We just took our PUP out last weekend for a little getaway. The weather was pretty nice, but it got a bit stormy on Sunday. I have to say… I really don’t mind when it gets stormy, because our pop up camper is so cozy. It’s like my own little retreat. We don’t feel inconvenienced at all when we have to spend some time inside the camper. In fact, it is one of my favorite places to cuddle up with a good book. That’s why this next pop up camper makeover appeals to me so much. It just feels so cozy! 🙂
One of our readers, Glenda, wanted to create a little “glamping getaway” when she began her remodel. What she has done with her 90’s Coleman pop up is amazing. So here she is to tell us all about it…
When I first started my search for a glamper, I wanted a teardrop camper. I am more a glamper than a camper and wanted something that I could put in my backyard and have my own personal retreat. When I found out the cost of teardrops, I quickly changed my mind. I soon discovered the Pop Up Princess blog and Pinterest, a very good combination, I must say! I quickly realized how roomy and cute a PUP could look. I found a 1997 Coleman Sun Valley pop up a few days later on Craigslist. It was love at first sight and five minutes from my home. It was meant to be! I quickly snagged her up and affectionately named her Thelma. I, of course, would be Louise. 🙂
My fiance, aka Grumpy Gus, jumped in quickly, first removing the blue indoor outdoor carpeting. We did not get a picture of that. We found a fairly decent linoleum flooring underneath, which, at the time, I thought would look just fine. We were lucky that the PUP had been taken care of, and there wasn’t a lot of damage. We did a basic cleaning with a white eraser sponge and a little Woolite on the canvas. There was no bathroom, which worked out okay, since I knew we could use the campground facilities when we went camping. The standard blue curtains seemed in good shape as did the cushions. I thought I could work around the drabness with a few pillows and accessories, but after more browsing and seeing all of the readers’ gorgeous makeovers, I was hooked and decided that more COULD be done! 😉
After a lot of doubt and grumbling, Grumpy Gus jumped in with both feet and more! Our first step, after removing the carpeting, was the cushion makeover. Since I have never sewed much of anything, I chose the wrap and staple method using drop cloths, which I liked because they were neutral, pretty stain resistant, and not as costly as some fabrics can be. These have worked out fairly well, considering I have a two year old grandson. It was definitely a challenge when we came to the L-shaped corners. Those were tricky! Thank goodness I had some throws and lots of pillows to cover the flaws.
The next step was tackling the cabinets. We removed the doors and drawers and left the cabinets in place. We primed the cabinets and walls with Kilz interior oil base and used one can of Sherwin Williams Moderate White latex paint. We painted on one coat of primer and two coats of paint and let them thoroughly dry before putting the drawers and doors back on.
The most challenging thing for us was installing the flooring. We used four boxes of Vintage Oak Cinnamon plank vinyl flooring from Home Depot. At $58.00 a box, that was a little more than we expected to spend. As previous readers had mentioned the camper is not squared up, so let’s just say there was a lot of grumbling going on for a few days. We installed around the cabinets–it was NOT an easy task–but looked good when finished!
The next process involved the mini blinds and hanging the wire basket lamp which I got on clearance at Target for $6.00. The mini blinds came from Home Depot. We bought an upgraded set so we ended up spending $75.00 for all three. In doing my homework, I knew to be careful and use smaller screws when installing them. We put them up according to directions, and all was well! I really like the open and airy feeling of the blinds and love the end result. The hanging lamp was installed with a small hook, being careful once again to not go through the top of the camper. I often reminded Grumpy Gus that all this could be done because we saw it on the Pop Up Princess blog, and everything always looked so good! (LOL! Thanks, Glenda! 🙂 )
Thanks for sharing, Glenda! I’m so impressed with the end result. It’s definitely one of those campers you could spend a rainy afternoon in, and I’m sure you and your grandson will be making lots of memories you’ll both cherish for years to come. Bravo!