136 weeks and 6 days | A Caravan Makeover with Wallpaper Direct

Last month, I mentioned that we’d traded our beloved caravan — Dolly — in for a ‘new’, larger model.

I use the term ‘new’ very loosely. The new van may have preceded her chronologically but certainly not in any other areas.

If Dolly needed a bit of updating when we first bought her, this new van needed an entire facelift.

Pretty she aint.

A caravan makeover was definitely in order!

**grim interiors warning — the following shots are not for the faint hearted**

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Attractive, red stained carpet. Nice.

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Dark and dated kitchen area…

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…and wooden walls and panelling as far as the eye could see

I have got LOTS more ‘before’ photographs that I could show you but I’ve always tried to maintain my blog as a happy place — a collection of beautiful things — and the pre-makeover photographs set my teeth on edge (and make me feel a little bit queasy) so  I think I’ll leave it there.

Little by little over the summer months — with the help of Wallpaper Direct — my boy and I transformed the very ugly little tin box, you see in the snaps above, into something rather lovely.

No mean feat when you have twin toddlers in tow, I can tell you ;)

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HOURS of work condensed into a little grid of nine pictures!

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Doing a little bit of touching up

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Ta-daaah!

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So much cleaner and fresher :)

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Gorgeous cheery colour and pattern

We wanted something a little different from our first van; which was a vision in Cath Kidston. For her successor, we wanted something bright and fresh and a little more graphic.

Wallpaper Direct have literally got the best choice available. Whatever your taste — or style — they’ve definitely got something to suit. I was absolutely spoilt for choice and felt like a kid in the proverbial sweetshop.

Initially, I was thinking along the lines of Orla Keily but ended up being swayed by the gorgeous designs of Verity Wilkinson’s Layla Faye range.

For the living quarters of the van, we chose ‘Daisy Chain Small‘, a gorgeous yellow and white graphic print with a retro edge. We’ve also chosen a coordinating print for the bathroom area but I’ll keep that under my hat until we’ve finished those renovations! One thing at a time — that may be a job for the spring ;)

We’ve no curtains, blinds or proper cushions yet but — those things aside — this little van is well on the way to becoming a perfect little home from home, for us to enjoy camping trips and festivals.

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Brightening up the kitchen area with cheerful accessories and lovely patterns

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The seating area

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Even my little Home print got an airing!

It just goes to show that wallpaper is so versatile. It really shouldn’t just be restricted to the walls of a house — it can be used on furniture, ceilings — even an ugly little caravan can benefit from a little bit of pattern and colour!

There’s still a LOT to do though.

Lots more finishing off inside — plus I have some very ambitious plans for the outside of this funny little box on wheels. Bear with me, as I can foresee there may be a fair few ‘caravan related’ posts coming up over the next few months ;)

And for anyone wondering what we’ve christened this little van?

Well, initially she was Lionel (don’t ask).

Then she was Wendy (Wendy-House — on wheels).

But for two little boys — who have only ever understood  that a caravan is called ‘Dolly’ — it was very, very difficult to persuade them that this new van had any other name.

So everyone, please be upstanding for…

‘Dolly Too’.

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Huge thanks to the lovely folk at Wallpaper Direct who collaborated — very patiently — with me on this caravan makeover! :)

All photos, thoughts and words — as ever — are entirely my own.

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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132 Comments

  1. 20th October 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Caro it is stunning you have such an incredible eye to detail I love the style the colour , I felt so sad when you said goodbye to Dolly, but I love the new Dolly she is beautiful xxx

    • 20th October 2015 / 5:05 pm

      Aaaah ME TOO!!! I was so gutted when we waved goodbye to Dolly but I can see I’m going to LOVE this new van just as much!! We have already had one outing — albeit, it was half decorated — but there was so much more space!! Can’t wait for next year’s festival season!! :) xx

  2. 20th October 2015 / 5:15 pm

    I love Dolly Too! What a project, that wall paper is rather stunning. I’ve actually got Dolly envy – I’m seeing the benefits already. I can see how handy it’s going to be with the festivals. Not to mention kids and caravans – they are the holidays that I remember fondly from my childhood. You must feel very rewarded with your efforts. Nicky #twinklytuesday

    • 20th October 2015 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks so much Nicky — it was a labour of love, that’s for sure!! The first van was a lot faster to complete as we didn’t have the twins then! Can’t wait for festival season to come round again!

