RV RENOVATION: Another Goal Accomplished


I have a confession.

We’re curtain challenged and always have been.

In fact, in our spare bedroom we have a blanket over one window and a faded towel over the other one.

It’s so ghetto, but it is what it is. It wasn’t like we haven’t tried to find curtains to go on those windows.

. . . But, we failed to find the right ones and gave up on it because to be honest, it wasn’t that important to us to continue hunting for the right curtains. Besides, we’re the only ones who goes into that room—us and Church that is.


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-So, last month I bought two of these boho patchwork curtains, and I love them. 

However, as you can see, they were way too big for our RV windows.


Epic fail?

Not quite.

Kevin took one and bunched it up above our kitchen window, and it worked!  

Don’t they look adorable?


Here’s the link if you want to check out these cute bohemian patchwork curtains. https://amzn.to/2xgHB9I

Now, what the hell do we do with the other one?

Thankfully, I have a creative husband who can think outside the box and has an imagination.

I’ll show you what he did with it in a minute.

. . . Anyway, we finished painting the inside of our RV yesterday.




Since we’re both visual and creative people, we started decorating the inside to fuel our excitement on what our house on wheels is going to look like after we’re done renovating it. 

Here's what the inside looked like right after we were done painting and before we did a little decorating.

Here's a picture of what Kevin did with the other curtain.
Here's another picture to give you an idea of what our house on wheels is going to look like once we're done renovating the inside.

We still need to install the wood flooring, and we can’t wait to see what it’s going to look like after it’s done.

-So, yesterday, we accomplished another goal. The painting is finally done, and it looks good, even though painting isn’t our favorite thing to do.

So far, this journey has taught us patience, endurance, knowledge, and wisdom.

We’re being molded and rewarded in ways we never considered or thought about.

A whole new world has opened up to us in ways a year ago we couldn’t even fathom.

It goes deeper than becoming a minimalist, renovating our RV, and eventually traveling the US full-time, living a nomadic lifestyle as a digital nomad.

Maybe one day I’ll write a post about it, but for now I’ll leave you with this as a hint of what I’m talking about. 




RV RENOVATION: I Don’t Know About This Idea


Kevin came up with an idea that I’m not sure about. I’ll show you in a minute what it is.

-But I’ll begin here . . .

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Yesterday we were able to paint some more of the inside of the RV. I thought it would only take us an hour to finish painting.

Not.

However, all we have left—as far as I know—is behind the couch, the wall next to the driver’s side, and touching up parts we already painted.

I’m guilty of slapping the paint on too thin.

My bad.

. . . So, there are a few places I have to put a second coat on.

My grandpa is probably rolling in his grave because he was a professional painter when he was alive and clearly, I didn’t inherit that gene.

Hey, at least I’m trying, right?

That’s how we learn.

Kevin came up with a creative idea to do to our bedroom walls.

His idea is to make the wall look like it has wallpaper showing through the paint, and then decorating it with cool album covers, flyers, whatever—sort of like a scrap book wall.

Before I show you pictures of what we did, check out this cool ass book we discovered.


Here’s the link if you want to check it out: https://amzn.to/2CA2rWL

We’ve used a lot of pages from this book to help decorate inside of our RV.

Kevin did a decoupage between the cabinets that used to be blue velvet.


He created a patchwork collage on the living room wall, using pages from this gem of a book.


 . . . And incorporated his idea for our bedroom wall, using once again, pages from this awesome book.

He stuck pieces he torn up to different parts of the wall. Then I painted around them. 







As of this moment, here’s what his wall and mine looks like in our bedroom.





I don’t know how I feel about it.

Maybe after we do the touch ups, I’ll dig it then.

-Anyway, our RV renovation is coming along. I suspect when we put the flooring in, it’s going to be a pain in the ass.

I could be wrong.

I hope I’m wrong.

. . . But I have a feeling cutting up pieces of the flooring to fit awkward places is going to be a bitch and time consuming.

Of course, I’ll keep you up-to-date.

Renovating an RV is both trying and rewarding at the same time.

It's a lot of work and tends to be frustrating.

However, we’re creating a home-on-wheels.

 . . . And in the end, it’ll be all good.




RV Renovation: We’re Making Progress


Sunday was an awesome day to work on renovating our RV (Aesop) because the weather was cool enough for us to get shit done.

-And we’re making progress!

We’re not finished yet, but check out what we’ve done so far inside the RV . . .

Kevin had to install the padding and carpet in the cockpit area.









I think he did a fine job.

-Then we painted. We still need to finish painting the bedroom and part of the bathroom. 





The booth cushions will be covered in a mandala pattern, and the couch will have a brown slip cover with bohemian type pillows. The two windows you see will have patchwork curtains and blinds or a shade.



This is a closet and pantry we redone.



I love the vintage look. 

I showed you the following in another post, but I'll show you again. 

Kevin distressed this bottom cabinet to give it that vintage gypsy theme we wanted. It was one of the first projects we'd done.



Anyway, I wanted to share our progress with you. I know I love seeing before and after pictures because it shows me what a difference paint and new fixtures make to a boring cabinet.

If you want to continue reading about our progress on transitioning from a conventional lifestyle to an alternative one and about my books—which I need to write a post about in the near future—you can subscribe to this blog on the right-hand side here under "follow me".

