(Ramona named him…)
After visiting nearly every bus in Auckland over our first two weeks in NZ we found the one for us. A jolly great big thing, a Toyota Coaster, usually used as school buses, with just a few kilometres on the clock. The first time we saw him we only glanced at him and left pretty smartly- he was covered in grime and dust and fluff; we couldn’t bear to be in his presence. Over the next couple of days though we realised how unlike us that is – we are experts in reclaiming grotty stuff and making it all right!
We went back and claimed him; tucking him under our metaphorical, loving, slightly disgusted, wings. So far we have just given him a massive clean up and draped beautiful blankets over all the seats. But we really want to make a more permanent mark on him.
We are thinking cupboards made out of found wood and crates. (It has no storage really at the moment.) Perhaps doing some cool tiles. Maybe even dying the curtains, which are actually pretty nice already, a vibrant yellow. (I can’t get enough yellow in my life at the moment, I love it.) Ripping up the carpet which is the mankiest carpet that has ever existed and replacing with something subtle like dark laminate flooring or something retro and loud like black and white vinyl. We want a Formica table- er, obvs – and we might possibly turn some grates into a kind of shelving- like this. (Oh yeah, that is Wonderthrift – my fun new frugal blog!)
So yeah, a bit of work to be done but most importantly A LOT OF SECOND HAND SHOPPING! WOOHOOOOOO!
Did I mention we don’t know really what we are doing in New Zealand yet? Well, the bus is going to give us a little project for all these bubbling creative juices as well as giving us the ability to move around, exploring places we might choose to call home eventually.
If any of you have come across any wizardly ways of making the most of tiny spaces do let us know! Although Berty feels pretty ginormous compared to Betty, he is still on the small side for a family of four.
Well, there he is. Soon he’ll be back but in more resplendent retro glory….
You’d never have guessed, as I genuinely wanted to tell you about Berty and all the love he is going to get, but this was a collaborative post – check out my disclosure for more on that.