139 weeks and 6 days | A Caravan Makeover with Carpetright

A few week’s ago I wrote about Dolly — our caravan — and how we had performed a caravan makeover, on quite a grand scale.

We’d bought her over the summer to replace our original van (also named Dolly, due to the fact that it was impossible to convince our babies that a caravan could possibly have another name).

When we bought Dolly home, she was in a sorry state. Ugly, brown wooden cabinetry, beige walls but the worst offender — in my mind anyway — was the flooring.

I’m not sure whether it was original but the van floor was swathed in the most revolting red carpet.

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Exbibit A — revolting red carpet

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Exhibit B — The offending carpet

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Exhibit C — OK, perhaps this was unnecessary but I wanted to show you just what we were dealing with

The kind of carpet that, no matter how may times you vacuum — or VAX it — still looks dirty. A petri-dish for heaven’s knows what — and I’d really rather not dwell on this — the only solution was to replace it.

As caravans are often parked up in festival fields or on grassy campsites, it made no sense to me to replace it with more carpet. The best solution to muddy boots and grass is hard-flooring, something that can easily be mopped down and wiped clean at the end of the day.

And as an electric hook-up is not available in a festival field, for normal folk anyway, vacuuming the floor is an impossibility — this is something that has to be done when you’re back home — so a dustpan and brush, followed by a mopping down is the best way to keep a caravan floor clean when you’re off adventuring.

But not when there’s carpet on the floor.

Cue a swift trip to Carpetright.

Despite what their name may suggest, Carpetright also sell a fantastic range of hard-flooring; everything from on-the-roll vinyl to laminate flooring and luxury vinyl tiles.

We decided on a hard-wearing laminate and after much deliberation, went for Supernatural Classic Aspen Oak; a cool white/grey which would lighten up the van and compliment the fab yellow wallpaper we’d already chosen.

For those of you who have not fitted laminate before, it needs basic DIY skills. The Twinkles Daddy laid it over a couple of weekends and we decided to use the original underlay — and carpet — as a sub-base,  to give good insulation and keep warmth in the van.

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You cut the lengths, as needed, and simply slot them together — a little like grown up Lego — really simple and very gratifying too, as you can cover a decent space in quite a short space of time.

Once the floor was totally covered, the only thing left to do was add beading around the edges to hide the gaps and give a lovely finish.

We chose white —to tie in with the painted woodwork.

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Having a paler floor covering in the caravan makes the world of difference. The light has increased ten-fold, as it’s not being swallowed up by a dark carpet.

And it looks so much fresher too. No longer a harborer of bacteria and dirt, it can be easily cleaned with a broom and a mop and — even after a long weekend of being stomped all over with muddy boots — looks as good as new in no time.

It just goes to show that laminate flooring doesn’t just need to be restricted to use in the home either — it’s the perfect floor-covering for a caravan or motorhome. Hard-wearing and easy to clean. And it looks fabulous too.

There’s really no need to be stuck with a dated, dirty old carpet when you can cover your caravan floor in something as lovely and contemporary as this!

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Enormous thanks to the lovely folk at Carpetright 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.

77 Comments

  1. 10th November 2015 / 2:16 pm

    WOW!! What a difference, it looks amazing!! Very envious you have a van, we have been looking at getting one for ages, but haven’t taken the plunge yet! Do your boys sleep well when you go away in it? Such a fantastic makeover!
    #twinklytuesday

    • 10th November 2015 / 4:21 pm

      Aah DO IT! It’s one of the best decision we ever made! I used to hate them but since I realised that you can make them look however you want them to, I love them — just like a little home away from home! The boys sleep really well in the vans — I think all the excitement of ‘camping’ knocks them out!! ;)

  2. whine or wine
    10th November 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Cool! Looks great!! Lots of family holidays for the future xx

  3. 10th November 2015 / 3:38 pm

    How spacious and light does it make your caravan look. It goes so well with the wallpaper. Love it! #twinklytuesday xx

    • 10th November 2015 / 4:17 pm

      It’s made the world of difference, to be honest. It was SO dark to begin with!! xx

  4. 10th November 2015 / 4:07 pm

    That looks a million times better! Even makes the caravan look bigger. I don’t blame you for getting rid of that carpet. I would have done so too. Looks like the makeover is coming together nicely :-)

    Thanks for hosting #twinklytuesdays

    • 10th November 2015 / 4:16 pm

      It does, doesn’t it? It was SO grim beforehand!! That carpet had to go!!