Have a wonderful week!





Two Quotes To Live By



We made a lot of progress today on our RV renovation. I’ll write a post on it soon.

Right now, it’s late, and I don’t have time to write the post.

-So, I thought I’d share my own personal quotes that I live by.

Feel free to share them.



Enjoy the rest of your weekend.




Embracing The Minimalist’s Mindset


We’re all about simplicity and being as self-sufficient as we can.

When the concept to be digital nomads and travel the U.S. came into fruition in our minds, I discovered the composting toilet. I mentioned it to Kevin, but he wasn’t onboard with the idea right away.

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During the months of watching Youtube videos of other full-time RVers living the lifestyle we were working towards adopting, Kevin warmed up to the idea.

At first, he thought about building one for us.

Thankfully, I talked him into getting the Nature’s Head composting toilet. https://amzn.to/2PIxC4v



It’s all about embracing the minimalist’s mindset.


With a regular toilet in an RV, we’d have to deal with the black water tank, putting chemicals in it, attaching a hose to dump, and finding a dumping station. Not to mention, the possibility of having something go wrong while dumping our waste and having it spill all over us.

Nasty.

That happened to a fellow Rver, and he was not a happy camper. No pun intended.

With the composting toilet there are no chemicals, and it’s good for the environment.

Here's what ours look like and an explanation of the simple mechanics behind it.

We're still in the process of renovating our RV (Aesop), and we haven't worked on the bathroom yet, except for tearing out the carpet.






We bought this CoCo Coir to put in our composting toilet.

It’s all-natural.

Your poo turns to compost, and instead of your toilet smelling like shit, it smells like damp earth.

-So, with a composting toilet, we won't be reliant on the sewer system, and it's good for the environment.

It is costly, but worth it in the long run. If down the road (again, no pun intended) we decide to get a new rig, van, or a cabin, we can take the composting toilet with us.

The next thing we had to think about was our refrigerator.

I briefly talked about it before in another post I wrote:

-It's not a 3-way fridge

-3-way refrigerators are expensive. They cost between $1,500-$2,000.00.

We pondered over this situation for a while, and then one day it hit us.


We were thinking from a sticks and bricks mindset, not a minimalist one.

We don't need a big fridge.

All we need is a week's worth of food.

 . . . Let's be real here. Most people buy too much food and waste it.

I'm guilty of that, and I hate wasting food.

-So, yeah, at the beginning we weren't thinking correctly. Our thoughts weren't aligned with the minimalist lifestyle we were embracing.

One night, Kevin came across this little badass refrigerator.

The Dobinsons 4X4



When it arrived at our house, at first I was like: I don't know about this. It's small.

 . . . But, after examining it and putting some food in it, I realized it's perfect for our needs.

It'll totally hold a weeks worth of food.

No problem.

-And it runs on solar power as well as 110, and it's portable.

Here's what Kevin did with the space that the original refrigerator was in. He's not done yet, but this is what it looks like at the present moment.


He made shelves for our books or for whatever.

I have to say, the more we embrace this alternative lifestyle, the more liberated we feel.






RV Renovation: This Is What’s Happening Today


It's been weeks since we were able to work on our RV. Lately, it’s been too damn hot and humid outside to continue renovating it.

Finally, we have a nice cool day.


The only problem we’re running into is it’s too humid for the tape to stick to the wall.

WTF?

Have you ever heard of such a thing?

But we'll adapt, improvise, and overcome it.

-So, moving on, we unscrewed the cupboard handles and took them off. 








The process I thought went by fast. I mostly did that while Kevin started painting the cupboards.




His idea was to spray paint them, like he done when he distressed our cabinet below the kitchen sink.




Hey, work smarter not harder.

When we roll paint the walls, we’ll touch up the cabinets with that paint.




Honestly, you guys . . . Kevin is the artist here. I can write stories, articles, and blog posts, but when it comes down to painting, drawing, decoupaging, and distressing furniture to give it that boho vintage look, I’m not good at those things. Therefore, I trust Kevin’s ideas and allow him to create.

He amazes me with his creativity and mind.


. . . Anyway, our flooring comes in on Tuesday. I’m guessing once we’re done painting, we’ll be installing the new floor. I’m hoping I can help Kevin with that.

Oh, a couple weeks ago, we solved our refrigerator problem and bought a new fridge that's solar powered. I’ll write a separate post on it soon.

Right now, as I write this, Kevin is working on the RV. We took a break to eat lunch, and then he went back outside to work on it.

-Well, after I was done eating, I went to join him, and he was grumpy.

His vibe wasn’t good. 

The humidity is back up this afternoon, and he didn’t want to quit. So, I left him be.

I’m sure you can relate when your significant other is in a pissy mood and needs to be left alone.

Hell, when I’m in a shitty mood, I want to be left alone. Don’t you?

-Anyway, a lot is going on in my life, and I strive to at least post here once a week to keep you guys up-to-date on what’s going on—even if it’s a short post or a meme. Something.

Kevin just came into the house, and he’s in a better mood.

YAY!

I’m going to see what he’s up to and finish the goals I want to accomplish today and make new ones for this coming week.

UPDATE: I went outside and into the RV to see what Kevin was up to. Check out what he was working on . . . 







I love it! 

I wanted to share that with you.

Have a good one.