Replacing RV Window Treatments

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Oh padded valances…. sigh. Why did you become an RV staple? I’ll never know! When we did all the demo on the fifth wheel I happily took out every last one. I knew this was something I’d do the day we first looked at this unit! It immediately brightened up the space and I was so excited to find new window treatments that kept all the pretty light!

Replacing RV window treatments

As you can see the valances also covered and enclosed the pull down day/night shades. After spending some time with these shades (and breaking one on our very first trip!) I knew they had to come out as well. Im sure people are cringing at the idea because shades are not cheap to replace but the idea of living full time with these was crazy. So out they went! Also, my fam doesn’t normally or intentionally match on demo day! LOL!

Replacing RV window treatments

Once everything was gone I realized I really wanted to preserve all that brightness. I looked at several different window treatments… roller shades, blinds, curtains… so many options! It became clear I was going to need multiple solutions to get both the look and privacy we needed.

Eventually I found these curtains on Amazon. Being that RV windows are crazy sizes I didn’t even bother trying to find ones sized to match. I ordered the biggest ones they had and planned to cut down to size. I really liked the linen texture and the sheer coverage. They let in a ton of light and they’re a fraction of the price of true linen.

Replacing RV window treatments

It took a few days to cut and hem all the panels to size but it was very simple sewing. All straight lines and long stitches! It took 3 sets total to make panels for all the windows and I puzzled out as many as possible per section. We installed light weight wrap around curtain rods to hang them on and even used some of the same holes left from the valances.

*Everything we’ve hung (pre-existing holes or not!) has been mounted with molly bolts. We find its the most secure way to hang anything permanent in our fifth wheel and works perfectly with the luan walls.

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When it came to the bedroom we wanted the option for a bit more privacy. I felt like I saw the same cheap rollers used in several RV makeovers. Im sure they are an inexpensive solution if you are working on a budget but again we are talking FULL TIME USE. And the one thing nearly everyone agrees on is the roller shades eventually loose their ability to roll back up. We aint got time for items that have a short shelf life! Ha!

So we headed to Home Depot to check out a few other options. After feeling a few window treatments in person we settled on Cordless Cellular Shades. If you buy them in the store they will also cut them to size for free while you do your other shopping. Obviously this was a perk as we needed some seriously non traditional sizes.

Replacing RV window treatments

The shades fit perfectly within the curtain rods we had and were incredibly easy to mount. The shades themselves are cordless and move up or down soooooo smoothly! We got the blackout versions which were a little more but totally worth it and doable since its only 3 small windows.

Replacing RV window treatments

In addition to the shades I also added a bit of tassel trim to the curtains in the bedroom. Im not 100% set on the bedroom color scheme for the new space but I know it will include some Navy as I plan to recycle some pieces from our loft. For now, this little addition is really perking up the simple window treatments!

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Have you replaced any window treatments in your living space lately? Is your RV full of bulky padded valances? Do you love em’ or hate em’? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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Replacing That Old Carpet

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Ok. We’re just jumping right into the heavy blog renovations here because… well… thats kind of how Q and I do things in real life! I showed you guys all those lovely before pics in the tiny tour post and now Im going to show you the crazy mess we made. I promise there’s a good ending to this story(fantastic faux hard wood!) but lets start with the guts. Purging the fifth wheel carpet!

Replacing fifth wheel carpet.

The majority of the fifth wheel was covered in this bland beige carpet. It was fine. It was also used. Which made my brain start thinking about how many spills, layers of dirt, pet funk, and other scary things happened in its short lifetime… the answer: too many! Besides the germ factor carpet is also not our style.

Replacing fifth wheel carpet.

So I took to Pinterest and google and read as much as I could handle about ripping the stuff out. The basics were all the same. Get a utility blade, cut along the edges, use super strength to tear that sucker out! And to be honest, thats really what this part of the demo consisted of. Luckily, I had my Pops(with his 30 yrs of construction experience) and cousin(with teenage muscles and stamina) to help out since Q was gone for this portion.

Replacing fifth wheel carpet.

There were only a few places we had to take special care. One was the edges of the slides. The corners are actually just small pieces of plastic that extend the visual line of the slide. They’re not strong enough to hold any weight but we wanted to floor to extend in the same fashion so we were careful to leave them in place. Getting around all the corners and tucked edges was not the easiest job! We found a pair of needle nose pliers and a nail puller worked wonders!

Replacing fifthwheel carpet

In addition to the carpet, we also took out all the tile print linoleum. This was only in a small part of the kitchen, hallway, and bathroom. Removing this was a cinch compared to the carpet! It came up in big sheets and was so easy to cut with the utility blade.

