I LOVE working on films because of the team atmosphere that is created, because I get to use my talents to help tell stories that will hopefully effect lives, and because I get paid to do something I love!
The cons to working on a film are the lonnnnnnng hours. Currently I’m working 10 hour days (with a commute an hour away from Tulsa), trying to keep my fitness up, and still carving out time for family. Whew!!! Life is busy! So, anyway, there’s my long explanation of why you’re just now getting updated on bus happenings!
So, let’s get to it! In order to keep moving on this project, if I hit a snag of sorts, I just move to the next thing and come back to the “problem area” once I have figured out a solution and/or gathered some more motivation! So, what that means is that nothing is currently totally completed….but a lot of things are definitely inching towards being finished! Today, I’m reviewing one way I’m dealing with the temperature issues inside the bus.
As I mentioned, that bus gets HOT!!!!! So insulating things as much as possible is going to absolutely save me in the summer months (literally and financially)! The window areas (those dark green spaces) are just steel panels waiting to be removed and replaced with glass frames. Since I won’t be putting any more windows in (at least for the moment) I needed to deal with those areas. That metal was conducting a LOT of heat.
So, I went to home depot and bought a bunch of insulation board. Its 3/4 inch depth would fit perfectly in to the window frame voids.
Next I took my measurements and cut my pieces with a razor blade….
Once I placed the cutouts, I used “Great Stuff” all around the edges making sure to get as much of a seal as possible!
So, now instead of this……..
My windows/walls look like this……
Just adding this one layer of insulation helped the temperature issue out significantly, which I was very relieved about! It was a small project that will make a world of difference during those hot summer months!
Stay tuned for more updates including a new floor and the steel ceiling project!]]>
So, the bus is definitely making some progress and I’m excited to fill you in! As you know we started in the back! You will also remember that I was super excited about revealing those slick black windows! The project wasn’t hard as far as skill, but it did take a little time and some elbow grease!
In order to remove most of the paint, I used a gel like paint stripper that would cling to the vertical windows. It bubbled up and worked like a charm. It also worked to burn the living day lights out of my skin! Ouch!!! I was wearing gloves, but still managed to figure out how to get it on my arms and legs……..
If you’ve never used paint thinner, it works really well. You just have to be patient…..which happens to be one of my downfalls. If you try to scrape the area to early, you will be severely disappointed with the result. But if you can manage to keep yourself occupied until the paint bubbles up on it’s own, things scrape off easily! Hold off until it looks like this….
Here’s what the window area looked like when I bought the bus…….
And here’s when I uncovered the windows and realized that they all could be that beautiful chic black…..
And here’s after almost all the paint has been removed!….
Now, there is still some cleaning up to do around the trim of the windows, but I think you can already start to see how great this space will be!! Ahhhhh!
Oh, and if you look close, you can get a little glimpse of how the metal ceiling is turning out! Pretty exciting!
Stay tuned friends!!!]]>
Have you ever heard of “glamping?” It’s a combination that brings together the rustic adventure of camping with some more glamorous amenities not usually associated with sleeping outdoors….like full fluffy beds, luxury linens, air conditioning and all sorts of other stuff depending on how glamorous you really want to be!
I recently partnered up with a company based here in Tulsa, called Homma, that offers the amazing service of setting up your very own glamping campground! So fun, right?!
Currently Homma offers a great set-up, but wanted me to come in and take the design to another level. We plan to work more together in the future, but for this first project, I was tasked with the job of setting up a tent at their wedding reception. It was to be a cozy place for lounging and laughing.
Here’s how I brought the KPD flair to the HOMMA brand….
I had such a good time working on this unique project and can’t wait to do more! If you’d like to experience the glamping lifestyle for yourself, hit Homma up! They can do multiple tents and have all sorts of options! If you decide to book, mention you saw my post for 15% off your total! Also, let them know if you’d like the “Deluxe Design” option, styled by yours truly!]]>
It has also included getting pretty detailed with my bedroom design. So, today I’m going to talk through that with you!
