Home Security with Lorex Technology


“This blog post is sponsored by Lorex Technology and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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Lorex Technology offers a simple solution of home security system that you can access from your pocket computer-aka your smartphone of your choice.

Home Security Made Simple

Does the thought of installing your own home security system intimidate you? Fear no more, we are here to show you just how easy it is to install you own home security stystem from Lorex. Plus, I want to share why we chose Lorex for our home security monitoring needs! Check out our VIDEO on IG of our installation and how it works

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2K Wire-Free Camera Security System with Wi-Fi Doorbell

Overview

Lorex’s home security has never been easier to install or monitor your home with their indoor/outdoor 2K Wire-Free Security System. The Lorex Home Hub, a 2K Wi-Fi Video Doorbell and three 2K resolution wire-free cameras, this system will help you protect what matters most with no monthly fees. Let me show you how!

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Smart Deterrence

The Doorbell and Wire-Free cameras include a motion-activated LED warning light to deter any unwanted guests. You can even get a notification on your smartphone when someone arrives at your home!

2K Resolution Recording

A 4MP image sensor provides 2X the resolution as 1080p, which provides an exceptionally sharp and detailed video.

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Color Night Vision™

External lighting capture’s full color video at night. In low-light settings, the camera’s IR night vision will activate.

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1080p Wi-Fi Floodlight Camera

Overview 

Combine your security plus lighting with Lorex Technology’s 1080p Wi-Fi Floodlight Camera. With dual LED lights that can produce 4k lumens, which is plenty to illuminate your front door, garage or backyard during the night.  I believe it also serves as an effective deterrent for any unwanted guests on your property.  The 1080p Wi-Fir Floodlight Camera also includes full 1080p HD recording, a remotely triggered siren, two-way audio and infrared night vision, that allows the camera to see up to 50 feet. Local storage means no monthly fees. One of the best features is that you can install by using your existing light fixture wiring, so it stays powered 24/7 without having to recharge batteries! The camera on the floodlight can be adjusted vertically or horizontally. Includes a 32 GB microSD card and supports up to 256 GB microSD storage

Dual LED Floodlights

With the Dual LED Floodlights, there are three ways of activating the floodlights: motion, on a schedule or manually. In motion-triggered mode, the lights will automatically turn on when the passive infrared sensor detects movement. They will automatically turn off after the designated duration. Option to activate the floodlights manually or on a schedule through the Lorex Home app.

Fully Weather-Resistant

The Wi-Fi Floodlight camera is MADE for the outdoors. Featuring IP65 weather-resistance certification, even rain and snow!

Real-Time 1080p HD Video

Its all in the details by capturing important details with real-time, 30 frames-per-second full, 1080p HD resolution recording.

PIR Motion Detection

Passive Infrared motion detector will capture the most important moments and has a 270° horizontal field of view!! It is designed to sense the infrared energy that eminates from people, animals or even vehicles. This helps to reduce false alarms from other moving objects! So smart!

Wide Angle Lens

This Wi-Fi floodlight security camera is equipped with a wide angle lens that is ideal for monitoring large areas or doorways and has a 137° diagonal field of view!

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1080p Full HD Smart Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera 

Overview

Lorex’s 1080p HD indoor Wi-Fi monitoring is a seamless, easy solution for monitoring doorways, windows, hallways or even your high value items. Or if your like us, have a puppy to monitor while your away! You could even use it to monitor little ones at night. The camera features a pan-tilt feature that allows you to remotely adjust it’s field of view up and down or left and right straight from your phone. It also has 1080p HD resolution, two-way audio and  infrared night vision!

Privacy Mode

Privacy Mode is available using the Lorex Home app to temporarily disable your camera’s remote viewing, recording capabilities and push notifications. 

Pan, Tilt, Digital Zoom

The WiFi camera has the ability to pan and tilt! It also features 16× digital zoom and night vision range up to 33 feet. 

Two-Way Audio

The camera’s built-in microphone plus speaker will help you ward off uninvited guests, all with a touch of your smartphone or even your tablet. You can talk to whoever is on the other end of the camera!!!

Wide Angle Field of View

The Wi-Fi camera is equipped  with a 135° diagonal field of view. I recommend setting up the camera near doorways or wide entranceways for maximum coverage!

Person Detection

With Person Detection, avoid false alerts and unnecessary notifications. Designed to recognize when a person enters the camera’s field of view, this feature will reduce unwanted motion alerts while providing more intelligent monitoring for us!

HEVC / H.265 Encoding

High Efficiency Video Coding, more commonly referred is a video encoding technology that compresses large data files without diminishing the quality. It can compress up to 50% more than previous encoding technology, which helps save you bandwidth space when remotely watching live or recorded footage.

Lorex Security System Installation

Set up

With Lorex, you can easily set up your Wi-Fi Floodlight Camera with a quick and easy installation process by using the existing wiring from your previous floodlight or outdoor house light. It can also connect to your pre-existing standard junction box. How amazing is that?! Win, win in my book!

