Upcycled caravan could win Southampton woman a national award

Mend and make do takes on a whole new context when it comes to caravans.
Mend and make do takes on a whole new context when it comes to caravans.

Wednesday, 01, Apr 2020 04:22

By Chris Littley

Stephane Barbey is in the running to be named Upcycler of the Year for her efforts to reuse an old caravan.

Based in Southampton, Stephane has been shortlisted for this year's national title by power tool manufacturer Ryobi Power Tools.

She will go up against nine other contestants to be crowned this year's winner after giving a new lease of life to an old caravan, turning it into a chic new outdoor kitchen.

"I took this caravan when it was really old and decrepit," Stephane told the Daily Echo. "And using mostly recycled materials, I rebuilt it to become a temporary kitchen.

"Most of the wood is pallet wood, and came from my in-law's farm, as well as all of the metal bits and pieces. It took me about 11 months to complete."

Each member of the top ten shortlist will now be voted for by the public to decide this year's winner, with voting set to close at midnight on April 5th.

The winner will be announced the following day and will receive a hamper of Ryobi ONE+ crafting tools worth more than £750.

Owners of caravans and motorhomes up and down the country should be happy to see an older model given a new lease of life in such an inventive and quirky manner.

With many years of happy memories given in its original form, we hope Stephane and her family enjoy many years to come in their caravan kitchen.

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