Home Sweet Bus Part II (The Big Reveal)

It’s time to show you all what we’ve been working so very, very hard on these past couple weeks. If you missed Part I where I described everything we did, go ahead and check it out. And you can also watch the video tour again to remind yourself of what it looked like during the process.

But if you’re all up to date on that, let’s get started!!

Note: Part of the reason this post took so long to get up was due to the torrential rain storms we’ve had here the past couple days (which also made for some weird lighting for the pictures and I apologize). Another part is because there have been a lot of finishing touches that we’ve been in the process of doing (valances for the curtains, painting one of the cupboard doors with dry erase paint, etc.) But if waited until every tiny detail was complete, well, you’d probably never see pictures at all.

SO. Here we go! Here are the before and after shots from when we bought it off Craigslist for $1000 and what it looks like today.

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(That’s Emmaline peeking out from behind the curtain. She’s almost 4, to give you a size reference for how tall the upper story is.)

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 (A HUGE thanks to Noah’s sister HeiDee for her work on the tub! She used Zep Commercial Grade Mold and Mildew Stain Remover)

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So there you have it!

I mean, if we’re going to be living in a bus, this is the bus to be living in!

After we’ve actually moved in and have kind of figured out what goes where I plan on doing a video tour of how we actually wind up using the space. We made a trip to Wal-Mart today for storage bins and miscellaneous whatnot to help us stay organized, but I think it will probably have to develop a bit more organically as we actually live in it.

Today marks 2 weeks until we have to be out of our rental, so coming up next we have:

-packing and cleaning the house

-moving the bus out to the land (with or without a working radiator…)

-hooking up the hot water heater (and hopefully our washing machine at some point)

-an overnight trial run

-MOVE IN!

I have been vacillating between being extremely excited and extremely nervous. Be grateful that I am not posting hourly status updates, but I will keep you all in the loop as we progress!

Please feel free to share/tweet/pin/stumble/print-out and-post-up-on-your-office-bulletin-board this post. We are very, very proud of our hard work!

 

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14 thoughts on “Home Sweet Bus Part II (The Big Reveal)

  1. It looks great! I’m looking forward to following your adventure of living in the bus. It looks very comfortable, and you’ve really spruced it up nicely!

  2. Your bus looks awesome! I didn’t realise the upper story was so short! But I guess if you only crawl up there for sleeping, and have the kids play up there, it doesn’t really need to be taller. I’m so excited for you.

    1. Thanks Jo. Yeah, it gets hard on the knees up there (especially crawling around trying to paint the ceiling!), but the kids can stand up just fine, so there’s no complaints from them.

  3. Looks awesome! You and Noah did a great job! What’s the curtain for? (The one Emmaline is standing next to..)

  4. Wow!! Must be so cool to see all your hard work translated into something that you’ll get to enjoy on a daily basis. It’s not like a one time event. I feel like I encounter so much in my line of work where you work really hard on something and then once all the handwork is put in you cross your fingers and hope that something comes of it. But this is instant! Everything you do, every extra hour of hand work, you benefit from it right in front of your eyes. So cool. That must feel so rewarding. The before and after pictures are striking. Great job guys! Rally impressed, Noah!

    1. Hahaha! Yeah, the before and after shots came out really well, even though we’d seen it develop throughout the whole process, it was still amazing to look and see just how MUCH work was done. It’s pretty gratifying.

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