Remodeling Lessons Learn(ing)ed

So I can’t be without at least 3 projects going on simultaneously without completely losing my mind. One of the three that I’ve been working on lately is remodeling the camper. It was very cramped and crowded in there and I didn’t really have enough space so I decided to remove the dinette and turn it into an office and then flipped the bed around and make a bench put in a credenza and give myself a little more space. I constantly trip over shit and I’m constantly swearing it everything and I thought that a little more space would be good for everybody involved (you know voices in my head). Below is a picture of what was before and what is now and how I created a bunch of space.

as you can see, I’ve created a little more space as you walk in the door and a lot more space with the dinette used to be. One thing I didn’t mention is that I converted the shower into a closet I just shower in the campground showers. I’ve also taken it upon myself to paint the entire place. I’ve chosen a nice light black almost a gray for all of the cabinets and a deep blue for accent walls and then a nice gray for the rest of the walls I’ve purchased a decal that is the night sky. I’m going to place around the bed as that wall curves up into the ceiling. I’ve placed rope light and sporadic fashion across the ceiling so I don’t really have the overhead bright lights that a camper provides and added a few other lighting additions to make it nice. I still have way too much stuff and I can’t seem to get everything put away at the same time so everything’s always just kind of messy and I start a project and everything gets put everywhere and it becomes a problem lol.

The challenges that I found when painting a camper especially when you’re living in it: If you want to take the cabinet doors off, you only have room to put one somewhere to dry so taking the cabinet door off, painting it on one side, allowing it to dry turning it over pinion the other side, allowing it to dry turning it back over repainting the first side turning it over repainting the second side takes about four days, it was making me crazy so I gave it up and just started painting with the doors on. There’s nowhere to put anything so in order to paint you have to move stuff around they’re just isn’t room so unless you have a lot a large outdoor space that you know it’s not gonna rain. It’s really difficult to do painting in a camper that you’re living in. The paint store is about 35 minutes away so I’ve had to go back there three times because I’ve run out of paint and I decided one of the colors I got it first I didn’t like so that’s been also a challenge if you don’t have the materials. it’s been a project though.

The other thing I learned about being in a camper is that you constantly have to recheck the seals on the outside because the rain will come in and the sealant that you put up there won’t last forever. In fact I sealed before I left and it already needs to be resealed again. I looked outside after a storm the other day and there’s plastic like Camper sealant all over the place and it’s almost depressing. I really hope that I’m not destroying the inside of the camper and it gets moldy. I’ve taken the suggestions of some online forums and purchased two dehumidifiers – one of them is doing a really good job in the bathroom and the one in the main room doesn’t seem to be collecting any water – so I don’t know what’s going on with that. I think it might be broken, but it’s important to keep the humidity in the camper or it will start to mold especially if you cook and shower in the camper.

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