Woman, 27, renovates old van into a stunning motorhome
Woman, 27, who renovated her old van into a stunning motorhome for £5,000 reveals how YOU can achieve the look – from embracing nature with rustic textures to glamourising with copper accents
- Hatti Webster, 27, from Bristol, bought van in September and began renovating it
- Instagram blogger spent £5,000 on van and another £5,000 on transformation
- Now revealed top tips on how you can recreate the look
An Instagram blogger who travels the world in the rundown van which she transformed into a stunning motorhome for £5000 has revealed her top tips on how you can recreate the look.
Hatti Webster, who is a full-time traveller committed to life on the road with her new fully transformed van, lived in Bristol for 5 years prior to moving out in April this year to travel around France in her impressive motorhome.
Now, she has shared advice on how you can achieve a similar look – including embracing nature with rustic textures, furnishing with warm sunset hues, adding your own personal touch with artwork and glamourising the space with copper accents.
‘After university, I bought my first van, renovated it and travelled Europe for a summer back in 2016,’ said Hatti, who spoke to car experts, Vehicle Contracts, about her project. ‘
‘That was when I got the bug! I knew after that, that one day I would convert another van and continue the adventures, however at the time I was broke and had no idea what job I wanted to do.’
Instagram blogger Hatti Webster, who boasts over 52.6k followers on her social media account, is a full-time traveller committed to life on the road with her new fully transformed van. Pictured, the van before the transformation
Hatti bought her current van back in September 2020 and began renovating it right away. Pictured, furnished with warm sunset hues
Hatti explained how she even built a composting loo that slides underneath the bed. Pictured, the impressive bedroom now
Hatti (pictured) bought her current van back in September 2020 and began renovating it right away
‘I began working in marketing in Bristol and absolutely fell in love with the career, so after a few years of working, I began saving again. I had actually originally planned to move to Canada and buy a van over there, but when Covid hit, that plan soon evaporated.
So, I decided to buy a van in the UK, renovate it (at my parent’s house!) and begin exploring Europe.’
Hatti bought her current van back in September 2020 and began renovating it right away.
‘I didn’t have the biggest budget for the conversion, so I had to settle for a van that was slightly older and had higher mileage,’ she explained.
Hatti explained that she didn’t have the biggest budget for the van conversion, so had to settle for a van that was slightly older and had higher mileage. Pictured, before the transformation
The influencer explained how she tried to use lightweight materials when building the van in order to minimise weight. Pictured, Hatti renovating her van
The 27-year-old said the majority of the units were made from plywood, the walls from pine cladding (pictured, during the renovation) and the ceiling from red cedar
Hatti explained that the main features of the van include a width-ways double bed (picturerd), a permanent seating area with slide-out table, sink and kitchen unit with a fridge and 3 ring hob
The savvy influencer used brushed copper details – the handles, spice rack, cupboard knobs – to touch of glamour to her campervan
‘Travelling in my previous van helped hugely when it came to designing this one. I knew there were certain elements that I absolutely couldn’t live without and so, created the layout based on those features.
Hatti went on to explain the main features of the van include a width-ways double bed, a permanent seating area with slide-out table, sink and kitchen unit with a fridge and 3 ring hob.
Breakdown of costs for the renovation:
£600: Windows (5 windows including the skylight)
£850: Electrics (full electrical system including leisure battery)
£900: Kitchen appliances (fridge, hob, sink, tap, water tanks)
£900: Mechanics – winter tyres, new brake pads etc.
£1750: Materials & miscellaneous
‘I also built a composting loo that slides underneath the bed,’ she continued. ‘I tried to use lightweight materials when building the van in order to minimise weight, so the majority of the units are built from plywood, the walls from pine cladding and the ceiling (my favourite part) are made from red cedar.
‘I opted for a mixture of recycled bottle wool and Celotex insulation, which was then covered by a layer of bubble foil to act as a vapour barrier.’
The van itself cost £5,000 and she then spent another £5,000 on the build.
Hatti claims she has actually made a profit by renovating her motor.
‘Vans of a similar age and build go for approximately £14,000 – £18,000 in the UK at the moment,’ she said.
However, that’s a rarity as cars are known to depreciate in value.
‘I am currently in France and have spent a lot of time exploring the French Alps (I am a keen skier, snowboarder and hiker). but am planning on heading south to Spain and Portugal over the summer,’ she explained.
‘There is so much to explore in Europe and I am in no rush, so I plan to travel slowly and spend my winters in the mountains and my summers catching waves on the beaches.’
The van itself cost £5,000 and Hatti then spent another £5,000 on the build. Pictured, after the transformation
Hatti (pictured) is currently in France and has spent a lot of time exploring the French Alps, but is planning on heading south to Spain and Portugal over the summer
Robert Harris, Sales Director at Vehicle Contracts commented: ‘Being able to transform what was seen as an old van into something extraordinary is truly remarkable and very inspiring.’
‘In the current travel climate, we will see many UK motorists taking to road trips for their staycations this year.
What better way to tour the beautiful sights we have here in Britain than in your own styled campervan? It also means not having to succumb to the inflated hotel prices.’ said Robert.
Woman who has been travelling the world in her renovated motorhome since April reveals how YOU can recreate the look in 5 simple steps:
1. Embrace nature with rustic textures
Hatti explained how she blended earthly tones into her interior design to create a peaceful calm space to live in. Pictured, the neutral-toned blinds
Hatti perfectly blended earthly tones into her interior design to create a peaceful calm space to live in.
‘I tried to go for a cosy, rustic look with the van’ she explained to Vehicle Contracts.
Adding rustic textures into the van is a great way to make an impact on the space by tying the look together whilst also being right on-trend.
2. Furnish with warm sunset hues
‘I love a sunset colour palette, so mainly used yellows, oranges and rusty reds for the soft furnishings,’ Hatti said.
Including warm sunset hues into the design is a great way to maintain that bright and light space whilst also adding character and life to your new motorhome.
It is important to make the vehicle feel like home when you are out on the road and not just a place to sleep when out on your adventure.
3. Glamorise the space with copper accents
According to Hatti, adding splashes of copper helps to add glamorous accents to a room. Picturedm copper details on the spice racks
Adding splashes of copper is a simple way to add glamorous accents to a room. You can instantly upgrade the interior by adding on-trend and modern finishings such as copper.
‘I used brushed copper details – the handles, spice rack, cupboard knobs etc,’ Hatti explained.
4. Widen the space with white paint
You are able to make a space just look so much bigger by painting the walls white or a very light colour. Brightening up a dark space will allow light to reflect around the room and in turn, make it feel much wider.
‘I white-washed the walls to retain some of the natural wood texture underneath,’ the influencer said.
5. Add your own touch with artwork
The influencer suggests that prints can be used to add a personal touch which transforms an empty space into a home
Stunning prints can turn the space into a home by adding personal style.
Hatti said: ‘I also put up a couple of my favourite surf illustrations from a Cornish artist to make the space a bit more interesting’.
Why not create your own artwork to keep costs low and make the place your own?
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