The last thing I did today (last post for today, I promise) was to put a shelf in the upper cabinet next to the couch. At first Lucille and I could not decide if we were going to install another hanger rod like is in the upper cabinet next to the fridge, or create more kitchen storage. We figured, "hey, we are camping, how many clothes are we going to have that need to hang up". Plus with us not having much of a plan for that bunk bed area, we figured that is tons of storage for the bedroom.
Therefore we wanted to put a second shelf in the upper cabinet next to the couch. We figured we would store cups and dishes above the sink and use this upper cabinet for food. We have the lower cabinet by the couch (already with a middle shelf) full of pots and pans, mixing bowls, toaster, coffee maker.... Hey Lucille, we need to make room for a blender down there!!
I used the same Rubbermaid shelving material for this shelf as I did the shelf we put in the bedroom. I could not find any that was 17.25" x 20", so I bought a long 12" board and cut two pieces 17.25" long and then trimmed the second one down from 12" wide to 8" wide. I took some of the left over shelving (from the 12" to 8" trim) and screwed it to the bottom of these two pieces making it one 17.25" x 20" shelf.
I had to notch three of the corners since there are wood stringer in the two front corners and the rear left corner. I then marked these three stringers and the back right corner at 16" up from the bottom of the cabinet. I then took the same wood screws I am screwing into the walls and ran 2 screws into each stringer at 90 degrees from each other right at 16". For the back right corner, I just partially screwed in 2 1.0" screws in this corner.
I then lifted the shelf up and into the cabinet at an angle and let it come down and rest on the 8 partially inserted screws. We now have two shelves (bottom and 1 shelf mid way up) to use as our pantry and put our food in.
That's it for the mod's for a little while. We are taking this coming Friday and next Monday off and going camping just north of Jacksonville at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park for a 4 day weekend and visit our oldest Son.
Here is what the shelf looks like.