Here is what the bedroom area looked like when I first picked up the bus…
Since then, I removed the original bed platform because I plan to orient the bed differently.
I was immediately drawn to this picture of a polished metal ceiling and when I realized I could achieve a similar look in my bus, the decision was made!
Photo via Design Sponge
I feel pretty lucky that the only area where the original metal ceiling was left in tact was over the bed, because I think that is the perfect place for it. To me, it will create a sort of cocoon feeling, which I LOVE! Have I mentioned that I’ve really been into butterflies lately? The whole idea of going into something unsure of what will happen, but just feeling like you have to do it, because you were made to, and emerging from it completely changed- strong, beautiful, and ready to fly. ……..There are so many parallels to life there, but that’s probably a different post. Ironically, I feel like the bus itself looks like a cocoon and this project could certainly be compared to the caterpillar turned butterfly transformation. Ha, maybe I’m over thinking it…….but maybe not.
Annnywayyyy, I want to keep the metal ceiling and polish it up. I also want to remove the cream paint to reveal the slick black windows (as I mentioned in a previous post).
I will keep the long wood piece in tact because:
1. It is essential (it covers the engine area)
2. It makes for a perfect headboard!
I will cover the wood in a tufted fabric. Right now, I’m thinking a leather of some sort! I bought all of these the other day with the intention of choosing one for the headboard area….
The bench area also has to stay, but will act as built in nightstands, so it works out very nicely!
Once all that is finished, I will build the bed platform. Because storage is important in all small spaces, I’ve ordered these bed lifts so I can easily access whatever I decide to put under there.
Photo via HGTV.com
Here’s a rough sketch of things….
I’ll also be creating a little closet area in the corner of the room, but have yet to think through that completely. Thoughts/ideas are welcome!!
So, there’s the bedroom plan. I’m hoping to get some good stuff accomplished this weekend…..wish me luck and lower temps!!]]>
So, here is the plan thus far…..
As you can see, I’ve placed the bedroom in the back of the bus for privacy purposes. And the bathroom comes right after that. I’ve mapped out a rather large footprint for an RV bathroom, but this is my project and I’ve got personal priorities- a great shower being one of them. I also plan to put a sky light in the bath area and I am super excited about showering under the stars!! Imagine it with me……..
Next comes the kitchen area. I felt that splitting it on to the two walls rather than just keeping it on one was an efficient use of space, and for some reason I just prefer it over a longer kitchen kept on one wall.
After the kitchen is the living/work area. I’ve got some different ideas for this space and how I can squeeze in 1 or 2 more sleeping spaces in case we ever have guests travel or stay with us. The desk will be freestanding so it can come into the middle of the space and serve as a dining table if desired. On the wall where the desk lives, there will be a flip up (or down) bench that would be able to serve seating for the other side of the dining table when in play……..or one of those sleeping spaces I was talking about. This is the general idea of what I’m thinking……
I’m doing things a little differently this time around. Normally, I would take the typical approach of doing all the electric, all the plumbing, all the lighting, all the framing, ect before I started to work on any of the decor. But since I’m tackling this project on my own, I’m
going to do it my way…with a method I think will work better to keep motivated and moving. I’m starting in the back and working my way forward. So, I’ll start with the bedroom and work my way forward. I think seeing parts be completed will keep my spirits high and allow me to finish much faster.
So, there you have it! The only plans that super solid right now is the bedroom, so if you guys have any brilliant ideas about the rest of the space, I love to entertain them! Thanks to Tonya for suggesting to search the hashtags- #skoolie #busnik #skoolielife #busconversion….There are so many cool ideas out there!]]>
This is the kind of project that wears me out during the day (from all the manual labor) and keeps me up at night (dreaming of possibilities)! I have a general layout decided in my head and even some specifics nailed down. BUT I’m definitely still thinking through all the elements I want to see in my bus as well as all the functional details!
If you’d like to get a peek inside my head and a few ideas/looks that I’m envisioning, check out my pinterest page dedicated to “The BUS“…….
