Posted by: Sewtropolis | September 16, 2016

Hives, Sharks and Athena’s New Look

I spent most of my weekend painting Athena (more on that later), Saturday was absolutely beautiful out!  Not too hot, not too cold – it was just Goldilocks – except there was something in the air that caused me to constantly sneeze and made sweet Grace break out in hives! I was in and out of the trailer all day and each time I came inside I would find her scratching at one part of her body or the other.  Poor girl was just miserable.  After I saw the bumps on her face I gave her a 1/2 a Claritin and hoped it wouldn’t kill her.  It didn’t.  In fact, she started to feel better within the hour!  After that she was good and there’s been no sign of the hives since – Tis the season!

So remember those shark slippers I made?  Here’s a picture of the recipient wearing them!  LOL  I love the smile on her face!  Made all the frogging (rip-it, rip-it … get it?) worth while!

Okay, now onto Athena!  Here is the before picture!

And here is the after!

I’m not quite done, I still have to do the hitch, tank, bumper and a few minor details, (which I am doing in orange) but I can’t believe what a difference painting makes!  It’s like I have a whole new trailer!

The hardest part was getting up on the roof – I have a slight fear of heights, plus I had a hard time trusting that the roof wouldn’t collapse.  Once I realized it was going to hold I actually did okay.  That big box is my A/C & unit – the one that kept me cool on those hot-ass summer days!    One of these days I’ll get it replaced with a new one which are half the size and twice as quiet!

I first put on a clear coat of Kilz to seal it, then used this enable paint from Home Depot.

I had the colors picked out since I bought the trailer 3 years ago!  I’m so glad I hung onto those paint chips – if I hadn’t it would have taken me another week to decide on colors.  (I can make a decision – I just like to take my time doing so) As it was it took me all day Saturday to  put the Kilz on – then all day Sunday to paint just the top half.  I worked on the bottom half on Sunday and have been coming home after work each day to do the trim.

It’s supposed to rain this coming weekend so I may not get the chance to finish painting everything.  What I don’t finish can wait till we have a stretch of sunny days again – even if that isn’t till Spring.  Plus, it’s not like I don’t have a host of other projects I can work on.

Nikol

 

 

 

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