Sunday, March 6, 2016

Blue Moon Gets a Closet

Daffodils are blooming, the temps are warming and...we're back to full-time Airstreaming! Although we both had mixed feelings about moving back into Blue Moon that ranged from "yay tiny living!" to "we're 30 and still don't know wtf we're we doing with our lives,"  - but after a few weeks of getting settled in, we're all smiles again. Last fall we tried to by a "real" house - a fixer-upper - and it didn't work out, so in our minds we thought we'd find another house to buy before this spring, but island real estate ain't cheap, so the months passed and we found ourselves heading back up to our mountain-top Airstream abode again. We decided to embrace this tiny aluminum home we own for now, and we jumped in to projects!

We're addicted to creating more storage solutions since we built the medicine cabinet (click to read about it) a few months ago. We've been debating what to do with the empty space where our composting toilet was originally installed (we sold our Nature's Head composting toilet to some other Airstream-ers after deciding we would just use the shower/bathroom/laundry facilities located on the property we're parked on.) I'll humor you with these throw-back photos from our renovation days:

We kept a space heater there for a time as well as our towels. But, the space has mostly ended up being a catch-all for crap. 

So I drew up some plans for a closet to put in as a replacement!

J had recently been working on boats in the Port Townsend shipyard for work and watched a modified tick-sticking technique that the shipwrights use to template the curves of boat hulls when they have to cut new planks. We find ourselves taking inspiration from boats a lot when we work on our Land Yacht. So, to make the template for the closet walls, we got a handy-dandy hot glue gun (dries instantly!) and stuck those little bits of wood onto a squared-up frame.

Onto the plywood it goes for connecting the dots and jig-sawing.

sand and poly, repeat.

Putting it all together! We ended up making the closet quite a bit wider than my original drawing, and we love it!

Pretty snazzy stuff :-)

I really like how J detailed the clothing rod fixture with hemlock.

We finished the whole thing off with a linen curtain and a new dome light over the medicine cabinet to keep things bright. I think now that we're 30, hanging our clothes on hangers is really an adult-like thing to do, so at least we're taking steps in the right direction toward growing up, hehe. 

The other side of the closet does double-duty with hooks and towel rack. My initial design was a skinnier closet that didn't cover any of the window, but when we put the panels up, it just made sense to make it wider. We LOVE the extra space, and neither of us mind the partial window block. It's still an operable window since the crank is on the right side.

We also dug our hometown New Belgium Brewing Accumulation White IPA tacker out of storage and finally riveted into it's permanent home behind our sink :-) 

Happy Spring from our tiny home to yours!

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