Tourist restores ‘perfect’ caravan for Cornwall holiday for under £200 using B&M and The Range bargains

Tourist restores 'perfect' caravan for Cornwall holiday for under £200 using B&M and The Range bargains

A primary school teacher has revitalised a 25-year-old caravan she bought on Facebook Marketplace for less than £200 for a summer holiday to Cornwall.

In just five days, Vicky Hibberd, aged 25, updated her £750 1995 caravan that she snapped up online.

Using Frenchic paints and accessories from B&M and The Range costing a total of £198, the outdated caravan now looks good as new.

“Me and my fiancé are long-term campers, and we’ve been wanting an old caravan or camper van for a long time, but all of the ones I’d been seeing were full of damp,” Vicky told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.

“We had a camping holiday booked for two weeks – a week in Somerset and a week in Newquay.

“The Sunday before we were planning to go away, my mum sent me the link to this caravan on Facebook Marketplace.

The former tired kitchen

“We went to have a look and it was solid: a 1995 ABI two-berth little caravan for a bargain of £750!”

The soon-to-be newlyweds picked it up the same day, but were going away the following Saturday so had just five days to put their stamp on it.

Vicky continued: “Luckily, everything worked so it was just a case of making it look nice and homely. My family kept telling me not to paint it, saying that I didn’t have enough time and wouldn’t get finished before our holiday, but I did it anyway!

“Thankfully, everyone loved it and I proved them wrong. But I couldn’t have done it without my fiancé Marcus, best friend Sam and mum and dad.”

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To complete the project, Vicky used two tins of Frenchic Swanky Pants for the cupboards, which cost £18 each, and one tin of Frenchic Dazzle Me for £18.

She then added new handles from Amazon for £25 for 20.

Vicky and her pooch Fletcher on holiday

Accessories from B&M and The Range cost around £80 – which included throws for the seats, cushions and fake plants. The keen camper also bought a carpet off-cut for £19 from Carpetright.

Vicky explained how she managed the makeover: “First I gave it a good clean using sugar soap, then I soaked off the wallpaper that was on the cupboard doors.

The original seating area

“I gave everywhere a light sand, giving it a key for the paint to stick to, then sugar soaped again to remove any sanding residue.

“I painted the ceiling first using the Dazzle Me White – that needed a lot of coats to cover the beige colour, I think about five.

“Then I painted the wood, cupboards and cupboard doors using the Swanky Pants Grey.

“This particular paint needs three weeks to fully cure and go hard – but obviously I didn’t have that long, so I’ve just been really careful whilst we’ve been away.”

Vicky is thrilled with the stylish transformation and found that the project kept her mind off the stresses of the lockdown.

“I am absolutely over the moon with it. It’s not perfect, I’ve still got some bits and bobs to do, like recovering the seats and putting in new curtains, but I’m currently on holiday in our little home from home and it’s fabulous,” she said.

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“Fletcher, our dog, loves it too. No more soggy holidays in a tent – we’ve had our fair share of those.”

The keen camper outlined her top tips for anyone thinking of converting an old caravan: “My main tips would be to find a solid caravan – be careful of damp.

Vicky completed the look with homely accessories from B&M and The Range

“Join Frenchic pages on Facebook and Instagram – there are so many wonderful projects that people have done and great tips shared all of the time.

“Don’t be disheartened by the first coat – it will look awful but keep powering through.

“I was able to collect my paint from my local stockist following social distancing rules – she lives very close to me so that was lucky.

“Obviously Amazon Prime is a godsend – with the click of a button things just arrive.

“Over the lockdown period, I’ve been experimenting with different up-cycling projects – furniture, chimney pots, an old Singer sewing table – and it really helped me keep my mind busy and occupied in the strange times that we’ve all been through.

“I’ve never been creative, but I used the lockdown period to give something new a go – little did I know it would lead to a full caravan makeover!”

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