When it comes time to refuel the tanks we are all about preparing our own meals. Cooking allows for so much creativity and we really enjoy making the whole thing an experience. So whether we are whipping up burgers or putting together an Italian feast we’ve curated everything down to the music to fit the vibe.
So having a functional kitchen in a small space was a challenge we did not take lightly. We needed enough room for prepping and cooking without sacrificing the details that inspire us to get creative.
So the kitchen area got a complete remodel… Once again we were all about optimizing storage and wasted no space here.
More storage equals more food which equals two happy campers.
The main kitchen cabinet unit is designed with two sliding drawers at the bottom and a large cabinet up top. The lower drawer is smaller and hidden away to hold cleaning supplies.
The upper drawer is quite a bit larger to hold the majority of the kitchen essentials like Tupperware, cooking utensils, extra seasonings and about five different kinds of hot sauce.
Above the two drawers is a large open cabinet to hold pots, pans, jet boil, and the battery powered food processor that we had to have but haven’t used once.
The drawers and cabinets are faced with custom doors that we painted a deep green and then incorporated copper accents to match the backsplash. The counter top is made out of Masonite, which we covered in a black soap stone laminate. But the attention getter of the whole area is the backsplash. Outlined with dark mosaic tiles is a copper backsplash that we custom hammered until our ears rang and our fingers bled. One of our favorite elements of the kitchen the backsplash was well worth all the blood sweat and tears.
Above the copper backsplash is a spice rack built out of scrapped barnwood to hold a variety of seasonings.
Opposite the cooking and sink area is the prep station. Another favorite and truly a game changer as far as van cooking goes. One thing you can never have enough of in van life, other than peanut butter, is counter space!
On top of the bar cabinet we have another piece of masonite covered in soap stone laminate and on top of that we installed a floating butcher block. This not only doubles our counter space but it also added height to the prep station so we’re not hunched over as we are chopping up fresh fruit and veggies, which is a near constant activity. The butcher block, made from the same piece of scrapped walnut as the dropdown bar is supported by 2” copper piping and hidden screws to give it that floating look.
Next to the butcher block is a chunk of aspen tree that we repurposed as a knife block. We also added a recessed wall slot for storing additional cutting boards. Above the butcher block is a smaller cabines used for coffee, tea, and cups. Underneath this cabinet we added three mason jars to the bottom side for that we can unscrew for decorative food or spice storage. The middle jar is actually an led puck light so that we could light up the butcher block. Last but not least are the cactus twinkle lights that really set the mood when Fiesta Friday is underway at the campsite.
The cabinets below the butcher block and to the right above the fridge serve as our dry food storage. Nothing super special about these areas just a secret magical charm that allows for endless storage. These babies are the Mary Poppins bag’s of the pantry world.
So come on over, if were not out playing then we are usually cooking up a storm in the van. You know what’s on the menu for Fridays, but we’re always creating new van friendly dishes. Some days we even consider being a part time food truck… too creepy? Maybe…