If you’ve read this blog for very long, you know that I love a good pop up camper makeover story. I am a sucker for sentimentality. I love hearing stories about families who have fixed up their campers together and set out in search of adventure. Monte and Marie’s is just such a story. They are empty nesters who have been camping most of their adult lives together. Once the kids left, they decided to splurge on a pop up camper. Here’s Marie to tell you all about it. 😀
Monte & Marie’s Pop Up Camper Makeover
My husband, Monte, and I met 36 years ago at a four day music festival. He was camping with friends, and I was a day visitor. Needless to say, we really hit it off. The next year we went back to the same festival–this time camping together–and we having been doing it ever since. We have actually camped for 10 days total at the festival with 20-30 close friends. We traditionally tent camped, but two years ago, our neighbors were upgrading from their pop up to a hard side trailer, and we decided to buy their used pop up. With both of our boys out on their own, we felt it was time to treat ourselves. I had seen The Pop Up Princess on Pinterest and Facebook before we bought the camper, so knowing the possibilities, made the decision easier.
The unit was in great shape, but I had so many ideas to make it more personal. Luckily my husband was on board. We started with cleaning and prepping all the cabinets and the walls for painting. While I was at it, I gave the ceiling a good cleaning with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. We cleaned the windows with ProtectAll like Larissa recommended, and the difference was unbelievable! Clear windows! The zipper had separated from the window at the top where there was some tension, but we had the extra canvas pieces the manufacturer included for repairs, so we removed the panel and with some outdoor thread and a good needle on my machine, I was able to repair it. We also cleaned all the canvas and vinyl.We had to do some repairs to our cabinet doors as the fake wood laminate had separated from the press board. We used carpenter’s glue, then cut up pool noodles to mold to the decorative dips in panels, before sandwiching the door between wood and clamping. After all the cleaning and repairs were done, we primed the cabinets and walls with Kilz and painted them. We used Behr Spun Cotton in Semi-Gloss for the cabinets, and the walls got a coat of Behr Cup of Cocoa in Semi-Gloss. We spray painted the hardware and trim with Rustoleum Rustic Myst. We applied a coat of Countertop Coating from Rustoleum in Earth to the countertops. Then we installed Allure Rosewood plank flooring.With all the hard remodel work out of the way, it was time for the fun stuff. I have been sewing since I was a teen, so sewing up the covers for the cushions was a breeze. We took the bunkend curtains off and used a tension rod to hang the new ones. I sewed new fabric panels over the old side curtains and used Velcro to attach the new valances. The bedding came from Tuesday Morning, and I found the pillow at Goodwill.Since it is just the two of us, we didn’t need the second bed. We took out the middle section of the u-shaped seating area at the end of the camper and covered the remaining seat fronts with bead board. This allows us to walk up to the bunkend, which we turned into our closet. We installed flooring on the bunkend and added drawer units for storage. The drawer units have felt on the legs, which allows us to move them to get to additional storage in the back.I work at a company that powder coats our products. I took the stove cover and fridge door into work, and the guys there sand blasted the cover down to the bare metal, cut a metal panel out to fit the fridge, and powder coated them in turquoise for me so they would match the rest of the decor.
Monte and I worked together to make the table. Since it is just the two of us, we wanted a table that was a bit narrower than the one that came with the camper. We made the new top about 4″ narrower, although we kept the original, just in case we need it at some point. I sketched the design for the new table top, and Monte cut the wood. Then I stained and painted the planks, and we assembled it. We used a “bar pour” finish, giving the top a hard, high gloss finish. I used the attendance bracelets and picks we collected from previous festivals to make a table lamp for over the dining area. The decals on the outside of the camper were peeling and faded, and we knew we wanted to do something to freshen up the exterior. I told Monte that I wanted a “flower garden,” and so we took the camper to a local sign shop and had the front side wrapped. It turned out great, and we sure do get some amusing looks going down the road. 😉Monte and I had fun working together to complete the camper, and we took it to the festival in September. The closet and shelving system worked great and kept the camper clean and organized. We loved it and are busy planning more trips!
Isn’t that such an awesome story? Their camper turned out so wonderfully! I’m seriously in love with that table, and I am so impressed with how organized everything is. Let’s take another look at that before and after shot. 🙂Incredible, right? I’m sure Monte and Marie will enjoy many more festivals together in their new little camper. Thanks so much for sharing, Marie. It looks amazing.