I’m so very excited to share this next reader feature with you all! You may remember that I shared a few pictures of Becca’s amazing pop up camper table on our Facebook page several months ago. Everyone went crazy for how beautiful that table was–and rightly so! It’s the perfect finishing touch to a gorgeous glamper makeover. I just knew I had to share the full story on the blog, and after months of waiting, Becca finally had an opportunity to snap some more pictures of her camper. She and her husband did an amazing job on this transformation, so without any further ado, here’s Becca to tell you all about it! 😀
After using their Coleman pop up for 15 years, my in-laws decided to pass it down to me and my husband! Best gift ever! The only trick was getting it from Houston, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee. My “roadtrip pro” of a husband drove that bad boy 14 hours, and I was chomping at the bit to get started on it!
I had JUST graduated from physician assistant school (WOOHOO!) and had some new found free time on my hands. As soon as the camper arrived in Tennessee, my full-time job became working on the pop up, and I gladly spent my days tearing it apart. The hubs joined in when he got home from work.
The first step was taking out all the cushions, curtains, cabinet doors and drawers. I went to our local ReStore and grabbed some white and dark grey paint for the cabinets. I decided to use white paint around the sink only and keep it dark on the bottom to hide dirt. I used a Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze to paint all of the hardware–this included the dining room table legs–more on that awesome table later! 🙂
I did some touch-up on the refrigerator and stove using white appliance paint that we had leftover in our garage. I painted the front of the refrigerator with chalkboard paint for fun! The hardest part for me was choosing a color scheme. I looked at every. single. one. of the features on the Pop Up Princess site for inspiration. This site was a lifesaver. (Aw, thanks, Becca! 😉 )
I decided to remove all of the existing fabric and recover just the foam and plywood by wrapping and stapling the new fabric in place. I covered the seat backs with a couple shower curtains I got at Tuesday Mornings and covered the seat cushions with fabric from Hobby Lobby. (That’s also where I snagged that cute “hello” pillow on the bed!)
The curtains are made from a couple of tablecloths that I bought at Walmart. I just used a no-sew approach by ironing in the hems using bonding tape from Hobby Lobby. I bought the curtain rods and curtain clips from Family Dollar and hung the rods using Command Strips. They’ve held up so well!!!
Next up- the floors and countertops! We stumbled upon some cheap flooring at Home Depot and my hubs decided to take on the challenge of installing the new floor. It really wasn’t too hard and didn’t take but about 3 hours. We installed right on top of the old lineoleum floors and finished off the edges with some shoe molding painted to match the cabinets.
I found some cute contact paper at Family Dollar and simply used that to cover the countertops. I know it probably won’t be a forever-fix but it works for now! I put a couple of coats of Polycrylic on top of the contact paper for easier clean-up.
Trimming out the countertop project was one of the more difficult parts. I found some white trim on Amazon that fit nicely but couldn’t quite figure out how to get it to stick. I ended up using liquid nails which holds really well, but is awfully messy… and it was difficult to get clamps to hold the trim in place around the sink. The back may not be trimmed yet but who’s looking anyway?
Now for that beautiful table! This project 100% belonged to my husband. He had been brainstorming ways to redo it and decided on a patterned wood top. He used scrap pieces of pallet wood we had laying around the garage and cut them to fit the top of the table. He simply screwed them on to the existing table top. Once the wood was screwed in place, he finished with a couple coats of dark stain and a few coats of polyurethane. After everything dried, he screwed in some hardware on the corners to give it a more rustic look. Let me tell you, it is a BEAUTY. I’m so proud of it!
We didn’t want to spend too much on the pop up renovation, so we made sure to do everything as cheaply as possible. At first, I bought a whole slew of things at Tuesday Morning, got home and hated it all… so I returned it the next day. I decided to check out my ‘ole faithful–the local Goodwill! I really scored that day. I got all of my coordinating bedding, pillows, placements and a few knickknacks while I was there. Most of these items were new with tags from Target!
I’m proud to say we completed the whole thing for less than $300–and all in a 2-week time frame! Goodwill is your friend people. 😀
Amazing, right?!! I just love, love, LOVE Becca’s makeover. It’s so light and whimsical. What a beautiful, relaxing little retreat. Thanks for sharing it with us, Becca! Let’s take another look at those afters, shall we?
Keep those makeover pictures coming! I love seeing all your amazingly creative ideas! 🙂