That’s the actual view I have from my living room, in my caravan, on Skye. See why I don’t want to leave?
So, I thought it would be quite an interesting exercise to gather all my photos of the caravan that I’ve taken over the year I’ve lived in it. To be honest, I didn’t think it had changed quite as much as it has already! There’s still work being done and work that needs starting – one bedroom has no flooring, the living area has 4 different kinds of hideous carpet, and the paper in the kitchen, bathroom and toilet are all absolutely awful. So, a work in progress, but one I’m very proud of.
I’m especially proud because I’ve done all the work myself. I found the caravan for sale, had it moved to my plot and then spent Christ only knows how long putting concrete blocks underneath it. Then I ripped out the inside and renovated every possible inch of it, and I’m still going. It’s been a huge project, but I love sitting there of an evening just looking at what I’ve acheived on the smallest possible budget, with zero DIY skills. It’s not perfect, but it’s all me and all mine. Below are photos of the inside before I did any work to it at all – you’ll see just how much I had to contend with!
Pretty…beige, I’m sure you’d agree. There’s a third bedroom as well, but I never got a before photo of that, and now I’m in the middle of decorating it, but it was the same beige-feeling, drab sort of place as everywhere else.
What does one do when faced with so many brown tones? White out. Just white everything you can lay your hands on. White walls, white accesories, white furniture – just get rid of the beige!
So I did that and then found that actually, I really liked everything being white. It was crisp and clean and let all that lovely Skye light in. I didn’t want it to look clinical and cold though, so I’ve used pictures, soft furnishings and pale grey tones to warm it up. Warm lighting works well too; of an evening my caravan looks cosier than most peoples’ houses! And at Christmas it looks like a little Santa’s grotto – all of which delights me no end.
Here’s where I’m up to with it now… Don’t forget – major work in progress!
I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out so far, but it’s a long way off being finished. The whole place is going to have wood effect vinyl flooring (white, obviously); I need to recover my couch and armchair because they’re horrible and brown still; re-paper the kitchen area, bathroom and toilet; and eventually, very eventually, a new shower unit, basin and toilet. The third bedroom is becoming a book room, as I currently can’t put anything in any of the cupboards because they’re all stuffed with books! That’s going to be a dark red colour, books lining the walls, a cosy seat/guest bed made out of pallets and covered in squishy cushions, and fairy lights on the ceiling. I believe a book room should be dark and cosy and make you want to sit and read.
I’ll post again about 34’x10′ when I’ve finished some more of it; but I hope the little insight to my precious tin can home has been interesting to my lovely readers.