Thursday, 30 May 2013

Delilah's before and After photos... Retro caravan renovation

Finally nearly two years after her completion, i am now sharing
 Delilahs New look.

Sorry it has taken me so long, but i do have a good excuse.
 I have been busy nesting and now busy 
with my  3rd child  Nicholas  9 weeks, my 3 year old girl Evie and
 my Teenage boy Jesse.

Anyway we have taken Delilah on 2 xmas family holidays to date and i just love playing house in her now.
Not bragging but this was my first complete from scratch caravan reno(oh and hubby too) and i am very proud of the end result. We did everything our self, i made the curtains, upholstered dinng seats and bedhead  and we sanded and sanded, scraped up old lino, replaced some of the ceiling. Removed  and re-designed cupboards to allow for microwave etc. 
The list goes on and on and on. It ended up taking about a year all up.
So get ready for shit loads of after photos. 

Just to refresh your memory here is Delilahs delightful original 1975 state...

She had good bones. 
Heaps of storage, big fridge, 
separate areas for parents and kids 
and diner style eating area.

Brace yourself for lots of Before N Afters


A Retro Beauty

Dining and(extra bed) Before

I love our New dining space.. 
Hmm it will be very cosy on our next holiday, with our new addition..
5 people in a van, what fun!

Shame about the view(hubby is great at building/fixing things but not so good at organising things).
I don't know how he finds anything..

Evie nearly 2 years ago on our maiden voyage.


For the splashback i got a peice of glass cut and covered it in some pretty blue vinyle i had leftover from a sign. Im also a signwriter, well i would be if i stopped having babies.
I love the cup hanger / fluro light in one i found at bunnings, as if you have a van you'll know the lighting isnt great.
Removed the dodgy old shelf and maximised the kicthen storage by adding sliding baskets.

Our bedroom

and now...

Not 100% happy with the quilt as i wanted a green one but couldnt find the right one.

Our bedroom cupboards, then

and now

Heaps of drawers, his and hers wardrobe. Cute cabinet for toiletries and bits and bobs behind the mirror.
This was one of the must haves for me when i was searching for a van.
Im a bit of an organisational attic..

Also needed bunks for the kids.

I bought a timber play pen and got hubby to fence in the top bunk for Evie
as the top bunk is smaller and far was too small for my tall teenage boy.

So now i quess Evie will move to the bottom bunk leaving the
 top bunk cot for our newbie and ill have to kick Jesse out into the annexe.
He'll propably be pleased about that.

A closer look

So thats that! 
Please excuse any typos as im rushing to get this done while 
the two littlies are napping.

Thanks for your interest...


  1. I love what you guys have done to your van, so inspiring! I would love to get hold of an older van to fix up and go travelling! How did you go painting over all that brown laminate, it looks fabulous!

  2. Hey luv this van reno! Well done. Just bought a 1972 Franklin and we have 2 littles... this is the cutest job I've seen. Am inspired :-)

  3. Hi, did you just paint over the table with that gorgeous green colour or relaminated it?