I love this blog! I get to see all these amazing makeovers and share them with you all. I often catch Mr. TypeTwoFun peeking over my shoulder when I blog, and although many of the makeovers here are “too girly” for him, every now and again, he’ll comment about how much he likes a reader’s remodel. Jess’s pop up camper makeover was one of those remodels. It even got a “Wow!” from him. 😉
And why wouldn’t it? It’s got a vintage Hollywood chic feel to it. It’s not too feminine–so it appeals to the guys out there–but it still has this “glamping” vibe going on. I love. love. love this one, and I know you will, too. Here’s Jess to tell you all about how she tackled this project…
I grew up in the 80’s, camping every summer in my family’s pop up. These are my favorite memories from my childhood. I wanted my daughter to have the same camping experience I did, so my husband and I finally got a pop up.
It’s a 1996 Coleman Fleetwood Laredo. It needed some major TLC, but for only $500, I was able to make our camper a home away from home. It took me about 10 hours, but I first cleaned it inside and out. The previous owner had nailed laminate flooring down to the floor of the camper, so next I ripped out all that laminate and scraped off all the old glue from the original linoleum flooring.I decided I didn’t want to sand or remove the cabinets, so I gave them a good cleaning and two coats of Bullseye bonding primer. Then I rolled on two coats of light grey paint that we had leftover from our basement project. The color of paint is called Seattle, and it is made by Kwal Paint. I removed the old light brown t-trim molding that was on the edge of all the cabinets and replaced with pretty new white t-trim I got for cheap on eBay.
For the counters, I decided to use marble contact counter paper (available here) which I bought for $30 total on Amazon. It has a durable look and feel and a protective glossy top, too. I had to remove the sink and stove to cover those surfaces, and while I was at it, I replaced original gold cabinet knobs with new brushed nickel ones from Lowe’s for around $12. I also spray painted the furnace grill cover with a white high heat epoxy paint from Lowe’s.For the cushions, I removed all the original covers and then reupholstered with a maroon fabric for the bottom and white with black triangles for the top. For the back of the cushions, I cut out black felt and glued it on nicely to hide all the upholstery staples.
The bed pads were in great condition so I bought a foam pad for each one. I cut them to the necessary sizes, laid them over the top of the original mattresses, and covered them with black fitted sheets.
The curtains are blankets from Ikea that I cut in half! 😀 This was the cheapest option for thick fabric. I went with a dark grey so it wouldn’t show grease or dirt. The ties were made with the “goldenteepee” fabric (available here) from Spoonflower. They open and close with Velcro.
For the table, I primed then sprayed with a dark grey paint. Then I put 4 coats of Polycrylic protective finish on top. I sprayed the metal legs with Rustoleum Rust Reformer, then sprayed on two coats of black high performance enamel.
All of the decorations are from Ikea and Target. I made the garland with pinecones, black jute, and eye hook screws. This was such a fun project! I’m sad my remodel is over but so excited to start new camping memories with my family. I couldn’t have done it without all the amazing tutorials and featured makeovers on this blog! Thank you, Pop Up Princess! 🙂
No! Thank you, Jess! That transformation is nothing short of amazing. Let’s take one more look at those before and after shots, shall we?
Wow! I really adore this makeover. I especially love that Jess and her family have a comfy little retreat to experience the great outdoors together, and I’m sure her daughter will have wonderful memories of her childhood camp-outs, just like Jess does. Thanks for sharing, Jess! 🙂
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