One thing we love about converting our bus is that we can afford to spend money on EXACTLY what we want. Our tiny home decor is what we've always envisioned doing in our previous 2,000 sq ft homes. It's more expensive to fill more space. We've learned that little changes here and there make for big differences.
It has been my personal dream to have nice kitchen cabinets. Something as simple as soft close drawers makes me feel fancy, without having to actually be fancy. I don't like being fancy, but sometimes fancy things are nice. I'll admit. So when we found these cabinets at Habitat for Humanity we knew they were the ones.
These cabinets, painted with a warm and cozy Bungalow Blue, are adorned with DIY copper handles. You can find the tutorial on Lowe's Home Improvement website. CLICK HERE
We've customized the cabinets with these drawer pulls as well as the secret toe kick storage underneath. We purchased some copper flashing at our local lumber store. We took three grades of sandpaper to sand them down to more of a rose gold copper look. We then cut the copper to fit the toe kick and used contact cement to attach. A little copper tacks for a finishing touch and viola!
Our goal is to not overwhelm the bus decor with copper and to leave our kitchen cabinets as the centerpiece. They've really been a popular item via our social media profiles. We decided to add more DIY handles in certain spots, like our media cabinet. This will house our electronic TV lift and TV, our electric fireplace, bookshelves, and our desk. We added copper handles to the drawers. They are trimmed out with pallet wood that we cut down and stained with various colors.
It doesn't stop there. Check out the DIY barn door hardware we crafted. We picked up all of the supplies from, guess where, Lowe's Home Improvement store. Surprise. Ha. We used a copper shade of spray paint and those handy-dandy washers and screws. Those came in a yellow-gold color and we ended up liking how they looked against the barn door hardware.
Other additions are the copper roman numerals on the DIY Pottery Barn Clock. I made this as a birthday gift for my wife a couple years ago. It has been a focal point in our house. We couldn't part with it or let it sit in storage so we cut it down to fit in our tiny home and replaced the black numbers with copper ones.
Our pet crate for our Jack Russell is not meant to be a doggy jail, but kind of looks like it with the copper bars, I mean pipes. Ha. We like it. It's cute. Hopefully our dog Zoey doesn't feel like she's trapped. Mainly it's for her when the bus is in motion. We will also work her into sleeping there at night (doors open).
Lastly, we just purchased some kitchen utensils as we get closer to accessorizing the bus. We're not quite done with our conversion, but it's fun to imagine what it will look like as we place these final small items in their designated location. At least for now, they have a designation. We hear that changes in a tiny home.
For now, we're looking forward to our change in lifestyle and our copper themed bus!
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