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Before & After Photos: Our incredible van transformation

By Grace Koelma | Dare List Mama

We have had a lot of people curious to see how we renovated our 1991 Ford Econoline RV, so we thought we'd give you guys the juicy before and after photos (because who doesn't loooove a good before and after contrast right??)

Our story so far: We are an Australian family (Grace, Eric and 3-year-old Leo) who are living and working in Canada for 2 years on an IEC working holiday visa. We landed in Vancouver and spent 1 month settling in (staying in an Airbnb) and searching for the perfect vehicle to become our new #tinyhomeonwheels. We found our 1991 vintage baby on Craigslist, and negotiated with the owners for a great deal.

Watch all about how we bought #valourthevan here!

Then, we moved to our friend's house in outer Vancouver, and set to work gutting and renovating her! (We found a whole bunch of black mould in our demolition, more on that in the below video.)

Watch our 21 day renovation process

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The finished van

Our van is now complete with a custom children's play space, brand new shower, bathroom vanity with a repurposed bowl sink, kitchen counter top, dining table, bedroom, floating floorboards, shelving and LED lighting throughout. We have been living in the van and travelling through British Columbia in Canada for a few weeks now, and we are absolutely loving our space. Subscribe to our YouTube channel if you want to follow our journey through Canada & USA (and maybe beyond!)

Before & Afters

LIVING SPACE

LIVING SPACE + CHILD BED/PLAY SPACE MEZZANINE

DINING TABLE

KITCHEN + CABINETS

LEO'S PLAY SPACE + BEDROOM

CABINETS ABOVE THE DINING TABLE

KITCHEN + LIVING

BEDROOM

FLOATING VINYL FLOORBOARDS

VAN RENOVATION DETAILS

Van type: Ford Econoline E-350 (1991), 24 ft, automatic

Van features before renovation: 3 deep-cycle batteries, grey + black water tanks, 100L fresh water tank, 2-way Dometic fridge, 4-burner gas stovetop + oven

Things that we couldn't do/fit into 21 days:

- Floating floorboards, caulking, solar panel install, fix heater and furnace

(So it may end up a few extra days, but the liveable conversion was done in 21 days)


Thanks for watching our 21-day renovation process and following our journey, we absolutely love meeting fellow #vanlifers and people aspiring to start this journey. So come over to Instagram or YouTube and say hi! 

Want more? Here's the van in detail

Want to see more on Leo's playspace + bedroom?

Click here.

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Phew! Well if you made it this far, THANK YOU! And if you have any questions about the renovation, Leo's playspace or any other part of the build, then let us know in the comments below!

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