The Nugget: Creating Serious Storage

Dudes!  We are overhauling a 1972 Bell Travel Trailer!  Follow the entire series from the beginning here!

If you are following along with this series, you might remember that in Demo Round 2 we took out a cabinet and widened the door frame on the little closet.  Taking out a cupboard in such a teensy space with so little storage was a pretty big deal, but the openness that it added was SO worth it.  The next step was adding back in the storage we had taken out (and then some).

Once the door was off the closet there was just no putting it back on (again with the space!) so that meant that using it as an actual closet was off of the table.  I wanted to add shelves, but shelves in a trailer didn’t seem super functional (especially shelves for storage, not shelves for pretty things) So the idea came about to add lawyer style doors to the shelves, so that you could still see what was inside, while keeping it safe and secure.

Building said shelves and doors was easier said than done. Not ONE SINGLE SPOT in this trailer is actually level.  Because tires, also because they apparently weren’t sticklers.  So instead of just being able to use a level to build simple shelves, we had to rely a lot on measuring and what looked right to our eyes.

I roughly spaced out where I wanted the shelves to go and marked it with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape. 

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We started off by attaching the braces to the studs.  The little pieces of tape pictured below are marking the vertical stud.

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Oh! In case you are wondering, that big box on the wall houses all of the plumbing that runs from the sink to the outside of the trailer. 

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Next we added the shelves, as well as a piece of MDF on the front.  This is what the hinges and sash lock attach to.

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Next we built the cabinet doors.  They are just a simple frame, that we attached Plexi Glass to.  *Just a tip if you are cutting plexi.  We went through 3 of the cutters that are made for scoring before frustration took hold and I pulled out the jigsaw.  It worked SO MUCH BETTER to use a fine tooth saw blade.  So if you have ever wondered, yes you can cut plexi with a jigsaw.  I decided that a cabinet door on the floor, while it would look cute, would be a complete waste of space because really, who wants to lay on the floor to be able to get inside a cabinet?  I think I would put a basket or something there.

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All I wanted in the world was to be able to use a sash lock to close these puppies.  Seriously, every time I walk past them in Home Depot I want to take them home with me and kiss them goodnight before I go to sleep.  This was a pretty perfect place to use them.

Also welcome to the Nugget, where there is a fine layer of dust on everything.

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I still need to add stoppers behind the doors (they swing in a hair) that is why they are looking a little wonk, but that project is on the chopping block today.

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The little guy is sure coming along!

I am SO happy with how this little project turned out, and hello creating 4x the storage that we killed when we took out that upper cabinet was SUCH a win.  Also seeing them done makes me want to go shopping for cute dishes and art supplies.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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DIY Leather Strap Hanging Planter

Hey guys!!  I have a SUPER fun and simple tutorial !  Leather Strap Planters for my budding cactus garden (I have a serious problem with cute cacti).

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To make these planters you will need:

A vessel, bowl, or vase of your choosing

4 pieces of Leather Cording that is the length that you want your planter to hang (or leather that you can cut into cords) *they sell bags of leather scrap at craft stores with cords in them!

Small piece of Leather

Scissors

Start by cutting out small square donuts from your leather.  You will need 3 per planter.  Leather Strap Hanging Planter vintagerevivals.com-5

 

Next take 3 pieces of your leather cord and tie a knot at the bottom.  These cords will be known as the vertical cords.

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Near the bottom of your cords (maybe about 4 inches from the knot) hold a leather square behind the cord.

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Take your last piece of cording (this will be known as the horizontal cord) and thread it underneath the leather, through the hole, over the first piece of cording, and back through the hole.  See the picture below?  The horizontal cord is holding the entire thing together.

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Repeat 2 more times.  Place your planter inside the vertical cords, resting on the knot.  Adjust the vertical cords so that they are evenly spaced and tie a knot in your horizontal cord. (It is really easy to slide the squares up and down to make them level)

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Trim your knot if you want (or leave it, because that is adorable as well.)  Tie all of the vertical cords together and you are ready to hang it!

 

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Such a fun 15 minute project right?!

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