I’m so very excited to share this next reader makeover with you. Teresa was all ready to purchase a vintage camper to glamp up when she came across the blog. After seeing all fabulous reader features here, it didn’t take long for her to change her mind. Soon she had a pop up camper of her own and was tearing it apart. She really went all out on her remodel, so here’s Teresa to tell us all about it. 🙂
We camped many years with our kids in a pop up camper, but as they grew up and moved out, we sold it. In hindsight, that was big mistake. At that time, I hadn’t found Larissa’s blog yet, but wanted very much to make over an older trailer. Fortunately, I found The Pop Up Princess before I found a vintage camper, and I fell in lo-o-ove with all the awesome makeovers here. From that point on, I was on a mission! 😀
It turned out to be much harder than I expected to find a pop up camper for a decent price where we live. They just got snapped up so fast! Once I found this one, we jumped. The sellers kept showing me all the flaws and couldn’t fathom why I couldn’t care less. They didn’t know I was going to glamorize her, so I only saw potential. I used a lot of the ideas I found here. I really fell in love with Tiffany’s Pop Up Camper Makeover, and borrowed my color scheme from her. I also took our paint color “Coconut Ice” from another makeover featured here.I set my budget at $300 and got to work. My first project was painting the cabinets. I removed all the cabinet doors and hardware and prepped everything. I decided to go with a quality paint, so I got Behr Paint and Primer in One. I also wanted to keep the existing hardware to cut costs, so I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to make everything look brand new.
I wanted the countertops to match my new remodel, so I lightly sanded them and primed them with Zinsser primer. I borrowed Hollie’s countertop technique and painted them and blew crushed garage floor flakes across the top.
One day, I will need to replace the plastic t-molding, but for the time being, I just painted it with gray acrylic paint. The countertops turned out alright, but the color was just not making me happy. I wanted more contrast. I eventually decided to spray the counters with grey stone spray paint. That did the trick! Once dry, I coated the counters with a few coats of lacquer, and everything was perfecto! You can still see the garage flecks under the stone spray, which I love.
Next up… flooring! I splurged on that a little bit. I grabbed a gorgeous plank vinyl that was $40/box. We needed two boxes, so it was pricey, but so worth it. I had my handy husband install it for me while I worked on the curtains and cushions. We didn’t want to use quarter round to trim out the edges, so we ran a bead of caulk around the edge of the cabinets instead.
When I said I wanted to do this remodel on a budget, I meant it. My fabrics were surprisingly cheap. I scoured the local Goodwill for inexpensive options, and that is where I found my grey blackout curtains for $5 each. They only had two panels, but I found the exact same ones at Target–one was on clearance for $7, and the other was on sale for $9.
My fabrics all came from Walmart. I cut out the zippers from the original cushions and reused them to help cut costs. I used the “wrap and staple” method on the bottom seat cushions and sewed covers for the back cushions. I’ve never done something like that before, but was pleasantly surprised at how well they turned out. I found my red floral comforter set at Goodwill for only $5! The grey one was a Target set, but it was only $29. I sewed most of the pillows out of leftover fabric scraps, but I couldn’t resist purchasing the cute “When all else fails…” pillow from Walmart. 😉The dinette table was our last big project. My husband wanted to build it just like Becca’s table, but he was just so busy with work that he didn’t have much extra time. I decided one day that it couldn’t be terribly hard to do myself, so I did it. I screwed the boards onto the existing tabletop, cut them to the size and shape of the top underneath, sanded, stained, and coated with a few coats of polyurethane. I have no doubt my husband’s version would have been far better in quality than mine, but I’m pretty proud of my work. 😀In the “kitchen” area, I added chalkboard vinyl to the front of the fridge, just like Larissa did. I also wanted to incorporate a tiled backsplash like she did, but I cook on our indoor stove quite a bit. I was concerned that the vinyl tiles would melt from the heat of the stove, so instead I added vinyl tiles to the outside of my fold-down galley. I just love how it turned out. 🙂
I also made a few pennant banners and signs for around the camper. I even came across a cute pop up camper toy at Goodwill, and I just had to have it for the grandkids. I love the way our space has turned out, and we were able to stick to our $300 budget, too. We still have a few more things to do on our “Poppy,” but they’ll have to wait until next year. This year, we are going to enjoy her with the family as much as we can. 🙂
Pretty amazing, isn’t it? I love it! Even better, Teresa tells me she is already out enjoying Poppy with her grandkids, which makes all the hard work worth it. Nice job, Teresa! Thanks so much for sharing.