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How to Make a Countertop with Pennies p2

Hole cut for the sink.

Penny counter top

 

Sink fit just right. I order the sink from Amazon. Here is a link to the Amazon reviews and description.

Penny counter top

 

Black paint for painting the surface before laying down the pennies. You can see the cracks between pennies and black seems to be the best choice for making the pennies stand out.

Penny counter top

 

Foil tape worked well for making an edge to hold back the epoxy resin. I also stapled the tape all the way around the edge to make sure everything was secure.

Penny counter top

 

Close up of the foil tape. Here is a link to the tape I used.

Penny counter top

 

Picked up $40 in pennies from the bank. $2 per square foot is a good estimate when making your penny countertop. Get extra so that you can select the bet looking coins.

Penny counter top

 

All the pennies laid out. I opted not to glue down the pennies first.

Penny counter top

 

I only had two saw horses so I had to improvise a brace for the pennies. Make sure the countertop is level in all directions before pouring the epoxy.

Penny counter top

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Penny Countertop for School Bus Conversion

I made a penny countertop for the school bus conversion while boondocking this summer.

School bus conversion penny counter top

School bus conversion penny countertop

 

Here is an Amazon link to the Epoxy I used for the penny countertop.

Penny counter top

 

All of the pennies laid out with foil tape around the edges. A random empty parking lot turned into my workshop. Luckily there was a bank across the street. I accidentally corroded a batch of pennies in an attempt to clean them with peroxide and vinegar, Choose one or the other!

A pair of $20 metal shears from Home Depot allowed me to cut the pennies where needed. The cut pennies turned out to be my favorite so don’t hesitate to incorporate cut pennies in your design.

Penny counter top

 

Countertop leveled and resin poured. The sun went down then the temperature dropped below 70 degrees, The curing process slowed way down at that point. I was forced to camp out in this parking lot until the next morning when the counter could be moved.

Penny counter top

 

The epoxy had cured by morning. A leaf found its way into the epoxy during that slow dry time. But at least nobody stole the countertop while I was sleeping!

Penny counter top

 

This resin turned out very clear and you should definitely make sure to get excess pennies so you aren’t forced to use any ugly ones. You will be able to see the funky pennies! Click here for a more thorough breakdown of the build process.

Penny counter top

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Skoolie Wheel Well Cover and Kitchen Cabinet

The wheel covers are framed up with 2 x 2 lumber. Then covered with the same plywood and flooring as the rest of the bus. This spot will eventually have some sort of refrigerator and a pantry beside the fridge. Also cabinets up above.

School bus to tiny house conversion wheel cover

School bus to tiny house conversion wheel cover

 

This wheel will eventually be turned into either a seat or possibly evolve into a closet.

School bus to tiny house conversion wheel cover

School bus to tiny house conversion wheel cover

The unfinished cabinet came from Home Depot. The normal price was around $175. This one was damaged so it was $50 off. These cabinets aren’t packed well so there is a chance of someone else getting the same deal. It happened to fit just right next to the wheel covers.

Unfinished kitchen counter

Unfinished kitchen counter

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School bus conversion to tiny house shower stall

Unboxing the new hot water heater.

tiny house hot water heater

tiny house hot water heater

 

This hot water heater cost $120 six months ago. Now it’s about $80 on Amazon. Click this link for Amazon details and reviews

School bus conversion hot water heater

School bus conversion hot water heater

 

Installing the pvc shower pan liner. I think the liner kit was about $30 and the glue was around $8.

Tiny house shower pan liner

Tiny house shower pan liner

 

Lady and Roscoe

tiny house dogs

tiny house dogs

 

This water pump was only $30 on Amazon. Here is a link to see reviews and description.

tiny house water pump

tiny house water pump

 

This video gives you an idea of what the pump sounds like.

 

Added roofing tar paper behind the shower stall for an extra level of protection.

School bus conversion shower stall lining

School bus conversion shower stall lining

 

This white pvc roofing caught my attention when I was in home depot. It was easy to work with and install. Also doesn’t look to bad and should last along time.

diy school bus conversion shower stall

 

Halfway done

Tiny house shower stall

Tiny house shower stall

 

 

All four panels installed.

 

tiny house shower

tiny house shower

I used PEX water lines just like you would use in a house. There are PEX connectors for linking the shower faucet to the water lines.

Here is a link to the faucet I ordered from Amazon.

tiny house shower faucet

tiny house shower faucet

 

This shower head was $30 when I bought it. Now it’s only $22 on Amazon. Here is a link

school bus conversion shower head

school bus conversion shower head

 

Shower stall screwed into place with all seams and screws caulked.

Tiny house shower stall caulked

Tiny house shower stall caulked

 

Diy shower stall

Diy shower stall

 

Caulk at the seams and the shower head base.

school bus to rv conversion shower head

school bus to rv conversion shower head

 

Caulk the two faucet holes.

school bus conversion shower faucet

school bus conversion shower faucet

 

Linoleum flooring. It will eventually be upgraded to a better option. I found a drain at Home Depot that fit the shower pan.

tiny house bathroom floor

tiny house bathroom floor

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School Bus Conversion Bathroom Framing and Paneling

The shower pan for the school bus conversion bathroom came from a place online. It cost about $120.

Then I used 2 x 2 lumber to frame up the bathroom around the shower pan.

