Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal!

I’m so excited to share our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover Reveal with you!  We gave our little pop up camper a bright and airy new look with less than $400. Come take a tour!

Finally, after a couple of weeks of hard work and literal sweat, our Pop Up Camper Makeover is complete!  We took this 15 year old camper from dark and dated to fresh, bright and airy.  Come see how we did it!

First, here’s a look at what our camper looked like before the makeover:

If you want to see more before pictures of our 2004 Forest River Rockwood Pop Up Camper, as well as our design plans, visit my first camper post here.  We were lucky that there weren’t any structural issues to deal with, allowing this makeover to be all about brightening it up and making it our own.

Here is what our Pop Up Camper looks like now!

Our camper makeover included painting the cabinets, laying new floors, recovering the cushions and recovering the countertops. I also bought new bedding, floor rugs, string lights and some cute decorations.  But the main focus of this project was to give the bones a fresh new look and I think we did just that!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Let’s start this little tour at one end of the camper and work our way to the other end.  This end of the camper is made up of our king sized bed, as well as one dining banquet (that also turns into a twin bed)

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Camper Cushion Reupholstery

The bright, new reupholstered cushions really freshen up this space!  I was/am a little worried about using such a light fabric for the cushions, but we really wanted a light and bright space.  Admittedly though, budget did come into play on this one as well. I searched for outdoor fabric and while there was plenty (in many patterns that I just didn’t like), outdoor fabric is very expensive!  Instead, I searched the upholstery section and found this light blue velvety textured fabric meant for couches, which also happened to be deeply discounted at $5 a metre!  It’s durable, but it’s also easy to clean. In fact, on our first camping trip last weekend I cleaned off some chili one of the kids had spilled and it came out with no problems so that’s great!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

To recover the cushions I used a no-sew method to reupholster them, which I’m going to share in more detail in another blog post soon.  But the basic method uses wood backings and a staple gun.  It was easy, economical and perfect for this non-sewer!  I think they turned out great.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

The Countertops and Tables

We wanted to recover the countertops and tables in the camper to match the bright cabinets, so we tried using contact paper.  I had read many many many blog posts of people using contact paper to cover all kinds of things including camper counters so we decided to try it.  I bought rolls of contact paper from Walmart and applied them with ease…it’s very simple to apply.  Then to make them more durable I applied 2 coats of Varathane.  I love how they look…however…they are not durable.  They will work for now, but we will eventually try something else.  We also left the trim on the tables and countertops, thinking that we’ll replace them later with some white trim, but for now they’re fine.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Now moving along…let’s have a look at the other side of the camper…this middle space is made up of the ‘kitchen’ and another banquet area (that also turns into a twin sized bed).

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Painting Camper Cabinets

The biggest impact in our camper is definitely the newly painted white cabinets.  I can’t believe how much of a big change the white paint made…look how bright everything is!  When choosing the paint we were actually hoping that it would be a little darker grey, but I do love how they turned out.  First we applied 2 coats of primer, then we applied 2 coats of the paint.  We made sure to use a durable paint so that we could easily clean off scuffs and dirt that are an inevitable part of camping.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

What to do about Camper Hardware?

When making over the kitchen area my husband and I just weren’t sure what to do about the hardware like the drawer handles and pulls…do we replace it?  Do we paint it?  Do we leave it?  In the end, we opted to use the original hardware which is gold and I’m really happy we did.  I love the look of the gold in here.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Little Details

In the makeover process we also discovered all kinds of nooks and crannies and little things that needed painting…things like the furnace grate and fire extinguisher holder which were an ugly shade of brown.  To freshen these types of things up I spray painted them with a high heat enamel spray paint and they look brand new!  We also painted the outside of the fridge with the same white paint as the cabinets.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

I also lined the insides of all the shelves and drawers with shelf liner…I like the feeling of everything being clean.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

The Flooring

One of our favourite parts of our camper makeover is the addition of the new flooring!  We opted to use a vinyl hardwood peel and stick flooring that we placed right over our existing linoleum.  The process of laying it down was quite tedious, as we had to cut around a lot of little corners and edges.  But it was worth all the work because the flooring looks amazing against the white cabinets!  Then I finished things off with some cute throw rugs to warm things up.  I’m in love.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Now Let’s Decorate!

