School Bus Conversion Kitchen

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Riley and Cece, you live in a school bus? Do you have a kitchen and fridge?
This is one of the most common questions about our school bus conversion.

Today we are finally going to give you a look into our kitchen. Yes, for anyone who is wondering, we DO have a kitchen!

And not only a kitchen, but a functional kitchen.

I think people often associate a school bus conversion kitchen as being a bucket of water, a camping stove, and some ramen noodles.

While I’m sure there are busses like that, ours is not.

In the early stages of our conversion, we were extremely worried about how we would build a kitchen, especially one that would suit us vegans who cook 3 meals a day from scratch.

We also wanted a kitchen that was minimal, not too over-the-top.

Finally, after 3 remodels, we created a kitchen that we love and use every single day.

In this article, we have a photo gallery of our kitchen, as well as information about the materials, appliances, and plumbing components used.

School Bus Conversion Kitchen

Gallery

This first two images are looking toward the front of our bus, with the kitchen on the left.

You can see that our kitchen is very small, but you’d be surprised how much we can do in the limited space.

Here is the kitchen from the opposite side, looking toward the back of the bus.

School Bus Conversion Kitchen

School Bus Conversion Kitchen

Here is our sink.

School Bus Conversion Kitchen

School Bus Conversion Kitchen

And finally some spice shelves and refrigerator.

School Bus Conversion Kitchen

School Bus Conversion Kitchen

Materials

To build our kitchen, we used nearly ALL reused building materials from craigslist, stores, and leftovers around our parents’ houses.

Our kitchen countertop originally was a piece of finished plywood, but we stumbled upon our current countertop at IKEA for nearly half the retail price, as someone returned it for a “scratch.”

Like who cares, dude!?

Our sink came from the ReBuilding Center in Portland.
Lumber/cabinets came from Home ReSource in Missoula.

You see, there is no need to spend outrageous amounts of money on a school bus conversion kitchen when most things can be found used or returned.

One thing we DID purchase new (other than appliances) was this faucet from Amazon. And it was worth the purchase! Never ever have we had a faucet so shiny and nice. 🙂

Appliances

We don’t use propane/gas in our bus for anything. All of our systems are electric.
If you want to learn more about our electrical system, check out this post here.

Therefore, our appliance are standard 120volt that could be used in any household.

We purchased our fridge used from Craigslist for $40. Not a bad deal!

Here are the other electric appliances we use:

   

Everything else we use in our kitchen is minimal and easy.

We use: 1 pot, 1 pan, 1 strainer, 4 spoons, 4 forks, 3 cutting knives, 2 wooden spoons, 1 spatula, 1 ladle, glass tupperware, mugs, bowls, and plates.

That’s about it. No need to have more.

*Note: While we do link these appliances to our Amazon affiliate store, IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU SHOULD BUY THEM! We simply do this so you can see what we own and use. If you do happen to need some of these (key word need), feel free to purchase–we won’t turn down the affiliate commission. We believe in everything we link regarding their purpose and quality and would never link to sh**y products. But remember, you do not need to purchase anything to become minimalist. We are not in this for the money. Thanks!

Plumbing

Our kitchen plumbing is extremely easy too.

Since we are a stationary bus tiny-home, we do not use water holding tanks.

Therefore, everything drains straight out into the sewer.
We are connected directly to a water supply so no water pump is needed (think garden hose, but made for drinking water). This line is plumbed to our faucet using 3/4″ PEX pipe.

Our kitchen drain is 1.5″, which is standard.

The greywater drains through a p-trap, pvc pipe, and to the sewer via a 1.5 inch black drain hose (much like an RV drain hose, but half the size. No poop going down there!).

There are many great tutorials about plumbing with PVC and PEX. Everything you need for those projects can be found on YouTube.

I highly recommend using PEX for plumbing your running water in a school bus conversion. The tubing is flexible, easy-to-use, and durable. All you need to do is invest in a few tools and you’ll be plumbed in no time!

That’s About All!

If you think we missed something or want to know more about our school bus conversion kitchen or plumbing, leave us a comment!

And for all you Skoolie DIYers out there, check out these posts too!

How to Paint a School Bus
Skoolie Wood Stove Installation and Review
Skoolie Electrical Setup (the easy way)

Otherwise, thank you for reading and happy building!

BE WELL! <3
Riley & Cece

 

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