  3. 20th October 2015 / 5:31 pm

    Wow! Amazing! Your caravan looks superb i love what you have done. So inspiring #twinklytuesday

    • 20th October 2015 / 5:42 pm

      Thanks so much lovely :) It was a labour of love — really pleased with how it’s turned out!

  4. 20th October 2015 / 5:46 pm

    Wow what a transformation!! It looks absolutely incredible and beautifully sunny. I’m looking forward to seeing the bathroom bit!

    • 20th October 2015 / 6:14 pm

      Thanks Carie — I’m delighted with it. It took SO much more work than the original caravan makeover. Things take four times when you have little ones to manage!! No free time to crack on and decorate!! ;)

  5. 20th October 2015 / 5:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, it looks amazing! I’m not usually a wall paper fan (we have some spectacularly awful ones in our house that I am desperate to get rid of), but this works so well. It looks so bright and cheerful :) #twinklytuesday

    • 20th October 2015 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks Sara! Wallpaper can be amazing when used in the right place :) A caravan isn’t the first place that springs to mind but it just goes to show that it can work! ;) xx

      • Dee
        14th October 2017 / 2:28 am

        How much wallpaper did it take?

        • 17th October 2017 / 10:40 am

          Hi Dee! We used just one roll of wallpaper for both vans. Almost ran out on Dolly Too and had to be a little bit creative with my joins!! ;)

  6. 20th October 2015 / 6:10 pm

    Wow! This looks absolutely amazing!!! I absolutely love it, what a tremendous job you have done, you clever lady you. Never thought I’d say this, but you’ve actually got me wanting a caravan (that isn’t of the gypsy variety). X

    • 20th October 2015 / 6:19 pm

      Aaah thanks so much pet! I absolutely HATED caravans before we bought Dolly 1. Having her transformed our lives!! Festivals and camping are a LOT more lovely when you have a comfy, cosy little crash pad to come back to! I’m not a fan of tents — or grim, dirty old caravans either!! ;)

      • Sarah
        15th August 2017 / 6:22 pm

        Did you wallpaper under the window seals or just too them?

        • 3rd October 2017 / 11:07 am

          Hello Sarah!!! So sorry — I’m so behind on my replies!!! I just wallpapered up to the seals and cut up to them with a scalpel to get a neat edge. To be honest, I think the window seals in Dolly are fixed, so we wouldn’t have been able to paper underneath. Hope that helps! :) Apologies for the late reply!! xx

  7. 20th October 2015 / 6:17 pm

    Wow that looks fantastic! I’ve only ever stayed in dated caravans at holiday camps so had no idea you could make one so cute and stylish. Great job :)

    #twinklytuesday

  8. 20th October 2015 / 6:26 pm

    Wow that looks fantastic! I’ve only ever stayed in dated caravans at holiday camps so had no idea you could make one so cute and stylish. Great job :)

    #twinklytuesday

    • 20th October 2015 / 6:30 pm

      Thanks Laura! I’m really not sure why they’re always so revolting inside! Even fairly modern ones look dated! ;) x

  9. 20th October 2015 / 6:33 pm

    Oh wow that is amazing! I so need some help with sorting out my caravan you would go mad if you could see it! I absolutely love the yellow and now a thinking of painting my caravan cupboards white. Absolutely tremendous work love! x

    • 20th October 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Do it. Honestly pet — it’s a lovely, lovely project to have on the go. Initially it seems daunting but you just can’t go wrong. Really! Cos, at the end of the day, nothing can be as grim as how they look to begin with!! ;) Any questions ever, just holler!! xx

  10. 20th October 2015 / 6:34 pm

    You are a genius hun. Absolutely stunning. I want to stay. I love your love for yellow. I love how clean and fresh you have made this caravan yet super warming and welcoming. Xxx

