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