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Lorex Home App

For our family, if your like us, when your away for a business trip or on a long overdue family vacation, using the Lorex Home App to keep tabs on your home, has never been easier! Stress-free if you will!  Download the app and use your smartphone or tablet to view live and recorded footage, change the camera settings or even use two-way audio plus more!

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Overall Review

I researched every single home security system that is available on the market, right now and I chose Lorex for our home security! Why? Easy to install, budget friendly and it  gives us the home security that we need!

I absolutely love our new security system from Lorex!! I have worked with Matthew from Lorex and from the start, he has been so kind, asking if we had any questions about the system, if we were enjoying it and if he could be of any assistance, he would help!! If I needed tech, he was on it and they would call me within the hour! 

EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCT

Lorex’s reviews online are outstanding and I give them an outstanding ovation of quality of product and outstanding customer service! This system is also super budget friendly when comparing other home security systems! I believe it will fit into almost any budget! If you have any questions, please reach out! I’d be happy to answer any of your questions or point you in the right direction!

PS-Lorex has Black Friday sales now!!!

❤️~Shae

How We Built Our Barndominium-With Our Own Hands

During the summer of 2020, my husband and I decided that we would place our house up for sale and move to the beach! The housing market was booming for homeowners and we decided it would be the best time to sell!

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Our home sold within the first week of having it listed and thus began our plan of homeownership via paying cash! We settled on building a pole barn that we would live in temporarily while we built our forever home! The pole barn quickly became our barndominium!

Researching is Key

Researching is key if you are thinking about undertaking a large project like building your own barndominium. This project has consumed us for months, but it has allowed us to build almost everything ourselves and it has been so worth it! When we would shop for estimates, we shopped until we found a price we liked!

The photo below is the backside of our property and where our barndominium currently sets.

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Finding Land

The very first item on our agenda was the land! We knew a quaint little beach town that we wanted to grow old in and began driving around looking at property in July of 2020.

The photo below is the beach across the street from our property!

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We began looking up owners of properties in the town from the plot map, to begin writing them, asking them if we could purchase their land. We had found a couple pieces of property, when my Father-In-Law reached out to us, who happened to live in the same quant beach town and asked us if we would like his property. We were shocked and so happy! Thus began our dreams of building a Pole Barn with an attatched Guest Suite.

In this photo, my husband had begun clearing our land. This is about two days into it!

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Clearing the Land

Next on the agenda was assessing the property. The property was not in the best shape. In fact, you could hardly see it with all of the overgrown trees.

This is the very first picture that I took of our property. This is the front side of our property.

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There was also a older mobile home, a storage building plus seven junk cars that had been setting on the property for years, along with a boat plus a good amount of trash to clean up.

Below in this photo, my husband was removing the last of the junk cars!!! This was car number seven!

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We knew we needed to rent a tractor to clear the land and make a driveway. I also wanted to learn how to operate a tractor! I actually wanted to learn about anything that my husband was willing to teach me during this process!

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Neither my husband or I had never used a tractor up until this point, but we learned! I think we enjoyed it too!

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It was a lot of sweat equity work with taking out trees, pulling them down and across the road and watching my husband drop trees that stood seventy feet in the air!

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My parents would always be calling, when they saw our stories on Instagram and say to be careful! We also have our own portable sawmill that we plan to mill our pine and oak trees that we saved for wood countertops for our home.

 

Setting the Posts and Adding Fill Dirt

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The first step was setting the posts! 

We also purchased two dumpsters of fill dirt from a local company. We rented another smaller tractor to help push the dirt out into the pole barn and help keep it evenly spread.

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Leveling Out the Dirt and Adding Posts for Barn Doors

The next step was buying a laser to level out the dirt for the pole barn. We wanted to make sure we had the ground level!

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We also rented a compactor to compact down the dirt. We also added two posts for the barn doors on the front!

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Adding Footers and Rebarb 

Next we added a layer of plastic and the footers and rebarb. We also attached concrete wire to the rebarb. 

Concrete Pour for the Foundation

We did hire out this job because it was such a large job that we did not think we could handle the amount of work on our own.

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Plus, if you happen to mess up concrete, well, its a hard and expensive job to mess up on!!

So glad we hired this one out! Those concrete guys worked so hard! You can watch the video of our concrete pour here

Buying Windows and Doors

My husband wanted to go ahead and buy the windows and doors before framing, so he knew the size of the frames that he would need to be making for the pole barn. We went to Habitat for Huminity to find our windows and doors. We scored big and were able to grab almost everything we needed from Habitat for Humanity! Some of the windows and doors were used but some were new! We spent under $500 for all of our windows and doors! Check out our trip to Habitat for Humanity!

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Framing the First Floor

Framing the first floor went pretty fast.

We were able to get it all done in about two to three days.

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I learned to frame and framed one of the walls on my own! It is always so cool to learn a new trade!

 

Framing the Second Floor

We second story framing went faster than the first floor. We plan to use the two wings of the barndominium for attic storage and then the middle of the second floor as useable space. My parents came down to help us on a Saturday! Much needed!

Roof

We were able to frame the roof fairly quickly in about two weeks,  then added the galvalume roof.