    • 20th October 2015 / 6:46 pm

      Thanks lovely :) It’s take a LOT longer than Dolly 1! It’s a lot bigger but trying to decorate with twins is IMPOSSIBLE!! A word of warning for any future wallpapering you may have!! ;) xxx

  11. 20th October 2015 / 7:40 pm

    Stunning is not the word Caro. Wow! It is so fresh and bright and clean – how are you going to keep it like that with two small boys in it? My three would wreck it. Good luck to you though. You (and your husband) have outdone yourselves.
    Fionnuala

    • 21st October 2015 / 7:50 pm

      Aaah thanks so much lovely — that’s so kind of you :) The boys are pretty good actually — we have a little awning that they can trash — the inside stays nice and clean and tidy (usually) ;) x

  12. 20th October 2015 / 7:52 pm

    Wow that is an incredibly transformation and Dolly Too looks fabulous. I love that wallpaper print – gorgeous pattern and colour and love the coordinating mugs too! #TwinklyTuesday

    • 21st October 2015 / 7:38 pm

      Thanks so much Louise! I’m so, so pleased with it! I’ve been collecting all sorts of little items that coordinate beautifully with the paper! :)

  13. 20th October 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Oh my goodness, Caro!! The transformation is immense. What a vision in brown it was and how clever you are to see beyond that. I seriously can’t believe the difference. You could happily live in it now. Amazing!!!

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:28 am

      Thanks pet. It really WAS a vision in brown. Not my favourite ;) LOve it now though — am so looking forward to doing the exterior — and the loo!! We’ve got some lovely co-ordinating paper for that!! :) x

  14. 20th October 2015 / 9:21 pm

    What an absolutely gorgeous makeover! I am in love with that yellow wallpaper and your little tin box caravan as a whole! Love it.

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:25 am

      The wallpaper’s divine isn’t it? Totally LOVE the pattern. She’s got lots of amazing designs — it was really hard to choose!

  15. 20th October 2015 / 9:47 pm

    This is amazing. I didn’t think you could better the last one but you have! That yellow is so fresh and cheerful, I love it. I love the arrow light and the sweet pictures too. I’ve never had the guts to do wallpapering myself but maybe I should be brave! Becky x #TwinklyTuesday

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:24 am

      Aaah thanks chick — that’s such a lovely thing to say :) I didn’t think we could either, if I’m being totally honest! I LOVED the original Dolly — we had some really amazing adventures in her. So happy that this new one has worked out so nicely. Looking forward to making some lovely memories for the Twinkles :) x

      PS — DO IT!! Straight walls are EASY to wallpaper. Caravans are *slightly* trickier — I wouldn’t say do a caravan makeover for your first attempt but a square room, with not many fiddly edges is easy!! I promise ;)

      • 21st October 2015 / 1:03 pm

        Thanks for the pep talk! It’s only for the bathroom so shouldn’t be as challenging! And also only a smallish part above some times, so should be OK for a first attempt. Going to check out Wallpaper Direct to see what goodies might go with out bathroom! Xx

        • 22nd October 2015 / 11:34 am

          Pop along and have a look for YouTube clips too — they’re always really helpful. It’s good to actually ‘see’ how to do it! Good luck pet!! :)

  16. 20th October 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Ahh she’s so lovely! Fresh yet cosy at the same time, and I love all the little yellow accents you’ve used too. The wallpaper is fab, will have to check out the rest of the range as it looks right up my street. Wishing you and the family lots of lovely adventures in Dolly Too!

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:19 am

      Thanks you :) The wallpaper range is amazing — so many fantastic colours and designs. I love a retro print so these were right up my street too!! :) xx

  17. 20th October 2015 / 10:00 pm

    oh my gosh it is absolutely amazing! I love it!!!

