They Bought An Old Church Bus, What They Did With It Is Heavenly.

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This is the original bus, an old church ride that they got on Craigslist. The bus is from 1988.

We've seen plenty of DIY transformations on the internet over years, from shipping containers turned into tiny houses to old sheds repurposed into the perfect little getaways. Out of all of those DIY transformations, though, this might be our favorite.

A young couple bought an old church bus and took it from bulky and run down to a sleek little mobile home for two. They documented their project with photos throughout the process, and you can see the entire thing from start to finish below.


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The inside is truly drab, isn't it?

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Here's what it looks like inside now. Can you believe this is the same space?

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And now, here's how they transformed it from its original form.

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The original bus was rife with rust, rat feces, and birds' nests.

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The engine hadn't even been started in months.

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And the electrical systems weren't working at all.

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Because the bus was such a mess, they were able to nab the bus for about $1,000.

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Then came time to draw up basic blueprints for the inside.

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Their dog seems hesitant, but overall approving.

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Before anything else could get done, they had to remove the seats.

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Then they removed the floor matting with an ice-scraper.

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The engine also needed plenty of attention.

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Some of these filters hadn't been in years.

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They replaced the leaky hoses, filters, and wires. They also had to rebuild the transmission, which ended up being the most costly repair at $3,500.

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After awhile, they were able to get the engine running.

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Naturally, they decided to keep following the original church bus rules along the way.

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Then came time to cut the walls of the bus and set them up for wiring and plumbing.

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Next came the flooring, which was basic snap-together wood from Home Depot.

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And what would a DIY be without a little break for wine?

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Next came some paint to brighten up the space.

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Then they picked out some old IKEA furniture, a mini fridge, and some materials to outfit the bus for solar power.

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Solar power is tricky, but the builder found the resources and help he needed by researching forums online.

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The batteries were initially wired incorrectly, but eventually he got it figured out.

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Next came time to outfit the rig with some comfy amenities.

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It even got its own bed, positioned over a couple of cabinets.

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Next came the kitchen cabinetry, which were purchased pre-made at the hardware store.

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Then came countertops, with a bit of spare flooring to fill out the edge.

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They also used spare flooring on the walls for a wood paneling effect.

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It's hard to believe, but most of this wood work was done with discount supplies, making this project totally affordable.

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According to the builder, they live on the bus full time and travel the country together.

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The bus serves as both a home and a mobile studio, where the couple both work while they travel.

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They're successful working from the bus, too: They even published a book, working from the transformed mobile home.

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Not a bad life, eh?

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Here's another awesome school bus makeover.