‘It was falling apart’ DIY dad transforms caravan into stylish space for £2,000 – pictures – Daily Express
Caravan holidays have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years with more Britons opting to travel in the UK. Matthew Daniel, 28, a painter and decorator who lives in Doncaster, was giving an old caravan that was “falling apart”, with a goal of transforming it into a stylish space for his family. Speaking to LatestDeals.co.uk, Matthew shared his money-saving journey.
For the bunk beds, old foam was used from the sofa.
When it came to the shower area, Matthew ordered a caravan shower tray and an instant hot shower from eBay.
He continued: “For the walls, I used vinyl floor tiles and stuck them on using a contact adhesive.
“I applied three coats of yacht varnish to seal them from the water, silicone all around and installed a new waste pipe and water feed.
The worktops and shelves were fitted using wardrobe end panels from B&Q.
The DIY dad explained: “They are light and look decent for what we used it for – and they are cheaper than your standard worktops.
“We fitted all new sockets, a leisure battery and new 12v LED lighting purchased from eBay too.
“All in, it cost us just over £2,000. We bought most things locally and from eBay.
“We saved probably a good £2,000 doing it ourselves!”
Matthew is thrilled with the renovation and said his family are loving the new space.
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, commented: “Covid has seen a huge surge in demand for caravan sales as more and more holidaymakers are choosing staycations over the uncertainty of travelling abroad.
“While caravans are definitely expensive if you buy one new with all the bells and whistles, Matthew’s transformation shows you can keep it to a strict budget and save so much money compared to flying abroad for holidays.
“Even if you don’t know anyone giving a caravan away for free, look around on eBay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree, as there are always amazing deals to be had if you are happy to do the renovation yourself.”