This van conversion journey has been awesome. I love it. I really like designing things (that’s probably why I’m a designer), but what I really really love is pushing the envelope—and succeeding at it. Failing at pushing the envelope really isn’t very fun at all.
Thomas Edison said, “I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Guess what? You lucky guys and gals have the pleasure of witnessing me work through my 10,000 ways that won’t work. Are you keeping track? So far, I’ve redone the bed, the sink cabinet, the plumbing, the half of the electrical wiring, and today it’s going to be … drumroll please … the curtain track.
A few weeks ago, I tried to put up some curtain track. It didn’t work out very well. There were two problems: a) I needed to bend the track in a direction that it wasn’t meant to bend in, and b) the brackets really needed to be installed on a hard surface, not something semi squishy, like the EZ Cool insulation that currently lines the interior of my van.
These problems really weren’t difficult to solve. After heating the aluminum with a propane torch, I managed to bend the curtain track the way I wanted to. Then, I attached a few pieces of lauan to the ceiling, which provided a hard surface for the curtain track brackets.
I was all set to install the curtain track, and then …
… it ripped.
So now I’m reformulating my plan (again), and it’ll be at least a week before the new curtain track arrives. In the meantime, there’s lots of other stuff to do, including additional work on the ceiling.
Yeah, it looks kind of weird, but my goal now is to make it look kind of artsy fartsy. Well, that’s my excuse anyway. It’s a far cry from the chic modern style I had envisioned for my van when I first started this conversion, but I’m okay with that. If I decide that I don’t like, I’ll redo it later. As you well know, I’m no stranger to redoing things. Edison had the right idea.