My parents and my brother came to help for the putting the galvalume roof on! It took about two and a half days for the install on the galvalume roof! Not to bad for two old guys (both of our Dad’s) and two middle aged guys (hubs and bro). No pun intended 🤣

 

My parents and my brother came to help for the putting the galvalume roof on! My mom helped me with cleaning up debris, breaking up a pile of extra concrete and making lunch for our guys! Check out our reel on the installing of the roof! 

After Framing and Roofing

After our barndo was framed,  the next few projects were not nearly as overwhelming. My husband had general construction knowledge and we are both hard workers, willing to do whatever it took to bring our temporary home to life!! Anything we were not knowledgeable on, we turned to You Tube, family or friends that were experts in the subject area.

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I built the exterior barn doors, myself, with the help of a couple assistants to cut and hold wood! Check out that process here!  It is truly amazing what you can learn to do if you have the willingness to learn! You might may some mistakes along the way, but just start over and try again!

 
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Our plan has been to do as much work that we can do on our own, to keep building costs as low as possible. This is a cash build and we had absolutely no plans to get any type of loan for our barndominium build or our forever home build! Our hope was to get the barndominium dried in and basic items checked off then take time to finish the remaining rooms. 

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We are almost completely done with the building process. Finishing up with sheet rock and paint over the next little bit! Would you like to guess at how much we spent on our Barndominium build? The first person to comment with the correct amount, I wil send you a $100 gift card from Home Depot!

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Instagram Collabs

I have been so blessed to have a job that never feels like work to me! I couldn’t be happier as a blogger and a influencer on IG! I am excited to share in a blog post, soon, our barndomium reveal and which companies I collaborated with! Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Love~Shae

 

Decorating the Exterior of Our Barndominium for Christmas

Decorating the Exterior of Our Barndominium for Christmas

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Decorating our Barndominium for Christmas 

If you follow along with us on Instagram, you know that this past year has been a journey as we’ve built our barndominimum! To say I was THRILLED to decorate for Christmas this year is an understatement; especially considering we were living in our camper during the holiday season last year!

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The photo above is the Christmas season of 2020, aka, the christmas we lived in our camper, on our property, as we built our barndominium!

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Exterior Christmas Lights

I had so much fun shopping for exterior Christmas decor pieces for our DIY Barndominium! My husband and I knew we wanted to buy Edison bulb lights for decorating the exterior of our Barndominium and I was thrilled when I found them! Our whole family loves seeing our house filled with lights for Christmas!

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DIY Christmas Wreaths

Old Time Pottery has quite the selection of Christmas wreaths to choose from but when I noticed they had all of the items that I would need to make my own wreaths, well, I just couldn’t help myself! After all, I am a DIY’er!! 

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I grabbed two grapevine wreaths, along with one roll of Christmas ribbon and one strand of my favorite Christmas garland! I was able to make two Christmas wreaths for around $30! So easy and quick to make! I plan to share my diy wreath and bow tutorial soon! Check back on IG!  

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Christmas Winter Pillows

Christmas decor isn’t cozy enough until you add pillows and I believe these pillows can take you through February! Christmas pillows in late November and December. Winter pillows for January and Valentine’s pillows for February! At $15 each, it’s a wonderful, budget friendly decor piece! 

I enjoy capturing our barndominium during sunset! 

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Happy Holidays

I hope you have enjoyed a little Christmas here at our Barndominium! It’s our first Christmas here and we are so excited to share our holiday season with you all! On behalf of our family, we wish you and your family, a wonderful holiday season!

❤️~Shae 

REFRESH YOUR SPACE FOR LESS WITH KIRKLANDS

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked, in this post is provided by Kirklands; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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I love a good decor challenge, so when Kirkland’s challenged me to refresh a space in my home for under $100, I knew a challenge would be in our camper! Who says a camper can’t be stylish too?! I love being able to share budget friendly ways to refresh a space on a budget!

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It is cold and dreary out but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a cozy space set up in your home, that can make an impact!

I started off with the Wood Plank Tray. I love how rustic yet sophisticated this tray can be plus you can dress this tray up or down! Serve breaksfast to your significant other in the morning or use as a serving platter when entertaining guests.

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I added these Cream Simple Things Mugs that my husband and I love! Perfect for just about any decor! We both enjoy having our coffee in these each morning! I could not pass up this adorable Word Block Sign that says, “DREAM, PLAN, DO.” I think the words stuck out to me because of where God has called myself and my husband right now. You can follow along with us on Instagram!

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Last but certainly not least is this Black and White Scattered Jute Rug!! I love it!! Jute rugs are my favorite right now and this one called my name! Again this is neutral, so it would look amazing in almost any decor. Add it to your kitchen or an entryway. You could even add it to a half bath.

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Refreshing a space in your home can be budget friendly! My hope is that I have inspired you to refresh a space in your home and be able to maintain your budget, as well! If I can be of any help, please let me know!

Love~Shae

DIY CLEAR CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

DIY CLEAR CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

CHALLENGE DEETS

Today I am teaming up with several of my blogging friends to share how we each put our own spin on a clear ornament. My friend Terrie from Decorating and More with Tip is our host and always has creative challenges for our group!

I know you will love to see the DIY ornament from  my friend Tara!

