We lucked out with her. With Clint under the bus breaking the bolts and me inside holding the heads, each and every bolt came out without incident. With fingers crossed, we removed the matting and the rotted wood floor. The metal floor had a few tiny rusty spots, none completely rusted through. Clint took the sander and ground off all the rust and we applied a rust inhibitor. We can't remember the name, got it at Home Depot. I suppose they are all pretty much the same. I got a gallon of primer from my favorite store "THE RESTORE" (all sales go towards Habitat for Humanity) for $6.00. I had splurged and ordered a 5 gallon package of HY-TECH and added the required amount to the primer and covered the whole floor. I then added more HYTECH to a gallon of oil based KILZ (another $6.00 find at my fav store) and covered the flooring with that.
The plywood is 3/8 inch. We were going for 1/2" but when Clint mentioned our bus conversion to a Customer of his, he was offered "as much as we needed of the 3/8th for free. The price was right so 3/8 is working fine on the floor. I plan on putting a coat of KILZ down and painting the floor once we got everything installed.
As plans for the inside go, they have changed and changed and changed some more. Doesn't everyone's? All I knew from my original plan was that I DID NOT WANT A STRAIGHT PATH FROM THE FRONT OF THE BUS TO THE REAR. I designed my kitchen to be off to one side so you had to swerve around it to get to the rear. I wanted to typical horseshoe triangle of sink, stove & fridge. One day at the RESTORE we came across an island that was for sale for $70.00.
Once in the bus it seemed to take over the whole kitchen....I loved it, I hated it. I loved the fact that it has 6 slide out shelved and doors. That was all. I about abandoned the horseshoe design but because this island was sooooooo huge and wide . I struggled and swung it around so it went from side to side as I didn't want the beauty of the details to be hidden up against the wall. Even though it's 24" deep & 46" long.
I already had planned to paint everything, walls, cabinets and whatever else wasn't moving a light grey and I felt "kind of bad" painting it but I did it anyway. The left drawer has been taken out and we dropped in a stainless steel sink (another $5.00 find from the RESTORE). I took the front off the drawer and painted it to match the right one and we will be hinging it and putting it back on to hide a small area for dish sponges and such. The color and design is the same all around.
What you see in the front will be our "dining area". Ah, give me time, it'll look better, I promise. Anyone want to help us pick out which chairs to keep? The wicker chair is pretty comfortable and fits in with the " South Beach Hippy" look I was told I must be going for, but the high back chair is one that I had personally years ago stripped down and re-caned. I'm kind of partial to keeping a pair of them.
The walls, we picked up 6 sheets of 3/4 inch Styrofoam for $6.00 each and covered most of the walls with laminate flooring except the front of the bus which is wainscoating that my Mom's neighbor was scrapping and burning. Turned out we salvaged enough of that to do the living area and the crapper room walls.