  5. 10th November 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Wow, that’s stunning! You have done an amazing job on it. Enjoy using it!

    • 10th November 2015 / 4:40 pm

      Aah thanks so much :) It was a labour of love but SO worth it!! Phase one almost complete — just the bathroom to do and then on to the exterior!! :)

  6. 10th November 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Wow that’s quite a makeover! #TwinklyTuesday

  7. 10th November 2015 / 9:03 pm

    It looks AMAZING! My caravan is looking seriously shabby next to your stylish creation! I need some help with mine I reckon, before it takes its maiden voyage! x

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Aaah thanks lovely!! Hurry up and do yours and we can go camping!!! ;)

  8. 10th November 2015 / 9:52 pm

    What an incredible transformation. It looks so lovely and bright and breezy now.
    Now time to go on holidays I think!!
    Thanks for hosting #twinklytuesday
    Vix x

  9. 10th November 2015 / 10:10 pm

    That looks gorgeous, such a cosy and inviting little space. The flooring is beautiful and so practical – great choice! #twinklytuesday

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks so much Robyn — she’s a beaut now! A proper little house on wheels! :)

  10. 10th November 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Amazing! What a difference, and so much more practical!! #twinkletuesday

  11. 10th November 2015 / 10:39 pm

    I’m a little obsessed by this caravan make-over. I’ve showed it to friends and family and keep going on about it to Dom – I’m not even a big caravan fan but you’re really winning me over. #TwinklyTuesday xx

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:17 pm

      Haha!! I am TOTALLY obsessed too!! And I used to HATE caravans with a passion. Once I realised that you could treat them like mini houses and give the a makeover my opionion totally changed though!! ;)

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:17 pm

      Haha!! I am TOTALLY obsessed too!! And I used to HATE caravans with a passion. Once I realised that you could treat them like mini houses and give the a makeover my opinion totally changed though!! ;)

  12. 10th November 2015 / 10:51 pm

    Yes, probably wouldn’t have associated laminate flooring with caravans, but it looks really great! #twinklytuesday

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:29 pm

      Yes — it’s weird that they use carpet isn’t it?! You’d think that they’d fit laminate as standard — given the fact they’re mostly being parked in fields!! :)

  13. 11th November 2015 / 12:06 am

    Oh wowed what a difference it makes, it’s so beautifully light and bright and yay for not needing to hoover with no Hoover!

  14. 11th November 2015 / 4:59 am

    Wow, that makes a tremendous difference. I’m also getting into my caravans at the moment. We’re about to have our kitchen completely red-one and we need somewhere to stay while it is done. It may very well be that we decamp to a caravan for a couple of weeks to keep the kids away from all the heavy work. I’m fascinated by the laying technique though. I’d have thought you needed to lay the floor on a hard base? For a DIY enthusiast such as myself, a very interestingpost. Thanks for hosting #twinklytuesday

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:15 pm

      Aaah it’s a slippery slope John!! Once you buy one, you’ll be hooked for life!! I used to absolutely hate them but they’ve revolutionised holidays and festivals for us!

      Re the laminate over the carpet in the van — yes — if you were to lay the flooring in a house, you would definitely use proper underlay and lay it on a solid base but — in this instance — upon inspection the caravan had coach bolts coming through the floor and if we’d have lifted the original flooring, carpet and underlay, we would have had a job laying it over the bolts that were proud of the floor. Hope that makes sense! :)

  15. Tracey Abrahams (The Anxious Dragon)
    11th November 2015 / 5:37 am

    That looks like a completely different van with the new flooring and white cupboards. A vaste improvement. #TwinkleTuesday

    • 11th November 2015 / 6:19 pm

      Thanks Tracey — SO much better. Can’t wait to start using it :)