FAMILY TRADITIONS

I have always enjoyed making Christmas ornaments. I started this tradition with our family, for my husband and I’s first Christmas together. He actually was recovering from major abdominal surgery and I wanted to have something fun for us to do, while he was at home. I have continued this tradition, every year in our family. I have made all types of ornaments from salt dough ornaments to hand painted ornaments!

LETS MAKE ORNAMENTS

Come follow along with me, as I show you, just how easy and budget friendly it can be to make your own ornaments! Plus it is so much fun and it will be memories that you can add on your Christmas tree, year after year!

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

*Clear ornament(s)

*Fabric

*Ribbon

*Flocked Garland

*Mini Pine Cones

*Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

*Jute Twine

I grabbed this six count of clear ornaments in the Dollar Section of Target for $3! I wanted some smaller ornaments to put on our mini Christmas tree for our camper. Since our camper is decorated in a rustic, boho type decor, I decided to go with black checkered fabric and burlap ribbon to cover my ornaments, that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.

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I also picked up small pine cones and some flocked greenery with red berries.

HOW TO MAKE THE ORNAMENTS

These ornaments are really simple to make. Plus, they make great gifts too!

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I tied my jute twine around the ornament top base to my desired length, for the ribbon hanger.

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Next, I cut my fabric a few inches wider than the diameter of my ornament, then began lightly adding hot glue to the ornament and wrapping the fabric around the ornament.

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I could not find any burlap ribbon at my Hobby Lobby, so I purchased an eighth of a yard of burlap to cut my own “ribbon”.

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I cut my ribbon in one inch strips.

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Next, I tied my burlap ribbon around the ornament then added a few strands of jute twine by tieing them into the burlap ribbon.

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For the greenery, pine cones and berries, I just cut from the greenery and pine cones bunches that I purchased from Hobby Lobby. Add a little dab of hot glue and your good to go! You can also adjust your burlap ribbon to look neater by adding dabs of hot glue to the back of the ribbon, attaching it to the ornament. How simple are these ornaments!

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope y’all have enjoyed reading about my DIY Clear Ornamants! I love that these will be a memory on my Christmas tree, year after year! I hope you will check out the other ladies to see what they have come up with for their clear ornaments!

I know you will love to see how this ornament by Jodi turned out!

Love~Shae

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Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap

Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap

Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap

Making your own homemade powdered laundry detergent may take a few extra minutes of your time, but it’s a lot cheaper than store bought. Plus you’re keeping your home chemical free. Continue reading for full instructions and cost break down.

 

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Ingredients:

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for years! It saves so much money plus y’all know how much we try to live without those yucky chemicals! Plus, it’s super easy with just three ingredients: washing soda, borax and Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap .

What you will need to purchase:

• (1) 3 pound box of Super Washing Soda

• (1) 4 pound box of Borax

• (2) Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap Bars

• Container for the detergent

• Grater

• Wooden Spoon for stirring

• Tablespoon for measuring

Directions:

 

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Pour the washing soda and borax into a large bowl. Grate both bars of the Dr. Bronner’s soap, on the fine side of the grater, then add to the washing soda and borax bowl. Stir the detergent until it’s all mixed in really well.

How Much Detergent to Use Per Wash? 

I use 1-3 tablespoons per wash, depending on the load size and how dirty the load. In a normal load, I normally use 2 tablespoons but if a load is really dirty, I will use 3 tablespoons.

Cost Break Down: 

Let’s break down the cost to compare pricing of store bought.

Washing Soda $4.12

Borax $4.47

• Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap $3.62

• Total= $12.21

This receipt will make 112 loads, giving you 7 pounds of detergent. Break that down to $0.11 cents per load!

Compare Natural Name Brands: Conclussion:

Now, if I were to buy a natural detergent, let’s compare the costs of those! Let’s compare costs to Whole Foods 365, Molly’s Suds and ECOS.

• Whole Foods 365 for 80 ounces at $11.99 with 53 loads = $0.23 cents per load.

• Molly’s Suds for 70 ounces at $20.99 with 120 $0.30 per load.

• ECOS for 57 laundry square pods at $25.26 for 57 loads = $0.44 cents per load.

Conclusions: Savings, No Chemicals and How Long Will the Detergent Last

Y’all! The math don’t lie! I love saving my family money and we are using a detergent that is not full of chemicals! I call that a win win! This detergent will last us for a month! Can y’all believe that I’m only spending a little over $12 per month on detergent for a family of 6?!

Sensitive Skin: 

Yes! We use this on our sensitive skin! Several of our family members have sensitive skin with skin issues like eczema, ect. I have even used it in replace of the expensive baby washing detergent! I have been using this recipe for the last 16 plus years!

Liquid Laundry Detergent: Final Thoughts

When I first began making my own laundry detergent, the first recipe I used was for liquid detergent. I used that recipe for the first couple of years since we had a HE Washer and were told to only use HE soap. One day I decided to test a couple loads with the powdered detergent and never went back to the liquid. We have never had a problem with using either recipe’s in our HE washer’s!