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:15 am

      Thanks treasure. It’s been a LOT of work but so worth it :) xx

  18. 20th October 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Oh wow what an amazing transformation it looks so much bigger with those wooden panels painted white. You’ve done a great job I would happily spend a week in their and I am no natural caravaner! #twinklytuesdays

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:15 am

      Aww thanks Ames :) I wasn’t a natural caravaner until we bought the first one! I absolutely love them now :) So lovely to spend time in a cute little house on wheels! x

  19. 20th October 2015 / 11:03 pm

    You’ve made it so cute – I’m really impressed! Love the sofas with the walls – they really work together. #twinklytuesday

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:14 am

      Thanks lovely :) The fabric was left over from doing the first van — so happy it went with the wallpaper in the new van!! Waste not want not! :)

  20. 21st October 2015 / 7:28 am

    Dolly Too is just amazing! I can’t quite believe it’s the same caravan. What a transformation and the colours make it so airy wow. You’re so talented Mrs!!! xx

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:13 am

      Aaah thanks so much darling — that’s so lovely of you :) xx

  21. 21st October 2015 / 7:44 am

    Caro I can’t actually believe I am looking at two pictures of the same caravan here – this is the best makeover I’ve ever seen! It’s utterly gorgeous, just perfect, the wallpaper is spot on and I love all the little details that tie it all in. You are going to have so much fun in Dolly Too next summer! #HomeEtc xx

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:12 am

      Thanks so much Poppy!! Cannot WAIT to go off on lots of adventures!!! Absolutely loved the original Dolly — we’re going to have SO much fun in Dolly Too :) x

  22. 21st October 2015 / 7:48 am

    Wow!! You have worked SO hard! It looks amazing. I can well imagine how many hours of labour that transformation took which, like you say is a herculean task with two little ones to accommodate! I absolutely love the yellow. Were you able to buy the co-ordinating mugs from the same designer or was that just a happy co-incidence? Well done you two! That is an outstanding update. #HomeEtc xx

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:09 am

      Thanks pet — it has been a labour of love that’s for sure. Wallpapering so many small, fiddly walls is pretty hard. But hey! It’s done now :) Mugs were from elsewhere — I’ve just been picking up bits and pieces from all over the place as we go along! x

  23. 21st October 2015 / 7:55 am

    Just realised I’ve used the wrong hashtag in my comment!! Gah! Sorry! You can tell it’s early, I’m obviously still thinking it’s Tuesday! Are you able to edit the comment? D’oh! xx

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:11 am

      Hahaha!! I didn;t even notice!! LOL! Have been in and changed it now — thanks for letting me know!! ;) x

  24. 21st October 2015 / 8:20 am

    love love love this makeover! what a huge difference. I love yellow and have been sneaking it in wherever I can. (I’ve just bought a yellow graphic print shade from john lewis which will look perfect in Dolly Too ( I quite liked Lionel but he definitely looks like a she!) #HomeEtc

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:06 am

      HA! We were totally set on Lionel but everytime the boys saw her they shouted ‘IT’S DOLLY!!’ — so that was that!! You can’t argue with a 2 year old. And especially not TWO two year olds!! ;)

  25. 21st October 2015 / 9:54 am

    This is amazing Caro! Whenever I see these it reminds me of what great things can be achieved with a bit of hard work.
    I love the wallpaper and the white paint changed the whole feeling of the caravan! I cant wait to get well and be able to do more decorating etc. I was going to do my daughter’s room but decided to leave it for now as I’m actually thinking of looking for a new home- with better wheelchair access etc so will wait until we move to do up the rooms (or get someone to do it for me) as i obviously cant do it myself.

    Angela x

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:05 am

      The white paint is the thing that really changes the feel of it. Particularly painting the ceiling — you suddenly feel that the whole space it so much lighter and brighter! You’ll get there with your decorating pet :)

      • Louise
        20th June 2018 / 12:18 pm

        Sorry I’m a bit late to the party on this one but I’ve just bought an ugly duckling ‘fixer upper’ – Dolly Too is a thing of beauty, what paints did you use to freshen the ceilings/walls that weren’t papered and to cover the mass of wood effect?

