I’m so very excited to share Tracy’s pop up camper makeover with you this week. Tracy’s pop up was in good condition and only had a few issues. The fake oak paper on the cabinets was peeling off, and the linoleum floor had yellowed. The cushions were fine, but the fabric was outdated and scratchy. Tracy had big ideas and was great at shopping sales. With a little creativity and a small budget, Tracy completely transformed her camper.
Tracy started her remodel by removing all the cushions and covering over the existing fabric with upholstery fabric she purchased at Hancock Fabrics before they went out of business. She bought four yards of fabric–originally $25/yard–at 80% off, in coordinating coastal blue colors. Tracy simply wrapped her cushions in the new fabric and used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the back side.
Next Tracy painted the cabinets and hardware. She chose Glidden Gripper for the primer and topped it with a BEHR paint plus primer in Antique White gloss. She primed all the cabinets, walls, and countertops including the T-molding. At this point, Tracy tells me she thought she was way in over her head but there was no turning back! 😉
Once the last coat of paint was on the cabinets, Tracy could finally see that she hadn’t ruined the camper. It was full speed ahead at that point. She spray painted all the old brass hardware with Rustoleum metallic silver spray paint. She also removed the mini fridge door, fire extinguisher holder, and the metal trim piece from the dinette slide out and spray painted them in Rustoleum’s Castle Rock color in matte finish. When they were dry, Tracy added three coats of Minwax’s Polycrylic in clear gloss to help protect everything. She used the same color spray paint on the galley kitchen swing arm to coordinate.
Tracy’s next project was fixing that cheap looking dinette table. She was inspired by the wood table top she saw on Becca’s Pop Up Camper Makeover, so Tracy built her own version. She used wood strips, which she attached to the table top. Then she used the dry brush method to drag different shades of paint along the top. She topped it off with a clear coat.
Then she added rustic brackets to the corners. To finish the look, she purchased a burlap table runner from Hobby Lobby for $6.99 (using a 30% off coupon, of course) and used a mandala stencil and black paint to give it a custom look.
In the past, she had always used a lamp on the dinette table, but this time, Tracy wanted something more industrial looking. She had seen a pricey pendant lamp online that was perfect but not in her budget. While walking through Target one day, she saw a coral colored wire lantern in the patio section. Tracy used this (with the handle removed) and a pendant light cord she already had on-hand to create her own version of that pricey light. She wrapped the pendant cord in some leftover jute twine and purchased a cool vintage Edison light bulb from Home Depot. This is now her favorite accessory, and it is easy to see why! I like Tracy’s version even better than the original.
After the table was done, Tracy moved on to the counter tops. She planned on spray painting the counters, so she carefully taped everything off and draped plastic everywhere to prevent the over spray from getting on her new white cabinets. Tracy used two cans of Rustoleum’s American Accents stone spray paint in the color Stone Pebble. She applied three coats to get good coverage, making sure to include the plastic t-molding. After it was dry, she added two coats of Minwax Polycrylic in clear gloss, sanded lightly, then added four more coats. Tracy tells me that her countertops are perfectly smooth and shiny.For the floor, Tracy purchased one box of Style Selections peel-n-stick vinyl planks from Lowe’s in the Driftwood color. The cost should have been $63, but Tracy was offered a $13 discount. Lowe’s had showed an inventory of 123 boxes, but when Tracy arrived, they were out of stock and had to order it. For her inconvenience, they offered her a discount. Nice! 🙂
Tracy used almost all 40 planks and had a few extra for screw ups on awkward cuts. She purchased two inexpensive rugs from Kmart, one in coral and one in blue, to add some more color to the floor and break up the areas.
Then Tracy shopped for new bedding. She found two bed-in-a-bag sets on 70% off clearance at Kmart for $30 each, and that included two throw pillows! They were a neutral antique white and black color color in a cute pattern. She also found 84″ curtain panels at Menards in a pretty coral color for $15 to add the the finishing touch.
The original curtains were a neutral solid color and could be kept, however the valances were sagging and dated. Tracy removed her valances and hung her new coral curtains above the the bunk ends with a tension rod. Then she made some tie-backs with jute rope ribbon. She added cute black and white buttons bought from Hobby Lobby. All Tracy did was cut the ribbon to size, hot glue the buttons on, and add a Velcro strip (hot glue again) for a closure.
What an amazing transformation, right? It hardly looks like the same camper. Tracy really has an eye for color and did a great job working within her budget and shopping sales to create a fabulous space for her family to enjoy. Nice work, Tracy!
Keep those fabulous pop up camper makeovers coming. You guys are all so creative, and I love seeing your projects. And if you haven’t started that camper makeover yet and are looking for a little inspiration, stay tuned! I’ve got some really fabulous reader features coming up next month. You won’t want to miss them! 😉