Final Thoughts:

Have you ever made homemade laundry detergent? If so, what have been your thoughts? Hope y’all enjoyed the recipe and enjoy the savings!

❤️-Shae

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Exploring St. Augustine, Florida: History and Culture

Exploring St. Augustine, Florida: History and Culture

This post contains sponsored links. The item featured and linked, in this post is provided by St. Augustine Lighthouse (six admission tickets); all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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St. Augustine: History 

In June of this year, we had the pleasure of visiting St. Augustine, on the Atlantic cost of northeastern Florida. St. Augustine is a gem situated neatly along the shores of the Matanzas River and holds heavy historical significance! The Southern and Spanish-influenced St. Augustine, Florida was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers and it is the oldest inhabited European-established settlement in the United States. When you are walking around on its centuries-old cobblestone streets, you will instantly feel like you are either in Europe or Old Florida, depending on which street you’re on! It’s a charming escape for anyone wanting to take a vacation!

Bridge of Lions; St Augustine, FL; Plate Girder; Painted, Metali

 

St. Augustine: Arrival

The Bridge of Lions will take you across the Matanzas River to the heart of the historic old town. Once across the bridge you have the choice of turning left on Avenida Menendez to the marina and sight-seeing cruises or right to the Castillo de San Marcos. You can also continue straight ahead on Cathedral Street into the heart of downtown.

 

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St. Augustine: Beaches 

One of the reasons we wanted to travel to St. Augustine was for the beaches! The beaches are so pretty! With a historic city being one of its main attractions, don’t forget about the  beaches near St. Augustine! From their sunrises to sunsets, they are stunning!

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Located on Anastasia Island, a barrier island off the mainland, St Augustine Beach has a natural feel with a wide beach and lots of good surf and shorebirds!

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St. Augustine: Lighthouse & Museum 

While traveling, one of our family goals is to visit every lighthouse we come by! The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum was a highlight for our entire vacation! When we arrived at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum  , we were greeted by Daniel Lee, who  took us on a tour of the property and we learned quite a bit of history about the lighthouse. He was very welcoming and informative on the history of the lighthouse.

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History: Pre-1862 

The story of the the current lighthouse in St. Augustine is not the original St. Augustine Lighthouse. The Spanish constructed the tower that became the first lighthouse in 1737. They used a naturally occurring stone called coquina to construct the original tower. The coquina tower replaced wooden watchtowers the Spanish built dating back to the beginnings of Spanish Florida.

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A map of Francis Drake’s 1586 raid on St. Augustine reveals the presence of a small tower on Anastasia Island. The map refers to the tower as “a Beacon or high scaffold standing on the sand hills, wherein the Spaniards did use to discover the ships at sea.” In 1823, John Rodman, Collector of St. Augustine, wrote to Stephen Pleasonton, Fifth Auditor of the U.S. Treasury, that despite the tower’s presence, “…it was never built for a lighthouse or used as one, but merely a look-out-house. The location is well suited…but a great proportion of the tower, nearly one half, is not sufficiently strong to bear any greater elevation either if wood or stone work.” 

John (Juan) Andreu became first keeper of Florida’s first official U.S. lighthouse in St. Augustine. Not only is he one of the first, he also holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic-American to serve in the Coast Guard and the first to oversee a federal installation of any kind.

Juan Andreu served as keeper until 1845 and the records are unclear as to who took over and served as lighthouse keeper from 1845 to 1849. John (Juan) Carrera served as keeper from 1849 until his death in 1853. Joseph took care of the lighthouse until his death, which he fell, while painting the lighthouse.

Joseph’s wife Maria Mestre de los Dolores Andreu was appointed keeper in place of her deceased husband. The Coast Guard recognizes Maria Andreu as the first Hispanic-American woman to serve in the Coast Guard. Maria was the lighthouse keeper from 1859-1862.

History: Current 

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The current St. Augustine Lighthouse is nestled among live oaks and beautiful Spanish moss making a stunning nautical canopy. Also located on the property is Maritime Museum, along with the light keepers house.

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There is also the Maritime Hammock which is a natural area that the coastline formed when it receded, creating stabilized beach dunes that allowed for larger growth trees.

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There is even a cute gift shop located on the property as well!

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St. Augustine Lighthouse: Climbing the lighthouse

To climb the lighthouse, you will need to climb 219 stairs! Trust me when I say that is is worth it! There are eight landings and even one with a bench. Plenty of space for others to walk past you and if needed, space for a break!

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When you walk into the lighthouse, walk to the first set of stairs, go to the very middle and look up! This is the view that you will see!

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The view from the top is amazing! We had a couple that were a little nervous to be up so high, yet is not our first time on the top of a lighthouse either!

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Amazing view of St. Augustine from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse!! If you decide to come to visit St. Augustine, don’t forget to stop by the lighthouse!

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St. Augustine: Downtown Old City Gates & St. George Street 

The Old City Gates are a site to behold toward the north end of St. George Street. The Old City Gates were at one time the only entrance into St. Augustine. The two ancient columns made of coquina were built in 1808 as a line of defense for the city.

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After visiting the Old City Gates, walk through to enter St. George Street, which is a historic street, that is filled with galleries, shops, restaurants and popular St. Augustine attractions.

