Nothing changes the look of your caravan like a new coat of paint! In older models in particular, a lot of dark wood has been used, which makes the room look smaller. I wrote down my tips for painting the fronts and furniture so that your caravan shines in new splendor!
Renovating a caravan: painting it or painting it with chalk paint?
I took a long time to seek advice on the best way to change the color of our classic car. Ultimately, I decided to paint the fronts because that’s how the professionals would do it too. It was quite a bit of work, but I wanted a clean result that did justice to the great condition of the classic car. Chalk paint would certainly have been the less laborious method! I like to work with it when refurbishing furniture at home, but in the caravan I wanted a satin finish and really washable surfaces (you can always see stains on furniture that I have painted with chalk paint).
For all painting work in the caravan, I first used a spatula (fine spatula for table and kitchen worktop and wooden spatula for the walls and furniture fronts). Hydro-PU-Allgrund and Hydro-PU-Seidenlack were also used. The material costs amounted to approx. 300 €.
Step 1: Fill and sand the surfaces
I removed some parts in the caravan that I didn’t like visually. The first thing I did was remove all the railings for the curtains, because that meant that the walls were completely blocked and the windows looked much smaller. In addition, the folding door, which was made of plastic with a wood look and which would certainly not have kept the promised privacy: P. All of this left traces on the walls because every part was fastened with countless staple nails.
Filled the holes in the walls with wooden filler and then sanded them smooth again. I also sanded the surface of the walls and the fronts. I used this random orbital sander for all the sanding work, and I am super satisfied with it.
left the upper cabinets as they were. I think the walnut veneer and the brass handles are so high quality that I couldn’t have the heart to paint them. After all, it is a vintage car and I think you can see that too.
Step 2: apply primer
After I wiped off the sanding dust, I started priming. I got along very well with the small paint roller, I only used a brush for the corners.
Then I sanded all surfaces again (with 240 grit sandpaper). I had to be very careful because otherwise I would have sanded down the primer again.
Step 3: paint the surfaces
Finally it was time to paint! I painted the surfaces twice, some parts like the wardrobe three times and sanded in between. As the most important tip for painting, I can give you that each layer has to be really dry so that the paint is robust later.
The trouble was worth it
The renovation of our caravan was really worth it, I’m still amazed at how neat the result looks! Our little trailer looks a lot bigger and I like the contrast between modern and vintage!