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School Bus Conversion

DIY roll-up curtains are an easy and cost-effective way to add privacy and style to your home on wheels. With a few simple materials and tools, you can create custom curtains that perfectly fit your windows and match your decor. Whether you’re looking for a temporary solution or a more permanent upgrade, making your own DIY roll-up curtains for your skoolie or RV, is a fun and rewarding project. Benefits of DIY roll-up curtains Making your own DIY roll-up curtains for your RV or skoolie can offer numerous advantages. Firstly, it can help you save money as you can make use of materials that you already have or find at a more affordable price compared to buying ready-made curtains. Secondly, it provides you with the opportunity to tailor the curtains to your unique needs and preferences, including the color, fabric, and size. These customizations are particularly beneficial in an RV…

Converting a van or school bus into a livable space can be a daunting task, with countless decisions to make and options to consider. To ease the process and help you navigate the design choices, we’ve decided to share our own design choices for the Flying Circus Bus conversion. From flooring to appliances, we’ll be sharing what products we used, where we sourced them, and our reasons for choosing them. While some decisions will always be personal preferences, we hope that our Flying Circus Bus Design Guide helps to simplify the decision-making process and inspire your own skoolie conversion. Exterior Paint: colors are Tantalizing Teal, Urbane Bronze & raucous orange from Sherwin Williams Interior Primer: PPG Seal Grip Gripper- interior/exterior Interior Paint: Sherwin Williams Emerald semi-gloss Accent wall and kitchen cabinets: Naval Wall color: Modern Grey Wood stain color: Varathane Special Walnut Polyurethane: Home Depot Recessed lights: Amazon Flooring: Home…

Living in a tiny home may come with a trade-off of less cleaning time but also results in quickly accumulated clutter. As a family of six, including four cats and a dog, we understand the challenges of keeping a small skoolie tidy and organized. Allow us to share our top six tips for effectively managing clutter and maintaining a clean and organized space in your skoolie. How it started February 6th, 2021. When I say we threw, we literally shoved everything we needed for our family in this bus. Bins and stuff littered the floor, and our kitchen table and sink were full of items. The chaos that resulted from this haphazard packing created an overwhelming and stressful environment for our family. The chaos that resulted was overwhelming and created a stressful environment. The combination of a multitude of people in a small space, technical issues, and the mess, led…

Where do I even begin? I’m sitting here, all the kids are in bed, and I feel like so much has happened in the last week; it has just flown by. Remember back about 10 months ago when my husband drove home with a school bus to convert into an R.V? Well now here we are, sitting in a converted school bus with our four kids, four cats, and dog doing the bus life thing:) Oh boy has it been an adventure, and we are only one week into living in our converted school bus! Leaving Montana As you know if you have been following our skoolie conversion since the beginning, we have been trying to hit the road since month three of our school bus conversion build 😉 Yes, jokes on us I know:) However, we finally bit the bullet and left exactly one week ago; February 6th at…

If you would have asked me when we first bought our bus back in April how long until it would be done, I would have told you it would be road-ready in just a couple of months 😉 Yet, somehow here we are just passing month ten of our school bus conversion……and we are finally DONE-ish!!!! As many know, back in April on my birthday, my husband informed me that he wanted to buy a school bus to convert into an RV…..from New Mexico. The very next day, he traveled down to New Mexico! Then, that same day he purchased the school bus and began the drive back to Montana. Missed the “why a school bus”? Click here for the full story! What it looked like at month nine As a reminder, this was what our bus looked like a month ago. If you saw the post on where we were at…

If you would have asked me when we first bought our bus back in April how long until it would be done, I would have told you it would be road-ready in just a couple of months 😉 Yet, somehow here we are just passing month nine of our school bus conversion and still working hard. As many know, back in April on my birthday, my husband informed me that he wanted to buy a school bus to convert into an RV…..from New Mexico. The very next day, he traveled down to New Mexico! Then, that same day he purchased the school bus and began the drive back to Montana. Missed the “why a school bus”? Click here for the full story! What it looked like at month eight So as a reminder, this is what our bus looked like after eight months of work. If you saw the post on where…

