Author: celine @aquahaus

Airstream Renovation- The Before

 

Hello blog friends,

 

Sorry I abandoned you for so long. Summer is busy! We spent 2 weeks in Iceland and it was pretty spectacular. We spent alot of time looking at ugly places like this.

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We camped for the 2 weeks, in this KuKu Camper Van.

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It is a tiny Euro van, with a little kitchenette, and it was rad. Growing up in the city, I didn’t think I would love camping as much as I did. But I LOVED it.

When we got back, I became obsessed with the idea of getting a camper. And I dedicated innumerable internet hours to the cause.

I obviously started with the king of all trailers, the Airstream.

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They are gorgeous, and amazingly, they gain value with time. Unfortunately for me, they are already too valuable ($$) to purchase.

So we kept looking.

Airstream also makes Argosy’s. Rather than the shiny aluminum finish, they have a painted exterior. They are lighter than typical airstreams, and have larger panoramic windows.

After an exhaustive search, I found my Argosy.

Her name is Josie.

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There’s alot to be desired, but the bones are there. And check the awning!

I envision lots of fun camping trips, and maybe some tailgating during football season. (It’s already reppin’ the burnt orange)

I have big big plans, and I will describe the process here. I’ll have lots of questions, and will be asking for design advice, so I hope you’ll stay tuned!

xoxo,

CBO

Penny Bar DIY

Hi friends,

How was your weekend? I spent mine in beautiful Tucson. It is hot as hell during the day, but the nights are FAN tastic.

Moreover, the landscape there is a modernist’s dream. And how cheap!!

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For this golden barrel cactus that will cost me $125 in Austin, it is $40 in Tucson. I almost committed myself to renting a Uhaul and driving a truck full of cacti home. It’s only 14 hours, right?

 

 Well, as promised, I am here to give you some info on how to create your own penny bar.

 

First, get the bar cabinet base together. I decided to try to create a semi-custom look with wood cabinets from Home Depot.

Step 1- Buy these cabinets from Home Depot. I think these are 15” wide.

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Step 2- Decide on your finish. I decided to use Erin Williamson’s awesome India Ink Method.

 

Step 3- Gather supplies.

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Step 4- Sand the wood to get a smooth finish.

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Step 5- Wet the wood to raise the grain to allow better penetration of the stain.

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Step 5- Brush on the India Ink. It dries quickly, so work quickly.

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Step 6- Apply the Osmo polyx wax with a rag.

Step 7- Pimp out toekick. I chose to apply wallpaper samples I already had to the toe kicks. I didn’t have to buy anything new, and it is a fun surprise to the eye where you least expect it.

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Now, time to focus our attention on the bar top itself.

 

Step 1- Gather a LOT of pennies. To create the pattern, I contrasted brand new shiny pennies, and dark, dirty pennies. It is actually much harder to acquire the dark pennies.

 

Step 2- Get a piece of wood or MDF and paint it a dark color, because it will pop through the pennies.

Step 3- Play around with a pattern.

Step 4- Glue pennies on, one by one, with Elmer’s glue, drink in hand.

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Step 5- Use a miter box and cut trim to fit around the edges to conceal those perhaps imperfect edges.

 

Step 6- Glue trim on with Liquid Nails.   I chose not to put an edge at the back, as this would be flush against the wall.

 

Step 7- Buy aluminum flashing at the hardware store and secure to back, and around sides if you please. I secured mine with duct tape. The purpose of the flashing is to act as a dam, keeping the epoxy in, and on top of the pennies, rather than running out the sides.

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Step 8- Gather your supplies and mix the epoxy. You need a partner for the epoxy application. Follow the directions to the letter.

 

Step 9- One person pours the epoxy, the other spreads with either a putty knife or a paint stirrer. I used a stirrer.

 

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Step 10- Level out the epoxy, and don’t pick up your spreader too much, as this introduces air bubbles.

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Step 11- Use a butane torch to pop air bubbles. If you don’t have one (I didn’t), you can pop them, one by one, back- breakingly, with a toothpick. My husband is a saint BTW.