Once everything was out I removed about a billion staples and all the remnants I could get a hold of along the edges. This detail work took a lot longer than the initial demo. But the prep work here was so important it was a non-negotiable job!

Replacing fifthwheel carpet

Now to the fun stuff! New Floors! We read so many articles, reviews, and posts about which flooring to install. The two things we were most concerned with were weight and durability. Weight… well thats obvious. Nobody wants to add unnecessary weight to their trailer. Durability is a little more complicated. Whatever floor we put down needed to withstand the weight and wear of 2 huge slides rolling over it. Frequently! In the end we went with NuCore from Floor & Decor.

Replacing fifthwheel carpet

Its a floating floor that snaps together in planks. Its waterproof, has an anti-microbial finish, cork backing and can be cut with a simple utility blade. There are over 30 colors to choose from and TBH I think its really well priced! *And no, we are not affiliates!

16 boxes, 3 helpers, and several hours later our fifthwheel subfloor was completely covered! We were under a bit of a time crunch so we were happy so find how easily this came together.Just measure, cut, and snap in place. The fact we did the whole thing with just a utility blade ended up being a huge perk! The floor of the fifth wheel had so many odd angles and tight spaces I just cant imagine how crazy the cuts would have been on a saw. It was also great to skip nails/hardware all together on a project!

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When it came to finishing out the slides we used 2 different trims. At first I wanted everything to match but as you can see the slides are very different so that wasn’t going to work.

The small area in front of the fireplace was a continuation of the kitchen which has a thick white base. After seeing both options in person it was clear white was best. This one is a small 90 degree pvc wall trim we found at Lowes.

For the living room slide we went with an unfinished oak stair trim from Home Depot. At first we thought we’d stain it to match but it turned out to be the same color as our furniture legs(more on that soon!) so its most likely going to be left as-is.

One tip we used(several times!) while putting this all together: test as you go. Throughout the whole process we pulled the slides in an out many times. Its better to make sure everything is going to work before you’ve laid the entire thing. We’d lay a chunk and then test a slide, lay & test, lay & test… you get the point! Our slides glide right over these without any problems. No buckling, shifting, or scratching. All of which we were worried about!

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One major project DONE! We’ve been to a handful of places and temps and we couldn’t be happier with this flooring. It was a big project but we knew it was essential to this renovation.

So tell me about your fifthwheel, rv, tiny home, etc flooring. Do you love it? Hate it? Considered replacing it? You know Id love to hear all about it in the comments!

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Tiny tour!

Its a new year and we are in full swing DIY mode with our new “tiny project”. In my last post I shared about our newest purchase and living space. A used Big Horn fifth wheel we demoed and are now renovating. There are stacks of projects and to-do lists lined up for this new space but I thought I’d share a simple “before” tour first.

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The all-in-one floor plan completely sold us on this model! We loved the “feel” and all the possibilities the open concept gave us. And can you say pop-out?! We’ve got 2 LARGE slides on the main floor and an additional one in the bedroom.

Tiny tour

The kitchen is packed with cabinets and storage which is a major plus. It even has a full size pantry and extra storage in the island. For foodies like us these are major wins!

Tiny tour

Throughout the space there are “residential” features like the solid countertops and pendant lights. Its not our style(at all! ha!) but it still makes a difference. Most of these features will probably be altered or replaced but having the “bones” set up in a way we like is one less step on our to-do lists.

The petite dining room and sofa space may feel small in comparison to standard furniture but its plenty for the two of us. And more importantly it will be easy to redesign!

The bathroom is pretty basic and by now you should see a theme… beige walls + brown wood. Cant wait to rectify that sitch! This little space is no different. We did appreciate the 3 full cabinets and walk in shower. Q is 6ft tall and asking him to cram into those tiny corner showers would have been a joke.

And finally the bedroom! Which had our one basic requirement: space for a king bed! We absolutely LOVE our bed/mattress and neither of us was willing to give it up. We also loved all the cabinet space and full walk around access.

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Clearly we are starting out with a great unit and if we were simply using this for travel/camping it would be great as-is. But, calling this home for the next chapter means we are happily putting in some major DIY hours to make the space better suited to our tastes. I cannot wait to share these plans and projects with you guys! We’ve got some big ones coming!

So tell me about your camper, trailer, and RV experiences! Have you ever been a ‘full-timer’? Did you redecorate? Remodel? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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We’re going tiny!

I know I mentioned a move in my last post but now its official: we’re going tiny! Tiny living that is! We purged and packed and purchased our little 300-something sqft on wheels.

