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Coventry father-of-three, 38, gives the inside of his Vauxhall van makeover for just £68

If the inside of your car or van has seen better days but you don’t have the cash to splash on a professional revamp, take inspiration from this budget transformation.

Wayne Mulholland, 38, a dad-of-three and diamond driller from Coventry, wanted to give the interior of his ‘tired’ 2009 Vauxhall Vivaro a makeover but had a tight budget to keep to.

After buying cans of coloured spray paint from DIY store B&M and some brand new car seat covers from eBay, at an overall cost of £68, Wayne has made his van look unrecognisable from its previous appearance.

The cash-conscious van fan removed all the parts of the dashboard and interior which could be taken off and then cleaned them before giving them a brand new coat of paint.  

Wayne told money-saving community ‘In my spare time, while I’m not working, I’m very creative in the way of creating many unique items from wood.

‘In the past, I’ve made beds, wardrobes, playhouses and much more, so I thought I’d try something new.

‘I decided to spray-paint the dashboard and doors of my 2009 Vauxhall Vivaro.

‘My van was looking tired and I wanted to give it a modern look but on a budget.

‘I sprayed mine red and black. The first thing I did was strip all the parts that can be removed, cleaned it all down, then gave it two coats of plasti-coat primer.

‘Once it was dry, it was ready to be sprayed black, which I did. The parts I took off, I took to my shed, cleaned them, primed them and sprayed them red. Once everything was sprayed I put it all back on the van and once it was complete I must say I was happy with the finished result.

‘The overall project took me about a week to do and the cost was around £68.

‘The sugar soap cost about £2, and I also bought three cans of plasti-coat primer, three cans of plasti-coat high gloss black and one can of plasti-coat high gloss red from B&M for £51.

‘Once I finished doing the dashboard and cleaned the floor, I thought to myself ‘a new set of seat covers would complete the van’, so I purchased a set of seat covers on eBay for around £15.’

Wayne was delighted with the outcome of his DIY upgrade, especially considering the bargain price of his refurbishment.

‘When it was done, I felt so pleased with the results and was sure I had saved hundreds of pounds compared to what a garage would have charged me,’ Wayne adds. 

‘I would say this is a project that many people could take on themselves – the important thing is to make sure everything is well cleaned and protected and you wear a mask!’

Wayne added that when he gets the time, he will focus on re-vamping the outside of the van as well.  

Tom Church, co-founder of, said: ‘So many of us have old, tired vehicles which are in serious need of TLC, but a facelift at a garage can cost hundreds or even thousands.

‘Wayne’s amazing van transformation just shows that you don’t need to spend a fortune on revamping your car: some cheap cans of paint and some affordable car seat covers can work wonders!’

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