Mum transforms a dank caravan into a chic, modern space for less than £3,000 – check out the makeover

Kelly Whyton spotted moisture in her caravan but was able to bring it back to life for less than £3,000 – check out her incredible before and after pictures and how much it cost her in total

Kelly Whyton is thrilled with her new trailer
Kelly Whyton is thrilled with her new trailer

Rather than buying a new caravan in lockdown, one mum decided to convert the one she already had.

Kelly Whyton, 37, a teaching assistant and mother of two from Kent, discovered damp in her caravan but was able to bring it back to life for less than £3,000.

This figure included the installation of an expensive combi boiler.

Not only did she get rid of the damp, but she turned it into a chic, modern space through her DIY project.

By doing everything themselves, the family estimate they have saved around £5,000 compared to having the professionals go in.

By now a completely new second-hand caravan would have cost £14,000.

This is what the trailer used to look like

Kelly told the DIY On A Budget UK money-saving Facebook group: “We used to go camping and then in 2019 we upgraded to our caravan.

“This year we were thinking of buying a new caravan but prices have gone up so much in recent years that we decided it would be good to revamp ours as we loved the layout.

“We decided to add a combi boiler to the caravan as it didn’t have a heater, that’s how it all started.

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“When we started pulling out the old heater, we noticed a leak around the window.

“This is where we discovered moisture and after watching videos on YouTube we realized how devastating it can be.”

The family initially tried to find vinyl wrap to repair any damage, but decided to completely refurbish it instead.

They dismantled everything including removing all of the doors and rotting wood, treating the wet wood and replacing all of the window seals to stop the leak.

With that sorted out, Kelly started sanding everything lightly with 240 grit. Then she washed it all down and let it dry.

“I took all the doors home to sand and prime and paint in the attic and picked out new handles for them,” Kelly continued.

“I chose gray and white as we hadn’t finished our hallway long and I loved the colors together.

The trailer now looks like this

“I filled the dents and the old handle holes with wood spatula on the cupboards, then sanded them down, primed them and painted them.

“For the door, I decided to spray that as it would be more durable if opened in the rain.

“I added a new black container and sprayed the blind surround. I sanded all over and then used primer to prime everything.

“My top tips would be to apply two coats of primer and three coats of emulsion.”

Kelly says she has saved thousands of pounds

After completing her painting, Kelly used vinyl sheeting for her countertops, which cost £21.

The flooring and blinds came from eBay and all the accessories from Ikea and Dunelm.

Kelly spent £150 on paint, £30 on handles and £130 on flooring. The LED lighting was £20, the accessories, cushions, plants, bedding and carpet £250, the tap £40, the wood paneling £30 and the new seals £100.

Kelly also had the sofas professionally covered at a cost of £700.

The family is ready for their vacation

“We fitted a new combi boiler and internal pump which was quite expensive at £1,500 but not using fan heaters made a huge difference,” she added.

“Without the boiler and pump, it would have been very cheap.

“It took five weeks, mainly on weekends. My husband and I work full time so we only had weekends and a few evenings a week.

“Fortunately, it turned out fantastic. I absolutely love it. It cost us less than £3,000 to do it ourselves.”

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