We returned to pick up the dog from the care of my parents, and Dan decided to build the bathroom wall/headboard over the weekend while I figured out where to go next.
Dan got some cedar boards, and gave them a toasted finish. First, he cut the boards to fit the space. Then, he used a blowtorch to char the surface of the wood. To bring out the texture and character of the wood, you want to burn deep enough that you get some good blistering on the top layer. Finally, he used a wire wheel on his drill to scrape away the soot, and we were left with a beautiful deep brown color and nice wood grain texture. So pretty, and instead of smelling like wood stain, our house smells FANTASTIC!
We've got a curtain up for a door right now, but soon Dan will be building a real door (design pending...) You can also spot the curtains I made in this picture, and our amazing handmade quilt that was a wedding gift from Dan's mom.
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It had been super bright in the mornings, and while I love the light during the day, I wanted a way to cover the windows at night. There's also that issue of living 10 feet from your neighbors, or right on the street that makes curtains essential. The curved wall of the Airstream made curtains particularly challenging. We didn't want any hardware to stick out too much, or curtains to be so long that they would drape on our future kitchen counter top. In the end, I got a light-blocking curtain panel from Target, cut it up, hemmed the edges, and then installed snaps on the four corners. We bought this snap kit from Amazon, and had more than enough for the three windows.
When we got back, we had a pile of packages, most of which were wedding gifts from our wish list (thanks everyone!) One of the first things I did was vacuum all that $%*& sand out of the house. We are super excited to use all our new things next week with electric hook-ups, a working fridge, AC, and the dog!