Mini Disaster & Organizing

The result of mixing paint brands

The Casita stove cleaning project misadventures — continued:

I couldn’t find my can of black Rustoleum paint.  But I found a store brand of black paint that read Paint…Stops Rust.

So I sprayed a layer over the other paint on the area underneath the stove, and it looked good.  For about a minute.  Then I noticed an area that was buckled up.  Uh oh, I bet I didn’t clean all the Deoxit off before I started painting. 

Then I noticed another spot buckling.  And another.  I then realized that the off brand paint was actually removing the paint below it.  So I scraped all the paint down to bare metal and started again.


After I had the stove well repainted, I glanced up at the ceiling… then stared in horror.  I had the window open and the fan on for ventilation.  The fan had sucked in black paint overspray and had deposited it on the carpet in front — and mostly behind — the A/C/fan unit.

I touched the fiberglass cabinet where there was more overspray, and it felt like tar.

Black paint overspray on overhead carpet

That will NEVER come out of the carpet, I groaned.

But it did.  With Scotchgard Carpet & Fabric cleaner (aerosol foam) for autos.  The worst areas required 3 applications, but now I can’t tell where the damage was.

So I learned some lessons:

1.  Use brand name paint, and don’t mix brands.

After using Scotchgard Carpet & Fabric Cleaner aerosol foam for autos. That’s great stuff!

2. My air conditioner filter has apparently been washed too many times and needs to be replaced.

3. Some disasters are fixable.

4.  The next time I wonder if the well under my stove needs cleaning, DON’T LOOK!  That’s what got me in this mess in the first place!

Awning hardware and broom bungeed to vent pipe

So… after that reprieve from disaster,  I cleaned and weeded out the extra stuff we had accumulated during our last trip.  It’s amazing how quickly stuff can multiply!

I also figured out a way to keep the awning crank rod and support bar from banging around in the closet.  I stood them up straight between the left front of the closet and the gray water tank vent pipe and bungeed them to the pipe.

I also was always losing my short little broom on the closet floor, so I hung it by a bungee from the lateral pipe in the closet.  Now they will stay put when we travel.

Closet organized

Tomorrow I’ll neaten the pots and pans and grocery and tool storage areas.  Then mop the floor, replace the rugs, and we’ll be good to go!

Dishes organized. We’ll add a pack each of disposable plates and cups.

Cupboard above refrigerator organized

Fireflies, Casita Project & More LC Pancakes

Rust treated and new paint under stovetop

Fireflies are out in force this evening!  I really wanted a picture, but not badly enough to stand outside in the light rain and wait for a good shot.  Maybe tomorrow night.

I ended up with an unexpected project in the Casita today.  There was a stain on one of the burners.  And I hadn’t taken the top off and cleaned underneath since we bought the trailer last November.  I decided I wanted everything really clean before our next trip.

The stove knob plate cleaned and painted

So I took the stove top off and got several surprises.  First of all, there was rust along the corner of the metal plate that holds the knobs.  Secondly, there was some serious rust in the underneath corners of the stovetop.  And finally, there was evidence of at least one serious boilover along with a lot of corrosion in the well underneath the stove.

The stove well cleaned and treated with Caig’s Deoxit before I decided to paint it.

So first, I cleaned and painted the bottom of the stovetop.  Then the knob plate.

Next, I cleaned and treated the stove well with Caig’s Deoxit.  But it looked bad, and I started thinking about having to clean under there when I have a boilover.  So I cleaned all the Deoxit off, sanded the worst areas, and sprayed the whole interior with Rust Reformer.

Stove well sanded and sprayed with Rust Reformer. I haven’t decided whether to paint it white or black tomorrow.

Tomorrow I’ll paint the well.  I’d like to paint it black, but am afraid some of the black would show when the white stovetop is mounted on the white fiberglass.  Maybe I’ll paint the well black and paint the edges white.  I’ll decide that when I get out there with the paint can tomorrow!  😀

After my success with the almond flour low carb pancakes yesterday, I decided to try a version with coconut flour since I have two pounds of it in the refrigerator.

Coconut flour pancakes. You have to keep them small to keep them from breaking apart.

The reviews on the low carb board said they were really good.  After making them, I think those reviewers must have been pretty desperate for pancakes!

The coconut flour absorbs so much liquid that you have to use a lot of eggs in the recipe to keep the pancakes from crumbling.  They turned out light and fluffy as advertised, but they have an eggy taste and feel that I don’t like.

If that was the only low carb pancake recipe around it would be okay.  But since the almond flour pancakes are superior in every way, that’s what I’ll stick with from now on.

Now what to do with two pounds of coconut flour… that I don’t like!

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