  16. Kim (sisterkin)
    11th November 2015 / 8:19 am

    Wow-wee-cup-of-tea! We are so jealous of your lovely camper van, sooooo cool. Very clever idea x
    #HomeEtc

    • 11th November 2015 / 5:25 pm

      Thanks so much Kim. I used to absolutely hate caravans until we bought the original Dolly and I realised you could do them up to your own spec! I absolutely love them now!! :)

  17. 11th November 2015 / 11:15 am

    Fantastic, SUCH a huge improvement on the carpet *shudders*. Really love that colour and it will be so long-lasting/hard-wearing too. I need to send Pete over to Twinkles Daddy for some DIY tips!! Xx

    • 11th November 2015 / 5:01 pm

      Aaah it’s SO much better isn’t it? That carpet was REVOLTING. He’s pretty handy to be honest — saves a fortune on not having to get a man in!! ;)

  18. 11th November 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Once again I have massive caravan envy! I love the colour you went for. It certainly is perfect for Dolly 2 and the rest of your work on the interior. Is she now ready to hit the road? x #TwinklyTuesday

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks so much lovely!! We’ve still got quite a bit to do when she comes out of storage again… I have the loo to decorate (MORE wallpaper!) and I have some ambitious plans for the exterior of the van too. Not 100% sure what I’m going to do yet but am SO excited!!! :)

  19. 11th November 2015 / 1:40 pm

    It looks awesome – and I love that wallpaper! The flooring makes such a huge difference too. #HomeEtc

    • 11th November 2015 / 4:50 pm

      The wallpaper is awesome isn’t it? And I LOVE the floor :) A million miles away from that revolting carpet!! I have a wallpaper give-away next week on my blog — watch this space :) xx

  20. Jen @ 4,128 miles
    11th November 2015 / 1:57 pm

    That’s amazing! What a change! Well done to the Twinkles Daddy too!

  21. Jen @ 4,128 miles
    11th November 2015 / 1:58 pm

    Well done what a transformation! Well done the twinkles daddy too!

    • 11th November 2015 / 4:49 pm

      Thanks lovely!! Yep — he’s a clever boy to have around the house, that’s for sure ;) xx

  22. 11th November 2015 / 7:38 pm

    Blimey, it’s made such an amazing difference. That carpet???!!! Why would someone do that??!!! I still can’t get over the full caravan makeover. You done incredible things with it. I best you can’t wait for the next festival season.

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:02 pm

      WHY indeed? Carpets and caravans go hand in hands and I just can’t get my head around it!! SO much better now — roll on next year ;)

  23. 11th November 2015 / 8:06 pm

    Wow that’s so impressive! I could never do anything like that. Must be such a nice feeling when you see it all come together! #twinklytuesday

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:22 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Sarah!! It was a bit scary in the middle — it looked worse than before we started and I began to doubt what we were doing but it all turned out really well in the end!! :)

  24. 11th November 2015 / 8:49 pm

    I do think you made the right choice with white. It looks so lovely and bright and airy.
    #HomeEtc

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:02 pm

      Thanks so much lovely. The white really bounces the light around… they did have a yellow vinyl — on the roll — but I figured that the white would have more longevity and go with more! :)

  25. 12th November 2015 / 8:00 am

    Oh I do LOVE your caravan updates – I still can’t quite get over how much you’ve transformed it, it’s beautiful. That close-up carpet shot gave me a little shudder I have to say! #HomeEtc xx

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Aah thanks lovely. Yes — the carpet shot was uncalled for ;) It was pretty nasty but SO much better now!! Can’t wait for the warmer months to arrive :)

  26. 12th November 2015 / 8:01 am

    I cant believe how you have transformed Dolly Caro and that floor looks just fantastic, and like you say just perfect for muddy boots and festivals x

    • 15th November 2015 / 7:59 pm

      Thanks so much pet — am so delighted with how it all turned out!! Roll on festival season!! :)

  27. 12th November 2015 / 1:29 pm

    What a wonderful transformation! Though it took me a while to recover from seeing Exhibits A, B and especially C first ;) Your choice of flooring makes all the difference, though the whole job is just gorgeous. Well done.

