Some reader makeovers are so awesome, I’ve just got to share them again. Jess’s 1996 Coleman Laredo remodel is one of those. It’s not too feminine–so it appeals to the guys out there–but it still has this vintage Hollywood chic “glamping” vibe going on. I love. love. love this one, and I know you will, too. If you missed it the first time around, here’s Jess to tell you all about how she tackled this project…
Jess’s Hollywood Chic Pop Up Camper Makeover
I grew up in the 80’s, camping every summer in my family’s pop up. These are my favorite memories from my childhood. I wanted my daughter to have the same camping experience I did, so my husband and I finally got a pop up.
It’s a 1996 Coleman Fleetwood Laredo. It needed some major TLC, but for only $500, I was able to make our camper a home away from home. It took me about 10 hours, but I first cleaned it inside and out. The previous owner had nailed laminate flooring down to the floor of the camper, so next I ripped out all that laminate and scraped off all the old glue from the original linoleum flooring.I decided I didn’t want to sand or remove the cabinets, so I gave them a good cleaning and two coats of Bullseye bonding primer. Then I rolled on two coats of light grey paint that we had leftover from our basement project. The color of paint is called Seattle, and it is made by Kwal Paint. I removed the old light brown t-trim molding that was on the edge of all the cabinets and replaced with pretty new white t-trim I got for cheap on eBay.
For the counters, I decided to use marble contact counter paper (available here) which I bought for $30 total on Amazon. It has a durable look and feel and a protective glossy top, too. I had to remove the sink and stove to cover those surfaces, and while I was at it, I replaced original gold cabinet knobs with new brushed nickel ones from Lowe’s for around $12. I also spray painted the furnace grill cover with a white high heat epoxy paint from Lowe’s.For the cushions, I removed all the original covers and then reupholstered with a maroon fabric for the bottom and white with black triangles for the top. For the back of the cushions, I cut out black felt and glued it on nicely to hide all the upholstery staples.
The bed pads were in great condition so I bought a foam pad for each one. I cut them to the necessary sizes, laid them over the top of the original mattresses, and covered them with black fitted sheets.
The curtains are blankets from Ikea that I cut in half! 😀 This was the cheapest option for thick fabric. I went with a dark grey so it wouldn’t show grease or dirt. The ties were made with the “goldenteepee” fabric (available here) from Spoonflower. They open and close with Velcro.
For the table, I primed then sprayed with a dark grey paint. Then I put 4 coats of Polycrylic protective finish on top. I sprayed the metal legs with Rustoleum Rust Reformer, then sprayed on two coats of black high performance enamel.
All of the decorations are from Ikea and Target. I made the garland with pinecones, black jute, and eye hook screws. This was such a fun project! I’m sad my remodel is over but so excited to start new camping memories with my family. I couldn’t have done it without all the amazing tutorials and featured makeovers on this blog! Thank you, Pop Up Princess! 🙂
No! Thank you, Jess! That transformation is nothing short of amazing. Let’s take one more look at those before and after shots, shall we?
Wow! I really adore this makeover. I especially love that Jess and her family have a comfy little retreat to experience the great outdoors together, and I’m sure her daughter will have wonderful memories of her childhood camp-outs, just like Jess does. Thanks for sharing, Jess! 🙂
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