Way, way back in the olden days – somewhere around November 2018 – I was at the tail end of my travels in Europe. My plan had been to return to my beloved Chico, California, get a job and save up so I could travel some more. I’d hoped to go back to South America.
But this was not to be. First, the Paradise fire had started and, naturally, most of Paradise moved down to Chico. Jobs would be scarce. And second, the friend I was going to rent a room from made a long-delayed decision to move away from Chico.
So, I contacted my sister in Salem, Oregon and asked if I could rent a room from her for about a year. I figured that would be sufficient time to save up enough money to hit the road again. Unfortunately, getting a job there proved to be difficult, too. It wasn’t until the following May that I got one – at my brother-in-law’s office. I think he either had pity on me or just wanted me out of the house! It’s a tax/accounting office and since I’ve done secretarial work for years I knew I’d learn the ropes fairly quickly.
Great – I was finally on track.
Then Covid hit.
I won’t bore you with the details (everyone’s gone through their own Covid issues), but I stayed at my sister’s house until the end of August of this year. Waaaaaaayyyyyy longer than I’d originally intended.
But earlier this year I started making plans for my eventual departure by buying a van.
The van needed plenty of work and I certainly hope she’s had all the major work she’s going to need for a while. Knock on wood.
So, having spewed all that out, I’ll now share with you my process of transforming my 2011 Chevy Express work van into my home.
So, once I got the nightstand in I installed a shelf that I got from Habitat for Humanity. I originally painted it the same reddish color but decided to repaint it green. I wanted it a bit more bright and cheery. I also painted over my design on the drawer of the nightstand. It was just too overwhelming for me. I wanted a calm space and it was just too ‘in your face.’ I also bought the cabinet doors separately at Habitat and they fit nicely. On top of the cabinet I utilized a couple of old brackets I’ve had for years to hold in boxes of my art supplies. At the back, on the wall, I pasted some old wallpaper I’ve also had forever. Under the cabinet is a cooler (not a fridge) that I can keep cool using the 12 volt battery through the van’s cigarette lighter.
So, I guess from here on out, I’ll show you the finished project. By the way, sorry for the font changing size weirdly and any other strangeness in this post. WordPress has made major changes since last time I posted anything and it’s been baffling, to say the least.
As you can see, I added a rug. I bought it at a yard sale and cut it to shape. I was amazed at how well it fit. I also made the window panels for privacy. I just used pieces of fabric (from the thrift store, of course) and sewed in magnets around the edges.
I’ve named her Clementine for a couple reasons. My grandfather’s name was Clem. I always felt so comfortable around him and safe. But, you’re supposed to give your boat (and she is a boat!) a female name, right? Hence Clementine, which is a name I’ve always liked anyway. So, here she be….
…..home sweet home.