Many students are clueless about what to do with their free time when summer break arrives.
While some teenagers choose to work over the summer, others choose to go to camp or take a family vacation.
But West Virginian Ellie Yeater, 14, clearly knew what she wanted to do with her summer.
She would devote her efforts to realizing her fantasy of converting an outdated camper into a lovely setting where she could socialize with her friends.
And the outcome? All praise in the world is due to this girl.
Ellie Yeater, then 14 years old, decided to overhaul a 1974 camper throughout the summer of 2016.
She bought it with birthday money and transformed it into a lovely place she could call her own.
It would take a lot of effort to clean up the interior.
The furnishings need a full restoration because they have all been untouched since the 1970s.
“It needed work… lots of work,” Elli’s mom, Lori, told Woodcraft.
On the other hand, Ellie was prepared to tackle her goal assignment and began by scrubbing the floors.
Her father and brother, both accomplished renovators, were nearby to assist and direct her.
The flooring needed to be scraped and the rot removed before decorating.
The color of the camper was the first thing Ellie wanted to change.
She painted a vivid, stunning blue named “mystic sea” to give it her personal touch.
The time to focus on the interior was now.
It was painted a peachy color with aqua-blue accents by Ellie.
Ellie further installed a brand-new floor.
The outdated 1970s-era tiles were replaced with brand-new, wood-patterned tiles.
Ellie had to bring the decorations in at this point.
Even Ellie’s grandmother got involved, sewing towels, curtains, and pillowcases.
In just one summer, Ellie transformed the camper into her retreat; looking at the before and after photos is hardly recognizable.
Isn’t it remarkable that a 14-year-old was able to complete this task? Impressive!
Ellie received suggestions and direction from her family members, who wished to support her as she worked on her summer project.
They were, of course, always welcome to see her in her camper.
“I have never told her that she couldn’t do anything. She has always been an out-of-the-box thinker. I don’t want her to feel she must color inside the lines. I want her to color the entire page!” says Ellie’s mom, Lori.
Talk about spending your summer break doing something productive! Ellie, great job!
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