Friday, June 29, 2012

Motor home Remodel ~ Part 1

Have you been wondering what we are doing?  Well after a lot of talking, drawing and what have you we had a plan to do a little remodeling in our rig.  We rarely sit at our dinette - it is usually used to hold things.  We had baskets on the bench, stuff stacked under the table and even a 3 drawer cabinet sitting on one of the benches. 

So the plan was to take out the table and the two benches and put in a desk with a file cabinet giving us more counter top space (oh yes, the convection oven was sitting on top of the table).  Found the desk and two file cabinets.  Demolition day was set for Wednesday, June 27th!!

And this is what we found:
This is the dinette area with the table & benches cleaned off and a glimpse of stuff underneath.

Any idea what this is?  Found under the table in the back corner?  Answer to be revealed at end of post :)

Dinette area without the table

And the cushions are gone!

And what do we find?  Electrical box for power to the front of the motor home and the built in vacuum cleaner.  Umm, now what??????

And under the other bench ~ the wheel well, furnace ducting and more electric outlets.  Ummm, now what???

So now to plan B...

We talked about cutting down the benches giving more room for walking in the rig.  But wait we need the back of the bench by the door ~ it has electric outlet in it, holds the banister for climbing into the motor home, holds the magazine rack.  Oh, and we use it to balance when stepping out of the rig.   And then it was time to go work ~~ all the above happened before 8:00 a.m. :)

So we talked some more, discussed Plan C and came up with getting a cabinet for across the benches, giving us a little storage under the center cabinet.  And so off to Walmart we went.  Bought a cabinet and a file cabinet with two wood drawers.  In the boxes they looked the same color.  Also bought new curtains for the kitchen window and the window behind where the dinette was.  I went back to work leaving Ron to do some demolishing and building.

And this is what I came to after work:
Cabinet in place.  Lighter color cherry wood.  File cabinet is dark cherry wood ~ uh oh, clashes together.  But I got the curtains up:)  Just have to hem them as they are about 6" too long.
Now to plan D,

So we bought two 3 tier cabinets for each side of the cabinet.  And voila ~~~ here we go:
Inside cabinet: center section with my cookbooks!!!! And food storage on either side.

Right corner.  I put contact paper on the benches :) 

Corner with wine cabinet (behind the mirrored door) and my new pigs that hubby bought me the other day.  See the pig picture that I cross-stitched for in our sticks & bricks house.

Another view of right corner.  Not sure if going to leave tray with cactus plant or just put plant directly on the cabinet top.  Ideas???  The lady pig in the top corner is one I bought in 2003 when I went to Georgia to spend time with my longest friend ever, Merel.  She has traveled many miles. 

Stuff under the middle of the cabinet.  Will be buying a couple of baskets to slide under there instead of having stuff just tucked under there that can roll around when we are on the move.

Center & Left of cabinet.  Convection oven on top left.

Left side of cabinet.  Spices are now in top drawer of 3 tier shelf and away from the stove top.

A front view of the remodel.  The board to the right of the picture will be cut out once we get a saw to do that. 

Continuing with other remodeling this weekend: new curtains in the living room, covering the box that hubby built above the driver/passenger seats.  Once that's all done, will post another blog post with pictures.

Whatcha think?  Any suggestions for the top of the wood cabinet?  Not sure I like the tray with the plant, pig, frog...do I leave the tray or take it away and just put those items directly on the cabinet top???

5 comments:

  1. I think y'all did an awesome job after you found the uh-oh's. I would leave the cactus there...she probably likes the light.

    Cindy

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  2. So far we have not made any changes to the Alfa. We like it just the way it is. Someday we may remodel the TV cabinet in front.

    We use our table all of the time. We eat there, compute there and play cards there.

    But everyone needs to do what works for them. You did a good job.

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  3. You guys have surely been busy! The tray with the figurines makes it easy to put away when breaking down for travel. But, less is sometimes more. Guess you are gonna have to make that call. Glad to see you post. Have missed you.

    Birdie
    heybirdie.blogspot.com

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  4. Great use of space:) (love your piggies) Will it stay still when your moving?? I like the idea of plants on a tray, I could see that as an easy way to move it around if you need.

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  5. Carla we ended up moving the wood cabinet all the way over towards the door and put the two little white/black next to each other. I ended up taking the plant out of the tray - it seemed so crowded. I put the rubber mats to keep stuff from sliding under the plants and they stay put. Thanks for the note about the piggies...I began collecting pigs in the early 1990's and have to keep myself from buying more :) though I am looking for a set of salt/pepper piggy shakers.

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