My little vintage caravan project – renovating the crumbling door

It’s been a while since I posted any updates on my little vintage caravan makeover but that doesn’t mean it’s been put on hold. While a lot of work has already been done, there’s still a lot more to do – some of it rather more practical than aesthetic. Here’s what I’ve been up to…

Even though I painted the walls as soon as I got my caravan, and I’ve since even added a patchwork wallpaper feature wall, I haven’t done anything to the inside of the caravan’s door.

It’s only now that the interior of the caravan is looking clean and tidy that I’ve even noticed how rough the door looks. It wasn’t even on my radar when I bought the caravan all those years ago but it’s really noticeable now.

The top half is fine, but I think that the bottom half has got damp at some point and the veneer is peeling away in chunks. I decided it was time to tackle the messy surface and got to work with a wallpaper scraper.

To be honest, this wasn’t a difficult task. The now-dry veneer was crumbling away and just needed a quick nudge with the scraper to flake it off. In no time at all I had a flat surface once again and the wood panel beneath the veneer actually looks in okay condition.

So now I’m planning my next move. Should I simply paint the inside of the door? Should I paste on a patchwork of wallpaper again to match the wall? Or should I be inspired by a caravan makeover I spotted on Instagram by @caravan.maude:

I love the idea of covering the door in fabric like this. I’ve probably got some of the fabric that I used for my bedding left over somewhere so it would coordinate nicely. I used fabric to decoupage a patchwork design onto my mini desk for the caravan so I’m sure it would work on a larger scale for the caravan door.

I’ll let you know how I get on so watch this space! And, in the meantime, I’d love to hear about your own caravan renovations so please leave me a comment below or tag me in your posts on Instagram @cassiefairy.


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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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