If you had asked me when we first bought the bus how long it would take to finish; I would have told you it would be road-ready in a few months. Yet, somehow here we are at month eight of our school bus conversion and still working hard. As many know, back in April on my birthday, my husband informed me that he wanted to buy a school bus to convert into an RV…..from New Mexico. The very next day, he traveled down to New Mexico! Then, that same day he purchased the school bus and began the drive back to Montana. Missed the “why a school bus”? Click here for the full story! What it looked like at month seven For reference, this is what our bus was looking like after seven months of work. If you saw the post on where we were at month seven of our school bus…

Somehow the last month has absolutely flown by and we are already at month seven of our school bus conversion. Between all this pandemic craziness, kids home, flying our son here from Brazil, online schooling for kiddos, and this school bus conversion; life has been even busier than normal 🙂 As many know, back in April on my birthday, my husband informed me that he wanted to buy a school bus to convert into an RV…..from New Mexico. The very next day, he traveled down to New Mexico! Then, that same day he purchased the school bus and began the drive back to Montana. Missed the “why a school bus”? Click here for the full story! As of now, we’ve just passed month seven of owning our very own school bus and joining the skoolie community. Because of how quickly things keep changing at this point in our school bus conversion, I…

Are you tired of finding clean bedding and blankets heaped on the floor? Especially when you just washed them? What if I told you that I found a solution that will not only eliminate that problem but will also simplify busy mornings and the daily argument of bed-making with your kids? I’m so excited to introduce you to my new favorite mama hack; zippered bedding! Zippered bedding is one of those items that you never know you needed; until you try it! You will quickly realize just how much this single product will help to simplify your life as a busy mama. I don’t know about you, but I’ll try just about anything if it reduces arguments with my kiddos, gives me a few extra moments to myself, or helps to simplify our busy household mornings. Zippered bedding does just that! What is zippered bedding? Has anyone else seen the…

Holy moly has it been a wild ride the last six months. Between all this pandemic craziness, kids home, an overseas custody battle, online schooling for kiddos, and this school bus conversion; life has been busy 🙂 As many of you know, back in April, my husband informed me on my birthday that he wanted to buy a school bus…..from New Mexico. The very next day, he traveled down to New Mexico! Then, that same day he purchased the school bus and began the drive back to Montana. Missed the “why a school bus”? Click here for the full story! We are now one week away from our 6-month mark of owning our very own school bus and joining the skoolie community. Therefore, I thought it would be a great time to jump back on and give an update on where we are at after 6 months of working on…

We are officially at the two-month mark since we got our bus; so I thought it was a good time for an update on where we are at with our skoolie conversion and what we have learned so far! Why a skoolie? Curious why we decided to jump on the skoolie bandwagon and purchase a 40 foot retired school bus sight unseen? You can read more about the process and why here 🙂 But the short and simple version is that we were looking for a way to flexibly travel the country with our family and pets. The goal is to be able to focus on family, quality time together, and exploring the USA. Thankfully, both my husband and I work from home which allows us a lot of flexibility to do this! Now, the only thing standing between us and hitting the road is getting this school bus conversion…

Transforming a retired school bus to a house-on-wheels is about to be added to the list of crazy projects we have taken on. My handy hubby and I have always loved DIY projects. Taking an old or outdated item and transforming it into something beautiful is addicting! Plus is all honestly, it has allowed us to achieve the exact size and look that we what. Thus resulting in beautiful, customized pieces. We have spent the last couple of years tackling projects in our first home here in Montana. Now, we are ready to take on the mini version of that, and create a house on wheels with this school bus conversion! Remember when… Who else remembers climbing those tall metal steps of the school bus as a kid? Either daily as a way to get to and from school or as the occasional school trip? These 30,000-pound school buses are…

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