This wasn’t Jacque’s first remodel project. Jacque and her husband were concerned that their three kids always had their heads in video games and never went outside to explore and play. They decided to fully remodel their fifth wheel and turn it into their home. Now they live in their camper full time at an RV resort. Jacque told me that the kids now know how to swim, as they have a lake in their front yard. They ride their bikes and fish when they get home from school. Right before they leave for school in the mornings, they feed the cows and donkeys behind their tiny home. Jacque doesn’t remember the last time they played video games, and now that they have less “stuff,” they experience more of life.
It took Jacque eight weeks to fully renovate that fifth wheel. She did it while her husband was at work and the kiddos were in school. It’s been their home since March, and ever since she finished that project, she’s been itching for another camper renovation. She wanted to work on something quick, something that didn’t have a lot of plumbing or electrical work, and had very little square footage. Of course, a pop up was the first thing that came to mind, and off they went.They purchased a 1995 Coleman Fleetwood Royale. It was used as a hunting camper, and the seller said that every person that came to look at it turned away because the canvas was terribly stained. It certainly was bad, but when Jacque looked at it, all she saw was gorgeous potential. She bought it on the spot!
The first thing Jacque tackled were the horrible stains. She used Zep’s Mold and Mildew Stain Remover, which she bought from Lowes. It worked miracles! Jacque tells me she would spray it, and the most of the stain would just would disappear. For the more stubborn areas, she used a bucket, sponge, and a scrub brush. The canvas turned out beautifully and looks brand new again.
After cleaning the whole camper, Jacque’s next battle was the cushions. She used tips from this tutorial to construct her covers. She says the process was very easy–almost like sewing a pillowcase and closing it up after the cushions are put back in. Where Jacque lives in Alabama, she has a place called Dirt Cheap, which is a salvage store. She says it is her favorite place to go for all things decor, and she fully decorated this camper and the fifth wheel she is currently living in with budget friendly purchases from Dirt Cheap. Jacque is BIG on decorating and designing beautifully without breaking the bank. That beautiful fabric on the cushion backs is actually a black out curtain panel. She loves it, because it is thick, has a protective lining, and is easy on your sewing machine. It’s also very durable and only cost her $3 per curtain. The bottom cushion fabric is also a curtain panel, but in a dark gray tweed.
For the cabinets, Jacque used her go to formula for painting RV cabinets. She taped everything up and start spraying with Zinsser’s Bullseye 123 Primer and then finished it off with Lowe’s Olympic One paint in a white stain finish. Jacque tells me she painted her cabinets in their fifth wheel with this formula and even with three small kids, it has held up like cement. Jacque sprayed the AC, cabinet knobs, and icebox white to give everything a crisp, clean look. She tells me her goal was to make it look like a winter cabin in the woods–probably because temperatures were in the high 90’s at the time. Haha! 🙂
The floor was a plain white linoleum, so Jacque covered it in Lowes Style Selection peel and stick plank vinyl in the color Driftwood. At $.98 per square foot, that was a great deal, especially if you only need about half a box like she did. She also discovered that you can buy it by the individual plank at Lowe’s instead of having to buy the whole box, which is awesome for smaller pop up campers. Once again, this was the same flooring Jacque used in her fifth wheel, so she was very familiar with this product, and installation was a breeze.
For the curtains, Jacque bought a beautiful cream and black colored shower curtain from Target. She cut it into four smaller panels, and for air circulation reasons, she sewed sheer fabric at the top of the curtains. She used leftover fabric from the cushions as curtain tie backs, and hung the bunkend panels from a tension rod above the beds.
For the countertops, Jacque used a tip from Jess’s makeover and bought a peel and stick marble contact type paper from Amazon. This product has rave reviews, and Jacque says you can add her name to the list of satisfied customers. It is super durable and very thick. Because it was so thick, Jacque says it was easy to work with and didn’t crease or fold easily. She just slid a razor along the edges to cut where she needed. To finish the trim of the counters, Jacque replace the t-molding. She followed our tutorial here and purchased this white t-molding. Installation was easy-peasy, and the results are amazing. Gorgeous, right?
Jacque’s husband went out of town for a week on a mission trip to Latvia and her goal was to start and finish her camper makeover to surprise him. Can you believe she actually did it? How amazing is that? And since they specifically bought this pop up as a project for Jacque, she had planned on selling it when it was finished. She expected to be able to camp in it a handful of times before it sold, though. Nope! This baby sold less than an hour after it was listed and now Jacque is addicted! She’s already bought her next camper, and can’t wait to get started. 😉What a gorgeous camper, right? I’m so impressed with Jacque’s creativity and ingenuity. I’m sure this camper will make a lovely retreat for its new owners. Thanks so much for sharing, Jacque! We can’t wait to see your next project. 😉
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