Van Renovations: Part Two!
The great work begins!!!
- Stripping out all the mold infested paneling and fabric covers.
- Removing all the previously installed hardware and furniture, including:
- the too-small sink in the too large sink box
- the slide out table cum oversize solar battery storage
- the mason jars with fairy lights, which were oddly placed head-smackingly right into doorways
- the five inch tall shelves with no doors
- the floor molding
- The enormously gross carpet
- and most significantly, THE FLOOR. Oof. It wasn’t cut properly, finished, insulated, waterproofed, and ATTACHED SO THAT IT DOESN’T MOVE AND IS LEVEL!
- Re-laying the floor - including adding and cutting the insulating foam to the correct size, cutting the plywood and filling in the gaps so that the floor could be set on the level, re-laying and attaching (!!), and finally waterproofing the floor with silicone. This floor alone took 3 days.
- Building storage shelves for the walls - sawing, cutting, sanding, staining, glueing, nailing, all of it.
- Remounting a new plywood ceiling against the fiberglass roof.
- Patching the ripped car seats
- Building a proportional sink and sink box. Our friend Peter from Traverse City, MI across the way helped us with the plumbing!
- Built a battery box small enough that it doesn’t interfere with the storage.
- Rebuilding the hutch/storage/bed. Although it is narrower than the previous one, this one has a handle to hold it up, a lighter weight lid which won’t snap any fingers, and reaches the window ledge so no space was wasted. Plus, it’s finished with stain, so it looks lovely!
- Ripping out the old gross carpet under the front seats and replacing it with easily cleanable linoleum.
- Transforming front and rear nose of vehicle into storage, adding storage on the back of the front chairs.
This took five days of 24/7 work, so we ended up creatively reconfiguring our resident artist program so that the residencies began a little later. See the culmination of our work in Post 3!!