We’ve lived in so many different types of spaces over the years. Single family homes, town homes, barracks, apartments, lofts, single rooms and even a few couches have made the list. It was really only a matter of time before we tried tiny living right? Right! Ha!

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So the new space is a 36ft Bighorn Fifth wheel we demoed and have begun renovating to fit our style. It has already been sooooo different from any other project and space we’ve previously taken on and we’re LOVIN it! Over the next few months I’ll be sharing all the dirty behind the scenes and DIY projects as we transform this space.

I know people join the #tinymovement for all sorts of reasons. Some want to save money, live debt free, travel the country, go off grid, go completely minimalist and a myriad of other reasons. And all those reasons are fantastic. But I cant say we have one single reason in mind. Honestly, its more of a list. Ha!

I’m sure I’ll share more deets on the why, when, and how but the majority of content here on the blog will stay all about that #DIYlife! We have so many projects to change this space from top to bottom and I cant wait to share with you guys!

So have you considered going tiny? Could you do 300 square feet? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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Home Tour: Loft Bedroom

Ok, this is a bittersweet post. Excited to share another Home Tour with you guys but it will be our last from the loft. Yep. We’re moving again! More deets on that later(promise!). But before we say goodbye to the loft lets check out the Bedroom since it had some of my favorite DIYs to date!

Home Tour: Bedroom

Copper Plant Stands: This was the first time I’ve worked with real copper pipes for a DIY and I was instantly hooked! This project comes together so quickly and requires very little supplies. Plus it dresses up even the most basic pots!

Home Tour: Bedroom

MALM Nightstand Hack: I feel like we’ve all had some variation or piece from the MALM collection. Its solid, inexpensive, and super affordable. Unfortunately its also very basic. Hacking these nightstands with hardware and chalk paint completely customized them with minimal effort.

Home Tour: Bedroom

Painted Throw Pillows: Speaking of minimal effort… these throw pillows were more like a coloring book exercise than full on DIY! I loved the design and price but they didnt fit our color scheme as-is. A little rose gold paint and fabric medium changed that real quick!

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Rose Gold Lamps: A little rose gold paint was also key to these lamp makeovers. They started out a basic college dorm room lamp from Target. With a coat of rose gold paint and new shades they coordianted perfectly with the nightstand hack!

Home Tour: Bedroom

Painted Fabric Chair: This project was a long time coming! We bought this chair when we lived on the east coast with plans to reupholster. After a bit more research we quickly realized that project was way more work than we actually had time for so it sat as-is for some time. Once we moved into the loft I was ready to find a better solution and its no surprise I decided on paint. After a little research and a few fabric medium tests I found the perfect paint solution! Its been months and this is still my favorite reading spot.

Home Tour: Bedroom

Customized Planters: There are always those last few touches that complete any room. For me this generally revolves around plants(yes Im an aspiring #plantlady!). This post showed a few ways I customized store bought planters.

Home Tour: Bedroom

Home Tour: Bedroom

Gallery Wall: like I mentioned in the original post, I put these in every space we move into. I love the symmetry, repetition, and clean design it brings to our spaces. This hack helps get them up quickly and with minimal effort. Plus I love the subject in this set of prints! 😉

Home Tour: Bedroom

This loft bedroom was one of my favorite spaces. I loved the airy open feel and the gorgeous light we woke up to every morning. It may also be the most DIYs Ive managed within one space! So have you added any DIYs to your master bedroom? Tried any of the above in your own home? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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Homey Giveaway!

Ok guys, its giveaway time! Ive teamed up with two amazing ladies to bring you some awesome products on this one. And I may be biased (since we’re related!) but I know they both bring some seriously cool goods to the table!

First, if you haven’t heard of Shop Madi Mo you are missing out! This shop is full of inspired designs which Madi hand stitches herself. She’s got items to dress up your home as well as your wardrobe. Check it out, I promise you’re about to fall in love with the whole collection!

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Collab giveaway

Next! If you haven’t joined the Essential Oils party that is sweeping Pinterest, FB, IG, Twitter, and probably a house next door… now is your chance! Victoria is a wellness advocate and oil kween for DoTerra and she’s changing my life & HOME. I’ve casually used Essential Oils over the years but now that she has me using top quality varieties in seriously delish scents its a whole new ball game. Check out her site for all the details on how and why these EOs should be a part of your home too!

Lastly, if you haven’t seen my DIY Marble Diffuser you really need to catch up! Ha! In this post I gave you all the deets on how you can transform a basic(and bland!) diffuser into a marbled piece you actually want to display!

