Thursday, December 15, 2011

New t-shirts! Old T-shirts!

New T- shirts:

Just in time for the holidays... I have two new screens! This time, you have your pick of several witty, accurate slogans! Hooray for options!

Here they are:


Late Bay Text Options:

Example of "Latebay Poptop", with "Camp In Style" script:


Text options for "Vanagon Westy":

"Vanagon Westy" printed with "Take the bus" text:

Also, just a reminder of all the other screens I have available. Shoot me an e-mail, or give me a call! I'd be happy to help! MZKMN71(AT)MSN.COM









"LET'S GO CAMPING" ...Available without the text.


Monday, December 12, 2011

A quick update on my interior!

Last weekend, I got my new interior in! It REALLY makes a difference in the cabin of my bus.

Full cabin with the doors closed. I have brought the jump seat home to also recover. The cushion (green plaid) is pretty shot, but I will retain the material in case someone wants it original again someday:

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All open. You can see that I had to remove the outer arm rests... but they will go back on. If someone has some of the beige captains chairs, I'd be really interest in a trade! Otherwise, I will be re-covering these, so that hole will go away.

Finally, here is a detail of the door panels. I wrapped the door pulls in three layers of hemp (the original pulls were broken) and I wrapped the lock pull in more burlap because the plastic was degraded and I wanted ot clean it up a bit.

So, the bus is pretty well coming along in the aesthetics department! If you want me to re-do YOUR bus door panels, let me know! I really liked this project... it cost me less than $9 in materials and came out awesome! This week, I doubt I will have time, but I did bring home some the slider door panel and as mentioned, the plaid jump seat/ box thing.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A menu and a personal project

Hi there Paintedbus fans!

So far this week, I have two things to show. First is a menu for a fancy dinner in. Beau Macmillan of Iron Chef fame is a friend of a friend. He is making the dinner this Friday at the James Beard Foundation in NYC. The theme of the dinner is "Holiday in Paradise." And though Beau is a Boston native, his restaurant is located in Arizona so that's what I went with here.

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Also, lately I have been getting a little frustrated with doing all this computer work. So even though I have a lot of birthday and Christmas jobs to work on, it was time to stop and do a project for me. My bus is currently stranded in CT, so I can't work on it in person. BUT... I can take bits off of it and carry them home to my studio. This is what happened here. Last weekend I grabbed all the door and kick panels out of my bus and got around to re-covering them today.

My original panels were in surprisingly decent shape, so I stripped them of their torn and dirty vinyl and recovered them in burlap. Burlap is cheap ($2.99 a yard) and durable. Plus, it fits with the organic aesthetic I will be going with in my bus. Eventually I will be re-doing the seats to fit with theme, but for now I think that these will make a big improvement! A bonus is that my friend and vw wrenching partner (Hi Dave!) said he has a whole pile of old coffee sacks that I can use... So look forward to seeing them used around my bus for various other things.

Anyway, on to the pictures!

Here is what they looked like before... Sad, falling apart and filthy.

And here they are now!

Its like my bus is in my studio!

Note that to get these to fit with the long plastic air vents (that are missing in the before picture,) I will have to modify my seats a little (ie. remove a couple arm rests.) But thats ok by me. As I said above, they will be getting re-upholstered soon anyway.

Thanks for looking! ...and I will post the installed pics up here soon!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Paintedbus # 1 is for sale.

Today I found Paintedbus #1 for sale (though the mural was removed.) If someone ends up buying my old bus, I will restore the mural at a very reasonable rate just to see it back in its former glory.

This was the first bus I ever painted. I would assume the inside mural is still there.
Please take a look and consider giving my old bus a loving new home.

Here are some pics of it in its former glory:



And as it sits now: