DIY-savvy couple transform caravan using £15 tiles from Home Bargains and £20 eBay paint

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DIYers Candice Elrod and her fiancé Darren Francis bought the tired-looking caravan for £800. The couple, who live in Newcastle upon Tyne, said they did everything themselves including painting the space, re-plumbing and upholstering the chairs. Candice, a security officer, told LatestDeals.co.uk that the couple always “loved to travel” but once the Government announced lockdown, their dreams of travelling the world were dashed.

The 35-year-old said she had seen caravan renovations on social media and decided to look into buying their own.

However, the couple ran into a major hurdle from day one – everyone had the same idea.

She explained: “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.”

Originally, Darren thought the caravan could be modernised with a “lick of paint”.

But Candice wanted to completely renovate it.

During the height of lockdown, many professionals such as decorators, plumbers and electricians, were booked months in advance as homeowners looked to improve their homes.

To keep costs down, Candice and Darren decided to do the renovation themselves.

Their first task was to rip out the yellow bathroom unit, check out the curtains and scrub the space clean from top to bottom.

To prepare for painting, the couple had to sand down all the surfaces.

Candice said they used Frenchic paint from their Alfresco range.

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She explained: “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.

“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.”

Candice also managed to source matching “dotty” curtains which her friend, who is a seamstress, managed to alter to fit the caravan’s windows.

She also hung voile drapes at the window in a pale pink colour to make the space more homely.

Having two dogs, the couple decided to recover the seats in faux leather.

The bathroom was completely changed with a new stainless steel sink and marble-effect PVC cladding.

To modernise the toilet and make it look fitting with the new look, Candice painted it black.

She also used stock-on wallpaper to cover the dining area table.

How much did the renovation cost the couple?

The cladding cost £115, the sink cost £40 and the mixer tap cost £35, all from eBay.

Candice used heat-resistant stove paint to spray the cooker and sink.

She used four tins which cost £20 from eBay, and the stick-on tiles cost £15 from Home Bargains.

Also from eBay was the lighting which cost £45, the crystal door handles which cost £20 an the faux leather seating which cost £145.

Candice continued: “I bought the stick on wallpaper, curtains and bedding from Dunelm for £250, the laminate flooring from B&Q for £110 and the paint from Frenchic for £100.

“I bought £130 of cushions from Primark, George and B&M, floor rugs from B&M for £15 each, faux sheepskin rugs from Dunelm for £13 each, a gold lamp from IKEA for £15, and the black kettle, toaster and microwave from George for £100.

“My fiancé made the heater cover and the glass grid mirror on the door was from IKEA for approximately £20.

“Aldi Special Buys is a good place to look for stuff – I got shatterproof glasses for £5 and inflatable sofas for £25 for the awning.

“In total, we spent about £1,500 on renovating. I did try to keep costs low but I sometimes got carried away with purchases!”

Candice shares her travel and renovation adventures on her Instagram account @the_days_of_dottie.

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