An Update on Maizy (My Little Vintage Trailer) - Interior Before and After

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I haven't posted any updates on my vintage trailer for quite awhile so I thought it was time. My dad and I are still working on her and I think we are almost done!!

Be sure to check out the links at the end of this post to see the transformation from the very beginning!

Vintage travel trailer makeover
We are planning her maiden voyage camping trip toward the end of September! I think it's a good idea to take my dad on the first outing since I've never camped by myself, let alone pulled a trailer to camp in! My daughter will probably go too.
It's been so long since you've seen her that you may have forgotten what she even looks like!


I just love her little curves...

She's a pudgy little girl!


Now she has an aqua tongue to match her aqua interior details!


And four cute little aqua colored jacks! :o) Now let's do a few before and after shots of the inside!

BEFORE

A few things to note before:
  • dingy, dirty cupboard door and drawer fronts
  • moldy corners over in the bed area
  • upper bunk and gross old cushions
  • boring cone shaped light fixture
BEFORE

  • lovely dated yellow contact paper backsplash
  • cracking, old countertops
  • a spice rack covered with dirt and grime
poor Miss Maizy, she must have felt so tired and old :o(
AFTER!!

Now take note of the after:
  • no more moldy corners - scrubbed clean, sanded, and painted
  • new faux tin (wallpaper) ceiling
  • upper bunk has been converted into a full length shelf with vintage suitcases
  • fun fabric pennant banners
  • brand new, full sized futon mattress and new plywood underneath
  • rewired cone shaped light fixture with accents of aqua paint
AFTER!!

  • crisp aqua colored cupboard door and drawer fronts with beadboard wall paper and freshly painted pulls
  • reinsulated icebox
  • fun new aqua trash can (from TJ Maxx)
 AFTER!!

  • sparkling new vintage inspired counter tops in retro "dog bone" pattern
  • adorable vintage teapot shaped spice rack
  • "potted flower" dish brush and aqua bottle of dish detergent
  • new hand-made curtains (all of her curtains are aqua polka dot fabric with white ruffles on the bottom except for the kitchen curtain which is exactly opposite, white with polka dot ruffle just for fun!)
Some more before shots.
BEFORE

  • hunting themed curtains
  • boring brown dinette table top
  • dated upholstery on the dinette seat cushions
  • mirror in an odd place
  • more dingy, dirty cupboards
AFTER!!

And after:
  • new hand-made, lined curtains
  • freshly painted cupboard doors
  • bunting pennant banner
  • recovered dinette cushions - tartan plaid (she is a Scotsman after all!)
  • lots of pillows
  • new vintage tablecloth
  • new tabletop that matches her kitchen counter tops


Here is a closeup of her new tablecloth. I bought it at an antique Show for just $8 and it fits her perfectly.


She even got a fun up-cycled screen door handle where there wasn't one before!

We ran into our fair share of problems along the way...


Hornet's nests and broken sink pipes were the major ones!


But she's come a looooong way! We still have a couple more things to finish... counter top trim, a chalkboard wall behind the screen door, and finishing the closet area to name a few!




If you want to read more about the transformation of Miss Maizy, check out these posts:




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40 comments

  1. Oh she's just the sweetest thing ever - I'd give anything to find one of these!!!!!!
    Can't wait to hear about her maiden voyage - are you going to crack champagne over her?
    Or at least buy a bottle to celebrate LOL???
    Just GORGEOUS !!!!
    XOXO

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  2. On my goodness Tania! She is adorable!!! I want one so bad and found the perfect one not too far up the road. It's white with an aqua blue stripe which leads me to think the inside might be aqua like yours. Problem is, I don't think it's for sale and I don't have the money to buy it now even if it was. Hoping it will stay put until I do though...:) Yours is awesome! Great job putting it all together...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

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  3. On my goodness Tania! She is adorable!!! I want one so bad and found the perfect one not too far up the road. It's white with an aqua blue stripe which leads me to think the inside might be aqua like yours. Problem is, I don't think it's for sale and I don't have the money to buy it now even if it was. Hoping it will stay put until I do though...:) Yours is awesome! Great job putting it all together...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

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  4. this brings back memories!! have fun taking her out on the road. Thanks for following and good luck on the Paris giveaway

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  5. She is so adorable. You did a great job fixing her up the way she should be, gave me some good ideas. It's so great to have a little trailer like that. You're going to enjoy her so much.
    We have a small trailer also, maybe little bigger but I love it. We haven't used it in 3 yrs. now and it's killing me. Hubs wants to sell it but I'm trying to convince him not to. I'd so love to use her again. She needs a good cleaning up and new curtains, some painting. Our trailer has a very similar layout as yours. We have a shelf about the table that's very handy for storage. I love how you put a curtain for privacy between the table and rest of trailer. We have a couch/bed on the right when we first come in door across the back of trailer and a closet is to the left.
    The lady that sold it to us said there was sink in closet and they took it out. We use it for a closet but also put a porta potty in closet. My holding power is less than adequate these days so a porta potty comes in real handy. Ya have to do what ya have to do, lol.
    Hope you really enjoy your trailer on your first camping trip. Happy weekend

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  6. Oh my goodness!! This looks amazing! Please send it to live with me! :) If you like to link up come over to Craft Frenzy Friday at www.craftdictator.com!

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  7. Love all the aqua! It's such a happy color. Wonderful job!

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  8. I don't remember how I stumbled on your blog but I'm glad I did. Love the redo. So cute and great colors. I'd love to do something like this.

