Mar 26, 2015

Tiny Design at work

We've been working on the bus about once a week (sometimes twice, if we're lucky) since our last post, and I think it's made a difference you'll notice. Every time I visit the bus, I can't believe how good it looks compared to when we got it. It feels like a home. Our home. And that's an incredible feeling, especially if you've rented all your life. While I didn't think this bus would be as much work as it has been, I also don't know if I would love it as much as I do now. We've bonded, she and I, over hours of paint and scraping and sanding and scrubbing. I hope that work shows through! Take a look for yourself. 

The couch, positioned as a reading nook against the new wall my father built out behind the driver's seat. The finished couch will have a seat cushion and back cushion, but those are still in progress. My mother made the curtains- aren't they fancy? She actually made all the curtains you'll see in our bus. She's a handy lady.

These are the front curtains she made, for when the bus is parked. Creeper Curtains are a necessity when your house is 47% windows.

Sink curtain to hide all things ugly under there.

And next to said sink curtain, our (yet unfinished) cabinets that'll hold all kinds of things now. Those are pull-out cabinet inserts, which basically doubled our cabinet storage. 

See? Neat, huh? We're ordering a smaller one that will go on the right side of the sink.

This is the space behind the toilet with the cedar boards added! We're also going to build a floating shelf for our shelf-worthy items. The weird-looking area where the toilet meets the wall will be a built-in storage space for toilet paper, sawdust, and peat moss (for the waterless toilet. Science).

What's that? Oh, just an awesome idea I had at IKEA that ended up working out pretty well. We were originally going to hang a sliding barn door for our bathroom, but after pricing hardware (ouch) and considering the added weight, I had this stroke of genius: a sliding panel of fabric. Lightweight, and functional. And suprisingly, it worked!

The panel attaches to a track screwed into the wall (all of this is sold as a set at IKEA), and then we attached this handy wand to pull the curtain open and shut as needed. 

When the panel is in its "open" position against the wall, it blends in unobtrusively. Yay!


What do we still have left to do?

  • build the bed
  • replace the folding door with an actual house door (for security)
  • paint the outside
  • finish the cabinets (my dad is making the cabinets himself)
  • install trim for the floor
  • install our fold-down table (which is being made by a seriously talented craftsman, Heath McCall)
  • give the stove a hardcore cleaning (it's desperately in need)
  • put new tires on the bus
  • move in!

What would you like to know/see more about?

Cheers, y'all!

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