 

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St. Augustine: Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos is the largest masonry fort in the continental United States and was built to protect Spain’s claim to the New World!

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the fort was closed on the inside. We did walk around the exterior of the fort!

St. Augustine: The Fountain of Youth  

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The Fountain of Youth was believed that anyone who drank from the fountain would have their youth restored. In 2,400 BC, the Native Americans, a tribe known as, Timucua, were amount the first to inhibit the land. Ponce de Leon was the first Spanish explorer to find the Fountain of Youth. The grounds at the Fountain of Youth are beautiful and you will also find several peacocks throughout the property!

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Drinking from the Fountain of Youth is wonderful experience that our family will never forget!

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I could honestly go on and talk about St. Augustine for a long time! We love this city so much!  It is such a pleasure to visit the historical St. Augustine and we know we will definitely be back!

❤️~Shae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Farmhouse Master Bathroom Renovation

Modern Farmhouse Master Bathroom Renovation

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked in this post were all provided by Pfister, Kwikset , National Hardware and Jill & June; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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The day is finally here! Your going to be shocked at the transformation of this modern farmhouse bathroom reveal! This renovation has all of the modern farmhouse elements- classic white subway tile, glass accessories with modern satin nickel hardware, warm wood tones, tile flooring and vintage shiplap ceiling. Come see how we transformed this room!

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I still remember the first time we walked into this house. We knew the house had “good bones” and the layout, front porch and land is what drew us here. We knew from our Realtor that most people were passing on this house because the master bathroom was not updated. My husband and I have been diy’ers for twenty plus years so we knew we could transform this home into the home of our dreams. All we needed was a little faith, a lot of patience and some hard work!

First things first. You can’t have a reveal without a few before pics, right?!

Before Photos:

Bathroom Full Shot

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Vanity & Mirror View

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Shower View

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Renovation Process:

First things first! Demolition of the old shower insert and tub.

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The hubs working with his saw-zaw to tear out the the insert.

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Getting there!

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After everything was torn out, some of the walls needed to be re-framed to accommodate the size of the new shower, along with a frame for the shower seat.

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Next was installing the shower pan liner, along with the mud bed.

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Framed shower seat with shower bed liner & mud bed.

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After the mud bed was completely dry, about 3 days later, the shower walls went up!

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The red guard was rolled on and it’s a rubber membrane material to protect against water.

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Shower Tile:

I have always wanted to learn how to tile, so my husband taught me how during our renovation! I tiled the first two walls, all by myself, with my husband making the cut pieces.

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I really enjoyed tiling our shower and having my hand in the work of our bathroom! When I got tired, my husband would help apply the thinset!
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Making sure each tile was lined up just right!

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My husband cutting the tile pieces.

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My husband tiled the 3rd wall and the shower seat, along with the shower floor.

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Shower Wall 3

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Shower Floor

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Removing Old Flooring:
There was two layers of flooring. The first layer was put on by the previous homeowner. It was the pre-cut square linoleum tiles with a layer of sticky glue underneath. The bottom layer was the original linoleum to the house. It was a sticky mess! 

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Painting the Cabinets:

We decided to keep the vanity to save costs. I decided to paint the inside and outside of my cabinets with my diy chalk paint. You can find that recipe here . I used Sherwin Williams in Snowbound.

Floor Tile:

First on the agenda was adding the backer board then adding the thin set with tile.

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Removing Popcorn Ceilings:

This was the last room to remove popcorn ceilings in our house 🙌🏼 We removed the popcorn then patched and painted!

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Shower Ceiling: 

We chose to do a shiplap ceiling with vintage board & batten to the ceiling! We also added two recessed lights and a fan. This picture is beginning to add the wood.

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The boards had what we originally thought was several layers of dirt. What we were surprised to find was several layers of dirt with a layer of mold underneath. It took several applications to treat the mold and remove it completely!

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Making progress!

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Almost done! Just need to add the other recessed light.

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Wood Countertop:

We had a huge red oak tree fall on property a little over a year ago. My husband had an idea to mill the wood! We have already made several shelves & wood cutting boards from this wood! I had the idea to use the wood for a wood countertop in our bathroom. It would basically be at no cost, just our time.
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Removing old countertop and sinks.

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Out with the old and in with the new!

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New countertop installed and I am applying the first coat of matte poly. I applied four coats of matte poly while sanding lightly in between and no sanding on the final coat.

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Installing the Shower Door:

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Installing Mirror Frame:

We decided to keep the existing mirror. We made a wood frame and painted it the same color of the cabinets.

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Installing our Jaida Pfister Faucets:

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Installing Cabinet Knobs & Drawer Pulls:

We installed glass drawer pulls and glass knobs.

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After Photos:

Bathroom Full Shot

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Bathroom Vanity Before & After

Bathroom Countertop 

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Accessories:

My husband and I designed and built a towel ladder rack. All of my Turkish towels are from Jill + June  and they are so soft plus oversized! Loving the tassels!

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Shower View with shiplap ceiling

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Shower View with Shower Seat

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Master Closet & Linen Closet:

During the renovation, we also renovated our master closet and master linen closet.

