Magdalene, Week 3 Renovation

Week 3 started with an “off” day on Monday. That “off” day was basically a work day because our yard at our house needed to be mowed and edged, the whole nine yards. The house also needed some tidying up and grabbing a few more things, especially some of the boy’s toys that we just couldn’t seem to part with. So they will be stored downstairs in my parent’s basement. The next day was our little man, Harvey’s first birthday. So we celebrated his birthday by going to our favorite creek and eating cake and getting some ice cream.

Wednesday we basically were trying to get back into the routine of work and I decided I needed to catch up on some much needed internet/blog/business work. But Thursday is when we got back down to business. Painting was on the agenda. Painting of the walls and the cabinets. For wall color we chose White from Behr. We chose the Paint + Primer to ensure there was great coverage of the 50 year old Zolatone. As for the cabinets, we decided to go with a gray color. Granite Gray to be exact. The brand is Glidden and it also is a Paint + Primer. We had just a tad bit more sanding to do before we could tackle to the painting of the cabinets. After painting I decided I wanted some upper cabinets removed to really open the space. It doesn’t feel so cluttered right when you step inside now.


The white paint drastically changed the vibe in this trailer. It’s amazing what paint can do. It’s definitely brighter inside. Once most of the painting was accomplished, Zach started installing the Vinyl Plank floor. White Maple from Allure. Underneath the flooring we used a 2 in 1 vapor and silent barrier flooring underlayment. It seems like a really great product. Almost had a rubber texture to it which we know will add to resisting any water to ensure years of great subfloor.

While installing the floor Magdalene’s new black tank was delivered. We were or so excited because this was the missing piece as to why Zach couldn’t install the bathroom subfloor yet. The holding tank was purchased from and at a fraction of the cost from another well known company. We use VTS many a times.. I get angry at Zach because after we order something he realizes we need something else.. and I am one who hates to pay for shipping. So our orders through VTS are usually very big orders. But once Zach installed the tank, galvanized steel box he made, and the rear subfloor he finished the flooring throughout Magdalene. I am so happy with the way the flooring looks. The colors go so well with the wall and cabinet colors. Our week was cut short a bit due to a weekend in Memphis, but taking a break from work is needed at times. But that also means that we lose time and will stress to reach our deadline. Life goes on and work still remains. We just have to “Stay Steady”. 

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Magdalene, Week 1 Renovation

If you watched our first Youtube video you’ll see it was an epic fail! We decided to post it anyway so you can see Magdalene before renovations + it’ll give us a good laugh down the road. You’d think since I’m a “millennial” I’d be all tech savvy, which is what I would normally consider myself. I watched all these classes on Skillshare for taking videos + many of them said if you have a nice iPhone you can totally video with it. I have a DSLR, but let’s be honest.. It is way easier to whip out my iPhone. So I took all the videos with my iPhone X and didn’t realize that you are suppose to film it sideways instead of up + down! Ugh, oh well the video is there.. laugh with us, not at us!

Our original plan was to do mainly cosmetic fixes because everything was “in such good shape”. Luckily we decided to tear some things out + decided we’d go a little deeper than planned on our renovations. Sometimes we are too much of perfectionists, but we know that we are selling this Airstream + want to put our best effort into it! We don’t want to give the next family bandages slapped over with paint. We all know lipstick doesn’t help pigs. We want a sound trailer + decided to bite the bullet and do the minor fixes. So far Zach has completely gutted the bathroom, which was SUPER NASTY. Apparently there was a toilet leak at some point + they decided to use metal street signs instead of fixing the problem. I’m not making this up. Take a look for yourself..

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There was also some problem areas by the sink, front door, + fridge area. We removed all the subfloor + are happy to report the frame looks pristine! That was a huge weight lifted off our shoulders! Zach took all the cabinets out so we can sand + paint them. We decided to go with all new appliances + we nailed down a layout / design. I feel pretty accomplished for week 1!

What’s so special about us living right next to Zach’s work area is that we get to constantly go check on dada or “werk” as Ezra says. Ezra is SO bossy. He will tell you what work gloves to put on + what you need to go work on.. I truly don’t know who he got his bossy-ness from .. (cough cough) Zach is rolling his eyes at this point because he totally knows Ezra is a mini me! Ezra loves “helping” dada and bringing tools all over the place so Zach has a hard time finding them. He also makes sure the “mewsic” is on in the hangar, everybody knows you can’t work without some jams!

Hope you enjoy some pictures for this weeks reno!

Love, The Cashio's