 

Step 12- Let the epoxy cure. It takes at least 48h before you can put something on the surface.

 

Step 13- Remove aluminum flashing, and attach the bar top to the cabinets.

 

Step 14- Add a beverage fridge, style to your heart’s desire, and step back and admire.

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Happy Humpday!

xo

Celine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t leave well enough alone…

Isn’t that the truth?

After last Thursday’s One Room Challenge Reveal, I couldn’t leave well enough alone.

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Despite this being a great wall to display my macrame,

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I couldn’t shake the feeling that it would be more fun to be looking at the pool, while sitting in the hanging chair.

And so, it had to be. I just needed ONE MORE WINDOW.

#firstworldproblems

So we cleared it ALL out. I know, it really hurt.

And my amazing handyman came over, and made it so…in just a few hours.
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And here we are now…

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Definitely worth the effort in my opinion.

And the view from outside. I have to paint the trim later this week.
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Reminder of the exterior before:
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Yay! Progress!

We did get to enjoy it.
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Well, J & I anyways. Archie hates the water.
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Have a great week!

I’m planning a post about the penny bar top later this week, so stay tuned.

Here is the full shot that didn’t make it into the reveal (I have no idea why).

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xo
Celine

Week 6- One Room Challenge- Aquasita’s Reveal!

Hello hello! OMG.  I did not think I would make it!

Welcome back to the One Room Challenge organized by Linda of Calling It Home, in which the participants had to make a space over in 6 weeks.  (It’s not as long as it sounds.) I have been linking along and it has been a grand ol’ time.  I have to say, I will miss the weekly updates, and I will miss having something to look forward to on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  I have found so many new blogs and talented ladies…it has been divine.

Anyhow, less talk, more pics.

The last 6 weeks, I have been attempting to make over my backyard shed.  Whereas it served previously to house unused garden tools and holiday lights, I had more grandiose visions- yes, a pool house to shade me from the sun, but in style- a rocker boho chic style.

I have to say, after the kickass reveals yesterday, I feel very trigger shy to show you what I’ve come up with, but I’ll put on my big girl pants and go on.

Here is the exterior before:

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Not bad, but sterile.  

And here is the after:

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The equipale chairs make their debut…
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And the “bird-tender” is ready to serve you some bubbly.

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It’s a fun place to hang out, have a cold one, and admire the pool. 

When it’s hot outside, and the shade from the room overhang isn’t enough, don’t fret..you can go inside the pool house.

Here is a refresher of the horrid interior before:

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And drumroll….here is aquasita- a space to hang out, watch sports, and put down a few (or many). 

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The sofa is a lounger for sure, and the lovely pillow is from The Shoppe.  Jeez, God Bless America is all I can say when I look at that flag. Did you know that there is an etiquette to displaying the American flag when it is hung vertically? This formation seems counterintuitive to me, but I looked it up.

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Nerd alert.

Every pool house needs a bar, and aquasita is no exception.  This bar was a labor of love, but I love her so.  And check those toe kicks!

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Look at those pennies in the shiny epoxy; they’ll survive the Zombie apocalypse.  

 

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The hanging chair is a vintage find, and made all the prettier by the vintage beaded pillow from Stone Textile.  It is part of a new vintage collection, curated in collaboration with Kelly LaPlante

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The brass bucket holder is also vintage.
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Like most others, I love me a gallery wall.  

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I particularly love this one because it is filled with images that are meaningful to me…pics from trips to Cinque Terra and Peru, original paintings, gifted posters.  I particularly love the Cactus print from The Aestate

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Can’t forget my original macrame piece I MADE at a workshop..

and I love these mounted sombreros.  We wore these last weekend during our Derby de Mayo party.  Yes, me and my husband, and the tiny one belongs to my dog.

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Well, that’s about it for me.  Stick a fork in me!  I’ll be here just hanging out (pun intended), drinking rose with my dog.

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Thank you again Linda, this has been an absolute blast.

Until the next One Room Challenge, aquahaus out!

xoxo

Celine

p.s.- Special thanks to my awesome friend, Jason of Table4 for taking these kickass pics.