The caravan has a new door! (Thanks Dad you are the best!)
This will be the temporary door until I can get a replica of the original fibreglass one made.
That's going to take a little while.
In the meantime, I can now keep the rain and the possums out, yay! It's kinda rustic and cool too.
Now here's the ICKY STUFF!
I pulled up the tacky 80's lino. I am old enough to think 80's lino is tacky and not "cool retro".
Hey, there was 60's lino underneath!
I am young enough to think that 60's lino is "cool vintage" so off I went to scrape off that ICKY STUFF.
It was a bit smelly and unglamorous but..... it looks pretty sweet when the icky stuff is gone!
Few more hours of scraping to go and it will look even more awesome!
Slowly, slowly my caravan is starting to get the love she needs. As the weather is warming up and the honeybees are gathering nectar from the blossoming trees around the garden, my little lady is getting washed, sanded, bogged, sealed, painted and generally loved.
It is a mainly cosmetic process with only one rotted window beam needing replacing and one spider needing to be re-homed. She still needs a little attention in the electrical department and obviously the door department, but she is on the way to being more gorgeous every day!
Slide show below shows some before/after/during images.
Hopefully.... by the end of Spring she will be all ready to hit the road for Summer!
Hi there and thanks for coming along to check out my blog and YAY this is my first post!
I just bought a vintage caravan! After 3 years of research and thinking about how much time and energy I realistically DON'T have to restore an old van, I came across this lovely little lady.
She is a 1968 "La Contessa" Olympic fibreglass SWEETHEART and miraculously, she is in pretty good shape for her age!
If you are thinking of buying an old caravan and the thought of dealing with layers of slimy, mouldy, rotten wood and rusty metal freaks you out as much as it does me, go fibreglass, it's simply pure class!
Aside from having no door, she is in great condition (we'll sort out that door thing later).
She even has cool hydraulic legs to stand on AND a pop top roof!
Ok, the interior needs a little TLC but no mould or nasty bits, no terrifying holes in the floor or spider infestations in the cupboards. No fridge or stove either, but she does have a cool old pump-style-tap sink.
As it's been pretty chilly here on the Mornington Peninsula lately I have spent more time indoors cuddling with my beautiful kittens than actually working on the caravan renovations. Really, who can blame me with kittens this adorable to cuddle!? Could you turn your back on those furry little faces to go out into the freezing cold and sand fibreglass in the middle of winter? No, me either.
So......... I have managed to turn it into a very cute and quite functional floral design studio space in the meantime until the sun comes out and I manage to tear myself away from the black fuzzy snuggle pot and cuddle pie.
Only a couple more weeks until Spring, then some serious sanding, painting and general repairing of stuff will be taking place! Stay tuned..........