  26. Sammy at Seize each day
    21st October 2015 / 10:04 am

    Dolly Too is totally adorable – you are just such a clever lady you really are. She looks amazing and so bright and vibrant you couldn’t help but have a wonderful happy time every time you take her away. I bet you can’t wait. Well done on achieving all of that with your twins in tow!!
    Linking up with #HomeEtc linky
    Sammy xxx

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:03 am

      Thanks lovely! I associate Dolly with adventures — whenever Dickie used to pull up outside with her in tow I’d get SO excited! I’m SO looking to making lots of happy memories for us and the twins with Dolly Too :D

  27. 21st October 2015 / 10:23 am

    Wow, this is AMAZING! I would never think to use wallpaper in a caravan, but you have totally transformed it! What a fab space for holidays – so bright and cheery, I absolutely love it. Loving all of the little details you’ve added too, you really do have such a talent x

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:02 am

      Thanks pet! I was so sad when we said goodbye to Dolly but am loving this new van! Can’t wait to have lots of adventures in her! x

  28. 21st October 2015 / 10:41 am

    Caro, lovely lady, this is absolutely stunning. Beautiful. The transformation is amazing!!! It can’t be the same caravan. Can it?! The original looked very much like the interior of the caravans my parents had when I was a child. You are so talented. I love the freshness and cheeriness. And it is so YOU. The wallpaper makes it for me. And you have given me hope that we can transform are very dated and disgusting kitchen. How did you do that seating? It is fab! Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • 21st October 2015 / 11:01 am

      Aaah thanks lovely :) It doesn’t look like the same van does it?! I’m looking forward to doing the exterior next — then it really will look like a totally different caravan! ;) xx

  29. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    21st October 2015 / 11:20 am

    Oh Caro this is gorgeous! I feel compelled to go and buy a caravan immediately. Amazing work! x

    • 21st October 2015 / 12:26 pm

      DO IT!! Honestly. Initially we were looking at motorhomes but you have to pay tax, mot and insurance on them. PLUS they’re mega expensive! Caravans are cheap as chips and you don’t pay anything to keep them, as they’re classed a trailer and not a vehicle. PLUS you can turn them into a cute little house ;) xx

  30. 21st October 2015 / 11:30 am

    This transformation is quite unbelievable! What a massive achievement Caro, you must have worked so hard I just don’t know how you do it but looking at these pictures it must be worth it. It all looks so beautiful and the wallpaper is just perfect, really lifts the whole thing (and sits nicely with your lovely Home print) I look forward to more caravan posts! I’m going to send this to my mum, her and her partner are thinking of getting a caravan and I think this might just inspire her! xx

    • 21st October 2015 / 12:16 pm

      Thanks lovely!! It seemed like a lot more work, this time round, as we had the boys with us! When we first did the original Dolly, we were on our own and it only took 2 or 3 weekends. Dolly Too has taken the whole summer!! That said, it’s a bigger van and we did a LOT more wallpapering too! Tell your mum to go for it — honestly — buying a caravan is one of the best things we’ve EVER done. Festivals and camping trips are SO much fun :D xx

  31. 21st October 2015 / 12:58 pm

    This looks amazing! And so much bigger now, its incredible what a difference you’ve made! I love the yellow too :)

    • 22nd October 2015 / 11:36 am

      Aah thanks so much Nancy! I’m so pleased with it.

  32. Lianne
    21st October 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Amazing work. I would’ve taken one look at that caravan and run a mile. The wallpaper is fabulous!

    • 22nd October 2015 / 11:35 am

      Thanks Lianne — if I hadn’t done it once before I think I WOULD have run away when we saw the second van!! Luckily I felt fairly confident that we could make a difference! :)

  33. 21st October 2015 / 1:11 pm

    Love the colours and sentiments you’ve used on Dolly Too. Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc

  34. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    21st October 2015 / 1:32 pm

    What an amazing transformation! Dolly Too looks so bright and comfy now! Id certainly be happy in there #twinklytuesday

  35. 21st October 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Oh WOW Dolly too is absolutely gorgeous! It doesn’t look like the same van. She is so bright and cheery. I love that wallpaper and I am starting to plan for when we can properly decorate, I will have to pop over to the website. I also love the floor, it makes such a massive difference. It’s a fab job Caro xxx

    • 22nd October 2015 / 11:33 am

      Thanks lovely :) I’m so pleased with it. Still a lot to do, but we’re getting there!

