George and I are currently building out a custom van for camping and travelling. We’d love to travel in the Airstream, but it’s large and cumbersome– especially for a short trip. We don’t have much time to work on the van, but we’ve made some progress and I want to share it with you today.
As a reminder, let’s take a look at the van before we started working on it. (See above and below!)
And here’s the progress we’ve made…
We ripped out the carpets, thoroughly cleaned, built a platform for the bed, built the basic structure for a kitchen, built a box for the emergency camper toilet, and began putting in the wood walls. Bambi did not help. 😛
The walls are built out of rough-cut, untreated wood– the kind of wood usually used for fencing! We used fence wood to cut down costs and cut down on weight. The walls made such a difference!
Next we picked out foam for a mattress. I picked the plushiest option. What can I say, Bambi and I are princesses. We took the foam home and cut it with a large, sharp knife to custom fit.
The wood we used for the walls was way too yellow. I would have loved to use all reclaimed wood, but we just didn’t have enough. We decided to paint the walls a light grey (the color on the left). I would have loved bright white, but the the rough cut wood lent itself to a faux, old- wood finish. Plus, the grey really picks up the grey in the reclaimed wood we used to build the box, the bed and the kitchen.
Above you can see the 1st coat of white. And Bambi claiming the bed as her own.
And the finished product!
It’s a slow process, but it’s coming along. If you want to follow our progress in real time, I’ve been posting progress shots on Instagram. I can’t wait to get this thing on the road!
Do you have any big projects in the works? Talk to me in the comments.