Savvy mum transforms a dated caravan using Frenchic paint with amazing results

Talk about style on wheels

This year has seen many of us give up our hopes of getting away for a week or two. However, one savvy family thought ahead and carried out a second-hand caravan makeover with amazing results, perfect for weekends away.

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Katie Dolphin, mum of two and pastoral manager from Warrington, was tasked with renovating an old caravan her parents had bought for £1,000. With the help of her sister Amy, she transformed the dated interior into a gorgeous modern space.

caravan makeover before and after

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'I've always had a passion for painting and I'm always doing things in my house,' Katie told 'I discovered Frenchic paint and used it on projects in my house so I decided to try it in the caravan.'

'I bought Wolf Whistle for the main colour, which we used on the walls and cupboards. Stormzy for the kitchen cupboards. Dusky Blush, which I used on one wall and created a blackboard for the kids. And Blackjack on the kitchen worktops and taps,' Katie explains.

grey kitchen cabinet with glass window and flower pot

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Katie thought ahead when it came to painting the kitchen and selected heat resistant paint for the cooker and heater. She also used a white enamel spray paint to give the yellow sink a facelift and added sticky back tiles.

'A friend recovered the seats, which cost £400 for fabric and work,' says Katies. 'A friend made the curtains which in total cost £200.'

brown sofa set with cushion white drawer and window

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However, to keep costs low the savvy sisters sourced the carpet for free on Facebook Marketplace. Before finishing the space off with cushions and accessories from Asda.

'I think you'd have to spend between £4,000 and £5,000 for a caravan with newly decorated seat coverings, curtains, carpets and all newly painted,' says Katie.

grey kitchen with window white table and seat

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'I reckon with the cost of caravan, cushions, paint and accessories, it's cost another £1,000, so £2,000 in total and it's been worth every penny!'

'The kids are so excited about holidays in it,' she adds.

Talk about luxury on the go. We think Katie has done an incredible job.

Related: Bland to bling! This hallway gets a dramatic makeover thanks to mirrored staircase

Who needs to pay for a luxury hotel room, when you have a stylish space on wheels.

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.