#krystalthevan

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#krystalthevan has overhead storage! Super easy to make and what a lovely colour 😍 We added a railing with hooks under one of the cabinets for extra storage. Happy Monday Y’all!!
When #krystalthevan raves...she raves HARD! #tgif HAPPY WEEKEND Y’all!
#krystalthevan now has a table for her benches. Welcome to dining area and our sleeping area. How does it work? You can detach the table legs from the table and then rest the table on ledges on the side of the benches, so it will become all one level. Now just waiting for the mattress and the we can test out our bed!! #happyhumpday
#krystalthevan has benches!!! We finally managed to make two benches for the back, which is also the first step of our bed. We are super proud considering both of us have never built anything before apart from ikea furniture 😂 Happy Monday y’all!
It’s grey outside...but guess what we have SOLAR PANELS!!! We ended up getting a leIsure battery, which is connected to our solar panel and also charges while our engine is running. All our electric is 12V plug sockets or USB - BRING ON THE WILD CAMPING 🏕
Ah we’ve been out of action for while - but LOOK - we finally finished the ceiling and have light 💡 whoop whoop! Happy #humpday #krystalthevan
Here’s my drill face when I finish getting things done - WEEKEND STARTS EARLY! #krystalthevan
It’s getting colder - so we’ve turned our kitchen into a workshop to finish the benches for #krystalthevan - slowly getting there!!
We’ve been a bit quiet recently because busy with work work. BUT we did manage to make this for the overhead storage. We used these ropes so you can still get in, but nothing will fall out! Happy Monday everyone! 😊
Tim doing his best #pout and feeling happy about the ceiling nearly being done (look up) while my arse is hanging out in the background in my pjs 😂 HAPPY TUESDAY! Shit it’s only Tuesday? 😫#krystalthevan
Sunday Funday - starting on the ceiling for #krystalthevan ...4 up....another 12526736373 more to go! Happy Sunday y’all! (Excuse the mess!)
Thank god it’s Friday - just another weekend for us trying to build #krystalthevan with a little help from our friends @ueberdruck3d - MEASURE & CUT - who can guess what we are going to do next?
Ahhhhh #krystalthevan has a hint of culture in her FINALLY! I upholstered our driving cabin with this beautiful vintage green chunari sari and made a gold baarnasee boarder around the lights and the edges....keeping it cozy while driving... 😊
#mondaymotivation looking back at pictures like this - going on a 5 hour hike totally unprepared with wrong shoes and a beach bag motivates us more to get #krystalthevan done quickly, so we can start our adventures again. Anyone want to help?
#flashbackfriday to me reupholstering the front with an beautiful green & gold silk vintage sari and Tims best friend “Mullo” sorting our wiring out for when we finally put the lights and electric in...#krystalthevan
Happy Hump Day! It’s hard having a hectic business and building #krystalthevan . I’ve been up since 5:30am running around and working in the kitchen, then go straight home to work on Krystal as much as we can before the sun goes down. But then it feels good when you have finished another task. We finally have our walls up! We chose 4mm plywood - why? Because it’s lightweight, cheap and with the right colour (sage green) wood treatment it makes it look better and you can see the beautiful wood grains 😍😍
It’s that time again - LETS GO SHOPPING! #krystalthevan
Sunday’s be like...trying to figure out the next step - WALLS! We put wooden beams into make a frame for the walls to be drilled into after seeing it on numerous van renovations, but to us it didn’t make much sense because we would lose SO MUCH SPACE! So here’s Tim unscrewing the wooden beams. Watch out for out next post to see what we did next. Happy Sunday y’all! 😅 #krystalthevan
When I’m not working...I’m working on @krystal_thevan - follow if you want to see updates #krystalthevan
When I’m not working...I’m working on @krystal_thevan - follow if you wanna see updates #krystalthevan
MEASURE - STICK - REPEAT! Everything has been all a bit experimental for us, we are reading a lot from different blogs & books to see what to do next. From what we have read - we thought the next step would to be to stick thin aluminium insulation sheets over the Armaflex before putting the walls on. This is to make sure the moisture stays within the insulation, doesn’t touch the wood to avoid if from getting damaged. It’s also super light, almost like air, so no extra weight is added on to #krystalthevan Swipe👉🏽 to see more action ☺️
Today’s DIY view...back in B-TOWN getting our drill on this beautiful sunny day! Happy Sunday y’all! #krystalthevan
We’ve got that Friday feeling after the floor is finally finished - woooooo! Now for the weekend!! #krystalthevan
Today’s view of DIY....#krystalthevan #nofilter
Click and Fix - the most easiest laminate flooring. For us first timers it was great. Look how good Tim cut that straight line using the jigsaw for the first time, but be careful kids - you can cut yourself 👉🏽 to see 😢
Next Step - FLOORING! We were a bit indecisive about the flooring. We needed something that was lightweight, good quality and fair price. I really wanted cork flooring but then we went for a little shop around and found a really nice wood laminate floor from @bandq_uk - we first did the under lay, which is foam underneath and aluminium on top to keep the warmth in...here’s mama always watching over me...
