The tiny house revolution is catching on. What is it about these houses? The freedom to live or travel anywhere you can drive to? The low cost upkeep?
My boyfriend and I bought some land a few years ago. We tried rebuilding a camper a couple years ago to put on the land, but the camper ended up being too far gone. It was a total rebuild, from the studs, roof included. It wasn't worth it. We scrapped that camper and had to wait a couple of years to get another one. This is it's story....
We'll start with the pretty parts of this camper! Yeah! I decorated with loads of faux fur, plaid, fleece, and velvet.
I bought most of the "luxury" fabrics online; blue crushed velvet, more unusual faux furs, fleece sheets. I found the top bunk decorative pillows at TJ Maxx. My dogs ate the majority of the pretty jewels and beads off the white pillow. LOL!
We bought one of those cool dorm style bed frames and mattress' from Big Lots for around $300. I knew this bed would be perfect for this camper. Loft style twin bed and a full size bed underneath that folds up to be a couch. Perfect.
The tiny wood stove really pumps some heat! My BF had to cut lots of tiny wood chunks for it!
He painted the propane tank stove and extension pipes with special black stove paint. He wanted a flat surface stove top so we could cook on it!
No electricity. We have some solar lights to install still. For now, a few lanterns do the trick.
A friend of ours brought the wooden fish back from Alaska! My BF mounted it nicely on a painted wooden plaque. My BF also made the wooden bench! Those wood storage bins are actually old industrial lights turned upside down. Look at them closer. Do you see it now? Don't mind the mouse trap sitting behind them ;)
The windows in this camper were actually saved from our last camper that didn't work out. So, that window with the red lever is a safety window! Pull the lever and the whole window swings open!
A lot of the wood was from our previous camper attempt as well.
I made all the curtains in the camper. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a roman shade tutorial!
My boyfriend added this thin shelf under our largest window. It's just the right size to set things on, but small enough that it isn't in the way.
I think I watched too much Beauty & the Beast before decorating this camper. That's where the crushed blue velvet and gold tie backs came into play!
I've had these skies for many years. Actually, they were mine when I was a kid. I stole them from my mom's attic a few years ago. I spray painted them white. I like to use them in winter/ Christmas décor.
Check out my 2 wreaths in 1! Even though the big faux green one is pre-lit, we'll never plug it in. We don't have electricity and I don't think Christmas lights are a good enough reason for a generator. The second wreath is tied into the green one. Both are strung up to the camper. Makes a cool, free decoration.
Once the camper was in place on our property, we added an extension with leftover roofing material and two thin trees. It will be a nice place to keep things dry and out of the elements. My BF scored the siding from a friend.
I wish I could find a before picture! I don't think we took one before my BF added walls! He bought the camper from someone for a few hundred dollars. The previous owner used it as a storage trailer.
While I was preparing my designs for the STRUT Fashion Show, my boyfriend was hard at work; doing frame repair, adding walls, a new floor, windows, screens, door, carpet....
This may be the best part of the camper. We have a friggin' wood stove in our camper! I feel so cool. A propane tank wood stove at that! Oh man, we cool. My boyfriend came up with a design, cut and welded the whole thing! He built a stand and wood storage cabinet. The doors are reused kitchen cabinet doors. Those are burl wood handles! Love burl.
We have lovely views throughout the year....
....and lovely visitors....
Roman Shade Tutorial
-Sewing machine or needle & thread
I started with two pieces of fabric, cream satin and crushed blue velvet. I cut the fabric a few inches larger than my window on all sides. Lay the fabric out just as you will hang it. As in, right sides out. Hem the left and right sides. I did a 2" hem. Hem the bottom leaving the opening for your dowel. FYI: Depending on the size of your curtain, dowels come in certain lengths. One of my windows is 70", so I needed a super long dowel that doesn't exist, at least at my local hardware stores. My boyfriend improvised by using an iron rod cut to size. It's much heavier than a dowel. Just something to be aware of and plan for.
Using your stapler, staple the fabric to the 1" by 1" header board. Use your hammer to tap in any staples that aren't flush.
Add your eyelets to the header board. I added one every 6". Use my image as a reference so you don't add the eyelets to the wrong side of the header. Remember, when your curtain hangs, your eyelets will be hanging DOWN. All of your raw edges and staples will be hidden. You can see in the image below just below my eyelet, there is a black dot. That is where my screw will go to secure it to the wall.
Time to add your rings. I read somewhere that brass rings are best. They will last forever. Whereas, the plastic ones will deteriorate in the sun. Great advice! Get the brass rings!
I used coordinating thread so nothing is seen on the front of the curtain.
Lining up with your eyelets, add your rings every 6" or so. You will be sewing each and every one by hand. Yeah! It will take a while, but worth it.
Below: This is a super important step! Have a pit-bull lay on your curtain for an extended period of time. The pit-bull body seems to help flatten the fabric adequately ;)
Ok, Hulk's job is done. Time to string this thing....
Tie your string a few times to the eyelet nearest the dowel. String it up your curtain and across your header board. The string will dangle from your top, outer-most eyelet. This is where ALL the strings will come out and you'll want to knot them to keep the curtain even.
So..... I ran out of string. Really, I went to the craft store 3 times for string. I just could not get the amount correct. I was too embarrassed to go back again and tell the girl behind the counter I needed MORE string, AGAIN. So, I improvised. I used ribbon! LOL! It looks funny from the back, but no one will ever see the back of my roman shades, so I guess it's ok.
Predrill before you hang the beast. You risk splitting the wood of your beautiful project without predrilling. I speak from experience here people! LOL!
Two of my curtains were super easy panel curtains. I sewed 2" hems all around. At the bottom hem, I added washers from the garage as curtain weights. The top hem is left open for the curtain rod.
I adore our little slice of heaven. Doesn't it look like a great place to take a nap, read a book, or sip a cup of cocoa by the fire on a cold winters day?
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