the holiday weekend was glorious! We couldn't have asked for better weather! We did a little foraging, which was fun - we found blackberries and huckleberries, but not much by way of mushrooms. Going to need a little more rain for that!
Back from vacation, back to work! On Monday after getting home from camping, I pulled all of the external lights while Mike finished bathing Maude. Then I scraped all of the putty that had sealed them in preparation for buffing her.
Oh Boy. This is going to take a while! It took Mike about an hour to get this much buffing done - it was quite the workout. BUT! Holy smokes, she's going to look AMAZING!
While Mike was buffing Maude, I got to work inside removing cabinetry doors and hardware. We'll reuse some of the hardware when we put her back together. Anything we don't end up using we'll sell on eBay so that other Airstreamers who want to keep with the original fixtures will have an opportunity to do so! Plus, I figure it's good karma - we're going to be needing to find some original parts of our own!
First bag for the dump! I'm recycling and salvaging as much as I can from Maude's insides, but not everything will fit that bill.
Another little treasure was hiding inside Maude! The Lifetime Warranty Certificate was hiding in her wardrobe. I think this will get preserved and brought back in once she's all put back together!
So there you have it, her first week with us! She's going to be a lot of work, but we're totally falling in love with our Maude!
You guys! I have some super exciting news to share with you all! Let me introduce you to Maude!
Maude is a 1959 Airstream Overlander trailer that is going to become my new treatment space! Obviously, she needs a little TLC, but I'm totally smitten with her!
For the last several months, I've been contemplating what I want the future of my practice to look like, and working from home, but not out of my house, feels right. Now, you may be wondering why I'm moving in October, just to move again once Maude is ready to go? My current office mate is moving on and I can't afford our current space on my own. I could have possibly found more renters, but being an office manager AND trying to renovate Maude were too big of projects to do at the same time, so I made the choice to move twice in a not-very-long-period of time. We're HOPING to get Maude complete in a year *crossing fingers!* So for those of you who are disappointed that I'm leaving the neighborhood, I'll be back soon!
My plan is to keep you all in the loop with her progress, so you can see her go from neglected old lady to a shining (literally!), cozy treatment space :)
So, without further ado, let's take a look at what we're starting with!
As you can see, Maude needs a full gutting in order to be safe. Floors need to come out and be replaced. She's missing a couple of windows as well. What you see in this picture is the front of the trailer. This will be a reception/waiting area.
This picture is from the front of the trailer looking back. Again, everything you see here will be removed. In the way back is the bathroom, which will get completely redone. In the middle you can see two twin-sized beds and storage that will become the treatment room. In the front is the kitchen and more storage. We're not sure exactly what this space will look like, but will be where I store all of my Chinese herbs and supplements.
Maude's previous home was in Corbett, so it was a BIT of a trek getting her home! We had to do some fun things to make her as road-safe as we could. The newer piece of equipment you see there attaching from Maude's tongue to our truck's hitch is the sway bar from our personal camping trailer (Harvey, in case you're wondering. Yes, I'm a weirdo who names things ;) )! Maude already had the proper attachments! Not shown: the magnetic tail lights we stuck on her bumper!
Maude was a real trooper! She gave us no trouble getting home, and even though she's quite a bit larger than Harvey (Maude is 26', Harvey is 21'), she pulled very similarly! Very smoothly :) Not shown: As we looked back to keep an eye on her, we could see some of Maude's windows and cabinets flapping ;)
When we got her home, we started taking a closer look at her. Look how close we came to probably blowing a tire! EEK! But we made it. New tires are definitely on her wish list ;)
When we got to looking around inside, we found some treasures! Note: the little hurricane lamp will be a part of Maude's decor once she's a treatment space :)
That 1963 penny will TOTALLY help pay for Maude's renovation ;)
Here's Maude in our driveway! The picture on the right is after we gave her a quick bath to see how difficult it would be to get all of the moss off. Thankfully, it was super easy - and doesn't she look better? Eventually, she'll get a polishing that will bring her to a mirror shine!
I hope you all have enjoyed meeting my new friend Maude, and will have fun following along on our adventures to make her beautiful again!