Ever Wonder What’s In the Back of the Wallpaper Lady’s Van?

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It’s like a traveling hardware store! But everything I use on a regular basis is easily accessible from the rear (first two photos) or side (third photo) doors. Once you step inside (remaining photos), there is a whole lot more tools and equipment!

I got this van from Dave Cory Motors (highly recommended!) in Houston in April. It is larger than my previous three Chevy Astro Vans, and I am enjoying the extra room. I put carpeting on all the walls, and also padding and carpeting on the floor, cab and cargo area. I added a lip to prevent my 50lb buckets of paste from sliding out the side door, and built a drawer unit and a shelf unit for specific items. I had custom shelving installed on one side.

I usually only carry one ladder, but when needed, the 10′ bed will easily accommodate my extension ladder (two ladders are pictured here, stacked on top of one another). Other tools and equipment stashed in here include: up to four 5-gallon buckets of paste, boxes of joint compound, 1-gallon cans of four different types of primer, tool box, paperhanging tools, work table and folding legs, drop cloths & towels, two box fans and a floor fan, space heater, 2’x4′ sheet of plywood for setting ladder on top of bathtubs, rolls of plastic sheeting, extension cords, heat gun, craft paint, specialty tools, sponges, sanding sponges, caulk, spare scissors, trimmers, straight edges, roller covers, switch plate covers, screw & wall anchors, broom and dustpan, and all sorts of other tools and equipment and gadgets you never thought you would need – but just might. šŸ˜‰

Plus gym bag, and theĀ satchelsĀ I bring when I consult with clients.

And, as you can see, it is proudly neat and organized. I call it a “girl truck.”
Because the guys tend to toss their tools into an empty 5-gallon bucket, and then throw all their equipment willy-nilly into the back of their van – or even a pick-up truck, open to the rain, for Pete’s sake!

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