The day is here! I’m finally ready to share our next big project. You know, the one I’ve been teasing you with the last few months?

Here she is… introducing “The Nest”. She’s our soon to be tiny home away from home camper.

outside view of gray landscape trailer with window

Yes, it’s an empty landscape trailer, with an unattractive temporary stick protector over it, but soon enough it will be ready for the road.  I’ll explain a bit about how it came to be but I also did a little video tour so make sure you look for it at the end of the post.

outside view of gray landscape camper with white awning over it

The hubs and I have been talking about doing this for years and it’s finally time to get it started. We both grew up camping, and we even met and fell in love camping (when I was 16), so it’s fair to say that it’s our passion.

We’ve had several trailers over the years. We started with a tent then moved to a popup and finally to a 31 foot trailer, but building our own has always been a dream of ours. The last time we had a camper was when we lived in Florida, 7 years ago, so it’s time to get back on the road.

side view of gray landscape trailer with windows

I know…this doesn’t actually look like a traditional camper but it will be one when we’re done with it (on the inside at least). We looked at a lot of different trailers, all older and used, but this seemed like the best option.

I really wanted a cute little vintage trailer but we never found the perfect one, that was the perfect size at a good price. Vintage trailers are expensive ya’ll. Once you have them you have to gut and rebuild them. Not practical for us, no matter how cute they are. Sure, we looked at older (not cute), cheaper trailers but most were rotted out and in desperate need of a complete gut job. Again, not ideal.

The hubs tried to sell me on the landscape trailer idea for years, I mean years, and his reasoning finally won out.

  • It’s a small enough size that we can pull it easily with our current car
  • It’s small enough that we can store it in our driveway (and not pay for storage)
  • The outside is all metal so it shouldn’t rot, like most older trailers (this was a big one for the hubs)
  • It’s empty on the inside (no need to gut it) so we can start fresh and do what we want

I didn’t want to give in, I wanted cute, but I told him that if I did I needed a few things.

  • A big bed (we are both tall and I have a bad back so I need my space)
  • I wanted a shower and toilet (this was not negotiable)
  • I wanted free reign on decorating, which meant it was going to look decorated inside to my taste and not look like a hunting lodge. Hey, he’d be happy with a mattress on the floor and that’s it. That wasn’t going to cut it for me. 

He finally wore me down so we went to a dealer that sold landscape trailers and looked around. Most of the time these trailers are used by landscapers for the storage of their tools and equipment. The majority that you see are white and they don’t have windows. We looked at used ones first but decided that, since a new one wasn’t that much more than used, we’d go with new. That meant we could customize it. We ended up getting it to our specifications. Of course we paid extra for every extra but, compared to vintage trailers, it really wasn’t bad.

Here’s what we got…

  • It’s 16×7 (112 square feet inside – Eeek, that’s tiny!)
  • Barn doors on the back
  • 4 axels
  • Gray metal (instead of white or black)
  • We got the taller trailer, 7 feet inside
  • 3 windows were added as well as a regular trailer door with a window

We did get all of that but we also got a big empty box inside. Yup, it’s just a big empty space waiting for us to fill it up.

Let’s take a look.

Here we are looking toward the back of the trailer. Notice the barn doors and the window. That is where the bed will be.

the back of the inside of the landscape trailer

The plan is to put a table under the big window and a couple of portable stools, with storage.

inside the landscape trailer where the table will be, under the window

This area will be the kitchen. It will be small but efficient. Some cabinets, a small fridge and a sink under the window. Hopefully the placement of all the windows will work out. Obviously we had to pick locations for them before it was built. 

kitchen area with window in landscape trailer

This view is the front of the camper. There is a point, which gives us a bit more space, but I’m not sure how useful it will be. 

This is where the bathroom will go. The shower, toilet and a closet will take up this space.

the point, front, of the landscape trailer

We’ve been sketching out plans for months and this is the latest layout. Of course we’ll incorporate as much storage as possible. As always everything will be done by the two of us. floor plan for inside of the nest

Don’t worry…the blog won’t be all about the camper. I’ll share the projects we do, and updates, but we still have plenty going on in the house. I think that the camper fits in well with small space living that we talk so much about and I though we could share some great ideas for working in storage, that still looked good, in a small space. My hope is that it will give you some good ideas and inspiration that you can use in your own home.

