Van Diaries 6 – Sweet Shelves & Storage

So to recap, we’re done with the bulk of the furniture and are ready to look more into storage, shelves, and cozying up the place. 

Anti-Peeper Fabric!

We’ve started our search for drapes!
Hung with a standard spring loaded curtain rod, here’s our first pick.

Not being interior decorators… it’s a little overwhelming trying to accommodate the 1990’s interior fabric.

We do like the look of these drapes though πŸ™‚

Later, we want to install something between the cab and the rear.
We don’t want a full-on bulkhead… so another set of drapes might do.
More on that later! πŸ˜€


Shelves are definitely useful, so lets build a couple of those!

It’s pretty straight forward, so we’re just going to jump right into it.
Also! My dad is town to lend a hand! πŸ™‚

Thanks for holding down that piece of wood pops! πŸ˜‰

Make sure everything’s to correct length!…

The tricky part is getting the correct curve on the back of the pieces to match the curve of the van.

After a lot of checking…

We ended up with this!

We even added that sweet little lip on the bottom shelf πŸ™‚

One down!
And we want two… so time for another!

We want these easily removable, but still secure.
To do this, we’re going to install both shelves over existing bolt holes in the counter surface.

Then we just sink a hex bolt through the bottom shelf and into the counter!

We’re pretty happy with the results πŸ™‚

And Stuff…

Messing around with more storage options, we found that a set of plastic drawers fit perfectly beneath the back counter!

This will work nicely to organize our tools and smaller gear!

To keep our food cool we purchased an electric assisted ice cooler.
With a quick modification to the lid (The little strap wouldn’t let it stay open), it’s working pretty good!

It’s important to remember that with these things, you cannot rely on the convection cooling alone.
We’ll still need to keep it stocked with a little bit of ice to get it down to temperature.
Once it’s cool, the electric convection fan should help to keep it at a lower temperature.

What are you looking at!? ;P

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