  36. 21st October 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Wow, Caro! What an amazing transformation – Dolly Too is beautiful!

    I know what you mean about them typically being grubby and generally a bit chappy – we had three caravans when I was younger. They were awful beyond measure. I would have enjoyed our weekend trips a lot more if our caravan looked like Dolly Too.

    Can’t wait to see what else you do with her! Xxx

    • 22nd October 2015 / 11:32 am

      Thanks lovely :) I wouldn’t have had a good night’s sleep if we’d have left either van in their original states!! It’s just not my bag AT ALL!! There’s no need for them to be brown and horrible is there? I certainly wouldn’t want my house to look like that — not sure why they’re still made with brown wood panelling these days…!

  37. 21st October 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Oh my gosh this is incredible! What an amazing makeover. I need you to do my house haha. This is so, so beautiful. I love the colour scheme, I love the prints on the walls, I love the light, I love the fabric on the chairs. It’s so perfect. Well done! xx #twinklytuesday

    • 22nd October 2015 / 11:28 am

      Thanks so much Chloe! Got to get cracking on the exterior next year — really looking forward to doing that! :)

  38. 21st October 2015 / 7:28 pm

    Oh wow, its amazing, I loved Dolly and Dolly Too is beautiful too. You clearly have a good eye for creating a great caravan. x

  39. 21st October 2015 / 9:45 pm

    My word, I had never actually realised you would bother with updating the interior of a caravan. This, however, looks magnificent. Great work. Thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday

    • 22nd October 2015 / 11:27 am

      Haha! I couldn’t have slept in it, looking like it was in the beginning!! Our first van was the same — I couldn’t wait to get the paints out!! :)

  40. 22nd October 2015 / 2:04 am

    You have done such an amazing job it looks amazing!! You can really see how much work, time, effort and thought you guys have put into it! Love that it’s called Dolly too very cute! Xx

    • 22nd October 2015 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks so much pet — it really did take a lot of time, this time round! Everything takes five times as long when you have little ones in tow! :)

  41. Helen Gandy
    22nd October 2015 / 10:14 am

    That looks awesome and so, so cheery, the lemon is refreshing, I love it! Enjoy your trips away in it. #twinklytuesday

    • 22nd October 2015 / 11:24 am

      Thanks so much Helen! I can’t wait to take her on an outing net year! :)

  42. 22nd October 2015 / 10:59 am

    Three cheers for Dolly Too! That wallpaper is so perfect and adds such a great style. Love the before and after piccies (I know what you mean about before pictures, they’re never the loveliest but I do like to see the real nitty gritty so thanks for sharing them!) and I can’t wait to see the finished version X

    • 22nd October 2015 / 11:23 am

      Thanks pet!! Hurrah! The before pics are so grim. I’ve got absolutely loads of them but they give me the shudders!! ;)

  43. Naomi
    22nd October 2015 / 11:01 am

    Oh I love it! Such happy, summery colours, and I love the way you’ve got cups to match the wallpaper. I’ve used Wallpaper Direct in the past and you can find really original prints there. Great choice!

    • 22nd October 2015 / 11:22 am

      Thanks so much Naomi — I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out! I’ve used Wallpaper Direct a lot in the past — they have a fabulous range and really great customer service too! Super-quick delivery :)

  44. 22nd October 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Oh wow, those before pictures are something else! I love the makeover, you guys have really worked wonders, and it’s got a cool retro vibe to it with that wallpaper – perfect for a caravan! xx #HomeEtc

    • 22nd October 2015 / 5:26 pm

      Thanks so much Sabrina. I have LOADS of those before shots but they’re SO grim!!! YUK. Looks a million times better now — amazing to think how many of these ugly little caravans there are in the world! One less now at least ;) xx

