I’m excited to be sharing a new pop up camper makeover with you this week after a brief little hiatus. If you follow The Pop Up Princess on Facebook, you’ll know we headed out on our annual summer trip and also that we had a few unforeseen circumstances arise. If you’re out of the loop, you can catch up on all that here. Just know that we are slowly getting back into the swing of things, so we appreciate your patience with us and all your kind words. You guys seriously rock! If you’ve emailed or messaged us, we’ll be in touch shortly. It’s going to take some time to get things all ironed out, but we will definitely be sharing all your remodels as soon as we can. 🙂
This week’s feature comes to us from a reader named Amy. I just love what she’s done with her camper. If you are anything like me, you’ll want all the details, so… here ya go! Amy’s camper is a 1994 Jayco 1207. She bought it last summer and had been chomping at the bit to get started on her remodel after finding some fabric that she wanted to use for her color scheme. The camper itself was in pretty good condition, but all the counters were chipping pretty significantly on the edges, and the faux wood paper was peeling off the cabinets in certain places.
Amy used wood putty to fill in the crumbling edges of the countertops. She used Elmer’s wood glue to try to tack down some of the peeling paper. After that, Amy lightly sanded the surface of the countertops, primed them, and painted them in a light gray color, which was a free sample at Ace.
A friend of Amy’s had resurfaced her bathroom countertops using Rustoleum American accents stone texture spray paint and had good results from this, so Amy thought it was a good alternative to the $200 kit she had considered purchasing. She did a light spray of the stone textured paint to cover the surface of the countertop, including the side edge, and let it dry. Then Amy took a sanding block and just lightly knocked off the biggest bumpy areas. Amy used Triple Thick polyurethane gloss (about 10 coats!) as a topcoat. She reports that it has held up pretty nicely and is so smooth, with a lovely finish.
Next, Amy primed and painted all the wood, which she says seemed to take forever. She applied one coat of Zinsser primer and two coats of paint. Amy used Ace Hardware Cabinet, Door and Trim paint in the color Frost. She also took off all the hardware and hinges and spray painted them with Rustoleum metallic spray paint in oil rubbed bronze.
Amy kept the existing curtains on their tabs and measured and sewed fabric directly over the top of them. Amy had never used a sewing machine before this, so it was quite the accomplishment! 🙂 She took down the old valance last summer and tossed it, so she didn’t really have any reference for a new one. She says she just sewed some fabric into sections and stapled it to the roof. She tells me it’s not the most fancy solution, but it works!
For the cushion covers–again, Amy doesn’t sew at all–she just safety pinned new material over the top of the cushions and did a folded envelope-type edge. Amy tells me this also took some time and finagling, but she is happy with the end result.
Her husband’s major contribution was to put down the flooring for her. They used some leftover vinyl planks they had used in their kitchen this past year. They are from Menard’s, a pretty easy-to-use peel and stick called Carefree vinyl planks in the color “cottage plank.” Amy reports that it’s super scratch resistant, and she has loved it in her house as well!
Let’s take a look at that end result again. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous remodel with us, Amy. I love how it turned out. Simply gorgeous.