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School bus conversion shower pan

A 2 1/8″ Milwaukie hole saw bit attached to a regular Ryobi drill worked well for cutting the drain hole through the floor.

School bus to tiny house conversion shower pan

School bus to tiny house conversion shower pan

 

skoolie shower pan

skoolie shower pan

 

The bathroom framed up with 2 x 2 lumber. The shower area was also soaked in polyurethane.

School bus conversion bathroom framing

School bus conversion bathroom framing

 

I made a few attempts at  scribing the roof shape onto a template before finally just crushing the cardboard into place. Then clamping and cutting the template in place.

Attempt at making a template

Attempt at making a template

 

The template worked great for all three panels that required curve cuts. I used trim screws instead of nails.

School bus conversion bathroom

 

Inside the bathroom view of the contoured cut.

school bus conversion bathroom

school bus conversion bathroom

 

Rustoleum black spray paint worked for blacking out he window behind the shower stall.

Spray painting skoolie window black

Spray painting skoolie window black

 

Trying to keep the bulldog cool on a hot summer day. We used a random park in Portland for this part of the build.

Bulldog school bus to tiny house conversion

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School Bus Conversion Flooring

I got lucky that the school bus conversion flooring was given to me. Including the gray padding that goes underneath.

The flooring clicks together pretty easy. The Ryobi generator was able to run a small miter saw that I used to cut the flooring.

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You’re not suppose to allow the seams to line up with this type of flooring. Make sure to stagger the seams. And I chose to run the flooring left to right in an attempt to make the room look wider.

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School Bus Conversion Wall Paneling

I believe it is 1/4 inch sanded on one side pine plywood that were used for the walls. It was $20 per sheet at home depot.

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Just hold the plywood up to the wheel well and trace on the wheel well shape. Then use a jig saw to make the cut.

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Both walls done. Trims screws seemed like the best choice because of the school bus flexing on the road.

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Bed framed up.

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Now I can store tools and materials in the bed area while working on the rest of the bus.

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School bus conversion wall framing and insulation

I ran 2 x 2 lumber just below the windows. Then used 2 x 4 lumber for the rest. Predrilling and sheet metal screws worked here. The Ryobi battery operated circular saw was able to make it through the 2 x 4s.

School bus conversion wall framing

School bus conversion wall framing

 

 

School bus conversion wall framing

School bus conversion wall framing

 

I cut the 1″ foam board to fit each slot. The plan was to run wiring in the walls but then I decided on conduit under the bus.

Skoolie wall insulation

Skoolie wall insulation

 

The Ryobi inverter generator was quiet enough for me to work on the bus at night. It also only used about a gallon of gas every 12 hours.

Installing wall insulation in school bus conversion

Installing wall insulation in school bus conversion

 

After the conduit decision, I ended up doubling up the 1″ inch foam board and foil taping all the seams.

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School Bus Conversion Sub Flooring Install

I went with 1 x 2 and 1 x 3s for the furring strips.Started with self-tapping screws but eventually transitioned to pre-drilling then using sheet metal screws. The furring strips are set every 24 inches. The 1 x 3 was used at the seams where the plywood would meet.

The 1 x 3 was used at the seams where the plywood would meet.

Here is a picture of all the materials for the subfloor and walls. I insulated and installed one section of the subfloor. Then moved all the materials onto that spot.

School bus conversion sub-flooring

School bus conversion sub-flooring

The Ryobi inverter generator powered the entire tiny house build. #Ryobination

First section of subflooring complete

First section of subflooring complete

Here is the 1″ foam board insulation installed with foil tape used to seal all seams

School bus floor insulation

School bus floor insulation

 

school bus conversion floor insulation

school bus conversion floor insulation

OSB subfloor installed. The same predrilling and sheet metal screws worked here also.

skoolie conversion sub flooring installed

skoolie conversion sub flooring install

I used 3/4″ OSB for the subflooring that I found at home depot. There may have been better options.

School bus to tiny house sub floor installed

School bus to tiny house sub floor installed

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Removing school bus seats and old flooring

The bus was $3200 from an individual on Craigslist. The person I got it from had purchased it from the local school district. The body is in good shape and the 5.9l Cummins diesel engine runs well for having over 200,000 miles.

 

Buying the school bus

Buying the school bus

I experimented with several different methods of removing the seats before committing to grinding the bolt heads off with a grinder. Just make sure to go overboard on the safety gear. Grinder disk can blow up and cause serious injury. Go with a face shield instead of just goggles.

 

School bus seat removal

School bus seat removal

I experimented with different ways of removing the old plywood flooring. The screws were rusted and difficult to remove. The 4-foot Harbor Freight crowbar was labor intensive and I didn’t want to risk an injury early in the conversion project. Lifting the floor with a floor jack ended up being the solution that worked best. Then a Ryobi cordless sawzall worked well to breakdown the plywood into manageable sections. The youtube video below gives you an idea of how it went.

The craigslist Gigs section worked well for finding people to haul away the old seats and floor. It only cost about $80 to get it all hauled away. The seats were picked up by a guy who intended to upcycle them.

 

bus floor and seat removal

bus floor and seat removal

school bus seat removal

school bus seat removal

The next step was to clean the floor and paint the rust spots with Ruststop primer that came from Ace hardware. School bus floor sprayed with Ruststop primer

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