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Bus Renovations Complete

I’m finally done.  Here are some pictures of the entire area.  I have a few things that did not arrive in time for the big reveal, but that’s the way it goes.  No biggie.   All pictures are clickable…and they should be rather big. 

Tom’s not real fond of the new picture — I’m undecided.  I don’t hate it, but  I have another one picked out that might look better.  Obviously I need a new quilt for the back of the sofa since it looks a little bare. 

New chairs that I just love because they have nice firm seats so I no longer have to drag out the folding chair when I want to sew.  :-)





Several new lamps.  I spent days and weeks hunting for lamps that would work - style wise and size wise.  This one fits perfectly on the narrow buffet.


Another lamp (below) that I also love mostly because it’s black and chunky.  I wanted to bring more black to the other side of the room to balance out the black chairs.

The sink valance is not completely installed yet.  It has a stripped screw that I cannot get in or out — so it’s kind of wonky til Tom gets some time to fix it.















The little table top cabinet I found online from a primitive shop.  It has a cutting board and one long drawer that we use to hold napkins.


Tom’s area.  The lamp will be replaced eventually with a different one.  It is one of the things that did not arrive in time.  This one is a bit too ornate, but I have plenty of places to use it in the stick home.  The new one has an oval base and similar colors as the others.

I also have a really cool tartan plaid throw that is coming from England and it will go where my family room quilt is in this picture.   The clock is an old one we had for years that I painted.  Only problem is I sort of destroyed the rest of the clock in the process.  The glass busted and the mechanism works if it is setting just right.  But I wanted a black clock — so there it sits.  Working or not.  :-)

I may make a new quilt for the steering wheel table too.  I think it needs some additional color.  And one last project is to make new drapes.  I’m going to use the little light check that is on the valance boxes.  You might be able to tell by enlarging one of the pictures — it’s the lightest color fabric on the valances. 

That’s it.  I’m so glad this is done and my famous last words — never again.  I really mean it this time.  But I’m quite sure Tom does not believe me.  :-)  That’s ok. 

I got my Macbook back from Apple today and we are leaving tomorrow for D.C.  Sooo if I can get my act together I should be adding some blog posts about that.  

I also plan to add a new page to the renovation section — titled Where I shopped.  Or something like that — who knows maybe I’ll change the name.  Anyway,  I found some really cool online shops while I was hunting for new accessories.  Some of which I used in this renovation, but some I bookmarked for later use.  I thought other RVers might find the information useful.  I’ll be working on that while we are on the road.

More later….

Reader Comments (10)

I really like how the bus looks, Lucy. The colors and patterns you picked out and all the extra touches look great!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJody

Lucy, great job. Your bus looks so homey and comfy. Love it!! When you are traveling up north, come see us at Lake in Wood Resort in Narvon, PA (in the heart of PA dutch country). Jerry and I are both working here and love the place. It is as nice as Willowtree. If you should happen to want to come, please mention our names when you make a reservation (Jerry and Cheryl Sims). This campground gets booked solid and if you are friends, they will find some room for you. We love it here and we are fulltimers now. We miss NC but this part of PA is beautiful and full of interesting places to see.
Safe travels.
Cheryl (chsglsatgmaildotcom)

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Sims

Hi Lucy. I truly enjoyed all the wonderful photos you shared. You have done such a splendid job. Your bus is so warm and inviting. Anyone could easily feel right at home.

It is always so fun to see what you've accomplished because it's so inspiring.

Big QUESTION: How long do you and Tom spend in the coach in a year?

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Looks great! Have fun in DC.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Great new look Lucy. I really like the plaid valances.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVivian

Thanks for your comments ladies... I appreciate your visits. I have really neglected the blog lately so I hope to change that if I can get myself back into a routine. Hopefully this trip to D.C. will help me do that. :-)

Cindy -- someday I'll have to tally up our time on the RV - in addition to destination trips we often take our Bus to local campgrounds for extended stays. We've been lucky to have a nice CG around 90-100 miles from our home in both NC and FL. We'll get the Bus there on a weekend and spend 2-3 weeks at a time. Tom will have to return home during the week to go to work but returns on a Friday afternoon. Sometimes he'll take an extra day and make it a 4 day weekend.

Cheryl -- so good to hear from you... the CG sounds great and I'll remember it for a future trip. We won't be able to get there this year. Tom wants us to head to Maine one of these years while we still live on the East Coast, but that is a pretty long trip from South Florida. Maybe just a trip to PA would be better so I appreciate the recommendation - sounds like a winner !!! I wish we had explored more of New England while we were living in NC...sure would have been easier. We miss NC too -- just loved it there.

May 15, 2010 | Registered CommenterLucy

The redo looks wonderful! Love the lamps. Inquiring minds want to know - Where OH Where do you store all the decorations when you are on the road? HA! I know you will have a great time on this trip. We are heading to Topsail next week with SIL and her husband for about 4 days. Looking forward to some time in Destin with family. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Will be looking forward to your trip report.

May 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNita

AH - I see BAILEY has his spot all picked out!

May 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNita

Lucy, my husband and I have an Allego Bus '05 and I just love the new chairs you bought for the dinette. The upholstery ones don't give you much room to sit at the table comfortably. I can't wait to find out where you found those chairs. Have fun in D.C. Are you staying at Cherry Hill? We live in Manassas, VA If you are out this way, give us a call.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Cote

Thanks ladies. Nita the lamps are stored in 2 laundry baskets on the floor..pillows stuffed around them. The shades are removed and just set on the bed. I used the same method with our previous lamps. The baskets are what we use to move our clothes to/from the bus so its not any extra stuff to store.

Carol..We are staying at Cherry Hill and have been busy everyday..much to do ..just wish the weather was better.

I did add the new section with info on where I bought the chairs. etc...I just forgot to publish the post so for anyone who sees this comment just click on Our Renovations from the side bar menu and you will find it. It is titled Where I Shopped.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

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