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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pop up Camper Makeover

     We went tent camping this summer with our grandson. One thing we learned was that we're too old to be sleeping on the ground. We had tried a regular pull trailer but my husband didn't like pulling something that big. Also he didn't like the fact that he couldn't see out the back window. So we started talking about a pop up camper. I looked over the internet to learn more about them. Of course I checked out Pinterest. And that's when I discovered  The Pop Up Princess. Besides learning useful information, I was also amazed at all the wonderful makeovers. I was hooked. We bought a 2009 Rockwood Freedom.

     Over all it was in pretty good condition. But it was your typical RV interior, all tones of brown. After seeing what could be done, I knew I wanted a brighter more colorful interior.

     So we dug in and went to work. I took all the curtains down and washed them. The mattresses and cushions I sprayed with disinfectant/odor eliminator and set in the sun for several days. I gave the interior a good cleaning. We removed the cabinet doors and the hardware off the doors. The hardware was fine but a shiny brass color. So I spray painted them a dark brass.

     We then went to work on the cabinets, repairing, filling holes and nicks and sanding. Then time to paint, first I did a primer coat. Then I painted with Behr Marquee paint and primer, semi-gloss in 'Spring Frost'. I got good coverage with these two coats.

     sewed new valances, but reused the Velcro and Glide-tape from the old ones. The black out curtains were in good shape, but we were missing two pair. So I bought two full length (84in) black out panels at Walmart and cut them in half. I then used flat bed sheets to cover all of the panels. I did have to buy drapery Glide-tape for the two new pair. I found it on line at Campingworld. 

     The counter tops were in good shape so we left them as is. I found a cute decal on Amazon for the front of the refrigerator.

     We redid the floor. It is a floating floor, 'Allure' in teak, we bought at Home Depot. Considering neither my husband or I knew what we were doing I think we did OK laying it with a minimal amount of swearing.  Especially since nothing in this camper was square. I have a feeling that might be true in all pop ups.

     I made these cute little candle holders to match the decor. They were originally clear. I used food coloring mixed into white glue. After getting the color I wanted, I used a small brush to paint the holders. They now have the look of sea glass. The candle holders and battery tea lights all from the dollar store.

     Do you see the "chandelier" over the table. I got a little carried away with my decorating. My husband rolled his eyes at this one. But I had fun making it from a dollar store basket and battery candles. The beads I bought at Joann's, with coupons of course. The whole thing cost me about $10.

     Another thing we made, which is a little more practical, was some hanging shelving. I found the idea on Pinterest and bought the supplies at Home Depot in the closet section. The fabric bins are from the dollar store.

     The majority of fabric I bought at fabric.com. I covered the cushions using the folding method and a glue gun. I'm not sure how the glue will hold up in our cold Wyoming winters, we'll see . I might have to rethink it come spring. I made the bed covers because I couldn't find anything ready made that I liked. Some of the throw pillows I bought others I made. I'm very pleased with how everything turned out. Everyone who has seen it can't believe the transformation. Unfortunately we haven't been able to use it yet. You can read that sad tale on my last post, The Road Trip That Wasn't.

     We have winterized the camper and closed it up for the winter. We are looking forward to new adventures come spring.

A thought to ponder: "Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety                                          percent how you respond to it"                 Lou Holt


  1. This is absolutely adorable! Makes me want to go out and get a camper of some sort. The fella across the street bought one that is definitely vintage but I doubt his will look as good as yours.

  2. I love it. You've done an amazing job turning a dull old thing into a beautiful space and I hope you have many adventures in your pop up camper.


  3. You've done an amazing job. I really love it. I think I'd be a bit worried about sleeping in the area that pops out though! Mich x #sharethejoy

  4. This is so cool! Really bright and colourful. We're in the market for a folding camper as we're going to conference next summer. Seeing how you'be transformed yours I would definitely consider one now #sharethejoy

  5. Oh my, what a fabulous makeover! You would never believe it was the same pop up. Love the colors! So bright, cheery, and fun!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. Hi Jackie, just hopping back to let you know that you will be featured at SYC tomorrow.

  7. WOW I just loved this! :) Coming over from SYC :)

  8. Found you over at Share Your Cup. Love the camper makeover. The colors are wonderful and everything works so well together. I would love for you to come share your makeover at the Snickerdoodle party on Saturday at 5:00pm EST. http://www.bluewillowhouse.com/2016/12/10/snickerdoodle-createbakemake-link-party-161/

    1. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle. I am featuring you at today's party.

  9. Love this! I've been thinking my husband and I need to "hit the open road" in one of these, too.

  10. Don't you get alot of high winds in WY? If so be very careful about camping anytime there are high winds or camper could be torn to shreds, just saying.
    You have done fantastic job redoing your new little haven, thought chandelier was incredible, gives me ideas for hubs little trailer. Love colors and fabrics used to decorate your new little palace, think camper looks wonderful, much better than ugly brown. Hanging storage will be so handy.
    We haven't camped in years, miss it so much.
    We had 24 ft. self contained trailer which we used the heck out of. Lived in it for months at a time in MT, KY and then here in CO before we bought our house. I loved it, miss it so much. Think I must have some gypsy in me cause I loved going and/or living in trailer. Even in Winter in MT and here in CO. One thing about our trailer was having bunks in back by bathroom. Great storage especially in winter when clothes are more and bulkier. Also after you do laundry. Kept dirty laundry in back of Suburban which is handy. Had little Ford truck we used instead of Suburban except in bad weather.
    Hope you get lots of use out of your awesome trailer, have fun and see some of country.
    We got to while we lived in MT especially as hubs was over road trucker and I went with him as often as I could, boy do I miss that. All over US and quite a bit of Canada.
    Enjoy holiday season

  11. I absolutely love your remodel and I'm sure once you get out in it that you'll really enjoy all of your hard work. I just wanted to comment on the hot glue concern, I used it to attach my curtains, valances and a few other random things when I was burnt out from my pop-up remodel and I suggest leaving a small glue gun with glue right in your pop-up. My first time putting it back up after winter (upstate NY so we don't get it as bad as you guys but still cold) some of my valance needed to be reglued then a few other times when it was really warm but it's a quick fix and if you decide to sew them instead the hot glue comes right off. Also, my hot glue gun has come in handy SO MANY times while camping, any time one of us needed something fixed or held down, I was the one they asked lol One of the best uses was for keeping a tablecloth on the wooden picnic tables :)

  12. Love your color choices; each one plays off the other. I was pondering a beachy theme for our pop up, now I know I'll have to do it. You did an awesome job. Here's to many happy trails.

  13. love your ideas..this will be our first reno of a pop up...camped for years in a full hook up/seasonal site. Decided to do a much scaled down version this time. We just purchased a good condition..but neglected 15 yr. old pop up..excited to revamp it, very inspired by pop up princess and all of you. Thanks for the inspiration!