Journey Home Made

Road Trip To Valley Of Fire

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I went on a road trip to Valley of Fire. I drove through the Lake Mead Recreational Area to get there. It was a beautiful drive, and the weather was perfect. As you drive along, you begin to see red rocks here and there. Then, off in the distance, you see Valley of Fire rising up in the landscape. Everything surrounding it is so neutral, the red stands out and draws you closer.

The red rocks, blue skies, and green vegetation mingle, creating a visual treat. The petroglyphs and the Elephant Rock were highlights of the trip.

Skoolie Conversion Overview

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It looks like Cozy is going to be featured in an upcoming book (more details coming soon, fingers crossed). So, I took some overview pictures of her, in her current state. I'm currently waiting for a ceiling vent/fan to arrive. Once that's installed, I will be completing the embossed wallpaper ceiling covering.

Cozy Kithen (Part 3)

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The last minute scramble of moving out of my rental house caused me to neglect the blog. A lot has happened with Cozy. Here are some pictures of how the kitchen developed. I still don't have a faucet, but other than that, it's pretty much done. The faucet I ordered didn't fit, so the search for one that will work continues.

I have much more to share, so stay tuned, I promise to be back soon. Happy Sunday!

Cozy's Kitchen (Part 1)

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 Framing the Kitchen

Framing the Kitchen

Started work on Cozy's kitchen. Ultimately, the kitchen will be an "L" shape, to make the most of the limited space that I have.  The kitchen sits above the wheel wells. The shelf will hold the water (fresh and gray) containers. I hope to get the counter top on today. Thanks to Sam for a big assist on this part of the build!

Cozy Progress

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 Bed frame with lots of storage space underneath.

Bed frame with lots of storage space underneath.

 Everything table (art studio/dining table/computer area).

Everything table (art studio/dining table/computer area).

 "Bathroom" area.

"Bathroom" area.

Lots of progress being made in Cozy (thank you Sam for the help!). The bed is in, the everything-table is in place, and I built the potty area. The bathroom walls are made from doors purchased at an architectural salvage store. I will have a composting toilet, and the hole cut in the front of the enclosure allows the cat access to the cat box inside. I'm going to cut a small hole and mount a computer fan to vent inside the enclosure to keep things smelling nice and fresh in the bus.

Priming Out The Pink

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 Oil base primer, the first step in covering all that pink paint.

Oil base primer, the first step in covering all that pink paint.

 I also started to build the "bathroom".

I also started to build the "bathroom".

Today was a busy day, and I made a lot of progress on Cozy the Bus. I used an oil base primer to start covering all the pink paint. The priming is about 90% done. There are a lot of tiny areas, in the front of the bus, that will need to be painted with a little brush, but other than that, the priming is done.
I also did a lot of work on the "bathroom". I'm using some cool old doors as the walls, and I really like the way they are looking. The DIY composting toilet (more on that later), and the cat box, will be housed inside a toy box sort of enclosure. The lid will be hinged, so that I will have easy access to the cat box and toilet. I'm going to cut a hole in the front of the enclosure so the cats can access their cat box. I plan to cut a small hole in the floor, and add a small computer fan to vent, and keep things smelling nice in the bus.

Skoolie Conversion Progress

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 Wood "ribs", rigid foam insulation, and faux barn wood panels going up on the side walls.

Wood "ribs", rigid foam insulation, and faux barn wood panels going up on the side walls.

 Filthy feet and white paint. The side walls are all up, and I applied a white wash technique to sell the barn wood look.

Filthy feet and white paint. The side walls are all up, and I applied a white wash technique to sell the barn wood look.

 Floor and side walls.

Floor and side walls.

 All the stickers, and other stuff removed, and ready to paint. Bye, bye pink.

All the stickers, and other stuff removed, and ready to paint. Bye, bye pink.

A little progress report on Cozy. Things are now moving along nicely. It's finally cooled off enough to spend some serious time working in the bus. After a nasty flu, my energy is back, and I'm enjoying my bus time.

Picking A Color Palette

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I love birch bark! So, I'm mostly going with the soft neutral colors found in the bark. I'm hopeful that will help the space look as big as possible, and let's face it, I can use all the space I can get. As an homage to the school bus yellow, I also want to incorporate pops of "Roasted Chestnut" (their name, not mine). I'll incorporate nature with greenery, bringing the outdoors in.

I can't wait to get the the decorating phase of this project to begin. I'm ready to see the silver spaceship stage to move along.

School Bus Conversion - Insulation

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Working on the insulation in Cozy. She is starting to look like a spaceship, covered in all that shiny silver insulation. It's not a difficult process, actually it's very similar to a giant shelf-paper project, but the heat is slowing my progress. Warning, giant sweat ball coming through! Ultimately, the walls and ceiling will also be covered in silver.

Sam also helped me remove this little noise maker. Thanks Sam! Whenever the back door was open, I would have to hear this loud squealing sound. I'm enjoying the quiet, and the breeze, now that this little guy is gone.