If you find nothing more satisfying than curling up on the couch watching home renovation shows, then you’ll remember Michael and Carlene Duffy from Australian TV show ‘The Block.’ It turns out that these two are not only superstars with house renovations, but with caravans as well.
Michael and Carlene have a love affair with camping, with both remembering fun times as children. Their fast-paced life today, however, calls for more practical measures. They swapped their tent for something a bit more convenient.
Carlene and Michael are no stranger to caravan renovations, having renovated two for themselves in the past. Now that their family has outgrown them, they have now purchased a larger, 22-foot vintage caravan that has a lot to offer.
They named her Dolly in memory of the Australian teenager, Dolly Everett, who took her life due to cyberbullying. They then painted and decorated the entire caravan in her favorite color – blue. The glorious blue paint job was the most expensive part of the caravan renovation, but it was also one of the best. It enhances the coastal feel of the house on wheels, while paying a tribute to its age.
Dolly, the caravan, boasts far more space than they’ve ever had in their past caravans. The kitchen is large enough for the whole family.
Brass tapware complement the subway-style tiling beautifully
The couple installed IKEA cupboards with brass netting fronts which would be lightweight, but attractive. Throughout, they had hints of brass partnered with pastel hues for that coastal, retro vibe.
Subway-style tiling and a laminate marble-effect bench add contemporary elegance.
Many of the original handles and fixtures remain, but with a contemporary touch and a fresh lick of paint.
Michael and Carlene retained the table in the dining area, sprayed its legs gold, then resurfaced the top. All soft furnishings in this area and the rest of the home had that blue, coastal theme they adored.
The dining area is large enough for the entire family to dine.
Bunk beds made from brass plumbing fittings and dowel sit at one end of the caravan. Every new installation is also considered carefully, including the vinyl plank flooring, all to ensure it’s lightweight for towing.
The queen bed is at the opposite end of the caravan to the children’s beds.