It’s been four years since serial renovators Alice and Caleb Pearson bought their 1970s caravan, and they had big dreams of bringing it back to its former glory and heading off on memory-making summer adventures.
While babies, work and everything in between meant their retro caravan renovation took a little longer to get off the ground than they’d anticipated, their perseverance has paid off, and after months of hard work – and some steep learning curves – the creative couple are finally ready to reveal their Resene transformation.
“It feels like I have to pinch myself,” says Alice, opening the door to their restored vintage beauty. “It was a whole lot of work, but so worth it!”
The couple, who won The Block NZ in 2013, have renovated 11 homes in the past decade, but this was their first attempt at a caravan do-up. It might be their smallest project yet, but that certainly doesn’t mean it was their easiest. Hidden challenges, including extensive exterior rust and plenty of rot and mould inside, certainly kept the couple on their toes.
“It’s fair to say this was a massive learning curve, but we realised we could do it,” says Caleb. “With all that rust on the exterior, we removed it, treated it and painted it with a fresh Resene paint colour. It was about finding all the leaks, and sealing up all the joins to make sure this caravan would stay dry inside.”