Spring is here, and that means that pop up camper season is in full swing. I’ve been getting dozens of emails about purchasing and remodeling campers, so I know it’s that time of year. Many of you are pulling your campers out of winter storage and giving them a little face-lift in preparation for camping season. I’m also hearing from a lot readers who have just purchased their first campers and are ready for all the fun to begin… readers like Jessica.
Jessica’s story is so familar. Like most of us, Jessica and her husband had been tent campers for many years. After borrowing the in-law’s pop up camper for a trip, Jessica knew they couldn’t go back to sleeping on the ground, so she started researching pop up campers. Jessica came across all the amazing makeovers on this blog, and she was hooked. She convinced her husband that a pop up camper project was just what they needed, and the hunt for a camper was on! 😀
They had two requirements… an A/C unit and a small fridge. After a little bit of searching, Jessica and her husband settled on a 1993 Palomino. The model that they purchased is a hard-sided pop up camper. It gives them a bit more insulation, which is perfect for their Nevada weather.
Jessica and her husband removed all the cushions, curtains, and cabinet doors and hardware to paint the inside of the camper. They decided to leave the original linoleum floor in place, as they knew they would be covering it. Jessica used a Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover (my favorite spray paint ever! 😀 ) to give the cabinets a clean look. It took about two coats to cover the cabinets and inside of the camper.
Then it was on to the counters… Jessica and her husband used a Rustoleum metallic spray paint. It had a bit of a rough texture to it, which they liked. To give it a nice, glossy look, they finished it off with two coats of polyurethane. Jessica’s husband also used a black spray paint to give things like the window frames, cabinet hinges, and heater vent new life. As the finishing touch, they added new door handles (another Walmart purchase) to give their cabinets a more modern look and feel.
For the flooring, Jessica and her husband purchased Allure Plank GripStrip in Dove Maple. They installed it themselves quite easily, and it only took a few hours. It was much easier than they expected, and look at those results! Gorgeous! 🙂
Next, Jessica removed all the cushion covers washed them well. She was able to reuse the original foam and put the newly washed covers right back on the cushions. Then she purchased 12 yards of solid upholstery weight fabric to make covers to slip right over the cushions. She also purchased a few pillow kits called Square By Design from JoAnn Fabrics. They made simple, cute throw pillows to add a little style and visual interest to the cushions.
For her cute curtains, Jessica purchased inexpensive fabric from Walmart. She really wanted to add a black-out lining, but found that the material itself was outside of her budget. She purchased cheap black-out curtain panels instead, cut them to size, and used them as a lining. She simply sewed her cute fabric to the black-out panels to achieve the look she wanted. Jessica reused the original curtain hardware and sewed the plastic tabs directly to her new curtain panels. For the bunkend curtains, Jessica purchased ready-made sheers and cut them to size. Then she used lightweight curtain rods from Home Depot to hang them. Jessica embraced her small budget and shopped for her camper at the local Goodwill, 99 Cent Only Store, and Target. She picked her bedding up at Big Lots.
Jessica took advantage of her hard walls and hung a few signs with cute sayings around the camper. She also added a fun decal to the door.
And I know you’ve been eyeing that tiled stove from the pictures above! It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Jessica used adhesive SmartTile from Home Depot to give her kitchen area that custom look. I love it! I just may have to check some of those out for my little camper! 😉
Jessica and her husband had so much fun seeing everything come together. All their hard work definitely paid off. Jessica even told me she’d do it all again if her husband was on board. I feel your pain, Jessica! I’m in the same boat, so until I wear Mr. TypeTwoFun down, I’ll just be happy looking at everyone else’s makeovers. Let’s take a look at that transformation one more time.
Amazing! Fantastic job, Jessica! I love all the personal touches. Now go make some camping memories! 🙂