Where were we? We were in the midst of renovating our tiny (16ft) trailer.
I’d scrolled through a lot of Instagram caravan / RV / trailer remodel photos; we’d already renovated a dollhouse and a real-life kitchen. This was going to be easy!
The trailer was in great shape when we picked it up – lightweight, small, but enough space for all four children (or at least, there will be once we’ve built an extra pull-out bunk). No damage, no mold, just a regular caravan in need of a gentle update.
Should we start off with a peek at how it was looking inside? These are photos from the ad:
The compulsory colours of caravanning: brown and blue.
Sadly the decorative window valances had to go.
And then we pulled everything out and it started to look a bit like we were committed to seeing this project out to the bitter end:
And when I say ‘we’, I think you know I am not talking about doing any hands-on labour myself.
Anyway ‘we’ got busy priming:
Goodbye beige plastic wall panels
And then ‘we’ removed all the cupboard doors to prime and paint:
I think this is what they mean about something having to get worse before it gets better.
But then things started to improve:
Definitely less horrifying, but still a long way to go:
And ‘we’ put some new flooring down – okay alright, my husband put the floor down.
Goodbye faux tile, hello faux wood.
And then I worked pretty hard – if by working hard you mean scrolling through Pinterest – on the kitchen, to come up with this:
Then my husband did something that involved a mitre saw. A miter saw? – I’m not sure whether this is harder than scrolling through Pinterest:
In any case it really satisfied my previously unfulfilled plywood kitchen desires:
Who needs a sink and a stove top anyway?
Some new covers for the brown and blue cushions, that used to look like this:
But that now look like this:
I didn’t make these cushions, despite reading a number of ‘easy sew cushion cover’ tutorials.
And we removed all the jazzy peeling decals from the outside, so that it looks a little bit like we have a film crew set up outside the house:
Yadda yadda yadda, some new kitchen appliances plus a plywood table later and, ta-da! Starting to take shape!
I hope you enjoy my wobbly-lined panorama image.
We might need some lighting but we do have a faux plant.
Bunk beds on the left.
Still a little work to do. Lights; plumbing; skirting/base boards and more importantly, about twelve La Redoute cushion covers that I sensibly had delivered to my sister in the UK – to avoid navigating the postage issues of Vancouver Island – but that has left her saddled with an unwieldy and likely irritatingly-expensive parcel to send across (sorry Sarah).
Part three to come soon but in the meantime, a quick before:during difference:
And in case you didn’t read my previous post, this feels like an appropriate moment to remember my elderly neighbour’s sage advice: If you can’t marry a millionaire, marry someone handy. Thanks mr tMatM.