Finally, finally a bus update! I know it has been several months but honestly things went much crazier with selling the house than expected and with our goal of staying out of debt we really had to wait until the house sold to move forward. Now though we are out of our house, debt free, and making progress on the bus! (There are a couple life updates In-between you can see those HERE and HERE if you missed them!)
SO what have we been up to? Well this weekend we painted the bus! Oakland Spring Kiss an oil based outdoor paint from Valspar. I chose this color because it is fresh and bright but not over whelming, so far I am completely loving it! Can I just take a moment to say that painting a bus is actually pretty hard, there are so many crevices AND so much to tape off... seriously just taping around windows and doors took half of each day. The good news is we are on our second coat of paint and have only gone through two gallons! This paint from Valspar is basically amazing (recommended by a bus friend) and has held up well, had no issues with it not sticking, and it is drying like a dream! Though honestly I have to say I might think twice about painting in the future because this has been some serious hard work!
We also bought a tub for the shower this weekend and have not yet installed it primarily because neither of us knows much about plumbing... we have been watching countless Youtube videos and are going to try to install the shower ourselves but may end up hiring a plumber because at this point just trying to make sure we run the plumbing correctly is taking up a ridiculous amount of time and energy.
Jessamyn has been amazing throughout this whole project. We have basically just put her in a pack and play with her bunny and a few snacks and she has been completely content to watch us work and occasionally help "paint." I have been so impressed with her attitude and it has really helped when things have gotten tough at the bus.
So from here we will be adding one more coat of paint just to make sure everything is good and covered. Tomorrow morning we will be meeting our electrician to pick out lights and build shelving in the bus. Once the electric is run we will be tearing apart some old pallets to stain them and begin building the walls! I will try to post more regular updates as we move forward and make progress on this project!
If you didn't see on our Instagram story we ran into a bit of a snag this weekend. Since we sold our house we have been staying with family and as much as we appreciate them and love that they are letting us stay with them it has honestly been a bit tight and hard on the dogs. Finding a short term rental (like 2 months) is actually a lot harder than we expected and so the only solution we could find was to purchase an RV to live in until the bus is finished. We found the perfect one in our price range but the minute Ben drove it away the brakes went out and he crashed over three curbs and into a bank parking lot. We were able to have the RV towed to an auto body shop but because it is the weekend don't have any answers or really any idea how much this will end up costing. We are hoping it is a quick fix and we didn't just waste money that could have gone to savings or to the bus on a complete piece of junk so fingers crossed the mechanic has good news for us tomorrow. Depending on what the word is I will definitely keep you guys updated and hopefully we will have a temporary home until the bus is finished.
So for now we continue to paint and run electric! I am hoping now that we have things moving I will be able to update more regularly and we would like to be in and done sometime in December but again this is definitely a project and so we will see. As always please feel free to comment, as questions, or if you have any advice or plumbing tips leave them below! Thanks you so much for following along on this journey your encouragement and support is greatly appreciated.