Say hello to Wanda!
So we kind of felt a little lost since we returned to the UK after our 4 months in South East Asia. We were supposed to be in Australia and having our plans derailed kind of threw us. We had long late-night talks about what we really wanted from life and the thing that kept cropping up was that we hadn’t finished travelling (will we ever ha!)
Our goal is to lead simplified lives with less focus on stuff and more focus on memories. This led us to our grand plan; spunk a ton of our savings up the wall on a beat-up, old motorhome. Splash more cash than we can sensibly afford doing her up then drive around in her with no real plan.
Seems like a solid, sensible plan (have I mentioned before we do stuff on a whim without thinking it through and we’re actually very crap at adulting?)
Wanda, named so because we like to wander around. Original I know. We were a tad naive when we started the renovation. I just saw all the pretty stuff I could do and Will was happy to let me do the pretty stuff. But the logistical stuff like the gas, electrics, leaky roof, building the internal structure and fitting solar panels to make her eco-friendly. Well, they take more knowledge and skill than we thought.
Hence why a month after we bought her we’re still sat in my mum’s driveway. But, she is done… hurray. We can’t wait to start our adventures again. Are you ready for a wee tour?
This is the back living area before.
This is after I spruced her up. We’ve kept the structure, painted and decoupaged the cupboards, covered the cushions and bought some new ones, and laid a new vinyl floor. This area pulls out into a double bed for William and me to sleep on.
This is the view to the front of the van.
William (with loads of help from my brother) built this bunk bed over the cab for the girls to sleep. He took out the bathroom as we had to have seats with belts for the kids and we figured we wouldn’t need the bathroom. We’ve made this area into a cosy reading nook/play space for the girls.
This is the kitchen area before.
We painted the cupboards and worktop with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Amsterdam Green, and the fridge is painted in chalkboard paint. I recovered the splashback with some cheapo tile stickers and green leather handles have been added to all the cupboards. We’ve kept the original sink, oven, and hob as they work really well.
Here’s a close up of the kitchen area. We’ve added lots of details in the van to make it homely like plants and art work we bought in Asia.
Here’s a close up of the cupboard I decoupaged with wall paper samples and mod podge. I love the green leather handles and have hung fairy lights round the windows for the evenings.
I covered old cushions with cheap fabric from our local market. I’m obsessed with the jungle theme (Will’s not that arsed!).
I then used the offcuts to cover lamps with string detail using mod podge.
The girls made me a pom pom garland using the wet felting method which I’ve hung round these curtains I made for the old bathroom window. I don’t really think this fabric goes, but I found it in a cupboard and trying to be frugal so used it up instead of buying new.
There used to be a clock here and it left a hole so I’ve hung this picture from India here to make me smile.
Had to have a home for a small selection of our books, need to find more room for more books!
So there we have it Wanda Van in all her glory. I’m loving her retro jungle vibes and how she turned out. Can’t wait to see how we all get on when we live in her full time.