So there you have it. 

The cat’s out of the bag and the tour is over. Now the real fun starts and we are so excited.

The first project up is the bed. 

Don’t forget the video tour. I’d also love to hear what you think. 

 

 

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At long last I’m ready to start sharing our powder room and closet project. Let’s get right to it and kick things off with the mirrored barn door and the finished closet. 

mirrored closet door with iron handle and clothes hanging in it

We started this project last year with a plan to turn a small closet in the guest bedroom into a small powder room. Tiny is more like it. Anyway, after we started construction we decided that we needed to try to add a closet. Not only did we need the storage but if we ever have to sell this house, it would be important for resale. 

bedroom closet with clothes hanging inside

bedroom closet with clothes, shoe boxes and canvas bag

There was dead space next to the new powder room so that’s where we decided to add the new closet. It’s definitely smaller than the one we used to have but it serves the purpose.

empty corner where closet will be built

Once the plans were made we worked on framing it out and then sheetrocked it. You can see the whole process, here.

sheetrocked bedroom closet

With the build done, we hung wallpaper and added a new light (the light was purchased here). The molding and a shelf and rod were the finishing touches. 

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new gray wallpaper and gold light fixture in closet

Next we had to figure out the door situation. Not an easy task when you can’t agree on what to do. We knew that we needed to do barn doors, because there isn’t room to open a door, but we couldn’t agree on what kind.

In the end, we went with DIY doors on a budget. Instead of building them from scratch, we used 2 old doors from my collection. You see, I have a teeny tiny old door hoarding problem. Well, it’s not a problem in my eyes but…

If I see an old door I love, that’s in good shape and at a good price, it comes home to live with my other doors. I’ve already used one for my front door and I have plans for several others.

The door we used for the new closet is solid wood and was picked up at a Restore for $15. Too good to pass up, right?

Before we could start working on our doors we had to hang the barn door track and attach the doors. We needed to check and compare length, thickness and width. A step that’s very important.

solid wood closet door before paint

Unfortunately we had several issues with the closet door. If you look at it you can see that the panels aren’t the same as the powder room door. A few other issues were that the door was too wide, it was too short and it wasn’t as thick as the powder room door. Kind of daunting but with a some thought (and more than a few discussions), we we able to address each issue…one by one.

First we cut some of the width so it would fit the opening. Then we added wood to the bottom of both doors to make them the same length. 

We also cut a groove in the new wood on the bottom so the door would glide in the bracket on the floor (this keeps the door from swinging in and out from the wall).

adding wood to an old door to make it bigger

The next step was to make the door look chunky (the same thickness as the powder room door) by adding wood pieces to the sides.  All of this is happening on the inside of the door so no one will ever be able to tell. It doesn’t look pretty but remember, no one will see it.

adding wood to beef up an old wood door

boards attached to wood closet door

Once we were sure about the length and thickness, we took the doors down, puttied, caulked and then sanded them. We tried to sand the seams down so you couldn’t tell that new wood was added. 

Next it was time for me to paint. I ended up giving it 5 coats of Benjamin Moore White Dove, Advanced, Satin, on each side. It took me a while but it looks great.

With the door painted we moved on to the last step, adding a mirror to the front. This was going to solve the issue of using mismatched doors (by covering up the panels). I really wanted a full-size mirror anyway and this seemed like the perfect spot.

Finding a big enough mirror wasn’t an easy task. We needed a specific size so it would clear the handle and door brackets. I started looking and couldn’t believe the prices. The only one that I was able to find at the right size was $200. Ugh…not exactly good for the budget.

Our last hope was a leaning mirror that we’ve had since we lived in Illinois. It’s been floating around the house without a proper place to live so the plan was to sell it. I figured we didn’t have anything to loose so I measured it and it seemed to be the size we needed. 

Finally, a lucky break.

large leaning mirror with gold frame

We weren’t sure what the mirror under the frame would look like, or if we could easily take it apart, but I convinced the hubs to give it a try.

We took our time and carefully took it apart. The edges of the mirror are dinged in a few spots but otherwise it looked good and was the right size…a perfect fit.

All we had to do was buy a $2 pack of mirror mounting clips and attach it to the door.

We held our breath while we hung it up but it all worked out and looks great. 

