Musicians on the road have it rough. Sleeping in the backseat of the van between gigs. Eating unhealthy diner fare. Feeling homesick.
Well, the two musicians that make up the Ukulele Cowboy Society Cabaret Jazz and Bohemian Swing Duo decided to change that. Welcome the RV mini house.
Jesse Chandler and Michael Kaplan bought a 1977 Ford Brougham RV and turned it into a snug little house. Doityourselfrv.com broke the story and notes that the couple live and rehearse in the house even when they’re chilling in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
It took two years to strip out the old sofa couch and outdated kitchenette in order to make room for a modern revamp.
Now the Ford Brougham, lovingly called Odessa, sports a colorful tile backsplash, avocado green and cherry red accent painting and fresh flooring in the kitchen area.
They have filled this 115-square-foot home with Dia de los Muertos design accents and plenty of musical instruments.
A cozy green couch serves as the lounge area.
Then it turns into a luxurious full bed at night.
Custom lighting hangs throughout the RV giving a vintage country feel to the space.
The musical duo powers their bohemian lifestyle with 100-watt solar panels attached to the top of Odessa. They also created a composting system and installed a six-gallon propane water heater. Pretty efficient.
And if you thought a 1977 Ford Brougham’s exterior couldn’t be turned into an adorable piece of eye candy, you’re in for a treat.
The couple primed away the signature brown and white striping.
Then they applied a soft tan color with plenty of red accents.
Now they can hit the road whenever they have a gig. Their blog also keeps readers up-to-date on Odessa and the duo’s traveling schedule.
Odessa definitely makes life on the road a much cozier prospect. They give an illuminating tour of their snug home and how they created such an adorable space below: