Ashley and her husband purchased a 1997 Viking pop up camper from a family friend whose parents had traveled from the East Coast all the way to Alaska in it. That little camper had many miles of memories on it but was still in pristine condition. They really felt lucky to have come across a such a great deal.
Ashley was pretty excited about her purchase. So excited in fact, that on the first night she owned it, she was already tearing through Pinterest looking for instructions on how to clean up her new Viking pop up camper. She came across this blog, and the rest was history. Ashley was so impressed by the reader features here that she made up her mind to give her own camper a little makeover.
Once she’d cleaned the camper, Ashley taped it off, removing the cabinet doors and hardware. Then she started sanding all the cabinet bases and walls. Since Ashley knew the importance of good prep work, she gave everything she was planning on painting a coat of Zinsser 1-2-3 primer. (If you want more info on painting your cabinets, be sure to check out our post here.) She had some leftover Behr white paint from a home project, so she took advantage of that. Ashley gave all the cabinets and walls a few coats of her Behr white paint. The hardware got sprayed with Rustoleum Dark Bronze spray paint.
To give the countertops a clean new look, Ashley sanded and primed them. Then she gave them all three coats of grey stone Rustoleum spray paint. To give the surfaces a smooth finish, she sanded the stone paint smooth and applied four coats of Minwax Polycrylic, sanding between each coat. It was a lot of work, but doesn’t it look great?
Ashley and her husband used Allure locking vinyl plank flooring in Espresso Oak for the new floor. Ashley said that this was a lot more work than they’d anticipated. Her husband did the actual installation, and although it was a big project, he did a great job. It looks beautiful.
Ashley installed peel and stick tiles around the sink cabinet to add some texture and color. They are really happy with the way this particular project turned out. It really sets the “kitchen area” apart from the rest of the camper. With the all the big stuff out of the way, it was time to get to the fun stuff–decorating!
The original curtains were in great shape, so Ashley was able to reuse them. She did want to cover the cushions, but she had never sewed anything before and was wildly intimidated to take on this project. Ashley’s mother-in-law loaned Ashley her sewing machine, taught her how to use it in one night, and then off she went. She made all the cushion covers herself. Not bad for a first-timer, right? 🙂 Those adorable pillows came from Chapters, and the cute rug is a Walmart find.
Ashley’s camper makeover took about five weeks. She was able to finish it by her personal deadline of July 1st–Canada Day. To celebrate, she decorated it with some Canadian flare (I love those throw pillows 😀 ) and headed out to camp in it for the first time. It just happened to be on Canada’s 150th Birthday! How fitting!
Beautiful job, Ashley! Thanks so much for sharing your makeover with us. It’s perfect!