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Old 08-06-2011, 11:58 AM   #81
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It's easier to see the lip here.


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Here are two shots of the platform in place.




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Good looking bus, really nice conversion.....
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:06 PM   #84
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Did I forget to tell you that this platform also becomes a dog bed with the putting of the cushion on it?

I have two of these cushions. I also put one on the engine cover. Emma likes that one during the day as it affords her a view out the driver's window.

Also I don't put the platform down during the day as I could not open the front door. The outside handle on the back door is broken so I can't use that as egress.


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Thanks for the compliment. What part of Tennessee are you living?
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:11 PM   #86
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So, come on in. I'll show you around. Let's start with the dog bed/hamper.


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It's such a pretty piece, let's look at it some more.

Oh yeah, It's time to talk about the staining process. For the light color, I used Minwax Polyshades. It is a stain and polyurethane all in one can. It is called Pecan Satin. A quart is about $13.

I used foam brushes and let the first coat dry for a few hours and then did a second coat. That REALLY brought out the grain.

On the cabinet doors, I used Minwax English Chestnut. They didn't have that color with the built in polyurethane. The lady at Home Depot was an ace at matching wood samples of the bus that I had brought in.

I brought her some light stained stuff that we had removed, as well as a section of flooring. She has been matching paints and stains for 15 years. I actually "painted" the dark stain on the cabinet doors to emulate the finish in the flooring. Then in order to get the satin finish, I used the light stain as the second coat.


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As we venture into the bus we turn around and look at it once again.


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In between the dog bed and the couch, I made a little wall out of the flooring boards and put a little ledge on top made of plywood and stained it the light color.


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Here are some more views of that little wall.




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