Wall Planks for our Bus Conversion – S04E03

We bought the same Knotty Pine Tongue and Groove Wainscotting planks that we used on our ceiling to finish our walls. For our first layer for both the ceiling and our walls we used luan, a ¼ inch thick plywood underlayment. What we love about our ceiling is how the planks cover up any gaps between the luan and create length as they travel down the bus. 

Our original idea for our walls was to create a smooth drywall like finish. We were quickly realizing that by using only ¼ inch thick plywood and seeing how the seams looked once the walls were up, we were doubting that we would create the smooth finish we wanted. We loved how our ceilings turned out so it was a no brainer for us to go with what worked well for us.

We followed the same installation technique we used on our ceilings with glue and brad nails.  We did use wood glue for the walls though, whereas in the ceiling we used sikaflex as we figured something stronger was in order as those planks are fighting gravity.

It was so much easier installing these on the walls.  You aren’t fighting the curve of the ceiling obviously plus for whatever reason these planks were in much better condition. Same planks, same manufacturer but they weren’t bowed or breaking like the 20 packs we bought for the ceiling! I guess quality control stepped up their game, but it did really help the tongue and groove to connect better and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the result.


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IntegraPLY Underlayment
This underlayment, or luan, is commonly used for under carpet, vinyl and laminate floors as well as ceramic tile. They are 4 x 8 boards that are only ¼ inch thick making them easy to bend into the curved ceiling.

With temperatures dropping, we found the best solution for adhering our CereTex to our bus beams was to use SikaFlex. We have a few SikaFlex 220 tubes and used just a little bead to hold the ceramic paper firmly.

Brad Nails, 18GA, 5/8-Inch
These 18 gauge brad nails have a coated finish with a chisel point. For interior use. Fits most 18 gauge brad nailers.

Brad Nailer
This 18 GA straight brad nailer designed with durable aluminum body and ergonomically designed comfort grip handle. Note: This is a Pneumatic Brad Nailer, it needs connect Air Compressor by Air Hose.

By Mela & Don

Mela and Don are sharing their journey as they make conscious decisions to live a more healthy, environmentally friendly life together.

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