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The Block contestants Michael and Carlene Duffy reveal caravan reno

first_imgMichael and Carlene Duffy with their two children in Dolly, the vintage caravan they have renovated. Pic supplied.HER name is Dolly, and as far as caravans go, she’s a beauty.Former ‘The Block’ contestants Michael and Carlene Duffy have extended their love of home renovating to vintage caravans.The Gold Coast-based renovators and designers have now worked on four caravans and recently sold one of their projects, ‘Bumblebee’, prior to auction for $24,000.RELATED: Art deco beauty revealed by renoBEFORE: The bunk beds in Dolly the vintage caravan before the renovation. Pic supplied.AFTER: The bunk beds after the renovation. Pic supplied.The husband and wife team were contestants on the Melbourne series of ‘The Block Glasshouse’ in 2014, and while they were unsuccessful, their career has blossomed since.The couple have garnered a following through their niche of renovating vintage caravans and will be holding a one-off workshop in Brisbane later this month on the topic.“The workshop is super niche because a lot of people are renovating homes, but not everyone is renovating a caravan,” Mrs Duffy said.And while they might look easy to renovate — she said they are definitely not.“They’re so laborious,” Mrs Duffy said.“There’s just a lot of fiddly work involved.”BEFORE: Inside Dolly the vintage caravan before it was renovated. Pic supplied.AFTER: Dolly is barely recognisable after the renovation. Pic supplied.Dolly was particularly challenging to renovate because the van was larger than most caravans at 6.7 metres long.Being professional renovators, they did most of the work themselves, apart from painting the exterior, the panelwork and the electrical work.Mrs Duffy said one of the tips for renovating a caravan was to use lightweight materials, such as laminate benchtops and adhesive tiles.And to create more space, make smart choices when designing the layout, such as making the van functional and creating plenty of storage.“The bed and bench seats and bunks all open up for storage,” Mrs Duffy said.BEFORE: The kitchen nook during the renovation. Pic supplied.AFTER: The kitchen nook after the renovation. Pic supplied.MORE: Restored Queenslander snapped up after amazing transformationThe Duffys source their caravan projects from Gumtree.“I think there is a bit of a movement happening — there are more of them on the market,” Mrs Duffy said.“A lot are just sitting in people’s homes or neglected in caravan parks.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenImagine spending a weekend in this dream home!02:22More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThey bought Dolly for $6500 and then spent about another $10,000 doing it up, including $5500 to have it professionally painted.“We didn’t have $80,000 to drop on a new van,” Mrs Duffy said.“This way, we were able to create something that was in our price range and with a final outcome we were really proud of and loved being in.”BEFORE: The storage cabinet before the renovation. Pic supplied.AFTER: The storage cabinet after the renovation. Pic supplied.Mrs Duffy said Dolly took around a year to renovate because it was larger than most caravans and they decided to change the layout inside, which mean gutting most of it.“It depends on how much you can do yourself as to how much work is involved,” she said.“You can buy a shell that needs a lot of work, or something that only needs superficial resurfacing.”BEFORE: Dolly the vintage caravan before the renovation. Pic supplied.AFTER: Dolly after it was renovated. Pic supplied.When it comes to styling the inside of the caravan, Mrs Duffy said she leans toward pastel colours.“Because the caravan signifies holidays for us, it’s about creating a holiday sort of feel,” she said.“I don’t work with pastel usually with a house, but always with the vans.”Mrs Duffy said she aimed to create a “sweet, retro, beachside vibe”.AFTER: The main bedroom after the renovation. Pic supplied.The Duffys will be showcasing Dolly when they deliver a series of ‘How to renovate a Vintage Caravan’ workshops at the new Reno Home Show on July 20 and 21.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 1 yearTotal spend: $10,000last_img read more