The last step was to attach our custom iron handles. Besides the barn door rail, these were our biggest splurge. They had to be custom made because we needed a certain size to cover the old holes from the door knobs and locks. 

iron handle on white door

Ok, are you finally ready to see?

This room is still under construction so the reflection isn’t the prettiest. Let’s marvel at the finished door instead. 

hanging white mirrored barn door on bedroom closet

We definitely had our challenges with this project but we’re thrilled with the way it turned out.

Remember, this was an empty space when we started…

empty corner with blue painted walls in guest bedroom

And now it’s a brand new closet.

Check out the fit of the mirror. It looks like it was made for this door.

hanging white mirrored barn door with iron handle for bedroom closet

It’s the same thickness, width and length as the powder room door, with no obvious signs of the modifications we made (unless you stand in the closet and close the door). 

hanging clothes in small closet with wall paper and mirrored barn door

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post (and the months of waiting for us to finish)!

Want to check out some of the other powder room/closet posts?

You can see the DIY vanity post, here, and the wallpaper post, here.

Next up…the powder room reveal.pin this for later graphicDIY mirrored barn door on a budget in different photosSources

  • barn wood door hardware – Amazon
  • mirror clips – Amazon
  • closet light – Wayfair
  • iron door handle – Etsy (I can not recommend the seller who made ours but there are other shops to choose from)

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Happy New Year, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I took some time off to enjoy the holidays with my family but I’m ready to get back to work. Let’s start off 2018 right with the DIY Housewives. This month is all about cleaning up and organizing our homes so we are sharing some of our most creative home organization ideas. 12 easy and creative home organization ideas to help put your home in order in the new year.As far as our home goes, it’s on the small side so good organization is especially important. Our kitchen is just one of the spaces that I’ve worked hard on organizing. Although it’s open and airy, we really have very limited storage space. 

12 creative home organization ideas to help put your home in order in the new year.

When it comes to kitchen storage and organization, baskets are usually one of my favorite go-to’s. They not only work well at corralling all your stuff, they also look great. If you want to see how I use baskets, plus find out about a few of my other very favorite kitchen organization ideas, you can check it out here.
 
12 easy and creative home organization ideas. 

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the DIY Housewives and take a peek at all of their clever and creative home organization ideas!12 creative home organization ideas

Need more organization ideas? You can also check out a few of my past posts.

Bathroom Organization Ideas

Storing Leftover Paint

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Nothing like a 99¢ thrift store glass vase to get your creative juices flowing, eh? As soon as I picked it up I knew what it would become…a spray paint glass vase for jumbo jingle bells. 

Create a simple and inexpensive DIY spray paint glass vase with black paint. Such an easy decor idea.

It’s the last Thrifty Style Team get-together of the year and I wanted to share a project that you could not only create and use now in your holiday decor, but anytime of year. 

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DIY Spray Paint Glass Vase

A few weeks ago I found a box of big brass jingle bells while I was out Christmas shopping and knew that my cheap find would be perfect for them. 

Of course they couldn’t go into a plain glass vase. I had to fancy it up a bit…make it worthy of jumbo brass jingle bells.  

Like most of my projects, I wanted to keep it simple so I decided to just use spray paint to give it a facelift. I didn’t want to cover the whole thing with paint so I grabbed some painter’s tape and created a couple of stripes. 

DIY Spray Paint Glass Vase

I also taped the rim and stuffed paper inside to keep any overspray out.

DIY Spray Paint Glass Vase

My jingle bell vase was going to be on display on our black entryway cabinet so I went with flat black spray paint to set off the gold bells. 

All it needed was a couple of light coats of paint. It really covered nicely and dried quickly. 

How to make a simple and inexpensive DIY spray paint glass vase with black paint.

This literally took me about 10 minutes, plus a little bit of drying time, to put it all together. 

An easy decor idea for a simple and inexpensive DIY spray paint glass vase with black paint.

Not bad for 99¢ (and a box of jumbo jingle bells), if I do say so myself. Now I need to find a way to use my super cool spray paint glass vase after the holidays. Hmmmm… 

12 days left. Are you ready?


Make sure you check out the rest of the Thrifty Style Team to see what they’ve been up to. 

 

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Cool Thrift Store Faux Fur Stool

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Thrift Store Spray Paint Glass VaseA simple and inexpensive DIY spray paint glass vase with black paint. Love this easy decor idea!

 

 

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