  45. 22nd October 2015 / 3:57 pm

    Caro! This is amazing. I have serious tin box envy. We inherited Tin Box 2 from my parents and they are still very fond of her. I think they would have a fit if we did anything to the dark wooden interior but if and when we move on I’ll be asking you for some design consultation on Tin Box 3! :)

    • 22nd October 2015 / 5:34 pm

      Thanks so much Claire!! I’m really pleased with it. I was gutted to sell Dolly but she was just too small for our needs. Dolly Too is a 4 berth — the perfect size and exactly the same make as Dolly 1. Plus she was cheap as chips to buy. Totally vile inside when we first bought her — I bet your mum and dad’s old van is in much better nick — dark wood interior or not!! WHY are they always brown inside?? I just don’t get it! If they made them lovely and bright and quirky inside, they’d be a lot more popular, I’m sure! x

  46. 22nd October 2015 / 9:32 pm

    What a transformation! It’s amazing and I genuinely mean that. It looks like a totally different caravan!! You’ve inspired me to paint our kitchen units whilst we wait for a new kitchen. This transformation just goes to show the power a bit of white paint has! xx ps. I’m still trying to load my vlog club video, my youtube doesn’t like me adding anything at the moment

    • 26th October 2015 / 2:28 pm

      Thanks Kerry :) That’s lovely of you. DEFINITELY paint your kitchen!! I’ve painted ours a couple of times now, whilst I wait for my dream kitchen!! It makes the world of difference :) xx

  47. 23rd October 2015 / 1:32 pm

    What a brilliant makeover! I am SO envious that you have a caravan, I would kill for one! It looks so much fresher, and that wallpaper is fab, really suits the space :-) x

    • 26th October 2015 / 2:27 pm

      Thanks lovely :) I LOVE having a van — it’s the best thing we ever did!! SO many fab adventures each summer :)

  48. 23rd October 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Wow! looks amazing!
    I will have to check out Wallpaper direct for future projects.
    I hope you have many awesome breaks away in Dolly Too :)
    Thanks for hosting x

    • 26th October 2015 / 2:26 pm

      Hi Jayne, thanks so much! DO check them out — they’ve got the best choice I’ve ever come across xx

  49. 24th October 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Oh Caro, this is just stunning!! You are a design genius!!! Just keep coming back to the pictures and going WOWWWWW…..

    • 25th October 2015 / 6:15 pm

      Aaah thanks darling *blushing* that’s so kind of you :) It was a labour of love — but SO worth it :)

  50. 25th October 2015 / 8:15 pm

    WOW! What’s an extraordinary transformation. I’m so impressed! Thanks for everything #TwinklyTuesday.

    • 26th October 2015 / 2:18 pm

      Thanks so much Sadia — that’s lovely of you xx

  51. 26th October 2015 / 4:00 pm

    Just amazing. Literally amazing! A new career for you??! ha ha. You talented thing…superb post and love this. Can I move in???? Fab post xxx

    #HomeEtc

    • 27th October 2015 / 9:27 am

      Haha! If we had more space — and a drive — I’d definitely consider caravan renovation as a career!! LOL!! I absolutely love it!! :)

  52. 26th October 2015 / 9:55 pm

    So bright and cheerful. I must search for photos of Dolly 1. I love how bright it is and look forward to seeing the bathroom project in the future. Thank you for sharing!

    • 27th October 2015 / 9:26 am

      Aah thanks lovely! There is a link on the post for the original Dolly! It’s in the first paragraph! Pop along and have a look at her :)

  53. 24th November 2016 / 11:46 am

    She looks amazing, that wallpaper is the perfect choice, how bright and sunny xxx

    • 30th November 2016 / 9:37 am

      Aah thanks so much lovely! A bit of a different feel to our original Dolly, but lovely nonetheless!!

  54. Ellen Michielsen
    29th November 2016 / 9:14 pm

    totally madly in love with your caravan!
    considering to do something similar :) :)
    just a little question: what kind of brand and type is this caravan and where do your 2 children sleep in it?

  55. laura
    18th March 2017 / 9:45 pm

    wow! absolutely stunning difference! Can i ask what paint you used? I have just bought my first caravan and desperate to paint all the cabinets/shelves!

