You guys are going to love this next pop up camper makeover from a reader named Jennifer. Jennifer and her family were gifted an AWESOME garage-kept 1999 Coleman Santee pop up camper. It was in great shape and really didn’t need anything fixed structurally, but it was completely outdated. They decided to make it their own by giving it a little makeover. They painted, reupholstered, and altered a few things to modernize the look and make it a little more functional for their family. Jennifer says it is still a work in progress, but I think it looks fabulous right now!
This is what Jennifer started with–standard Coleman color scheme. Yuck! She found a flowery outdoor fabric at Hancock Fabrics, which she used to determine her new color palette. The fabric worked great for the bench cushions, as outdoor fabric is really durable. You can simply wipe up spills with water. This was essential for Jennifer, who has three kids and two large dogs.
Sewing the cushion covers was intimidating for Jennifer because she had no sewing skills. She searched the web for the easiest way to sew cushion covers and still get a tailored professional look. She didn’t want to do the fold and staple method because she was worried that the staples on the backs of the cushions would be visible. She came across this tutorial for cushion covers, and it was exactly what she was looking for.
Jennifer said this method was so easy, and she highly recommends it for covering pop up camper cushions. If you can sew a straight line, you can use this method. Once she finished the covers, she screwed the plastic stoppers back on to the bottoms of the cushions to keep them from sliding around.
Jennifer picked out grey and white chevron fabric for the valances. She cut off the portion of the old valance that had the clips on it and sewed it on to the back of the new valances. Then she made a 1″ casing in the back of valances for new elastic and threaded it through. Jennifer says she found this project the most frustrating, but I think they look fabulous! 🙂
For her curtains, Jennifer bought Eclipse black out panels in grey from Walmart and simply hemmed them to make them the correct length. Hanging pop up camper curtains and valances can be quite challenging due to the curtain track system used. It is very hard (& expensive 🙁 ) to find replacement clips that fit on the Coleman track. For the curtains, Jennifer ended up re-using the clips and following the hook and ring method we used. You can find that tutorial here. She found that her drapery rings kept popping out of the command hooks when she was adjusting the curtains or lowering the pop up, however, so she bought a package of small clear hair rubber bands and tied them on the command hook over the drapery rings. This worked great! Now the curtains stay on the hooks, but they are still removable for washing.
Jennifer decided to use the same flooring we did–Allure Ultra in Vintage Oak Cinnamon, from Home Depot. They installed quarter round to hide the gap from the floor around the edges and finish off the look nicely. They laid the new floor over the existing vinyl flooring without removing the cabinets. Doesn’t it look great?
One of the major changes Jennifer made to her camper was the addition of a “potty cabinet.” Having a functional porta-potti was essential for her family, and the original cabinet just wasn’t cutting it. Jennifer was inspired by the “bathroom” in our PUP, so she decided to try to build something similar for her camper. She didn’t have any wood working skills at all, but she was determined to give it a go anyway.
I’m so impressed with Jennifer’s ingenuity! Her new “potty cabinet” has a storage area with a hinged counter top/lid that lifts up. Now her kids can simply lift up the lid and use the potty in place. It is so much more convenient for her family. I just love seeing the unique ways you guys modify your campers to fit your needs. It is really inspiring!
The cabinets in Jennifer’s camper got a coat of white primer, and then three coats of Dutch Boy Cabinet and Trim paint in Ultra White. Her husband changed out the old brass hardware for new brushed nickel knobs and hinges. They bought the contractor pack of cabinet hardware to keep the cost to a minimum. The counter tops were sanded and given several coats of Rustoleum Spray Paint in Black. They finished them off with five layers of polyurethane to protect them.
To complete the remodel, Jennifer spray painted the old table legs metallic silver. She finished the top like she did the counters, with black spray paint and a few layers of polyurethane. Because Jennifer was worried about how painted plastic would hold up in her camper, she bought some black t-trim to match the paint and installed it around the edges of the table top. Now she doesn’t have to worry about the paint scuffing off.
Didn’t it turn out beautifully? Nice job, Jennifer! 😀 I hope you enjoyed peeking inside her camper as much as I did. If you’d like to see more photos and hear from Jennifer in her own words, be sure to check out her blog here.
And keep those remodels coming! You guys rock!