Pimp my van

One of the ongoing projects over the summer has been to ‘pimp’ our old faithful caravan. Although it’s a few years old, the van is in pretty good condition, however the interior was a little dated. Very beige. Very, very, beige.

We try and get away for at least one week every year, plus the odd weekend, so we can’t justify spending a lot of money on a newer van. We made a decision to keep the van but brighten up the inside with new curtains and a lick of paint here and there. I am a fan of the vintage-y, shabby chic style, so that was the plan.

I found some fabulous fabric at Barry’s Fabric warehouse   in Birmingham and made some new curtains, using the old faded green velvet ones as templates. We re-covered the pelmets in the same fabric and I whipped up a pair of matching tiebacks (piped and frilled) with the remnants just to see if I still could!

Meanwhile Martin painted the cupboard doors and new handles using Valspar tester pots from B&Q in colours to match the fabric. Snowflake (blue-white) Pigtail ( cheeky rose pink) and Phoenix Tears ( a bright turquoise blue). To finish off, we covered the fold out table and the fridge door with some sticky-back plastic in a cute rose print. Ah, sticky-back plastic! That phrase gives away my age – I grew up with Blue Peter and remember covering my school books with wallpaper or SBP which was considered revolutionary!

To complete the transformation before we went away to Dorset for a week, we added some fleecy throws to cover the beige upholstery and while we were away I found a pink handmade crochet granny throw (not shown in photo) and a vintage traycloth from a charity shop.

I have a couple of photos from that week. First: the ‘before’ photos- a little dull

Now  ‘after’







I am still looking out for some new cushions and also a teapot. I found some bowls and two vintage aprons at a car boot sale. Last weekend, we bought some pretty pink china from an Oxfam shop in Abingdon, and this will be coming with us on our next trip. Afternoon tea, anyone?

It looks so warm and cosy and bright in the van now. I have some fairy lights to put in and can’t wait to get away in our little home from home.


About downmyfront

Interested in cooking and eating, books, theatre, crafts, thrift and upcycling.
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2 Responses to Pimp my van

  1. Aww it looks so cute! What a transformation to brighten up your holidays. Cath Kidston would be impressed. X

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