My Husband was a working machine this week! He got all of the walls put up AND he built all of the furniture too! Look how great these shelves look! He’s doing such an awesome job with this project. For a man with NO experience in this type of work, he is doing great. It hasn’t been without struggles, but he’s getting it figured out. Although he STILL hasn’t watched any YouTube videos! Lol!
So, with such a small amount of room to work with inside the truck, we need to utilize all the space we can so I decided to buy these large drawers from IKEA and use them as pedestals for my shelving unit. I am going to need storage for overstock items and display items and these are huge! It was difficult to find latches to mount to the drawers to keep them from coming open because the drawers are not flush with the top of the unit, so we went with baby latches inside the drawers. That way they are out of sight and won’t open as I’m driving.
When I first started planning my layout, I was looking for closet organizers and wall units for my shelving. I couldn’t find anything for a reasonable price or that had large drawers so I decided I would have to create my own wall unit. After buying the pedestal drawers, I found two 4-shelf bookcases and an 8ft laminate board for the top. We will add a piece of molding to the front on the top of the unit to tie it all together. The molding will hide the shelf that will be mounted to the top of the bookcases so it will look like one large wall unit.
This week was a pretty productive week for the build out of the inside of the truck. The Electrician was out to finish the wiring and while he was there, he helped Larry hang the slatwall panels and pegboard so we now have walls! They figured out what type of screws to use, and go figure…it wasn’t ANY of the screws we bought at Lowe's! They ended up using masonry screws that the Electrician had on hand. So much for that wasted hour starring at screws in the screw isle at Lowes!
We decided that because the slatwall was so heavy and we really didn’t need slatwall to go to the bottom of the floor that we would use the gray paneling and I am so glad we did. It looks so awesome! I love the way it turned out. I think it adds a little visual interest and we aren’t going to hang merchandise on the floor anyway. The panels were much cheaper than slatwall too so that helped save us a few coins. J Well it’s starting to shape up nicely. Can’t wait to see what else we (by we, I mean my Husband) get accomplished this week!
Well it took a few more weeks to get the Electrician on the schedule, but we finally got him out here to work on the truck! He has all the wiring done and just needs to hook up the light fixtures and switches and we should have lights! My Husband and I are working on installing the wall and ceiling panels (what I really mean is my Husband is working and I am handing him screws or holding panels in place…lol). Today, we worked in the truck all day and it was quite a frustrating day. We had to get the framework up to attach the panels to in order for the Electrician to finish installing the outlets and we were having trouble trying to figure out how to attach the 1x2’s to the metal ribs of the truck. It was quite a struggle. We were using self-drilling metal screws and they were just stripping the metal. There was no way this was going to hold pegboard, let alone that heavy slatwall! Usually we would have studs to screw into, but in a truck, we don’t have that. We have to create our own “studs” to have something to hang the walls on and it just wasn’t working out. We got the ceiling studs in but the metal on the walls of the truck was too thin. There was nothing for the screws to grip to. We clearly had the wrong type of screws so back to Lowe’s we went. Have you ever been to the nail & screw isle at a hardware store? I mean seriously…is there really a need for THAT many different types of screws? Well I can tell you after this project that YES, YES there is! Because clearly not every screw is created equal and there is a different one for every job you do!
After spending an hour staring at screws at Lowe’s, we finally walked out of there with 3 boxes of screws…all different than the other. We had no idea which ones to get so we bought them all. Lol! I asked a sales associate which ones to get but he had no idea. Not many people seem to understand the concept of building a store inside a truck. It’s quite a challenge because although you are essentially building a room just like you would in a home, the structure is different and it poses many different challenges…like not having studs to work with. :)
Once we got home from Lowe’s, it was already dark and since we still don’t have lights yet, our work for the day was done. This was probably a good thing because I’d like to stay married and if I had to work out there with my Husband much longer, we may not be married for long! I love the man to death but he does NOT like to ask for help or directions or anything that could HELP him and he was driving me crazy! My philosophy is if you don’t know something…ASK! His philosophy is if you don’t know something…ponder it and stress out about it and mull it over until you still can’t figure it out! Ugh…men! I just don’t get them. Isn't that what YouTube is for???
Look what we just bought! Macy’s is going out of business at our local mall so we just bought the checkout counter from their shoe department! It ain't pretty but we got it for $75, which is a great price! It’s not the right color but we will fix that! Or should I say…my Husband will fix that! Lol! He will have to refinish it somehow, but it’s the right size and the right price. Can’t beat that!
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