Now that the paint
is going on, we’ve had people ask us what the inside is going to look like. Well, if we were completely true to the Haunted Mansion, we’d have wall to wall creeps and hot and cold running chills!
But seriously, with as spiffy of an outside as we’ll have, we’ll need to make sure the inside is just as cool. So with that in mind, here’s a general gist of what we intend to do:
First, the walls will be covered with Reflectix. That seems to be the prevailing hands-down choice for “insulation” (or as much as one can put in a fiberglass trailer!). Then, on top of that, we’ll place headliner fabric — we opted for this instead of the rat fur since we didn’t like it’s texture — too itchy/scratchy. The headliner material is much softer… The fabric is a desert tan as shown in the picture below.
Now we’re not going to get too crazy with the colors — too much black and purple on the inside and the trailer would have a very cramped feel to it. That’s why we’re opting to paint
the cabinets an almond color (even over using with a natural wood) so that there would be some lightness to the interior. And that’s fine. It’s within the realm of possibility given the palette of the Mansion.
The floor will be an oak laminate — leftovers from our basement remodel — we’ve got plenty, so why not? It looks great, it’s easy to clean, and if we have to replace it, well, it didn’t cost us anything….
So, that all said, the interior is pretty plain. Very neutral. That opened up a lot of options for accessorizing!
The first “accessorizing” will be the cushions. As I think we’ve posted before, the cushions will be covered in this material – a nice black and purple color. Myka went for it like a bee to pollen when she saw it on the rack at the cloth store. There were no doubts in her mind when she pulled the bolt off the rack!
As for the curtains, we’re still not sure yet. We’ve talked about blinds and curtains – maybe a mix of both, but we haven’t come to any conclusions. We will have some sort of window covering, that’s for sure. We’ve kicked around the possibility of going with something that’s the green from the palette…but again, nothing has been decided.
Now, as to the rest….
Now every camper needs a few basic necessities, right? Like pillows and blankets? Well, why not get official Haunted Mansion ones? So we did. They boast the Haunted Mansion wallpaper print and remind us that when we are in the Mansion, we are to rest in peace.
We picked those up at a store called Memento Mori, a shop in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom dedicated to all things Haunted Mansion-esque. Of course, we couldn’t pass up going into THAT store, now could we?
Well, after a shopping spree, we came away with these wonderful accessories to help flesh out the Mansion’s interior (as well as a couple of t-shirts, a neck tie and other assorted non-trailer-related goodies!).
1. These are double-sided place mats. One side is the Haunted Mansion wallpaper, the other is of the Happy Haunts, including the Hitchhiking Ghosts.
2. An official deck of Haunted Mansion playing cards — for a rainy day when we’re forced to rest in peace!
3. A “Welcome Foolish Mortal” metal sign. We’re not sure what to do with this exactly (maybe as a welcome sign while we’re parked?)…but it was simply too good to pass up!
4. A set of four stoneware coasters, each bearing the verbiage from one of the silly tombstones outside the Haunted Mansion.
5. A Ghost Host apron designed in the same style and color as the Haunted Mansion cast member uniforms. Gotta be neat and tidy in the Mansion, right?
6. A set of Haunted Mansion dish towels – one of which is the wallpaper again, the other features the famed Madame Leota — the floating fortune teller.
7. A blank Haunted Mansion journal for us to document all of our travels and the wonderful people we’ll get to meet!
Oh…there IS one more thing. When we recently visited Disney World, we took a tour of the Fort Wilderness Campground (which looks VERY nice by the way!), and we had a brief pitstop at one of their “outposts” (camp stores). While in there, Myka fell in love with this strand of lights…so when the opportunity comes for us to actually have an awning
, we will be able to put up a string of lights
that look like our little Mansion. Maybe when we head down there this summer?