The last days I have been working on the bedroom wardrobe.
Before I started with the frame and doors I wall papered the inside with a vinyl wall paper. This makes it easy to keep clean and looks a bit neater than the raw fibre glass. I painted the wall with bonding primer to make the paper stick a bit better, however a few areas did not hold too well because I was a bit greedy with the glue. Anyway this was one of the reasons I started wall papering the interior of the wardrobe to see how it would work and hold and to learn from any mistakes before I do the rest of the van. Now I know what to look for. Inside the wardrobe it is not a problem if a couple of places are a bit loose. The wall paper is the lightest possible option to make the walls look good and also have a good choice of designs and not only a few limited colours in panels or just only white.
The wardrobe is wall to wall and each with 4 sections to hang clothing. The rails are at the top above the doors and the area below will have shelves eventually when I have decided what material I use for them. My Duralite panels are used up, nothing left. The lower door section on the right side is a service opening for the outside water connections. I have used a different concept than demonstrated in the Duralite movies. The finished product looks more modern to me than the timber framed, Canadian block house look which is a bit dated. I said it before, I am not a cabinet maker and the mitre cuts of the plastic extrusions are not the best due to a manual cutting solution, which has too much tolerance, but all in all I achieved a satisfactory look, I would say B minus.
For the doors I use push open locks. We did not want handles or knobs or anything, especially not the knobs you push to pull out, which I have used on the doors below the bed. We plan to stay longer at a place and it is real annoying when you have to push and pull the lock all the time and when you don’t the door is not closed. I used self closing hinges but still prefer not to use those standard caravan locks on doors we use more often. Will do the same in the kitchen.
The floor of the wardrobe is vinyl I was given from a friend and the corners are rounded, not really visible in the picture above, for easier cleaning. When you have sharp corners the dust and dirt can build up in the corners, not so with this, especially since we store shoes on the bottom.
The next step in the bedroom is the slide-out and then it will be ready for the wall paper.