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Old 05-05-2015, 12:30 AM   #61
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Oh, and about that stove paint, it's definitely "less than black". Old cast iron is BLACK BLACK and stove paint is more of a charcoal. It'll darken in time, but you can also try different products. It looks like yours is a pure flat finish. You might try a product with a little gloss to it. I like the Krylon Satin but YMMV.

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Sorry that your paint job came out more gray. If I had known that you had planned to paint it I would have suggested trying what they used in the olden days...STOVE BLACK. I have always used this stuff on cast iron and it dries very, very black.

I bought some last year during the summer and had a hard time finding it because, I was told "it was seasonal". Our ancestors would put stove black on their stoves right before the start of the fire season, then get a good fire going to set it in.
Hm, I will have to look for that. I might just take the paint with a picture of my stove back to the store and ask them, too. The can shows a picture of a very black stove and it says it's black stove paint, and it came out quite grey... SMH... it wasn't at all cheap either. Maybe they can help me, Maybe the paint was bad? Ahh well. Still looks ok... but not what I wanted.

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Along the lines of TOMMAY's concern with expansion below is a picture of what we did in our bus



There is about a 1/2 to 3/4 inch gap behind the vertical slats and these slats are held in screws that don't go thru the horizontal slats and are screwed right into the original metal walls. We are hoping this will help with flexing and expansion going down the road.
Ohh, with driving induced flexing? Hm. I thought TOMMAY was just asking about expansion due to heat.

Ahh, I see what you did there. That's a good idea. We should do that with our walls (we got a screamin' deal on some beadboard)! What kind of panels/slats do you have? I think that is kind of the same concept of the tongue and groove of our ceiling, no? Our ceiling panels have pretty big tongue and groove, unlike what you would see in locking smaller "tongue and groove" flooring. Am I on point with what you're trying to say or totally off?
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:47 PM   #62
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What you are seeing is flooring from the Restore...the price was right and since I plan to paint it all the colors didn't need to match. I feel that they hook together enough to stay up when we go mobile. Since most of this will be hidden behind cabinets & beds & such we felt this would do fine for the job.

Below is what we used in the front living area that is more exposed:



We got these from my Moms neighbor that had thrown them out for trash and we were able to salvage enough for the whole front of bus. (we had tiny scraps left, talk about lucky)

Back to Stove Blacking...it is not paint, it comes in pint or quart size rectangle cans...I think its something like ash & some sort of kerosene blended together. I'll look & see if I can find pictures of the stove I blackened to show you.

Most old timers know what I'm talking about (it goes by other names too, though that escapes me at the moment).
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:05 AM   #63
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Back to work!!

We started putting up the ceiling panels this weekend! We did the foam board and then some fiberglass batting that Justin picked up from his work to fill in the gaps around the panels. We had to take down all of the panels that we did a few weeks ago during all the rain, because our ceiling was leaking. No leaks after we sealed it, though... Hallelujah!

The panels are quite simple to put up... but it requires two sets of hands when working above head with long pieces of wood that move.

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We also found that the lights fit perfectly when we make gaps in between the panels.

74 more days till move in
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:34 AM   #64
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Must agree the wood is awesome
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:38 AM   #66
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:01 AM   #67
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Is that blue stain pine? It looks nice.
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:31 PM   #70
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For the ceiling, we used panels of Beetle-Kill-Pine. It was pretty difficult with one person to hold them and screw them in, so having two people was a must- it made the installation so much easier. When we were getting down to the edges of the ceiling of the bus, right over the windows, it became even more difficult to secure the panels due to the curvature of the ceiling making it hard for the tongue and grooves to line up. It was often a puzzle of how much to back out panels or screw them in to make the tongue and groove line up.
At the very edges, right above the windows, our panels weren’t square. This caused there to be an uneven amount of gap from the front of the bus to the back of the bus. We are going to use trim board to cover these imperfections. We are so happy to have the ceiling finally done though, we think it looks great!



We also finished the hearth! We cut two pieces of metal that were left over from the original ceiling and secured it to the interior and exterior, covering the windows. Then we put cementboard on the inside as a fire block. On top of that, we put decorative sheet metal that we picked up for free a couple of years ago. It turned out quite beautiful, we think!!

Our good friend Abe Bebo, of A L E O art, has been working on a beautiful original piece of a wolf in our bus. He just put the finishing touches on this amazing piece yesterday! It is above where our bed will be, above the exit door.

We started putting handprints outside of our bus to thank the people who have helped us! Many more hands are to come… please contact us if you have helped, so we can set up a time for your hand to get on our bus!!

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Today, we put together our couch. I saw the design online, and just copied it (it pulls out to like a twin, maybe full size bed?), and when we get the hardware in, it will also lift up to reveal storage underneath. It is full length, and firm, but pretty cozy! Super happy that there will be enough room for a desk in between the bed and couch! I didn't think i would get one, but things seemed to have squished together nicer than in the plans!!
Thanks for your support, as always!
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