DIY couple share before and after pictures of budget caravan makeover – Wales Online

DIY couple share before and after pictures of budget caravan makeover – Wales Online

A couple who bought a caravan for £800 shared the before and after pictures after completely renovating it in lockdown.

Candice Elrod, 35, a security officer from Newcastle upon Tyne, and her fiancé Darren Francis, bought a caravan for £800 and soon set about transforming it into a stylish, modern space.

The couple did everything from painting and decorating to plumbing and upholstery, using budget materials from Aldi, Ikea, eBay, B&M, Dunelm, Primark, B&Q and Home Bargains.

Candice told money-saving community “We’ve always loved to travel and with lockdown it became impossible.

“I had seen a few caravan renovations on social media and we decided to look at getting a caravan ourselves.

The couple bought items from budget shops including Aldi, Ikea, eBay, B&M, Dunelm and Primark

“It seemed like an impossible task though. As soon as we’d arrange to view it would then be sold.

“This went on for weeks as I think everyone had the same idea.

“We bought the caravan in August 2020 and paid £800. We started work right away.

How the caravan looked before

“My fiancé thought we were just going to give it a lick of paint and be away on our travels but I wanted to totally renovate it.

“We decided to try to do the renovation ourselves to keep costs down, and since it was during the height of lockdown, professionals were booked months in advance, and I’m someone who wants things done yesterday! It was all exciting.

“My fiancé was on furlough during lockdown so had time to work on the caravan. I worked throughout the lockdown so I helped on days off.

“We ripped out the bathroom unit as it was an awful yellow colour, chucked out the curtains and completely scrubbed it clean from top to bottom as the previous owners had kept it in storage and not been in use in over two years.

“Then we sanded all the surfaces in preparation for painting.

Candice Elrod’s caravan makeover

“I used Frenchic’s Alfresco range in Dazzle Me, Dusky Blush and Blackjack.

“I’d previously used this paint on a few projects at home and loved the colours and finish of it.

“The cupboards and woodwork did take about four coats which seemed like a never-ending task but we finally got there.

How the caravan looked before the makeover

“I decided to use stick-on wallpaper in a dotty effect to fill in the insert of cupboards for a funky effect. I’ve always loved a print.

“We decided to recover the seats ourselves in a faux leather material, as I thought it would be easier to clean with having two dogs and would also give it a modern twist.

“I also managed to get matching curtains to the dotty wallpaper I’d used for the inserts of the cupboard doors so my friend who is a seamstress altered them to fit …….