Michael even managed to recycle the wood he used for his desk. Talk about going green! He made an effort to use environmentally friendly wood and fabrics and didn’t mind using second-hand, as long as it all merged peacefully and worked well with his overall design. And about the wood, you won’t believe where Michael got the wood from.
Michael reclaimed the wood boards from an 80-year-old house in Hyde Park, Austin. He simply flipped the boards over and used them with the unfinished parts facing up. It was almost as good as new. This made everything in Michael’s eyes so much more valuable and meaningful.
So, what made Michael initially want to convert the bus into a space he could live in? As it turns out, there was a fair share of history. The yellow bus was not just any old yellow bus — the two go back many years. It was an Armadillo, and Michael had two friends that rode this exact bus, which brought on many fond memories.
The bus was still glowing yellow, and Michael knew that was not going to last forever. If he wanted to sprinkle the finishing touch of magic, the bus had to be stripped of its natural color and turned into a dazzling white.
No Pain, No Gain
Besides a bedroom, kitchen, and somewhere to watch television, Michael also needed a place to work. He needed an office. He was a graphic designer who occasionally took on some freelance work, and a desk was essential. There was no way he could live in a place that would hold him back from working properly and making a living.
He managed to fit in a five-foot wide and two-foot deep table, which turned into the largest desk Michael had ever owned. So although the bus home was lacking in space in some areas, when it came to others, it was generous with what it provided.
The New White Bus
In order to turn the bus into a home, the electricity and plumbing had to be done professionally, and in this case, only an expert will do. As soon as these aspects were taken care of, Michael could turn to carpentry. It seemed like a never-ending project, and when one thing was completed, the next was waiting just around the corner.
All the refurbishment was an emotional rollercoaster. It was exciting and hard at times, then frustrating and challenging at others. It was nerve-wracking, and there were times when Michael felt heartbroken for tearing down the bus that had such sentimental value to him.
April Fools You
The month of April was just around the corner, and Michael thought it could be a great opportunity to pull a prank on his friends. A bit of a sense of humor never hurt, and this could be a good cheer-up for everyone. Michael posted a photo on Facebook of the bus set on fire. Everyone freaked out, including his mother. It was frightening at first, but when they realized the date, they all had a great laugh.
It was now time to get back to serious business and complete the final stages of the project. He had to test the televisions and make sure they were working (there were two tv sets), and he had to run all necessary cables to connect his computer and speakers.