Creating a buzz: The Bumblebee caravan renovation

You may remember Michael and Carlene Duffy from the famed Australian TV series, The Block. This dynamic duo, who own styling and interior design studio Cedar + Suede, is now ready to take you on a new adventure. Instead of styling a home, they can show you how easy it can be to renovate a caravan, especially if you’re not ready to tackle a home renovation just yet.

CederandSuede Bumblebee Lift 133 low res 700x467 - Creating a buzz: The Bumblebee caravan renovationMichael and Carlene decided to purchase a 3.6-meter caravan from the buying and selling site GumTree. They made sure it had no significant structural problems, plenty of storage, an onboard water system, and a gas stove. They were all the staples to make this caravan a complete success.

Then, the planning began. The pair sought inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest, created a mood board, and devised a workable layout for a couple to be comfortable. They then chose a base color – yellow – which would be the backbone of all their styling choices. The resultant effect was one of a bumblebee.

CederandSuede Bumblebee Lift 118 low res 700x1050 - Creating a buzz: The Bumblebee caravan renovationThe 12-foot Franklin caravan on a single axle proved no match for the power of the pair’s creativity. They laid new vinyl plank timber-look flooring, made high-density seat cushions in yellow, and ensured everything fit to scale without overcrowding the space. They even added beautiful touches like new tapware for a bit of class, and light shades that would make the area pop.

CederandSuede Bumblebee Lift 29 low res 700x1050 - Creating a buzz: The Bumblebee caravan renovationCarlene said renovating a caravan can be expensive, but there are ways you can cut costs. For example, you don’t always need to remove everything until you have a skeleton caravan. You can work with interiors – however dated – until they look elegant and classy. You can also replace cabinet doors with ones that suit your theme better, or add new, better-fitting curtains in the color scheme of your choice.

CederandSuede Bumblebee retouch 9 low res 700x1050 - Creating a buzz: The Bumblebee caravan renovationEven seating fabric can transform the area, regardless of whether you thought it was too dated to save.

CederandSuede Bumblebee Lift 111 low res 700x1050 - Creating a buzz: The Bumblebee caravan renovationThe rattan and oak cabinets tie in seamlessly with the yellow theme, while the marble laminate bench and splash back boast an easy-care appeal.

CederandSuede Bumblebee Lift 167 low res1 700x1050 - Creating a buzz: The Bumblebee caravan renovationThe fridge is lockable for travel

CederandSuede Bumblebee Lift 164 low res 700x1050 - Creating a buzz: The Bumblebee caravan renovationEven storage is not a problem, with under seat and bed storage and a generous wardrobe.

CederandSuede Bumblebee Lift 95 low res1 700x1050 - Creating a buzz: The Bumblebee caravan renovationAt the other end of the caravan we find a comfortable sleeping nook that is perfect for a couple on holiday.

CederandSuede Bumblebee Lift 149 low res 700x1050 - Creating a buzz: The Bumblebee caravan renovationThe Bumblebee caravan sold for $24,000 after its full renovation.

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