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Mum-of-five, 34, transforms a run-down old van into a luxury coffee cart with items from Bunnings

A mum-of-five has revealed how she transformed a run-down old van she found on Facebook Marketplace into a luxury coffee cart with items from Bunnings Warehouse, and how you can too.

Zoe Crain, 34, from Tamworth, said it has always been her ‘dream’ to own a cafe – and now she has turned it into a reality with the help of her ‘handyman’ father who helped her convert the van into a stylish coffee shop on wheels.

‘We worked on it every day between 6am and 2 in the morning some days, but I’m super pleased with the results,’ Zoe told FEMAIL. 

‘Around 90 per cent of the items in the van and the materials we used were bought from Bunnings and all up I spent around $5,000 on getting my dream van.’

BEFORE: A mum-of-five has revealed how she transformed a run-down old van she found on Facebook Marketplace into a luxury coffee cart with items from Bunnings Warehouse

AFTER: Zoe Crain, 34, from Tamworth, said it has always been her 'dream' to own a cafe - and now she has turned it into a reality with the help of her 'handyman' father

AFTER: Zoe Crain, 34, from Tamworth, said it has always been her ‘dream’ to own a cafe – and now she has turned it into a reality with the help of her ‘handyman’ father

Zoe (pictured with her daughter) helped her dad convert the van into a stylish coffee shop on wheels

Zoe (pictured with her daughter) helped her dad convert the van into a stylish coffee shop on wheels

Once she had bought the van from Facebook Marketplace, Zoe said the first major project was ‘stripping it out’ from all of the old materials.

‘I was nervous when we began, because I felt a bit strange about spending some of my savings on something that looked like a wreck, but my mum kept reassuring me that my dad is a builder and so it would be “the best van you’ve ever seen”,’ Zoe said.

‘When we started stripping it out and pulled the walls off, we realised that almost every piece of timber was rotten. 

‘So we replaced the framing, put in extra pieces to support the door frames and worked out where the power points needed to be and how many we needed.

‘Once this was sorted, we were able to start thinking about the inside of the van – the wall sheeting, new roof linings and floor.’

The Roving Bean has since travelled around New South Wales going to festivals and events with their delicious produce (pictured)

The Roving Bean has since travelled around New South Wales going to festivals and events with their delicious produce (pictured)

The Roving Bean has since travelled around New South Wales going to festivals and events with their delicious produce (pictured)

Zoe (pictured with her family) said the biggest event she has done has been Tamworth Country Music Festival, where she worked for 10 days straight on 16 hour shifts

Zoe (pictured with her family) said the biggest event she has done has been Tamworth Country Music Festival, where she worked for 10 days straight on 16 hour shifts

'I was nervous when we began, because I felt a bit strange about spending some of my savings on something that looked like a wreck, but my mum kept reassuring me that my dad is a builder and so it would be "the best van you've ever seen",' Zoe said (the van pictured before)

'I was nervous when we began, because I felt a bit strange about spending some of my savings on something that looked like a wreck, but my mum kept reassuring me that my dad is a builder and so it would be "the best van you've ever seen",' Zoe said (the van pictured before)

‘I was nervous when we began, because I felt a bit strange about spending some of my savings on something that looked like a wreck, but my mum kept reassuring me that my dad is a builder and so it would be “the best van you’ve ever seen”,’ Zoe said (the van pictured before)

Following this, Zoe said she and her father and five children painted the exterior of the van and ‘worked and worked and worked’ tirelessly until they had something that looked less like a beat-up van and more like a coffee shop.

‘My friend in Toowoomba made our cafe clothing outfits as well as the logo, which sits on the outside of the van,’ she said.

The Roving Bean has since travelled around New South Wales going to festivals and events selling their delicious coffees and produce.

Zoe said the biggest event she has done has been Tamworth Country Music Festival, where she worked for 10 days straight on 16 hour shifts.

‘We tackled wind, rain and dust storms, but it was the best 10 days of my life and I can’t wait to do it again next year,’ Zoe said.   

‘It really is a dream come true.’

She and her father worked tirelessly on making the van into something special (pictured at work)

She and her father worked tirelessly on making the van into something special (pictured at work)

Speaking about her tips for others who want to take on a bit of DIY in isolation, the mum-of-five said you absolutely must be patient as everything takes time (The Roving Bean pictured)

Speaking about her tips for others who want to take on a bit of DIY in isolation, the mum-of-five said you absolutely must be patient as everything takes time (The Roving Bean pictured)

Speaking about her tips for others who want to take on a bit of DIY in isolation, the mum-of-five said you absolutely must be patient. 

What are Zoe’s tips for DIY?

* Remember everything takes time and it won’t be done overnight.

* Shop local and support local businesses to save valuable cash.

* Even if you think you can’t do something, you probably can. YouTube has great tutorials.

* Measure twice, cut once.

* Use a good paint and a good brush and the results will show. 

‘Everything takes time,’ Zoe said.

‘But you can save money if you do it yourself. Even if you think you can’t, YouTube has great tutorials.’

Zoe also said shopping local and supporting local businesses can help to save you money.

‘Measure twice, cut once,’ she added.

‘My dad left me to do a few jobs and I’m so glad I measured twice on a few of them.’ 

Finally, Zoe said you need to use a ‘good paint’ and a good brush rather than a cheap one and the ‘results will show’. 

‘We’re really pleased with the results,’ she said. 

She said you can save money if you 'do it yourself' by watching tutorials on YouTube to make sure that you do it right (The Roving Bean pictured)

She said you can save money if you 'do it yourself' by watching tutorials on YouTube to make sure that you do it right (The Roving Bean pictured)

She said you can save money if you ‘do it yourself’ by watching tutorials on YouTube to make sure that you do it right (The Roving Bean pictured)

The Roving Bean sells delicious coffees (pictured) as well as treats and homemade items

The Roving Bean sells delicious coffees (pictured) as well as treats and homemade items

Sharing the results of her handiwork on Facebook, thousands were impressed with Zoe's efforts (Zoe and her family pictured)

Sharing the results of her handiwork on Facebook, thousands were impressed with Zoe’s efforts (Zoe and her family pictured)

'OMG amazing! Finished produce unrecognisable from the start. Well done and good luck with the venture,' one person wrote (The Roving Bean pictured)

‘OMG amazing! Finished produce unrecognisable from the start. Well done and good luck with the venture,’ one person wrote (The Roving Bean pictured)

Sharing the results of her handiwork on Facebook, thousands were impressed with Zoe’s efforts.

‘OMG amazing! Finished produce unrecognisable from the start. Well done and good luck with the venture,’ one person wrote.

‘I absolutely love this! What an amazing job!’ another added. 

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