So what exactly is included in this fab collab giveaway? Let me tell you! The winner will get 2 hand stitched linen towels from Shop Madi Mo, 2 incredible Full size(15ml) DoTerra oils from vjennett.essentials, and 1 DIY Marble Diffuser Kit from yours truly! These products are about to do wonders for your home and winning them is super easy! Head to Instagram now to get in on the action!

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DIY Marbled Diffuser

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Fall. We all love it right? One of the many reasons I love these next couple weeks is the cozy vibes and sinking into my inner homebody. Lately one of my favorite ways to up the cozy factor in our home is diffusing Essential Oils(EOs). My sweet cousin has recently converted me to an oil lovin’ fool and I couldn’t be happier!

If you’re already diffusing EOs in your home you know the diffuser market is VAST. They come in every shape, size, and color you could dream up and there are some absolutely stunning options. When I bought my diffuser I wasn’t willing to commit to a super expensive option so I went with a well reviewed and super affordable model.

After using this in our home everyday for some time I decided the only way to love it more was to give it a makeover! You know I love paint and marbling(I swear that could have been another title option for this blog!) and it was the first thing I thought to try. Of course Im now completely obsessed and want to make these for every person I know. Spoiler alert for any family and friends… Santa’s making you diffusers! Ha!

Ok, so lets get down to the deets! Besides the actual diffuser you just need a container larger enough to roll your diffuser in, nail polish, scissors, a skewer, and painters tape. I also threw down some newsprint to protect my work surface but any drop cloth or scratch paper will work.

I purchased a basic cool mist diffuser online. The body is plastic and made up of 3 main pieces. I removed the lid from the base and separated the cup from the cover.  Being able to take this apart is absolutely key! Obviously electricity and water don’t mix well so if you cant remove your lid completely I would not recommend this process.

Once everything was separated I masked off the hole on top and the bottom edge with painters tape. It can be a little tricky getting the tape to follow the edge exactly so I slapped on a few pieces and used scissors to cut off the excess.

DIY Marbled Diffuser

When everything was taped off I got to the fun stuff… making the marble! I filled up the container with enough water to bring the marble close to the top. If you want to ‘dip’ vs ‘roll’ you need your container to be deep enough to accommodate the whole lid. Personally I like to ‘roll’ but you can practice on other items to find your own marbling style.

DIY Marbled Diffuser

After I poured a few layers of paint(quickly) onto the surface I swirled with a skewer. The pattern you see on the surface isn’t going to transfer as-is onto your lid so don’t overthink it. Just swirl enough to get a random pattern.

DIY Marbled Diffuser

Then I got to rolling! I had to roll three times to overlap the sides and top but I didn’t have to reload the paint. Overlapping also created a more random look so it was #winning all around! I left the lid on some newsprint to dry(in the sun) for a full 24 hours. It might have been overkill but I wanted to make sure the paint was completely cured before reassembling.

Once the 24 hours was up I loaded it with water and a few drops of EOs and fell in love all over again! Ok, ok, that may be a bit much but honestly I sat there admiring my handy work for a good 5 minutes. Im so excited with how this came out and how easy it will be to replicate.

So have you started using EOs in your home? Is your diffuser in need of a makeover? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

DIY Marbled Diffuser
Give your Essential Oil Diffuser a fabulous makeover with this DIY marbling technique!
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Home Tour: Kitchen

Its been a while since we moved into our loft. For quite some time the kitchen was in a constant shuffle. Its one of the most used spaces and I may(ok, definitely) be particular about how things are situated. My only excuse is that I do 99% of the cooking in our home. Ha! So now that things are just right I thought it was time to share the Kitchen Tour!

Home Tour Kitchen

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One of the best things we did when we moved in was make this kitchen island. We have shuffled the contents here and there but overall its stayed the same. And we LOVE it. This adds so much extra storage to our kitchen and our most used items are conveniently within reach.

Home Tour Kitchen

Some of the shelves are open for storing larger items and others we’ve found containers for. We’ve used a combination of collapsible bins and magazine organizers for most everything. And lastly, we found the perfect adjustable wine storage! This took some trial and error but when this is built into a square it fits perfectly in the cubes of the expedit shelves.

Home Tour Kitchen

We also attached this magazine rack to the far side for lid storage. I just love these things! I’ve used them for years even before we built this island. They have been discontinued at the stores(Ikea) but you can still grab similar ones on Amazon. Ive attached them to kitchen carts and even the inside of kitchen cabinets. Its honestly the best way I’ve found to keep lids organized so far.

Kitchen Tour

Other easy organizing products Ive found are wood trays and chalkboard labels. The trays I’ve painted to match the rest of the decor in the kitchen. And yes, of course I used chalk paint and wax! So far these have held up really well and the wax finish cleans well with just a wet rag. The labels I found on Amazon and I use them on EVERYthing! I cut them to fit on smaller jars and use the full labels for larger canisters.