    • 26th March 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Thanks so much Laura!! That’s lovely of you! I’ve just written a blog post on exactly this, funnily enough!! Due to be published in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned and watch this space! ;) xx

      • Deanne taylor
        5th April 2017 / 9:22 am

        Wow amazing. My house is very shabby chic which is the style that reflects my personality and makes me feel good. So when I’m in a caravan I really struggle with the dated design, even new caravans seem dated to me. You have inspired me so much. I’ve decided to buy a cheaper caravan now instead of newish and invest in redesigning it. Can’t wait to see the blog regarding the paint you used. Also did you set a budget? I’m worried costs might spiral out of control. And has dolly 2 stood the test of time? Many thanks x

        • 9th April 2017 / 6:00 pm

          Thanks so much Deanne! I totally agree — not sure why all caravans are brown and beige inside. Even the brand new ones are so uninspiring. Dolly 1 was more shabby chic! Pop and have a look — https://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk/130-weeks-and-6-days-our-cool-caravan-dolly/ — you can see the before and after pics on that post too.

          She stood the test of time for 6 years until we outgrew her and we’ve had Dolly 2 for a couple of years now. The wallpaper and paint still looks as fresh as the day we did it. We bought Dolly 2 for £750 and the renovation cost a couple of hundred pounds — plus our labour. The main things you need to budget for are paint/wallpaper/flooring/fabric (assuming you’re going to cover the seats). All the accessories can be picked up along the way! I’m working on my makeover post now — watch this space!! :)

  56. 26th May 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Oh this is so inspiring – we’ve just ‘acquired’ a tired 80s/90s van with all that beige interior and I thought we were going to have to gut everything and start again, but you’ve shown how a pot of white paint, some wonderful wallpaper and laminate flooring can transform the interior with minimum ‘invasive surgery’.
    Thank you

    • 9th July 2017 / 6:14 pm

      Aaah your message has made my day!! Thanks so much for getting in touch Alexandra. Apologies for my delayed response too — I’m so behind on my comments.
      I’ve ‘almost’ finished a post which outlines the kind of products we used on both the caravan makeovers — I’ve just got to edit my photos and then I’ll be ready to publish :) watch this space!

  57. 3rd March 2018 / 2:02 pm

    This truly is a thing of beauty a joy forever! My favourite colour has always been red but now I seriously considering switching to yellow….

    • 11th March 2018 / 5:09 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Julie!! :)

  58. Nicky Perryman
    22nd May 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Hi Caro, I’m also doing a mega caravan makeover and it’s lovely to see someone else using wallpaper – funnily enough I’ve also used Wallpaper Direct. Ha ha it must be a thing.

    • 4th June 2018 / 11:55 am

      Exciting times Nicky!! Renovating a caravan is such good fun.

      I’ve done both of my caravan makeovers with papers from Wallpaper Direct! The first was Cath Kidston, the second by Layla Faye. They definitely have the best range of wallpaper that I’ve come across — such a fabulous range; there are hundreds. Good luck with your caravan makeover!

  59. Susan L Mccarthy
    27th May 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Beautiful job! What is the shelf for that is holding the yellow pot for and what is it made from please?

    • 4th June 2018 / 11:51 am

      Hi Susan, It’s made from glass and is integral to the caravan. We haven’t added it :) It’s so useful for increasing worktop space. Best, Caro

  60. Heather
    27th June 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Wow this is absolutely stunning work, I have no idea how you have managed to do this will toddler twins! I take my hat off to you! We are looking at getting a caravan and my question would be gout to recover the seats, I love the fabric you have chosen for these they make it look beautiful, many thanks Heather x

    • 28th June 2018 / 4:22 pm

      Thanks so much Heather! That’s lovely of you!! I have a post to write on how I covered the seats! Stay tuned!

      • Heather
        2nd July 2018 / 12:53 pm

        Oh I will be doing, we purchased out first ever caravan on Saturday I can’t wait to pick it up and I will be keeping my eye out for your post! Many thanks Heather

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