Any experienced RV-ers out there? I’d love to hear some of your tips, do’s and don’ts, thoughts, ect!!!]]>
The great thing is that the person before me bought this bus with the same intentions that I have, to strip the bus down to its bare bones and build it back as an RV. Unfortunately for them, they never finished the process. But lucky for me, I get to start with a blank slate of a bus that is basically down to the “studs.” They saved me all sorts of demo work, so I figure I’m ahead on this deal already!
I’m not going to get super detailed in this before tour, but definitely will once I start breaking down the individual areas.
So, let’s start with the entrance and driver’s station…
Replacing the driver’s seat, repairing the stair treads, and and deep cleaning are the major points of concern for this front area.
Here we are looking towards the back of the bus from the entrance….
As you can see, I’ve got some work to do! Insultating the walls, covering the walls and the ceiling, electrical work, plumbing, air…….it all has to be done! Oh, and then there’s the pretty stuff of course! That fiberglass thing towards the center of the space is a shower. It’s brand new…..but it probably won’t stay.
Just past the shower, in the back of the bus, is where the previous owner built a bed platform. Although I do imagine this will remain the sleeping quarters, things will obviously look a whole lot different once I get finished with it. I’ve already got some ideas for this space that I’m pretty excited about!
Here’s the reverse view, looking towards the front of the bus from the bed platform……and yes, there was a random toilet rolling around when I first gained ownership of this space. It has since been removed……….gross.
I have to admit, amongst the rest of this mess, the gleaming white, brand new shower stall looks pretty good! BUT I know that once I give the rest of this space the KPD treatment, it just won’t be what I want. So, anyone need a new shower!?
The unfinished ceiling really makes things look scary/UGLY. But at least its already mostly insulated! That’s a positive……:/
So, that’s the end of the before tour! Are you nervous for me? I’ll be posting a video before tour with a little more info soon, so be sure to check it out! I can’t wait to share this journey with you guys!]]>
Haha! That’s the comment my sweet mother left on my Facebook post announcing my latest adventure. Two minutes later she was calling my phone, probably upset she had not been informed of my purchase before the rest of the world! I told my momma, this decision was just like when I wanted to dye my hair purple. One day, the idea popped into my mind and I just HAD to do it. No fear, no hesitation… only excitement, a strong vision, and an overwhelming desire to see my brand new baby dream fulfilled! So, three days after the idea dawned on me, I was the proud owner of my very own 40ft beast of a bus! Momma still doesn’t prefer the purple hair, but she was on board with this bus turned to tiny living idea immediately! …….And it seems like a lot of you are drawn to this little adventure of mine too! So, I thought what I better time to start the blog back up and bring everyone along with me on the ride! There promise to be bumps along the renovation road, deflated spirits and tires, BUT I’m confident that any time I spend on the the “struggle bus” will be well worth the reward at the end of the road!!
Next blog, I’ll discuss a little bit about why this project was so appealing to me and give you a tour of the bus in it’s current state!
If you could feel that brim, you would realize that it is the smoothest piece of wood you’ve ever felt. Tim likes to use Bruno’s words and say it’s “smoother than a fresh jar of skippy.” Haha.
Not only are these impecably crafted pieces, they are so stylish! Tim made these hats for the dapper guys of the world, but they look just as stunning on ladies! I’ve worn mine multiple times! In fact, I wore it this weekend!
If you’d like to order one that special guy in your life (or yourself!!) you can find the hats on the Two Guys Bow Ties site!]]>
Well, I’ve got a solution for all of us cutlery envying, but budget conscious consumers! I took my old set of silverware (including a bunch of mismatched pieces I’ve picked up throughout the years) which looked like this…..
And I turned them into this….
Aren’t those pretty?!! And it was so simple! It was as easy as dipping each piece into my Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics Paint and then clipping it up to drip dry!
Of course, this would not work with normal paint, but the Molten Metallics line has an epoxy finish, which means it will stick to that metal come hell or high water! Yay! So, what do you think? Do you need some “new” silverware?!
Find Ben Moore’s paints (including the MM line) at your local Spectrum Paint!!!]]>