Before & After: How a Small School Bus Was Transformed into a Cute Home

Before & After: How a Small School Bus Was Transformed into a Cute Home

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Selena Kirchhoff
Nov 24, 2015
(Image credit: Julie and Andrew Puckett)

When Julie and Andrew Puckett decided to move into a 1990 Blue Bird school bus, they knew they had their work cut out for them. Thankfully, the bus they found was in great working condition, but just needed some updating. With Andrew's design help and Julie's dad's carpentry skills, they went to work building the custom furnishings they would need to make this bus a home.

(Image credit: Selena Kirchhoff)

From Julie:

"When we bought the bus, it had been converted for use on a cattle farm during calving season. All the heavy lifting had been done, but aesthetically it was far from something we could see ourselves living in.

Andrew and my father started by designing our built-in storage furniture (a bed and a couch) as well as a multi-use table, while I started looking at fabrics to use for curtains around the extensive windows. Since the bus was almost completely open, I wanted each room to feel like its own space, if possible, through the use of different but complementary fabrics.

My parents and I put in a lot of hours painting the entire inside (bright white so the space would feel larger and reflect light better) before we finished the floors in the bedroom.

There are dozens of touches in the bus that we've added over the last six months, from hardware to fixtures to style elements. I like the idea of the space continuing to evolve as we do."
(Image credit: Julie and Andrew Puckett)
(Image credit: Selena Kirchhoff)
(Image credit: Julie and Andrew Puckett)
(Image credit: Selena Kirchhoff)

Thanks, Julie & Andrew! Follow their blog, House Bus!

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