Master Closet Before

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Master Closet After

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Master Linen Closet:

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Bathroom Organization:

And a renovation wouldn’t be complete without bathroom drawer and and cabinet organization!

Bathroom Drawer Organization

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Final Thoughts:

We are enjoying our newly renovated bathroom so much! It is so nice to have a master retreat! This is a wonderful gift to be able to give to each other. We have never taken a trip alone together or had a honeymoon! It’s about time, since we are celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary this month! Also, this bathroom would not have been completed yet if it wasn’t for the help of our two oldest (adult) daughters! They truly helped make our dream bathroom come true!! Team work really does make the dream work!

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List of products and links used during our renovation:

Jaida Faucets in Brushed Nickel with Spot Defense and Push ‘n’ Seal are from
Pfister . Spot Defense is perfect for a busy mama like me!

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Ladera Towel Rings with Spot Defense in Brushes Nickel are from Pfister . Love their sleek design!

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Ladera Tissue Holder in Brushes Nickel is also from Pfister . My favorite feature is how you can just lift up and change out the roll like a easy breezy summer day!

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Our Cameron Bed/Bath Door Knobs in Brushed Nickel are from Kwikset . I love its simplicity!

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Our Interior Door Hinges in Satin Nickel are from National Hardware .

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That concludes our renovation! Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our master bathroom renovation! If you have any questions, please let us know!

❤️-Shae

How to Style Around Your TV

How to Style Around Your TV

[This post contains a sponsored link. The item featured and linked, the “better together” sign in this post is provided by A Simple Place on Main; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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Today, I was invited on a blog hop with my friend and host, Terrie plus a few of our blogging friends! We want to share how we style around our tv! Lots of people struggle with decorating around their tv, I, myself, am included!

A Little Decor Background:

When we decided to get out of our 90’s decor style vibe, not knocking it because I will always have a heart for 90’s decor style, we decided to go the farmhouse decor route. The farmhouse decor style reminded us a lot of yesteryear and of simpler times, like of those that our grandparents had as children. A lot of the vintage decor you see in our home will be from one of our grandparents. We feel so blessed that they wanted to give us something of their own that meant so much to them!

Farmhouse Style:

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Farmhouse TV Cabinet:

One of the very first pieces of farmhouse style furniture we built was our farmhouse tv cabinet. I originally stained the wood a gray color but recently painted it with my diy chalk paint. Styling the inside of those shelves and styling above the tv has not been my strong suit but I love how everything has turned out in this space! I don’t usually have a vision, my ideas usually just come to life with some changes here and there!

White Shiplap:

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Next we added vintage shiplap to our wall. What made it even better is it was fo’ free 🙌🏼  I started off by painting one coat of white paint but a year later, decided to remove the white paint with Citristrip. Since all of the paint would not come off, it gave the wood and white wash look, which we loved! It gave the space such a warm feeling! 

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Styling Plus Functionality In Your TV Cabinet:

Styling inside the tv cabinet, I wanted decor plus functionality. Vintage books from a local thrift shop along with Target’s line of Hearth & Hand Faux Fern Arrangement  and Faux Locus Arrangement .

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Very budget friendly at a couple dollars per book and $5 for the Target arrangements. On  the bottom shelves is where my functionality comes in with Hobby Lobby’s Wire & Metal Galvanized Baskets .

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If you catch them on their 50% off sale, they are only $12.50 each! In those baskets, we store games and controllers for the Nintendo.

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 The middle of our tv cabinet is the boring stuff like the cable box, ect that I wanted to hide. The bottom basket holds a basket I purchased from Target about 15 years ago which stores dvds and remotes, so hence the sliding (or should I say “hiding”) doors.

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Now, above the tv is my most favorite space!! My sweet friend Linda from A Simple Place On Main makes the most absolutely BEAUTIFUL wood word signs!! I actually met her at our local Vintage Market Days and we chatted for at least 30 minutes or more, along with my friend Cindy .

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Each wood sign is made with baltic birch that is 1/2 inch thick, then it is custom cut, painted and shipped to you! Linda even has an Etsy Shop where you can purchase your wood word sign and right now there is free shipping with orders over $35!! Can y’all tell how much I love her signs?! Now I need one for our newly renovated master bathroom!

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I hope that I’ve been able to inspire you on How to Decorate Around Your TV! Please check out my friends to see how they’ve decorated around their tv’s as well!

❤️-Shae

Pop Up Camper Remodel

Pop Up Camper Remodel

Last year, February to be exact, we bought a 22 year old pop up camper for $500 on Facebook Marketplace. 7232F62F-38D2-4DBB-8DEF-BF3B247FD681We knew this camper was a diamond in the rough! We dreamt of all the family vacations we could take in this little pop up. 

FIRST THINGS FIRST-INSPECTION 

We took the pop up home and popped it up.D24D2384-69E4-4B61-8579-724ED8458C12We knew initially that it had some water damage and after some research, found out that these types of campers with ABS roofs, leaked.
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79088843-12EF-478A-9FA9-9D2050470CE0So right out of the gate, it looked like we needed to find a solution to help the roof not sag, plus we would need to replace the entire roof. 

