Welcome to blog post #2 on our tiny living adventures!
As you know, until we are able to build our tiny house we are living in our camper. To make this possible we had to make a few adjustments for long-term living. First, let’s start off with a few before pictures from right after we purchased our camper.
Uhh!! So bland, brown, and BORING as you can tell from Ruger’s face in the last photo! We had to put our personalities into this camper if we were going to be staying in it for any amount of time. So, now I’ll show you some of the changes we made to make this little camper livable for us!
We began by adding shelving to all of our cabinets. This made a huge difference because our storage space has doubled!! We also added shelves into the closet for all of our shoes.
If we did this, then where would we put our clothes?! No need to fear! Next, we converted the lower bunk bed into our closet by putting in a rod to hang all of our clothes. This gave us 6 ft. of hanging space we did not have before.
Then, we knocked out a tiny wall under the bunk bed to create access to the storage area underneath. This made for great additional storage.
Dirt is really crafty, and I love mason jars, so he made a mason jar holder for our silverware and cooking utensils. We also hung a spice rack that we got from World Market.
Along with the other changes, we added a lot to the little bathroom. First, we found a shower curtain that we loved to liven up the place! We got storage baskets from World Market to store our bathroom supplies and our towels. Dirt made mason jar holders for my hair dryer, straightener, and curling wand, and I made cute little magnet boards for my make-up. We also added a spice rack to the back of the bathroom door for my nail polish and odds and ends, and I got a cute little cosmetic bag to hold other bathroom products. We made a necklace holder with extra wood and nails we had lying around, and we will soon be adding mason jar holders for q-tips and cotton balls. Then, we added lots of command strip storage into the shower to keep all of our soaps and shampoos in one place when we are moving. Finally, we replaced the original bathroom mirror with an antique mirror I had bought a few years ago.
In addition to all the functional improvements we made, we also made some cosmetic changes. We re-covered all of our cushions and window coverings. We also got a cute quilt for the bed, cute sheets for the bunks, and we added lights above the bed. We changed all the knobs on the cabinets to fun ones we found at Hobby Lobby. In order to make the camper feel more like home, we added decor pieces throughout the camper to tie it all together. Functionality for long-term living is definitely important, but I can’t express how much easier it was to picture us living in this tiny space once it was our style and had character.
Without all of these changes I know we couldn’t be living in our camper for an extended period of time, so I am extremely glad we took the time to make them! It’s funny how small things can brighten up a space and just make you feel happy! Life is too short to have boring/bland surroundings!