So I have been away from the blogging world for about a week. I mentioned in my last post that I had to find other living arrangements. Several of my friends immediately offered me a room in their house. I’m very grateful for that, I am blessed to have many wonderful, amazing friends, but if possible I like having a place of my own. I’ve lived by myself for almost 20 years now, I kind of like it. I looked at a few rental properties. After some thinking, and considering that I have to be out of the house ASAP (before the end of this weekend,) I had to get started on something. I decided to buy an old RV, and make it nice.
It looked horrible on the inside when I got it, full of crap, everything from diapers to broken furniture etc. I bought it because the frame was good, the electric, stove, fridge, freezer, water, sewer etc works, and it was very affordable. After all this was an unexpected expense.
I threw everything out, and took it to the dump. I scrubbed the inside, from roof to floor, 8 times, with a very strong chem. (I got it from a trucker friend of mine. He uses it for cleaning his truck.) After some much needed ventilation, I did some light carpentry, and fixing of things, and started to paint. I finished painting today. I painted everything on the inside three times, including inside the cabinets, and the roof.
I cleaned all the carpets thoroughly, but decided to get new carpet for the bedroom anyways.
I’m not completely finished. I’m going to give the kitchen cabinets some blue color tomorrow morning, and clean the mess I created while painting. I am planning to move in tomorrow, and finish some smaller projects while living there. My daughter have been staying with her father for a week, I’m picking her up Monday. It should be decent by then. I might have some decorating left to do, but it should feel warm and welcoming to her. I’m making a separate play area (see photo,) for her, where it used to be bunkbeds, (I took them out.) I’m going to decorate it tomorrow, and bring her toys there.
I am lucky to be able to park the RV at some friends property, on the countryside. I already moved it. I even have my container garden of fruit trees with me. This RV is a good learning project for me. I will probably sell it in a few months, and do another project. I know I can do better with more time. I did some things a little faster than I would of liked. For now I am very satisfied. Considering the RV’s age, it’s a 1990 years model, I decided to only dedicate $1000 to this project. I don’t want to lose anything when I sell it, (I’d rather have it the other way around.) I bought the RV for $600, added building material/paint/electrical cords/microwave etc for $400. (I LOVE CRAIGSLIST!) I did put in many hours this week working on this project, getting up at 4am every day. I didn’t listen to music, something I love, but instead used the time of solitude to do some much needed thinking. Painting is almost meditative! I have done a lot of painting, as my step father had a painting business when I was a teenager. Most of the painting work went on autopilot.
I think it’s pretty cool that it is possible to spend as little (compared to most housing alternatives) as $1000, and a weeks worth of work, and get a decent place to live out of it. I understand this isn’t for everyone, but I tried RV living before (a total of 2,5 years,) and loved it. It is true that the RV I lived in then was newer, and more modern. This will be different. I feel lighter inside. It’s kind of an almost home, while working on my dream.
Despite the challenge of getting everything ready on time, it’s been a lot of fun!! I kind of like challenges, as long as I feel that they are somewhat doable. LOL. I will post more pictures as the project makes more progress.