    • 13th November 2015 / 2:01 pm

      Ha! Yes — I did feel bad about Exhibit C — but really wanted to show just how awful it was!!! ;) So chuffed with how it’s turned out!

  28. 12th November 2015 / 9:51 pm

    What a difference the floor makes – it looks like a home, not just a caravan! Great job! xx
    #HomeEtc

    • 13th November 2015 / 9:30 am

      It’s made SUCH a difference hasn’t it? That carpet was REVOLTING!! x

  29. 13th November 2015 / 9:06 am

    Oh my goodness what a transformation. And of course yellow wallpaper- love it! I always wanted a caravan as a child, Mr F and I have said when we are older we will get one and travel together. #TwinkyTuesdays xxx

    • 13th November 2015 / 9:30 am

      Aaah don’t wait til your older!! The Twinkles absolutely LOVE Dolly — being able to go to festivals and camping in comfort is so brilliant!! :)

  30. 13th November 2015 / 6:31 pm

    Brilliant transformation! It looks so cool now. I’d love a caravan! #HomeEtc

    • 15th November 2015 / 7:58 pm

      Thanks Lizzie — I absolutely recommend them!! Buying Dolly 1 was the best move we ever made! It’s revolutionised our lives!! ;)

  31. 13th November 2015 / 10:06 pm

    Euwww! That’s the before not the after ;) Of course the after is much more stylish and more practical too. Long Live Dolly 2 and thanks for hosting #homeetc lovely x

    • 15th November 2015 / 7:48 pm

      Grimmers isn’t it? I’m not a fan of carpet at the best of times to be honest — that nasty red stuff nearly tipped me over the edge!!

  32. 14th November 2015 / 2:18 pm

    Wow! It looks amazing, it doesn’t look like a caravan inside at all, much more like a mini house. Love the transformation, the yellow wall paper is gorgeous, where is it from? And The flooring is perfect for you fresh style. I didn’t used to like caravans, but love them now, just need to convince the husband! :) x #Twinklytuesday

    • 15th November 2015 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks Jenny!!! All the info for the wallpaper is in the first post and **EXCITING NEWS** I have a giveaway scheduled in the next week, so if you were lucky enough to win, you could be buying some for yourself!! :) xx

  33. 15th November 2015 / 1:43 pm

    Wow so light and bright now! That red one was awful!! Yuk! What a super job and amazing transformation :) Jess

    #HomeEtc xx

    • 15th November 2015 / 7:43 pm

      Revolting huh? Amazing that the couple we bought it off were happy to use it/sleep in it in that condition!! Not my cup of tea at all!! xx

  34. 16th November 2015 / 8:14 pm

    Omg this is amazing you have done a fantastic job it looks brilliant. I thought when you got rid of the van you would be hard pressed to get something as gorgeous but this is beautiful! Thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday xx

    • 17th November 2015 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks lovely!! I must admit, when we sold the original Dolly, I did wonder if we’d be able to make as nice a job of the next van!! SO glad it all worked out!! :)

  35. 16th November 2015 / 9:29 pm

    This looks so amazing, and what a relief to get that carpet covered up, ugh it was making me feel a bit ill over the computer, never mind in real life! Amazing makeover, you must be thrilled. Becky x #TwinklyTuesday

    • 17th November 2015 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks so much Becky! So pleased with how it’s turned out! And yes — that carpet HAD to go!! :)

    • 30th November 2015 / 2:31 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! It was a labour of love, that’s for sure!! Tool a LOT longer than we first anticipated! All worth it though :)

  36. Stacey
    16th January 2017 / 9:30 pm

    I love this van! What an awesome transformation. Did you make your own seat covers? As I’m looking to cover my caravan seats.

    Great work.

    • 23rd January 2017 / 11:21 am

      Aaah thanks ever so much Stacey! :) YES! They were really simple to do too — I’m not an upholsterer by any stretch of the imagination so I made some simple loose covers that fasten with velcro so they can be easily removed and washed. MUCH cheaper than getting them professionally done and it works :)

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