Kitchen Tour

The other thing Ive added here and there is plants. I used to have the hardest time keeping ANY plants alive but something about this place is turning that right around! I think the amount of light we get in the loft is playing a big part. It may also be the plants themselves. Ive narrowed it down to a few varieties that are pretty indestructible. Generally speaking, I can keep succulents and philodendrons alive. Lets all cross our fingers that they are still alive after this is published. Ha!

Kitchen Tour

Kitchen Home Tour
Home Tour: Kitchen Edition. Check out the loft kitchen with DIY island for tons of extra storage!

So what organizing products or DIYs are you using in your kitchen? Are plants taking over your countertops too? You know Id love to hear all about it in the comments!

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Modern Painted Antlers

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Modern Painted Antlers

I grew up in a house of hunters. My husband also grew up in a house of hunters. We both lived with antlers and other taxidermy trophies and it was only a matter of time before they made it into our home as a couple. The only problem I had with this is the style or “look” they imply. See, we arent cabin, lodge, woodsy, etc kind of people within our own space. Its just not us. #nojudgement So a few coats of paint later and we are loving our “new” modern antlers!

Modern Painted Antlers

The set on the left is one Q actually hunted when he was a kid. They are sentimental and I’ve been trying to find a way to integrate them into our space for quite a while. The set on the right is from Target and completely ceramic. They are both ok on their own but neither fit our style or space.

Ive seen a bunch of tutorials and antler makeovers using spray paint but I really wanted to stick to the color pallet we chose for the living room. And finding those exact colors is basically impossible. So I used the Ceramcoat Select from Delta to mix my colors to an exact match. Its the first time I’ve used these satin finishes and I totally loved them!

Modern Painted Antlers

I separated the real antlers from the plaque to make painting easier. I wiped everything down with a damp rag to remove dust and thats it. Im not big on prep work… are you guys picking up on that? Ha!

Being that these would be mounted and nearly never handled I wasn’t too concerned with primers or sealers. I just laid out some newsprint and started slapping on the acrylic!

Modern Painted Antlers

[after 1 coat of acrylic paint]

Modern Painted Antlers

I used bristle brushes to really work the paint into the uneven surface of the antlers. It took 2 solid coats to get full coverage[see above for coverage after 1 coat] and I did a little bit of touch up on the real knobby bits.

Modern Painted Antlers

Painting over the fur was a bit different. It took 3 coats to really cover everything and I used a softer synthetic brush. Also, you need to paint with the grain so this dries “laying down”. The paint will make the fur stiff so you want to be aware of how you are directing it.

I let this dry for a full 24 hours before attempting to hang them up. And again, I did not seal these. If you wanted a different finish(glossy/high shine) Im sure you could hit them with a coat of spray on.

Modern Painted Antlers

Now lets talk hanging hardware. I’ve never been shy about decorating our walls whether we were renting or owned. And over the years I’ve tested a number of different hardware. I know that’s probably making some of you cringe because you’re team “don’t destroy the drywall”! But! I think I’ve found a pretty good compromise.

I picked up this multi-pack of hangers from High & Mighty a while ago and I’m thoroughly impressed! (No, I’m not affiliated with H&M) They can hold an insane amount of weight for their size and they only make a hole the size a thumbtack would leave. Thats tiny! And, even better, they’re a tool free product. #winning

Modern Painted Antlers

I am loving this makeover and I cant wait hear what a few of my “traditional hunters” think! So would you paint a set of antlers? Have you already given a taxidermy piece a mod makeover? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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Bath Caddy Giveaway

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First, thanks for all the love on the bath tour I shared last week! You guys are the best! We are loving the finished product and it still feels like a little piece of the D.R. There was one thing you guys seemed to really like and comment on the most. The Bath Caddy!

Bath Caddy Giveaway

I absolutely love this caddy and being that its adjustable means it can accommodate most tub sizes. Since I love this caddy and I so appreciate all the positive feedback on the bath tour I thought a giveaway was in order! Yay!

One lucky winner will get the Ollieroo bath caddy I featured in the home tour to lux up their own bath! The caddy is adjustable and can range in length from 27.5″ to 41.5″. It also has a phone slot, ipad/book holder, and (most amazingly!) a wine glass keeper. Seriously this is my favorite bath accessory to date! Ha!

Enter below and good luck to all my fabulous readers!

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***Update***

Congratulations Steph Croft! You’re our winner! And thank you to all our other readers that participated!

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