Not long ago, I received an e-mail from a reader named Megan. Megan and her boyfriend had spent five weeks working and living out of a tent in the Adirondack mountains in New York last summer. Although the two of them absolutely loved roughing it, she told me that believe it or not, tent camping loses its appeal after about week three. I am not sure I would have lasted until week three! 😛
Each day they would leave the campsite in the morning, drive an hour in different directions to their jobs, then head back to their tent in the woods at night. Sometimes they would find it drenched by rain or ransacked by critters. Since they survived that ordeal, they decided to reward themselves with a pop up camper. They bought their camper in November, but didn’t get to use it before the snow set in. Megan spent the entire winter searching Pinterest for ideas. I was thrilled to hear her say that she came across this blog, and it inspired her to give her new camper a little makeover.
She started with the cabinets. Megan scrubbed, sanded, and painted them using the method we did and used the same paint she had used throughout her own house. On the cabinet doors, the laminate was peeling off in the corners and bubbling up, so she decided to peel it off altogether. Then she painted the doors. She found some funky, old looking knobs and handles to go on them and changed out the hardware.
Next she washed the gross linoleum flooring and adhered sticky backed plank vinyl over the top. Megan said the installation was easy enough that she did it all by herself in about two hours.
She was unsure of her sewing skills, so Megan decided to take the easy way out when recovering the cushions. She found some awesome suede fabric from JoAnn and used the wrap and staple method to give the cushions a whole new look. The fabric is a little thick, so the cushions don’t pop into place as easily as they used to, but Megan has three big dogs who use the trailer with them. She needed something durable. Megan loves her fabric because it doesn’t wrinkle, it’s fairly water-proof, and she can just wipe any dirt right off.
Megan’s favorite part of the camper? Her curtains! She had some curtains in her house that she loved. She took them down, ordered a few more to make up the difference, and had her mom–who is much handier with the sewing machine than she is–sew the new curtains directly onto the old curtains. They took four inches off the bottom of the old, faded, grubby curtains because they were too long and kept getting ripped down whenever anyone sat up against them. The new curtains reach just to the top of the cushions. They are still long enough that you can’t see in from the outside, but not long enough to be in the way anymore. Sewing the new ones right over the old meant that they were really good at blocking out the light. She was able to keep the mesh on the bunk end curtains, and they didn’t have to take all the C-clips off either. Megan’s mom just sewed down the sides and across the top, leaving the bottom open so the curtains can hang without bunching.
The bunkends got four inches of memory foam–which she says is the best thing ever, a sleeping bag, and a pretty quilt over the top. Megan loves that she can completely make the bed (without the pillows, of course) and there is still enough room to close the roof. She’s also a fan of pillows and heard plenty of grumbling that she’d added about 50 pounds just in pillow weight to the trailer. Secretly, though, she knows her boyfriend loves it! That sounds like Mr. TypeTwoFun! 😉
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