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ABS CEILING & ROOF REPAIR

CEILING:

My husband found a solution for the sagging roof and it was going to be by placing two, 2 inch u-channels on the interior of the roof.

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We then left the camper popped up on a day when it was raining to make sure it would not leak! It worked! No leaks!

ROOF REPAIR WITH FIBER GLASS:

Next step was to replace the roof. We tore off the ABS roof then replaced it with a fiberglass top and painted it with marine paint. You can find that you tube video HERE . In this picture, you can see two coats of the fiber glass roof material on the roof.

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INTERIER REPAIRS-REPAIRING ROTTED WOOD

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For the interior, my husband needed to replace several sections of rotted wood. One was the top on the small cabinet by the entryway, part of the floor at the entrance, a section of wood beneath the bed, by the shower plus a small section on the seated area.

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PAINTING-INTERIOR

After replacing the wood, it was finally time to paint the entire inside of the camper!

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We painted everything, including the ceiling, in Ibis White  from Sherwin Williams. We took off all of the cabinet doors to make the painting go a little easier. I decided to spray paint all of the hardware and knobs to save cost.

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REPLACING CUSHION COVERS-HOW I SEWED COVERS

Next was making all of the cushion covers for the camper. I decided to use the existing cushions & zippers, since they were in good shape.

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REPLACING OLD MATRESSES

We could not use the old mattresses that came with the camper but we did find some mattresses at a local discount store for $19.99 each! We bought plastic mattresses covers to protect them at Home Depot for $8 each.

REPLACING BEDDING

We purchased our bedding from Beddy’s and they are an absolute dream! Absolutely perfect for campers! Ours is the Modern Gray All Cotton. Beddy’s has given me a coupon code for y’all to use! If you use SSG20 at check out, you can get 20% off your purchase! Thank you Beddy’s!

CURTAIN ALTERNATIVES

We have not replaced our pop up camper curtains with the typical camper curtains.

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CAMPER BATHROOM-SHOWER REPAIRS

The shower only needed a cleaning and a new faucet.

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REPLACING FLOORS

4D5039D0-85D1-4F1D-AAE9-F68A9EF38AE7I decided to use stick down floor “hardwood” vinyl “planks”. I even staggered it to make it look like hardwoods. I bought two boxes for $15 each, at a local discount store called Ollie’s.

REPLACING CANVASES

F06D3A41-E0B3-414A-B776-2E5CAC539A8FOur biggest expense in our makeover was new canvases but we felt like it was a must have! We ordered them from Bear Creek Canvas . Their site is so easy to use! All you have to do is select the camper manufacturer, ours is Coleman, select the model year, 1997 for us, select if you want a complete canvas replacement or partial canvas replacement, ours was a complete replacement, then select your camper style, such as a no wing model, 1-4 wing model or a pickupper, ours was a 2-wing model. Once you have all of that selected, it will give you your price for the replacement. Our total was $1,050.00. The customer service was also wonderful!

CHALKBOARD PAINTED MENU BOARD

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PAINTING-EXTERIOR 

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The exterior also got a paint job from head to toe! We painted the exterior with a marine paint in Repose Gray  from Sherwin Williams. (We only use SW for all of our painting needs!) We had lots of helpers that wanted to help remove the old vinyl from the exterior of the camper and help paint!

FIRST TRIP

Leaving out for our first trip in the camper! 

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REPLACING CAMPER TIRES & SPARE TIRE 

We also replaced the tires on the pop up and purchased a new spare tire. The old tires were in good shape but we just wanted to make sure we had new tires, since we were driving so far away on our first trip. The best deal we found on tires were at Wal-Mart on sale for $26.99 each.

THE SUNSHINE STATE

Fort De Soto, FL

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ACCESSORIZE 

Most all of our accessories for our pop up came from a local Five and Below store- from our little stool, to the rug, to our outdoor mat.

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TROUBLE BEFORE PARADISE 

About 3 weeks before our first camping trip, our pop-up would not stay popped up so we had to order a Coleman Wiffle Tree Alternate. We were praying it would come in before our trip and that it would be the only issue and be resolved quickly with this new part! Thank God it worked and in just about 3 days before our trip! We purchased that part from Popuppaarts.com .

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TALLY UP

We spent a total of around $2,300 on our pop up makeover. Here is a breakdown of the costs:

$500-Pop Up Purchase Price

$1,050-Canvases

$80-Paint

$45-Mattresses

$60-Wood

$125-U-Channels

$125-Fiberglass Roof

$81-Tires

$20-Shower Faucet

$50-Fabric for Cushions

$30-Vinyl Flooring

$5-Wood Colored Caulk for floors

$144-Wiffle Tree Alternate-Part for lifting camper up

EGMONT KEY, FL

Wesley & I in Egmont Key at the lighthouse.

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It was a lot of work but we are so glad to have little pop up to travel in! Definitely a bucket list item! Our two adult daughters helped us so much and we could not have done it without them! Definitely a family effort! You can read about some of our travels here . If you have any questions, please email me! What is your favorite thing about our renovation of the camper?

❤️-Shae

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