camper interior… nothing like a challenge to inspire


With the rear Westfalia inspired overhead locker fascia, door and shelf cut to shape, time to crack on with getting it finished! The thicker plywood fascia had a couple of small gaps and splits in it which needed filling and gluing before it could all get sanded. With some PVA glue, wood filler, a couple of small G clamps and some scrap off cuts to protect the surface whilst being clamped, all was soon sorted.

small splits and gaps were glued, filled and repaired

small splits and gaps were glued, filled and repaired

On the inside of the rear overhead locker, I decided to keep things clean and simple and protect the wood by painting the inside surfaces with a flat white eggshell paint. This should also help make it a bit lighter and easier to see inside it when in use. Practicality and aesthetics combined.

primer, undercoat and a couple of coats of flat white eggshell paint for the inside finish

primer, undercoat and a couple of coats of flat white eggshell paint for the inside finish

Once the plywood was prepped and sanded down, it was time to give it a couple of coats of primer and undercoat to seal the surface. Some more light rubbing down between coats before a couple more coats of finishing flat white eggshell. Just seeing the plywood components in white paint really transformed their appearance! Can’t wait to get the finished items into the camper 🙂

primer, undercoat and a couple of coats of flat white eggshell paint for the inside finish

primer, undercoat and a couple of coats of flat white eggshell paint for the inside finish

Whilst literally waiting for paint to dry, I decided to make a start on the table design for the bus. I wanted to go for a slightly contemporary take on a retro American diner style table. With the whole project, I have being trying to make use of materials or items that I already had where possible. So when measuring and laying out the dimensions for the rear overhead locker fascia, I made sure there was sufficient plywood left to be able to cut out the base tabletop shape later on.

need to break out the compass extension arm for the larger table corner radii

need to break out the compass extension arm for the larger table corner radii

I had played around with various curved shapes and forms for the table top, but in the ended, I decided to keep it clean and simple. Less is always more! For reasons of practicality and to give a hint of ‘Americana’ style to the design, the basic table form has two large corner radii added to the table end that will protrude into the cargo area space when the table is up and in use. Retro looks, plus no sharp corners to negotiate, what’s not to like!

going for a 50’s American diner style table shape

going for a 50’s American diner style table shape

Happy with the base form/shape of the tabletop, but it will be all about the detail and final finishes and fitments that will hopefully make it come alive. I’m looking forward to designing and making some of the external final finishes and look for both the table and the Westfalia inspired overhead locker…

sometimes night time is the right time

sometimes night-time is the right time

Hopefully the interior will complement the vintage character of the exterior… nothing like a challenge to inspire! 🙂

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