Bright and airy upstairs

Ive been back in Baku for 3 weeks and a little bit, finally, photos of progress. My lovely family and friends don’t realise how hard they are working and therefore how much the bus is progressing each week. Here are photos from upstairs. It looks amazing, so happy I’m going to be the first person to stay in Walter.

It’s fitted furniture time

Despite no plumber, torrential rain and snow, Steve has continued to work where he can and is now fitting downstairs furniture.

The top two photos are the cupboards for bags, keys, coats etc as you enter the bus. The bottom two photos are the sofa/single bed at the back of the bus with storage underneath.

The question is…. Where is the plumber. !!!!!!!!

Coach seat upholstery

Ali doesn’t remember me!

I’ve been hunting for an upholstery business near to us and have found Eric Ainsley in Fakenham. At school with but forgotten by my brother. After sharing photos and a quick sketch the deal is done.

The fabric arrived today. Im really hoping Eric will be continuing to work during lock down number 3

The material selected is fire retardant, easy to clean and repels dog hair.

Repurposing a secondhand kitchen

Welcome to facebook Market place. My first day I have bought a

small bedside table

A narrow pull out kitchen cabinate. and…

a kitchen!

A very wet and rainy day, we drove both cars to St Neots to pick up the kitchen. It was made for me, already green and the correct dimensions with a bit of jiggery pokery.

The white knuckle drive in my trusty VW Golf TDI saw me safely through flash floods, hail and the A1

The kitchen was 3 floors up without a lift Grr but is now safely installed in the shed, ready for cleaning, painting and delivery.

Shabby chic

Steve was the first to suggest a shabby chic interior for the bus. Ali would like lots of different types of wood. I want neat clear lines and colours and to show off the very expensive oak trim making the oak features to be VERY visible.

I have spent the last week turning a beautiful wooden chest of draws into a shabby chic chest for the upstairs bedroom. 10GBP from Cancer Research shop in Wisbech!! Hampered by below freezing temperatures both myself and the paint were slow to work. However, with heater on full blast for a couple of hours each day I could add a layer of paint a day.

The final coat, a rather gorgeous speedwell blue enamel paint which I had originally bought for the upstairs outside top deck.

Art from Walter for Walter

In a previous post I showed you a piece of art I am creating by wrestling metal taken out of Walter.

I have just plucked up courage to experiment with epoxy resin on this artwork. Smaller experiments have worked well and included glazing sea glass to create jewellery and making larger items for candles.

After making a wooden frame and clamping it in place around the painted background. I then mixed the epoxy resin, adding a navy blue dye. When ready I poured it over the background and placed the metal work on top. After setting over night the metal work is now firmly attached to the background.

Video showing the epoxy resin process

And why is this so important? Aaah yes because the rather lovely oak counter tops will be protected by a thin layer of epoxy resin and this is a further practice.