Building the couch frame

Apparently we didn't document everything from our build...

We struggled with the way we wanted to build the couch, and I think because it was one of the most frustrating parts of our build we don't have very many pictures of this process.  Mark helped us a lot with this portion of the interior.  We wanted to build it the most lightweight way possible, but with enough room for us to actually be comfortable once it was finished and with cushions on it.  We didn't have a ton of room to work with, but all said and done I think it turned out great.  Here are the few pictures I have from this time..

 Framing out the couch

Framing out the couch

 Working on the door faces for the cabinet and two drawers...

Working on the door faces for the cabinet and two drawers...

 This is a photo of the couch after we installed our flooring and finished up the faces of the drawers and doors of the couch.  But, this is the almost finished look.

This is a photo of the couch after we installed our flooring and finished up the faces of the drawers and doors of the couch.  But, this is the almost finished look.

Cutting the hole for the porthole

We knew we wanted to add a porthole above the stove way back when we were still living in Denver, and luckily we grew up in a big boaters town, so we hit B.A.C.O.N.S. a consignment boat store.  Thanks for the recommendation on that store, Jill! -- Tommy's sister Jill was living on her sail boat in downtown Annapolis while we were home during the renovations.  Anyway, we snagged this porthole for $80.00 which was the cheapest one we could find at the consignment store.  We brought it home and jumped right into it!  The stove hood used to be really low in the original layout, so when we took that out we were left with a hole in the wall from where the hood vented out.  Instead of patching a hole we just cut it slightly bigger and rounder for our porthole to fit into.

 It is always a scary moment cutting a hole into the side of your new home

It is always a scary moment cutting a hole into the side of your new home

 But, it had to be done!

But, it had to be done!

 That wasn't so bad...

That wasn't so bad...

 LOVE it!

LOVE it!

And, just like that we were done with the porthole.  It isn't in place quite yet.  We still need to put up our walls, and then paint them.  THEN, it will be screwed in and installed.

Kitchen counter tops, cabinetry, and the sink & faucet

Oh man, just looking back through all these photos I'm losing track of which day was what!  

 Before heading to the dump to get rid of more ripped out junk

Before heading to the dump to get rid of more ripped out junk

I wish we had started the blog during this actual process because I'm having such a hard time trying to keep the timeline of exactly when things were happening in the day-by-day order.  But,  the next few days (or week?) were all dedicated to the rest of the kitchen cabinetry being built and then the counter tops coming to life.

 New LED marker lights and taillights have arrived!

New LED marker lights and taillights have arrived!

Our package from etrailer.com arrived!  All of our new running lights/marker lights, and taillights have arrived.  We didn't install these until later on, but we always get excited about packages.  The next few photos are of Tommy and Mark breaking down the slabs of Ambrosia Maple before gluing them up and clamping them.  I couldn't find the photos from the glue up phase, so we'll have to use our imagination.  After that, we had a few days of sanding and then we started coating the counter tops with Interlux Compass Clear in amber for that rich UV protected finish.  

 
 Breaking down the Ambrosia Maple for the counter tops

Breaking down the Ambrosia Maple for the counter tops

 After a night of sanding, gluing and clamping.  We have our counter tops cut to the shape and size we need.  

After a night of sanding, gluing and clamping.  We have our counter tops cut to the shape and size we need.  

 First coat of Interlux Compass Clear in amber on the bottom side of the counter tops.

First coat of Interlux Compass Clear in amber on the bottom side of the counter tops.

 

During the days we were sanding and sealing the counter tops, we mapped out how we wanted our new kitchen sink cabinetry to look, and Mark helped us build it!  Again, sorry for the lost footage of every single process.  A lot of the time we didn't have our phones out--our phones were mainly there for Pandora streaming for hours.  The next few photos are from when we brought the finished counter tops in side to see how they look and fit in the space.

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Okay, counter top fits nicely.  Now, time to flip it over and cut the hole for the sink (we hadn't found a sink quite yet), and cut the flip down counter space, so the counter isn't coming out in front of the window.

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 Danielle continued adding the peel & seal.  We used it on our floors to add a layer of insulation.  the original floor didn't have any at all.  Just carpet laid over wood.

Danielle continued adding the peel & seal.  We used it on our floors to add a layer of insulation.  the original floor didn't have any at all.  Just carpet laid over wood.

 

We spent the next day driving all over town looking for a sink and a faucet.  Two things we had never thought of purchasing before this moment.  A full day of driving, a little bickering here and there, and four stores later...it FINALLY hit us that we should check IKEA for a sink and faucet that would have some style and still be on the cheaper side of kitchen accessories.  The next day we were cutting the whole for the sink and the faucet into our counter tops.

 Mark starting the first cut for the hole the sink would fit into

Mark starting the first cut for the hole the sink would fit into

 
 Hole for sink has been cut, and now we are dry fitting the sink 

Hole for sink has been cut, and now we are dry fitting the sink 

 
 Two dorks way too excited about putting in their first sink

Two dorks way too excited about putting in their first sink

 
 Hole for faucet was cut, and then the faucet was dry fitted

Hole for faucet was cut, and then the faucet was dry fitted

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Below I have added the names from IKEA for the sink and faucet along with the links to their website...You'll be able to click the photos of both the faucet and sink to go to the direct link.

Week 2-ish?

Ok, we didn't document day-to-day photos and journals, so bare with me with the time frames of when things were done.  I'm basically just going in the order they we uploaded onto my computer.  We do however know every feeling we had and have while looking at these pictures, so I'll try to be very descriptive in our feelings about these times.  Everyone loves talking about their feelings, right?

These next few days, we had lots of time spent with family, so not the most productive time.  Mark (Tommy's dad -- you'll see his name a lot in here so try to remember who he is!) kindly helped and taught Tommy the beginning lessons in making cabinetry.  This little corner nook was supposed to be a place solely for dog stuff, food, bowls, etc.

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The oven and stove have been removed to paint them white, and all the original cabinetry has gone to the dump.  Mark & Tommy broke down slabs of maple that Mark had at the house already, and made thin lightweight slats to handmade these cabinets.  Tools used during this process: table saw, miter saw, kreg tool, belt sander, orbital sander, and wood screws.  Sorry, I don't have more photos of this process.  I was at Disney on Ice with my nieces!

Over the next few days we ripped out the rest of the carpeting and ordered new LED marker lights and taillights for the RV, and were on the hunt for a porthole for above the stove area.  There used to be a microwave above the stove that we got rid of, and an oven hood (oven hood we kept). 

FINDING PROBLEMS...

Every time we felt like we were making substantial progress we would find something new that needed to be repaired to move forward.  The newest find, soft spots on the subfloor.  We found 4 or 5 soft spots from water damage on our subfloor, so we had to fix them to move forward with insulating our floors.  We cutout the soft spots and then replaced them with new particle board painted in truck bed liner to protect the wood from any new potential water damage.  

 Sorry for the photo quality, I had to pull this from a video we took.

Sorry for the photo quality, I had to pull this from a video we took.

 Installing new pieces of subfloor 

Installing new pieces of subfloor