A budget transformation

01/06/2013

Our next featured caravan renovation mastermind is Melbourne-based Yvette Wilson, who writes on the topics of lifestyle and interiors at thestylistsplash.com.au. Yvette had just 3 weeks and $2000 to turn dark, dingy interiors into somewhere her family (including three children) could use as a launching pad for holiday adventures.

 

Our next featured caravan renovation mastermind is Melbourne-based Yvette Wilson, who writes on the topics of lifestyle and interiors at thestylistsplash.com.au. Yvette had just 3 weeks and $2000 to turn dark, dingy interiors into somewhere her family (including three children) could use as a launching pad for holiday adventures.



The transformation from start to finish is incredible! Did you ever imagine it would look so different?
My husband had all the ideas about the transformation but I never imagined that it would look so new and clean.

What made you choose the caravan model that you did for your makeover?
We chose this caravan model for its size. We have 3 children and this caravan had enough bedding space for us all.



When conducting your makeover, did you have a plan from the get-go?
We had a budget of $2000.00 and a turnaround time of 3 weeks. We didn't want this renovation to take forever as we wanted to be able to use the caravan immediately.

What was the most difficult part of your caravan makeover? Sticking to the tight budget. If you did the makeover again, what would you do differently?
No, everything we planned worked well and worked within our budget.

What is the primary use of the space, now?
The caravan is being used as temporary holiday accommodation whilst we build our holiday home on our block of land.

What is your favourite feature in the caravan?
I love the kitchen. I salvaged my old kitchen when I renovated my kitchen in my own home. It was such a great idea as we cut it down, used the oven and sink and all the cupboards and so the kitchen cost us nothing.

Is another caravan makeover on the horizon?
No, this one will do just fine whilst we build our holiday home.

You've said the caravan was 'unliveable' initially - what was the biggest hurdle to get over?
The dark walls, the terrible decor and the shabby beds and seating area.

We painted the whole inside of the caravan white to brighten it up. We reupholstered all the bedding and seating area ourselves. We bought the foam and fabric and got to work with a staple gun. We removed the terrible kitchen and replaced it with my old kitchen from a home renovation. We removed all the old curtains and replaced them with aluminium modern blinds.


Lastly the flooring was replaced with lino look alike floorboards, it's so easy to keep clean and sweep out any dirt. That kitchen has made a brilliant transition to its new mobile home - hard to imagine it's a caravan at all! We think Yvette's project just goes to show how even older caravans can be given a new lease of life even if you've only got a couple of weeks (and maybe a gaggle of kids you can harangue into helping out) to spare.