I really love this next pop up camper remodel. Maybe it is because the colors are so similar to mine, but Hollie’s makeover really speaks to me. And what I think it is saying is that I need another camper… 😉
If you are loving Hollie’s remodel as much as I am, I know you are going to want all the details. See? I get ya! We’re on the same page here. I knew you’d want to hear more, so here’s Hollie to tell you all about her “new” little pop up camper…
Last April, I bought a 2001 Viking Pop-Up Camper with the intentions of “glamping” it up. I wasn’t sure what I wanted the end product to look like, but as you can see, I started with the original oak cabinets, a plain laminate floor, and bluish-gray countertops. Blech! 😛
It didn’t take long for the ideas to start coming together, and Pinterest gave me quite a bit of inspiration! With a little help from family, I started my makeover by repainting the cabinets. We gave the cabinets, doors, and drawers a good coat of primer, and then painted 2 coats of Behr Primer & Paint. I can’t remember the name of the color, but in person it is an off-white/creamy color.
It seemed like it took days to finish all the painting, but in reality, by spending a few hours here and there working on the camper while it was parked in the driveway, I think we finished the cabinets in 3 or 4 nights. Then it was time to work on the countertops. I had never used this process before, so I was a little nervous, but I LOVE the way it turned out! We lightly sanded the countertops, and then painted them with a coat of primer. As you can see from the picture, we used Rustoleum Countertop paint, with Behr Decorative Paint Flakes–the kind that you would use to put on a garage floor–and a Minwax Polycrylic Sealer to finish it.
The countertop paint is an enamel, and it dries really fast. Because of this, we worked in small sections, with LOTS of ventilation (it has a very strong odor as well). It only took one good coat of paint, and then we pretty much had a confetti party with the paint flakes. To add more dimension, I crumbled some of them up in a Ziploc bag to make smaller flakes and mixed them back in the original bag with the larger flakes. While the countertop was still wet, we would grab a handful of chips and toss them up in the air or just sprinkle them on the countertop. Voila! We let the countertops dry completely and then topped them with a coat of the sealer. It is not as smooth as real granite, but this is a camper so it doesn’t have to be perfect, and it has held up with 2 kids. Did I mention that I LOVE the way they look?? 😀
We also bought all new hardware for the cabinets and drawers. Some of the original hinges were no longer working properly, so we bought hinges that would help the doors close easily. We also bought the pretty rubbed oil bronze handles from Home Depot. Once we got all of the doors, drawers, cabinets, and countertops finished, it was really coming together! The next major overhaul was the floors.
We bought some really nice floating floors from Home Depot. They were plank vinyl, so we knew we could cut the pieces easily with a utility knife. The install was pretty simple as well–just time consuming. We finished it by adding shoe molding all the way around the cabinets. We painted the steps leading up to the bunkends, and they kept getting scuffed up, so I knew we had to do something that would better protect them from normal wear and tear. I bought gray stair tread from Amazon and adhered it to each step. It made a huge difference.
I started working my way up the list of projects. To clean the windows, I bought a cleaning solution that I found on Pinterest and gave the vinyl a thorough cleaning. (You can find that process here.) I also found a new sink and faucet on Amazon, and installed those as well.
Then there is one of my favorite parts…the bathroom!!! I haven’t seen too many pop-ups that have a “bathroom.” Ours has a toilet and shower, and as you can see, I hung a mirror, changed out the shower head, and installed a toilet paper holder. The mirror is easily removable for when we pack the camper up. I also added a cute wire basket to hold all of our shampoo, body wash, etc. while we camp.
Lastly, I broke out the sewing machine I hadn’t used in almost 10 years. I bought 3 or 4 canvas drop cloths from Home Depot and some pretty gray fabric from a fabric store. I sewed new curtains for everything and used the original hooks and some Velcro to install them. Then I tied them with burlap.
Then I used the pretty gray fabric to redo the cushions that go with the dining table. I bought two matching shower curtains from TJ Maxx and used one as a shower curtain and the other as fabric for a new valance.
Then it was time to decorate!!! I went to TJ Maxx for most of the items you see… lamps, rugs, bedding, pillows, decorative accents. I bought a small white coffee maker and toaster oven from Walmart that stay in the camper. Believe it or not, everything fits in the camper when it is packed up! I use two big totes to hold all the bedding and linens, and then everything else gets packed into the storage under the bench seats and on the shower floor.
We bought a new awning to go on the outside, and one day I want to buy a new canvas top for the PUP, too. The top of the bunkend canvas had some small tears and holes in it when we bought it, but we put temporary patches on them until we can make the investment on a new canvas top. When people walk into the camper, the last thing they look at it is the roof–if they pay attention to it at all–so as long as it holds up in the rain, I’m okay with the patches for now. It was a lot of work, it took a lot of time, but I love my “new” pop up camper!!!! 😀
Gorgeous, right? Let’s take another look at that before & after comparison. I cannot even believe what a difference some paint and fabric can make. Beautiful job, Hollie. Thanks for allowing me to show off your remodel. 🙂
Keep those camper makeovers coming. I love seeing your ingenuity and hard work. You guys are really amazing!