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  9. Love her! We have an old Trillium that I have done some work on but would like to do more. Did you use any special paint on the cupboard? How about the wall paint?
    Would appreciate any suggestions from your experience.
    Cheers

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I did not use any special paint, just regular interior paint. I used paintable wallpaper to cover the fronts of the drawers and doors because they were in such bad shape.

      Tania

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    2. I am working on my 76 Forester and am interested in how you finished the edges of the drawer fronts and doors. Mine are in bad shape and not sure how to make them look good. Thanks, Casey

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    3. Hi Casey, I didn't do anything special to the edges except paint them. I used beadboard wall paper on the fronts of the drawers and door fronts. I'm not sure what kind of damage yours have but could you maybe fill in the sides with wood filler putty and then cover the fronts like I did?

      Tania

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  10. Love her!!! I dream of having one of my own one of these days

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  11. You've inspired me in my own re-decorating of my 72 Scotsman. I have a question, I love the futon idea, but can't find one that fits. Did you buy a standard size or have it custom made? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Margaret, I'm so glad you're inspired by Miss Maizy! My futon mattress is just a standard full (or double) size. It is a little bit too big but I just let a few inches rest against the back under the window. It makes it seem more comfortable and cozy that way anyway :o)

      Tania

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  12. Yet another thing I found on your blog that I love!
    I have a camper... it's been about 4 years in the making... I've still not camped in her.
    That makes me sad. But seeing yours GIVES. ME. HOPE!
    Congrats for you on your little Maizy!

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  13. Hey, just found your blog, what a cute camper! You're doing a great job. What did you use for the long black curtain rod in front of the bed? Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Liz! The curtain rod is just a large tension rod!

      Tania

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  14. I am redoing a holiday house trailer and want to do her the same color of acua could you tell me the color and the brand. by the way i love your trailer.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! I'm sorry but I cannot tell you the color of aqua, it was something I mixed up with leftover paint I had and it was a few years ago so I don't even know what the colors I had were.

      Tania

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  15. Ha ha sounds just like me. Thanks for getting back to me

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    1. You're very welcome, sorry I couldn't be of more help. If you have some aqua in your trailer already or have something that you like the color of you could take that in to your paint store and have them color match it.

      Tania

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  16. Hi there! Where did you get your futon? I'm looking on Amazon but can only find darker colors. I would love to have a white one for a camper.

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    1. I'm a huge fan of 16 inch deluxe memory foam mattresses. I sleep on one every night. They come in a vacuum packed sealed package, so very easy to fit in tight spots. Once you open it, watch out! It's like opening an inflatable raft!

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  17. Hi there! Love your cute little camper! We just recently bought an old Scotty Serro and I'm looking for a futon to replace our mattress. Where did you purchase your white one? Or is that a cover?

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Cassie! I believe I purchased the futon mattress from Overstock.com

      Tania

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  18. Congrats on the refurbish and thanks for sharing! We just purchased a 1954 vintage trailer and are going to pick it up this weekend! I absolutely love what you've done to Maizy and would love to use her as an inspiration for our little trailer! We have a 1954 Chevy pick up that we need to finish so w have something fun to pull her with!

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  19. I too have just finished refurbishing a 1976 Cabana. (It's an Australian van) I took all my inspiration from Pinterest and am so pleased with the end result. Like yours it's aqua, a colour I love. It's also tiny, but suits me as my husband doesn't like caravanning, so I need something I can handle on my own. I'm going to ask my son in law to help me upload some pics to Pinterest as I'm so proud of it. (I'm very good with a paint brush, but no good with tech things) Thanks for the ideas and inspiration

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    1. Hi Vicki! Please let me know when you upload those pictures I'd LOVE to see!

      Tania

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  20. Hi Tania
    I'm so in love with your little gem of a trailer and all you did to it! We are restoring a 1967 Comanche and I've been resistant to having a full size mattress instead of the fold up cushions. Is there a closet to the left of the door that perhaps sits above the mattress or is it full length? I love your color scheme and it has also inspired me so I cannot wait to get back out and begin the finishing touches on our "Wendy"! Thanks so much for sharing with the world!

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    1. Hello Carolyn, thank you so much! There is a closet to the left of the door but it doesn't sit above the mattress. If you go to the menu at the top of my blog and click on "My Vintage Trailer" there are many more posts documenting the fixing up of Maizy, you can see more how the interior is laid out in some of the other posts.

      I chose a futon mattress thinking I could position the mattress like a couch (since futon mattresses are designed for both couch and bed positions) but it's very difficult to do just because it's so awkward being in a tiny trailer and it's kind of heavy for one person to maneuver plus it would cover up the back window so I leave it in the bed position all the time... but the option is there!

      Tania

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  21. Hello, I have a 1966 White Star, and she has one bad ceiling board and they do not make them or reproductions of what I have. I like the ceiling you used. Could you send me an email how you did your ceiling. Very close to the look of what I have. You did a great job!!
    Did you paint the outside? What type of paint?

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    1. Hi, the ceiling is actually just textured wallpaper! You can see all the posts about my trailer makeover if you click on "My Vintage Trailer" in the pink menu at the top of my blog. There is a post about how we painted the outside too! :o)

      Tania

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  22. Oh my, she is beautiful!

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  23. Hi Tania, what kind of camper and year is your little Maizy? She is adorable

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  24. Thanks Rebecca! She's a 1967 Scotsman. I lost a whole bunch of my posts documenting the process we went through to refurbish her so I've been recreating that lost content. If you're interested you can see more about her here: http://www.littlevintagecottage.com/search/label/My%20Vintage%20Trailer

    Tania

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  25. She's so stinkin' cute!!

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