JTree CAMPING CUBBYHOLE!

I have been taking a break from the Palm Springs Sunny Dunes house and spending the majority of my days up in Joshua Tree. Working on improving the lil Scamp aka Camping Cubbyhole in Joshua Tree has been quite the treat. Spring is without a doubt my favorite season in Joshua Tree. The creosote bushes are in bloom and if we are all lucky enough in the desert, there is a beautiful explosion of wildflowers! And we are LUCKY! We are not the only desert dwellers who are very excited about spring. Unfortunately, the first snake of the season I noticed was dead on Aberdeen heading out of town. 20140424-214049.jpg 20140424-214133.jpg 20140426-223742.jpg 20140426-223754.jpg 20140426-223805.jpgOver the years the camper has rolled through a few towns and the (very) funky (not in a good way)1980’s blue carpet was ready do be retired. Some paint touch ups, new electric plugs, drawer pulls, new curtain rods (ewww fancy), and some salvaged scrap pine I had from the Sunny Dunes house was used for the NEW floor.

The Scamp is now officially off of her Camping Cubbyhole axels. It has been incredibly windy up in Joshua Tree the last few days and the Scamp does not shake anymore! I hear the wind howling and don’t feel a thing, it’s great!

I am not sure what to do about the repeated wind sail, sailing away issues in the JT high winds…hmmm also, not sure if I want to put in a fenced area for pets, mine and or other guests.  Maybe I want to build a deck with some sort of cover?  And do I really want to put up another fence? I am not sure what to do with the insulation covered in white carpet on the walls.  It is definitely is an issue when it comes to cleaning it.  If I took it out, I would be removing the insulation and then I would have the glue on the walls to contend with.

A work in progress

Well…it’s been a LONG time since I last posted. The cabin is complete, well, there will always be projects I want to do, like converting the cargo container we currently use for storage and a stretch of fencing for the back yard. Hey! It saved us 40′ of fencing materials. At some point I hope to use it as a studio if I ever find myself back in a place to do so.

We listed the cabin on Airbnb in late August 2013 after only living in it since May 2013. I planned on doing a vacation rental but designed the cabin specifically for us and thought we would be in it much longer than the short 3-4 months we were. The discision to put it on Airbnb was more of an experiment to see what would happen. So it happened. Fate tested, and today it is booked just about everyday. It gives me the sad meets happy feeling. No other place has ever felt more like home.

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http://airbnb.com/rooms/1494067

Scorpions and ELECTRIC!

 

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There is no doubt it is starting to warm up out here and all of the snakes and bugs are out and about. This week started off with a big scorpion scaring the shit out of me. One second I am putting the shop vac in the corner and then the next I am frozen after seeing this big clear scorpion on the floor, not moving. I grabbed a paint can and quickly but gently set it down on top of it (my friends son wants one for a school project). Amazingly, the thing was still alive an hour later. I don’t know how it was possible after loosing its guts. Luckily I was reminded by Kat, we had  spider and scorpion spray in the cabin.  A little spritz and the crunchy 3incher was a goner. So strange to think of it as a bug. It seems so much bigger and beyond bug-hood. Although, from this picture it sure does look like a bug.
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Besides all the scary buggy business, most of the desert plants are blooming right now and it is such a treat to experience their beauty everyday. If the day wasn’t enough, last night we had an amazing orange full moon.

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The homesteader has recently received an extended island.  I added on one more cabinet to the original configuration I started with.  It works a little better for storage and It looks more like an island now, before it looked more like it was trying to be 🙂 I also added bigger casters which raised it up a couple inches, making it much easier to prepare food on.

The closet became an official closet after building the bottom door. Last summer we picked up a huge jewelry organizer at a swap shop. I wanted to try and incorporate it into the closet some how. I ended up attaching it to the back of the closet door. I hinged the the jewelry cabinet onto the wall since it is so big and then attached the door to the jewelry cabinet so you only see the door not the cabinet. When opening the closet door, the jewelry organizer is on the inside back of the door.

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Oh, and I almost forgot to add, we got power on Wednesday! It felt so good to walk around the house and try out all of the lights knowing I wired it and they worked. The on demand hot water heater works great! It is immediately hot! Our mini split works great. The whole cabin cools off evenly, whereas when using other forms of AC’s, it always seems like one room or an area of the home is cooler. Not with the mini split. SO HAPPY!

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Barn Door & Bathroom Door

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20130418-075350.jpg Yesterday I finally started working on the bathroom door. We decided to go with a sliding door to utilize the space the best way we could. I was thinking of painting it either white or staining the wood similar to the kitchen cabinet doors. I already beat the wood to give it a distressed look. I figured I  can always paint it white if all else fails. In the end, I am pleased with the way it turned out.  The contrast between the light wall and dark wood looks great. My concern was the cabin is already small, I didn’t want to make it feel any more smaller with dark colors. I don’t think the door does this. Possibly because it is mobile.

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When I assembled the door, I counter sunk all of the holes and plugged them with wood plugs just like I did to the horizontal boards for the exterior bathroom wall. Hanging it was the easiest part. No… buying the barn door track and hangers off of eBay for $100.00 !

Kitchen Cabinets

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A while back we bought a bunch of used cabinets off a guy in Palm Springs for $200 bucks which is a great deal when only one is typically that price. I think we got a total of 6. The one problem was they looked like every standard cabinet in suburbia. I wanted something different. One day I was on Pinterest and found my inspiration.

I searched Craigslist for old wood to reface the cabinets with. It is hit or miss and I missed. Ultimately, I ended up using cedar picket fencing, a hammer, and random objects to make them look old.

Two different stains were used to give the pickets a weather beaten look. Instead of putting the stain directly on the wood, I saturated it with water first. Water separates the oil stain reducing the amount able to penetrate the wood.  It worked out great and the stain didn’t end up looking too dark.

In the end, I think they turned out pretty great for cheapy stock cabinets!

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