Alright, here it is! The "Before & After" post. Enjoy the pictures of Harvey's transformation!
Quick post: One of the drawer handles broke when I was trying to prep them for painting (it was super old and apparently very flimsy). So we found some new cute white handles to replace them at Hobby Lobby. Butterflies!
Since it's just the two of us (well, for now anyway!), we knew that we didn't need to use the bunk for sleeping. So we took the cushion out and decided to make that a storage area instead. (Oh yeah, and Brannon went ahead and painted the bunk area with the same gray floor paint - it was pretty gnarly looking up there.)
We found some perfect open face easy access stackable bins at Walmart for $3.97 each, and they fit perfectly in that little space. Using eye bolts and zip ties, Brannon secured the bins to the wall so it wouldn't fall over on us while we were driving.
We bought a fabric shower curtain from Target to separate the cab/bunk area from the rest of the living quarters. Our main purpose was to separate us from the cab section, to give us some privacy. And it was also nice that it covered the bunk area that we'll use for storage.
I bought a simple over-the-door organizer for the bathroom to hold our shampoos, soaps, etc... so between that and the mirror medicine cabinet, we should have enough room for our bathroom supplies.
And we kind of splurged on this next item. The main closet was narrow and deep, so we quickly discovered that we wouldn't be able to efficiently access anything that we put in the back of it. That led us to purchase this 2-tiered pull-out cabinet organizer by Rev-A-Shelf. It was a perfect fit for the awkward space, and will allow us to utilize space that would have been "dead" otherwise.
Brannon used a couple of carabiners to secure the drawers while we were on the road (we quickly found out that we needed to do that).
And this next project is still unfinished, but I still wanted to write about it. The microwave was once here, but we're trying to get away from using the microwave (I know, a bit crazy) and we figured that if we didn't have one and couldn't use it, then we'd be forced to seek out other options. So we got rid of it. Then we had a hole. We looked for some type of bin or basket or something to put in there, to possibly hold produce or something. The space was fairly shallow, so I quickly found that my options were limited quite a bit. I took my keychain tape measure around with me to several different stores and just couldn't find the perfect thing to fit that space. Brannon kept saying, "We need something that opens from the bottom up," and I kept telling him that I don't think that exists - because I've been to about every store in Springfield and haven't been able to find anything like that. So not being able to find a solution, we put that project on hold for the time being.
Then we went to our storage shed to get some of our kitchen items to load into our cabinets. As we were sorting through stuff there, Brannon pulls this bread box out that we had at our previous rental. It was actually a dumpster dive find - well, kind of. I didn't actually go dumpster diving. It was just sitting next to our neighbor's trash can by the curb with some other stuff and a cardboard sign that said "FREE". So I took it home, and we used it in our kitchen for awhile (after I cleaned it up of course). So he pulled it out and brought it into the camper to see if it would fit. It was just a smidge too tall, but looked like it might fit otherwise. So we popped the wooden piece off the top, and it slid right in! The dimensions were pretty much perfect - I couldn't believe it. Apparently, something like that DOES exist - I was eating my words.
So now I just need to prime and paint it to match the rest of the colors in there. But it's a perfect fit.
We decided to do a gray base for the floor color, then at some point in the future I might stencil a design over it (like I had previously posted)...maybe when I'm not preggos. So we picked out some glossy Valspar Oil Porch & Floor Paint in light gray at Lowe's.
And it turned out pretty well! We (and by "we", I mean Brannon) put two coats on it, and each coat took forever to dry (the beauty of oil-based paints). But we're both happy with the color. It's not completely smooth and free of bumps because we just painted over the plywood that was underneath the carpet. So it's not perfect, but it's perfect for us. My mom found some inexpensive floor rugs at Walmart that had the mint, gray and white colors in it - so we'll use those for now. They make great camping rugs. At some point, we'll probably try to find a runner that looks good to go down the middle, but we haven't fallen in love with one yet.
Not a bad transformation, eh? I'll post before and after pictures soon!
Curtains. I knew we needed them, but I was kind of dreading them. I'm no seamstress, and the cushions that I recovered were a bit stressful (I was so OVER them by about halfway through, but I couldn't stop there!). So I wasn't really looking forward to making these at all. But the straight lines and easy seams proved to be less complicated and a bit less stressful than the cushion recover project. *happy*
I found some fabric that I loved (my lovely mother patiently helped me walk through the fabric store and talk out the possibilities), which helped in starting the project. I initially had a hard time picking out the fabric, so once I found one that I liked, worked with the colors, and I could picture inside our camper, I was ready to lay it out and make the first cut (even though that first cut was still nerve-wracking!).
I just put a simple white liner with it - nothing fancy.
I sewed a 1/4" seam around 2 opposite edges, leaving 2 more edges that needed to be attached.
Because I needed to line up the two curtain sides so the pattern of the fabric was lining up in the middle properly, it was much easier to turn them right side out after I was done sewing the two edges, line up the pattern, iron the fabric into place, then use stitch witchery on the remaining edges. I left a 2-inch space at the top of each piece for the curtain rod to go through.
And that was my process. Much easier than those stinkin' cushions I must say! I was relieved at the process, and was able to bang them out over a few days.
I bought simple white curtain rods to hang them - the ones that wrap around on the edges so we have a little more privacy. (Plus, those old curtain rods were a joke!)
It has come together quite nicely, don't ya think?
I'll post some before/after pics altogether once I gather them all. It will be fun to look at the progress we've made!
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