As most of you know, I have absolutely NO cabinetry skills. None. Zilch. I have always wanted to learn, but never took the time. Over the past few weeks, I have learned a lot. I brought one of the upper cabinets that we salvaged out of another bus conversion into the house to analyze and study for a while. I finally decided to take it apart. The younger kids were thrilled to help me out.
Luken and Ryan dismantled the hinges from the doors and the cabinet. Simon gathered up screws, hinges, and made a pile of doors.
After getting it out there, I was pleased to see that it would be perfect, once I cut off the tops of the curved pieces and the end an inch or so. The next day, I had Ethan come out to help me cut it down and attach it. I was happy to have Mitch show up, as it was still a little bit difficult for Ethan and I to hold it up and try and screw into the steel. I really need to work on my upper body strength.
I reinforced at the tops of the curved pieces with L brackets, just to make sure it could hold all of the weight. It is also attached to the side of the bus and the other cabinet we already secured above the curbside dinette.
That weekend, Mr. C and I began brainstorming and asking our fellow Skoolies how they figured out their wall templates. There were many suggestions, but we finally came up with our own plan (I’m sure others have used it before us, but it felt good thinking it up on our own….hehehe). We measured from the floor to the ceiling, every 3 inches and wrote down the measurements. Then we found a piece of salvaged wood paneling (really ugly wood paneling) and began marking her up.
I took the other cardboard template that I had used for our first kitchen upper cabinet sides and adjusted it for the area where the wall would be going in (in between the cabinet above the counter top and the fridge compartment).
The next day that we had to work together, Mr. C and I cut out the front for the upper cabinet. We bought a new circular saw from Harbor Freight and it worked okay, but it was still difficult to get it to drop down in and cut without it throwing back, so we ended up using our trusty jigsaw. The cuts aren’t perfect, but I kind of like that. I am going to keep the pieces of wood that we cut out for the kids to use for writing/Lego/activity boards….after I sand and finish them up nicely.
The next day, after we attached the front, we began working on the other wall that would be more for aesthetics, than function. This is the wall that will house the washer/dryer and stand behind the street-side dinette. I decided to put a wall here, to hide the washer and dryer and to have a place to hang all of the posters that I seem to enjoy using for homeschool….I am a visual learner, myself. What can I say?