The best part about writing this blog is that it inspires so many amazing makeovers. If you follow us on Facebook, (Hello! Why wouldn’t you?) you saw the amazing pictures of Lisa’s makeover. Lisa was inspired by another pop up camper transformation–Rose’s Makeover. She put her own fun twist on her renovation, and it ended up looking completely original.
Similarly, the transformation I get to share with you today–Tiffany’s Pop Up Camper Makeover–was inspired by many of the makeovers you’ve seen here on The Pop Up Princess. Even though Tiffany drew her inspiration from the other camper projects on this blog, she put her own unique stamp on things. You’ll recognize elements from other makeovers in Tiffany’s camper, but it looks absolutely unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. Let’s take a look…
Tiffany, her husband, Chris, and their family had wanted a camper for a few years. They knew they needed something light, so they could pull it with their small SUV. They also knew they needed to stick to a fairly tight budget, so a big, brand new camper was just not in the cards for them. When they came across this blog, they knew a pop up camper was the perfect solution.
It wasn’t long before they found a 2000 Coleman Niagara that was perfect for their family. They loved the roomy interior, cassette toilet/shower combo, and slide dinette. The only issue? That ugly, dated pop up camper interior. But Tiffany had spent hours looking over the reader features here on The Pop Up Princess, so she knew she could tackle that little problem. The family named their new little trailer “Bertha” and got to work sprucing her up.
First order of business? A new coat of paint for those cabinets! Tiffany and Chris removed all the doors and drawers from their cabinets and painted them separately. They gave everything four coats of Behr premium paint + primer in white. They also painted the fridge with chalkboard paint. The cabinet hardware was in fantastic shape, so they removed the hinges and pulls and gave everything a coat of Rustoleum spray paint in an oil rubbed bronze finish.
Then it was on to the countertops! They removed all their t-trim and ordered brand new, white replacement trim. While waiting for the trim to arrive, they borrowed an idea from Hollie’s pop up camper makeover to finish the countertop surfaces.
All the countertop surfaces got a few coats of Zinsser primer and Rustoleum countertop paint. While the paint was still wet, they sprinkled decorative plastic garage floor coating flakes on top. They topped everything off with several coats of Polycrylic to seal the surfaces.
Once the new t-trim arrived, they installed it in the existing groove of the countertop edge. You can find more information about installing t-trim here. Encouraged by the amazing progress they were making, Tiffany and Chris moved on to the flooring.
They purchased an adhesive-backed wood looking plank vinyl from Lowes. They fell in love with the flooring, and say it actually looks like real wood. What a great call! Doesn’t it add warmth to the camper? I’m really loving it! 🙂
With all the major renovations out of the way, it was time to move on to cushions and curtains. Tiffany doesn’t sew, but Chris does, so he was able to most of the work. They selected inexpensive dropcloths for the majority of the curtains, but found an eye-catching red home decor fabric at 80% off and decided to use that on the bunkend curtains to add a pop of color. Using the more expensive fabric selections in just a few spots around the camper is a great way to add some visual interest without breaking the bank. Nice thinking, Tiffany and Chris!
Tiffany borrowed her inspiration for the dinette table from Becca. She loved the rustic look of Becca’s dinette table, so they constructed a similar tabletop. Curious about the original? You can find Becca’s makeover here.
Tiffany incorporated the red from her curtains throughout the camper, adding little touches like red striped dishtowels, inexpensive red and white dishes from Target–you might recognize those from Beth’s Makeover–and adorable camping themed pillows on the bed.
And I recognize that awesome Ikea bedding, because I have the tan version in my own camper! Great minds think alike, Tiffany! Let’s take a look at that amazing transformation one more time. Wow… just… wow! Even though she borrowed elements from other makeovers on the blog, her camper looks completely original… and absolutely gorgeous. 😀
Tiffany and Chris had so much fun with the makeover, they documented the whole thing on their blog, which you can find here at Boettcher Adventure. You’ll find more pictures and details of upcoming adventures on their blog, so be sure to swing by and check it out. Fabulous job, Tiffany and Chris. Now go make some memories! 😉
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