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THE WORLD SCHOOL BUS PROJECT | JANUARY 13 | (HOPEFULLY) THE UGLIEST THIS BUS WILL EVER BE

Welcome to The World School Bus Project daily blog! We’re a traveling, world schooling family of five who sold everything we owned to live life outside the box. Currently, we’re converting an old school bus into a tiny house on wheels for an amazing, open-ended road trip around the United States! Follow along by bookmarking this blog and liking us on Facebook and Instagram!

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GUTTED!

Nearly two weeks into our bus project and we’ve finally finished* ripping all it’s guts out! This bus has never looked worse, you guys. If this is how the bus looked when we first saw it, I would have said “hell to the no,” (which is stupid because it would have saved us two weeks of hard work.) As ugly as it is, though, we’re still in love with our bus and are excited to be done with demolition and start cleaning, removing the rust, re-sealing and getting ready to build! First, a few “before” pictures …

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Told you it’s looking ugly! Man, I can not WAIT to pair some of these “before” photos up with “after” photos! We have such big plans for this bus, you guys! I know it looks ridiculously awful right now, but this bus is going to be TRANSFORMED! (And aren’t you excited you get to see it all happening in “real time?!”)

SIDE PANELS

Now, if you’re a blog reader who happens to know a thing or two about school bus conversions (hello Skoolie friends!) you might have noticed the side panels are still in all those “before” photos. That’s because those bitches DID NOT want to come out! Henry spent all day today working on them, grinding out all the stuck screws and trying to pry the panels away from the wall. He even took out some windows to see if that would make it easier (nope!) We finally decided that instead of pulling the entire panel off, we’re going to get some a metal cutter and cut the panels off right under the windows. That’s tomorrow’s project and we’re pretty sure it’ll work, so hopefully those will be out first thing in the morning.

If you’re not a blog reader who knows about bus conversions and are wondering why we’re taking those metal panels off, it’s because there’s another layer of insulation back there that we want to remove and replace. The insulation from behind the metal ceiling panels was old, smelly and moldy in places and we’re expecting the side insulation to be pretty much the same. Before we start putting in our wood slat walls, we want to put in all fresh, new insulation and make sure any rust underneath is taken care of.

Here are some photos of Henry battling the side panels from earlier tonight …

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I’m a photographer, soooooooo …

While Henry was hard at work, dealing with the panels, I was being a typical photographer, looking for a way to make all this ugly into something pretty. All of the photos below are random, ugly spots in our bus! SEE! You can literally find beauty ANYWHERE you look!:)How’s that for some mid-week inspiration?

Back with more updates tomorrow!

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  • January 14, 2016 - 2:55 am

    Leah - Oh Sarah!! I’m amazed! You’re living my wildest dream☺️ What a amazing adventure! Congratulations <3ReplyCancel

    • January 30, 2016 - 9:38 pm

      WorldSchoolKids - Thank you Leah!!ReplyCancel

  • January 14, 2016 - 10:31 am

    Stacy - GO, HENRY, GO! :) What a stud! You guys rock! Cannot wait to see what comes of the mess . . . there is beauty in the ashes.ReplyCancel

    • January 30, 2016 - 9:40 pm

      WorldSchoolKids - Love you so much, friend!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2016 - 8:04 pm

    kalissa - I was your cashier today at a certain “home improvement” store…my other half and I would love to help out any way we could, when we can…hit us up at schrummgyrl76@gmail.com or cajix.monkey78@gmail.com
    loveloveReplyCancel

    • January 30, 2016 - 9:38 pm

      WorldSchoolKids - Thank you Kalissa!! I’ll send you an email! So great meeting you the other day!ReplyCancel

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