Couple transform dingy, damp caravan for £1,000

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Renovating is not always easy, but a A handyman couple have impressively transformed a drab and dated caravan for just £1,000.

Alice and Dave, who live in Somerset with their two children, bought a ramshackle caravan on Facebook Marketplace for £4,000. Keen to cut costs, they used their self-taught skills to “tackle the dated decor, soggy walls and smelly carpets” so it was ready for their next adventure.

“With the cost of living crisis and the pandemic, holidays abroad were becoming less and less viable for us, so buying a caravan seemed like a great choice for us,” Alice and Dave told the DIY Facebook group. On A Budget UK.

Once they identified the various areas that needed urgent attention, including water seepage and rot, plumbing engineer Dave was able to address them first. After that, the DIY duo used DC Fix vinyl, sticky back tiles, and carpet scraps to freshen up the interior space.

“I took all the cupboard doors off, sanded them back to the original pine wood, and stained them for a rustic look,” says Alice. “I took out the inserts and replaced them with cane straps for a more modern look. I painted the cabinets with a durable washable paint from Little Greene.

Alice Rayment

For the living space, the couple covered the floor with eight IKEA TIPHEDE rugs and leftover rugs from a previous project. Meanwhile, they have also impressively made their own kitchen worktops using chipboard flooring and sticky vinyl backing.

Alice explains: ‘The herringbone tile effect was achieved using stick-on tiles we found on Amazon, and on the walls we used plain wallpaper to give the caravan a modern, up-to-date feel. Always try to reuse whatever comes to hand. Our curtains, for example, were my mother’s sheers. We reused them for the caravan and they are perfect.

Want to try it yourself? The couple advise, “Don’t be afraid to be bold in a small space, if you feel good and feel good then go for it!”

Take a look at the before and after pictures below…

BEFORE

a couple renovates a caravan on a budget

Alice Rayment

a couple renovates a caravan on a budget

Alice Rayment

a couple renovates a caravan on a budget

Alice Rayment

a couple renovates a caravan on a budget

Alice Rayment

AFTER

a couple renovates a caravan on a budget

Alice Rayment

a couple renovates a caravan on a budget

Alice Rayment

a couple renovates a caravan on a budget

Alice Rayment

a couple renovates a caravan on a budget

Alice Rayment

a couple renovates a caravan on a budget

Alice Rayment

a couple renovates a caravan on a budget

Alice Rayment

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