DIY Projects, Skoolie Bus Conversion: Week 2 & 3 – Insulation, Framing & Walls Are Going UP! October 27, 2017

Bus Conversion paint prep!
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As you can see, we are already on week 2 and 3 of the bus conversion. IF you missed week 1, you can find that post here.

I am a little bit behind on this because we waited to tell people about everything, and I was lame and didn’t write about everything until just recently.

We are much further along than this post represents, so if you would like to have more “real-time” updates, follow our bus Instagram!!

I will be going into much more detail about the bus conversion here though, so stay tuned! 🙂

Bus Conversion: Weeks 2 & 3


After the guys finished the flooring, they immediately went to framing the walls.

Side note: I am not there to help all the time because I am in Dallas while the bus is being worked on in Waco, Texas. I drive down there on the weekends to help and pull my weight, so we are all good! 😉

We didn’t get good pictures of that because they were so eager to get on to the next steps. This was Roy’s week off, so they were were working day in and day out to get a lot done before I came back the following weekend.

In fact, they weren’t telling me anything about what they had done. I was kind of sad and kind of excited. I have been living vicariously through Jared working on the bus conversion during the week. Hehe 🙂

Anyway, though we didn’t take pictures of the framing directly, you can see it in other pictures we have taken!

A Pleasant Surprise:

I drove down that Friday evening. What was supposed to be a 2 hours drive turned to 4 hours – thank you, Dallas Traffic! I left at 3:30 p.m. and after a pit-stop, got to the house a little after 7:30 p.m.

The guys were sitting outside of the bus, drinking a beer. I didn’t blame them! LOL.

I got to them, and that is when Jared took me inside the bus for a “tour.” I was so confused. But I walked in, and everything was framed out.Bus conversion framing

Sort of like the taping technique that everyone uses, but in 3-D. I was so impressed and amazed. He showed me how everything was going to work, where it was going to go.. I am so excited. And seeing it done like that just made it all seem so real. I could have cried!

Our bus design is unlike any that I have seen. And trust me, I have watched hundreds of school bus conversion videos, layouts, plans, etc. I can’t wait to show y’all the final product!Bus conversion framing

Getting To Work -Painting/Prep:

Since it was so late on Friday, we decided to call it a night and get up early to get to work. We woke up at 9 a.m. and headed to the bus.

This is where it gets “fun” or so I thought.

Painting ALWAYS sounds fun right?! Well, not this paint. And definitely not this prep.

I had to tape all the windows with painters tape. We decided not to keep them silver on the inside and we painted them black instead! It looks so much sleeker like this, right?

By the end of taping those 30 windows, my fingertips were raw. It was a lot worse than it sounds, I promise!

Bus conversion painting!I never want to tape anything again in my life.

Then, we painted the ceiling and a few other random things. We went with white because we liked the cleanliness of it. It is seriously amazing what a fresh paint job can do! It makes everything look better and newer.

Painting the ceiling was rough and I highly recommend wearing a bandanna to cover your hair, and some safety glasses. The paint we used can be pretty toxic to your eyes, so we were careful!

The paint dripped on us like you wouldn’t believe. When Jared and I were done, we looked at each other and just laughed.painted windows

That was, until we had to wipe it all off. Then it became painful and frustrating. I wish I took pictures before we scrubbed it off because it looked like we both had thousands of white paint freckles.

Bus conversion painting!
The back door is finally painted – goodbye, dingy yellow!

Walls, insulation and the laundry area!

While we did all that, Roy took the day off. It really sucks working in a closed in space with paint fumes lingering everywhere.. so I totally understood! Bus conversion insulation

That next week, they finished the insulation on the walls, started wiring and put the plywood over the insulation.

When they did that, it started to actually look more put together! Bus conversion walls/plywood

They took out most of the framing from the inside, just so it was easier to move things around, paint, insulate, etc. The frame job was really only done so early in advance so we could get a feel for how the set-up would be.


prepping to paint the roof!The next weekend, it was back to paint prep. This time, it was the outside. And it literally took me the entire day to do it myself. I had to climb the ladder up to tape the windows, go down, move the ladder over a tad, go back up… and so on and so forth. Talk about exhausting work.. and my calves were on fiyahhh. prepping to paint the roof!





During this, the guys really buckled down to try and get some things done that were part of the structural design.

Roy started our laundry area!! And I honestly could not be happier with it. Our small little washer is going on this stand so we don’t have to bend down all the time. The dryer is going on top (we will secure it) and my cat Olivia’s litter box and some extra storage is going underneath in that little cubby area.

Laundry Area!

The rest of what we did was just more wiring and cutting holes for plumbing. Nothing too exciting and picture worthy.

I am so excited for this upcoming weekend because we have a lot of cool projects coming up that have a lot to do with the overall “look” and not just behind the scenes/electrical/plumbing stuff!

If you have anything specific that you would like me to talk about regarding the bus conversion, feel free to email me, post a comment, etc and I will do my best to answer.

If it is blog-post worthy, I will write another post focusing on that topic.

You guys, I cannot thank you enough for following me and Jared on our crazy journey.

To all my family members, I thank you for your support. I know this is crazy, but the constant reminder that we have people on our side is so humbling and reassuring.

Thank you to my friends who have also cheered us on. It all means the world to us!

Happy trails,


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