We are huge Disney fans over here–in fact, we just returned from a Disneyland trip last week–so I’m thrilled to bring you this next pop up camper makeover. Themed camper remodels are so much fun, and Beth’s is fantastic! She used many of the tutorials found right here on The Pop Up Princess, too. Here she is to tell you all about it…
We bought our pop up camper–a 1994 Coleman Destiny Royale–in August, but knew we wouldn’t be able to make any trips anytime soon. We both work full time so we had to work on it slowly, mostly on the weekends.
It was in relatively good shape and only needed minimal repairs, but we wanted to make it more homey. Okay, I admit, it was mostly me, since my hubby really just needs a bed, food, and coffee, but he humors me. 😉 We also wanted to make some mods that would provide more convenience while camping. My favorite color is red, my hubby’s fave is blue, and we’re both Disney/Mickey fans–so that became our decorating theme. We named our PUP “Minnie,” because our dog’s name is already Mickey.
Thankfully my hubby is a handyman, so he was able to do all the repairs, plus all the “honey-do” requests I had. We really can’t credit for any new modification ideas, since nearly every mod we made was found here on the Pop Up Princess! (You can find the shelving tutorial here.)
I wish I could give credit to each one of you, but don’t remember where I got what. Just know that if it looks familiar, and it looks like your idea, it probably was! Thank you! 🙂
I painted all of the cabinets which took three coats of paint. We removed the doors and drawers to paint them, and added new inexpensive knobs. My husband put in the vinyl “wood” flooring, which I love.
I really didn’t know how to sew AT ALL, but I bought a used machine on Craigslist and read a lot of tips online. I’d like to say it was easy, but it wasn’t! There was a huge learning curve. (“Oh! You have to adjust the tension on the machine when using heavier fabric? Oh! There’s a tension adjustment on the bobbin too? You get the picture… ;-( ) I wanted to have mesh fabric on the bed curtains for ventilation and was going to use white, but when I found the red in the clearance section, I had to go with it! It was very challenging overall, but I’m happy with the results and proud of myself for hanging in there.
The curtains are made from duck cloth, and the valances are outdoor fabric. I hunted down the best deals I could find–I love coupons! I attached the valances with Velcro. Did you know they sell Velcro that has adhesive on one side, which went on the existing valance rail, and non-adhesive that was sewn onto the fabric. Someone at the fabric store initially told me this didn’t exist so I was going another route until I learned this existed. I worked perfectly.
The curtains over the bed are hung with a tension rod, but the curtains over the windows were trickier. We used a metal conduit pipe and clips that my hubby bent and slid in to the existing rail. I don’t care what it looks like because it doesn’t show under the valances. We think we’ll be able to leave them up when closing the PUP, but if not, the rods will pop out and we can store them under the bed with the bed curtain rods.
For the dinette cushions, I went with a no-sew method. I used decorative white upholstery nails, which you can see on the back of the cushion. I left the original fabric on to provide extra cushioning, since it was in pretty good shape.
When getting ready to paint the table we weren’t sure if the paint would adhere… so my hubby just made a new table top! We kept the old one, which we will use inside when making the dinette bed (for our dog), but can use the new one with legs outside.
He also modified the potty cabinet, so it now has a hinged top that I can just lift to use. I bought a blue and red curtain that I plan to attach to the roof with Velcro for privacy when our stepson is with us.There were also two places on the body that needed repair. One was more difficult than the other because there was missing fiberglass, but I think my hubby did a great job. You can’t tell it was ever cracked.
Wow! That end result is SO worth all the hard work they put into it, right? I absolutely love that Beth taught herself to sew in order to complete her pop up camper makeover. That is dedication! Great job, Beth (and hubby). 😉
Does your pop up camper have a decorating theme? I’d love to hear all about it. Send me an e-mail and you just might be featured on the blog!