The last few days since Matt and I returned from working in NorCal and Indio, we've been heads down measuring, cutting, problem solving and building, to get Tez finished by mid-April in time for my birthday. Scroll to see more photos of our progress! We're lucky to have space to set up a workshop with all our tools: miter saw, circular saw, jigsaw, angle grinder and welding gear. We've made good progress over the last few days. We built a shelf with USB plugs up front above the front seats, re-bolted the kitchen area seat, adding a pine wood finish to match the rest of our renovation, and started framing the bed in the back. Since Tez has weird curves and not everything is square we've enjoyed a heavy dose of problem-solving along the way. Next up: we're hoping to get word about when our new water tank might be delivered, mount our flexible solar panels, and hear back about a possible very awesome multi-purpose bed solution. I'm still anxious about how long the build is taking (at first this was going to be just some small cosmetic updates, which turned into basically redoing everything), but I know that each day we work as hard as we are brings us closer to having an amazing finished product we'll be psyched to live in.
Working all night long... not! We've been a bit lazy lately. But you guys probably know how fast time flies. Especially summertime! But now, as the weather gets cooler, we're back on track again. Still painting and working on our walls. It is quite a mission. 💪🏻 //
The thing we missed cooking the most while living in our van is pizza. After a long stint of relying on little camping gas canisters, and an even longer stint of having no gas at all, we’ve finally converted our kitchen to run off mains gas. This means that not only can we have a two ring burner, we can also have an oven, and all the pizza we want! The oven is a Flavel Vanessa, commonly used on narrowboats, and the gas cooker is a double ring CampingGaz one we picked up for £30 from a local hardware shop. What we wanted though was something a bit specialist, as we didn’t want a fixed cooker on the worktop using up valuable space, but rather something we could detach and store away when not needed. So we came up with the idea of using a bayonet fitting, a 1/2″ gas fitting and hose that can be securely attached then detached when necessary. 📖To read the full installation guide head over to 👉fromrusttoroadtrip.com👈 With the gas installed and burning with no minor explosions, our final kitchen revamp task was to install a couple of drawer runners on the bottom of our fridge to allow it to easily slide in and out of the cupboard and be opened. The only thing left to do was find a nice park up by the sea, crack open a beer and cook ourselves a delicious meal of spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread. And neither of us ended up shouting or throwing saucepans out of the van (ahem, Ben…). 🥘🍻 #Follow the hashtag #Fromrusttoroadtrip to follow our van conversion project and our travels around Europe! 🌍 #Build#Cooking#DIY#DIYideas#Howto#Homeiswhereyouparkit#Interior#Kitchen#LDVlife#LDVConvoy#Roadtrip#Travel#Tinyhome#Tinyhouse#Tinyhouses#Van#Vanlife#Vantravel#Vanlifers#Vanlifeideas#Vanconversion#Vandwelling#Vanderlust#Vaninspiration#Wanderlust#Wood#Woodworking