Monday Motivation for our next step - FLOOR! (Not the £38 one 😉) Have a great week guys! #krystalthevan
Happy Friday!!! We are just getting over our horrendous week but there is something to smile about - our Armaflex insulation is done ✅ 💪🏽Schönes Wochenende/Have a Great Weekend! #krystalthevan
Instagram vs Reality- here’s the reality....We had a lovely two weeks in London and finally after 4 years of living in Berlin...I was moving ALL of my belongings there in #krystalthevan and we decided to take one night stop in Lille to see the sights. We checked in to our Airbnb in the city centre and had 2 hour nap before exploring the city to find that someone smashed Krystals window in broad daylight and stole some of my belongings. After calling the police - we waited 3 hours for someone to come to then be told nobody is coming and then spending the next 6 hours just waiting in the police station for someone to talk to us. As soon that was done - we wanted to get the hell out of Lille. We ended up driving as far as our tired eyes could take us and slept in the back of Krystal. Now back on road to Berlin and we can not wait to come home! Moral of the story - there are people with no souls #acab 🖕🏽 Lille We ❤️ Krystal even more.
Thanks #london you’ve been great...now time to drive back home to #berlin with #krystalthevan ..... but first stop - LILLE ❤️🌟 (excuse the bed hair! 💁🏽‍♀️)
Our niece Amelia needed a little nap while helping us out....and she found her bed in #krystalthevan
ARMAFLEX INSULATION IN ACTION! Next Step - INSULATION!!! We used Armaflex- it’s a foam self adhesive insulation. We used 19mm depth with 6mm Armaflex insulation tape to cover up the cracks and edges. Armaflex is mainly used for plumbing insulation, so the moisture doesn’t get in. If you used cladding - the moisture would eventually get in over the years. We highly recommend paying a little more for a longer life. Main thing to do is MEASURE MEASURE MEASURE - making templates for the more difficult bits. There’s a bit of a trick to slowly take the plastic backing and sticking at the same time because once it’s sticks....it really STICKS! But you’ll get the hang of it, even the small difficult bits will get easier. We ended up using nearly 18sqm for #krystalthevan - make sure you measure correctly when ordering because it’s kind of annoying when you run out and have to wait for the next batch 🤦🏽‍♀️
Next Step - INSULATION!!! We used Armaflex- it’s a foam self adhesive insulation. We used 19mm depth with 6mm Armaflex insulation tape to cover up the cracks and edges. Armaflex is mainly used for plumbing insulation, so the moisture doesn’t get in. If you used cladding - the moisture would eventually get in over the years. We highly recommend paying a little more for a longer life. Main thing to do is MEASURE MEASURE MEASURE - making templates for the more difficult bits. There’s a bit of a trick to slowly take the plastic backing and sticking at the same time because one the it’s sticks....it really STICKS! But you’ll get the hang of it, even the small difficult bits will get easier. We ended up using nearly 18sqm for #krystalthevan - make sure you measure correctly when ordering because it’s kind of annoying when you run out and have to wait for the next batch 🤦🏽‍♀️
Monday Monday....#weekend is over 😭 so here’s a photo of our little helper to cheer you up 😻 Theo is helping us on our next step - INSULATION! More info & pics coming soon.... ☺️
We had some unexpected visitors while working on #krystalthevan - #villagelife #latergram
Next step - #krystalthevan got soundproofed!!! We used Alubutyl - we used this because its the best soundproof you can get, plus it’s lightweight and self adhesive, so easier to put on....especially for us who have never sound proofed anything let alone a van! Swipe 👉🏽 to see more
Next step - we sprayed the whole of #krystalthevan with anti-rust before starting with the insulation. We used about 6 spray cans of ani-rust and ordered it on @amazon it takes about 24 hours to dry.
Next step - we took all the panelling off inside #krystalthevan luckily this was the only rust we had. 2 steps to taking the rust off 1️⃣ apply the first bottle and let work its magic overnight and then sand the rust off the next day. 2️⃣ spray the anti rust spray on topped. Swipe 👉🏽 to see the finish.
Smile 😃 you’re on camera! Well only if you’re behind us! We installed a reverse camera on #krystalthevan - so it’s easier for us to see if we going to going to knock anything over! It’s helps with such long van! 📷 #saycheese
Let’s cheer ourselves up on this rainy cloudy day to a sunny one, when #krystalthevan got her first parking ticket 😅 Happy Sunday Y’all! ☀️
#flashbackfriday to #krystalthevan getting a makeover. We put circle windows at the back, a side window, roof vent/window and the electric ⚡️ socket. We chose the circle windows because we have big plans for the back later 😃 who can guess what it is? Swipe 👉🏽 to see more
Driving #krystalthevan back home to #berlin and dressed her in style with her first piece of bling by our dearest friend @chacamandala - one of the reasons why we called her Krystal. Swipe 👉🏽 for a close up!
#krystalthevan ❤️❤️❤️ - swipe 👉🏽 to see more... #throwback
The day we met #krystalthevan - 22/04/2018