Lockdown has given some of us time to get creative.
And, one mum decided to use the months of isolation to do up an old caravan.
Katie Dolphin, 34, was asked to makeover a second-hand caravan which her parents had purchased for £1,000.
The pastoral manager from Warrington used Frenchic paint and cheap accessories to turn the space into a stunning, modern holiday home.
Katie and her sister Amy spent another £1,000 to make the caravan habitable.
If the family had bought a fully renovated caravan they could have splashed out around £5,000 – so it’s a huge saving.
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Katie told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : "During lockdown, my mum and dad spotted a caravan for a sale from a friend for £1,000.
“They decided to buy it and ask me and my sister if we would do it up.
“I discovered Frenchic paint and used it on projects in my house so decided to try it in the caravan”
Katie found a local stockist and purchased the following colours.
She explained: “I bought Wolf Whistle for the main colour, which we used on the walls and cupboards, Stormzy for the kitchen cupboards, Dusky Blush, which I used on one wall and created a blackboard for the kids, and Blackjack on the kitchen worktops and taps.
“I used heat resistant paint for the cooker and heater.
"I used white enamel spray to respray the yellow kitchen sink.
“We added sticky back tiles in the kitchen area also.”
The sisters recovered the seats for £200 using some new fabric and paid a pal £200 for some new curtains.
They also found the carpet for free on Facebook Marketplace.
What a bargain!
Katie added: “The rest was cushions and accessories mainly from ASDA online.
"The cost of a caravan done up nicely would normally cost over double."
She continued: “I think you’d have to spend between £4,000 and £5,000 for a caravan with newly decorated seat coverings, curtains, carpets and all painted.
“I reckon with the cost of caravan, cushions, curtains, paint and accessories, it's cost another £1,000 so £2,000 in total and it's been worth every penny!”
The kids in the family are excited to take holidays in the new caravan.
Katie is over the moon with the results too.
She said: “Me and my sister created this and it really helped us throughout lockdown.
“We had this parked on my nan's drive.
“My nan is 80 and was self-isolating but seeing us daily, visiting the caravan and having a sneak peek really helped her emotionally and mentally as it meant she got to see us from afar too.
“We knew it would be worth it to make memories with the family.”