Once all the big tasks were done, all that was left was the really fun stuff…the decorating!  For a lot of the decorations I ‘shopped’ around my home for things.  I used dishes and cushions from my summer patio for the camper…all bright and cheerful to match!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

I also bought a few things like string lights and new rugs for the floor, but I didn’t really spend much.  Our goal was to keep spending to a minimum.

SO pretty.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Let’s Talk Timing and the Budget

We’re just so happy with how it all turned out!  The whole makeover took about 2 weeks with us doing what we could on weeknights and weekends.  And we definitely stayed on budget!  If you remember, we set a makeover budget of $1000 but we definitely came in under that at $354 for all the renovation supplies!  You can read more about that below.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

We also learned a lot during this process, including a few things we wouldn’t do again.  I’m going to share those in another post…but overall, we’re thrilled!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Our DIY Pop Up Camper at Night

I wanted to show you how our camper looks at night with the lights on and all the beds out…it’s super cozy.

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

Now there’s nothing left to do but enjoy our new-to-us camper!  We’ve already had it out camping, and we also have plans for a couple more camping trips by fall.  SO exciting!

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover: The Reveal // A Pretty Life

 

Our DIY Pop Up Camper Makeover Source List

Renovation Supplies:  Budget $1000, Total Cost:  $354  !!  WAY under budget  !!

  • Paint:
    • Primer:  KILZ Premium Primer:  High Hide Stain Blocker  $26
    • Cabinet Paint: SICO Evolution Paint, Custom Colour in Eggshell  $55
    • Grate and Fire Extinguisher: High Heat Enamel Spray Paint by Tremclad in the colour Aluminum  $13
  • Cushion Fabric: Bought at Fabricland: 8 metres for $44
  • Contact Paper for Countertops: at Walmart  $18 plus $30 for Polyurethane
  • Flooring:  Found at Lowe’s:  Cryntel SelectionsPlus Stormy Grey 2-mm Peel-and-Stick Luxury Vinyl Tile  $100
  • Drawer Liners:  Bought at Walmart $18
  • Miscellaneous: Staples, brushes, tape $50

Non Essential Decor…aka all the fun stuff.

Even with all this added into our original budget, we’re still under!

  • Bedding:
    • Yellow Duvets:  IKEA:  1 king, 1 queen: $95
    • Speckled Duvets:  IKEA:  2 twin:  $40
  • Cactus String Lights: Bought at Simons $10
  • Globe String Lights: Walmart  $16
  • Boho Mat: Simons  $20
  • Jersey Shag Rug: Walmart  $9
  • Cactus Garbage Can: Winners  $16
  • Dishes:
    • Cactus Glasses:  Walmart
    • Plates and Bowls:  Superstore
    • Cutlery:  Simons
  • Do Not Feed Bears Sign:  Saskatoon Farm
  • Pillows:
    • Tropical:  Michaels
    • Striped and Polka Dot:  Minted

If you made it this far into my very long reveal post, thank you so much!  I hope you love what you see…but more important, I hope you leave feeling inspired to maybe tackle a little trailer makeover of your own, it’s cheaper and easier than you might think!

Happy Camping!

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12 Comments

  • Reply Barb August 13, 2019 at 6:44 AM

    Its absolutely awesome Jo! well done!

  • Reply Shauna August 13, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Looks so, so much better! Love the little pops of colour. Hope you’re able to find time to enjoy it while summer is still here.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney August 13, 2019 at 3:25 PM

      Thank you Shauna! I love how easy it was to completely transform it…and now it’s time to get it out camping!

  • Reply Virginia Fynes August 13, 2019 at 6:03 PM

    J!!!!! This looks amazing! Awesome job, love your touch ups. When your counters fail, you should be able to just cut a sheet of arbourite to fit and printer around the edge.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney August 14, 2019 at 9:05 AM

      Thank you V!! It’s been really fun to see such a change…it’s amazing what a little paint and some new fabric can do! And great idea to use arbourite for the counters.

  • Reply nancy August 17, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    we just got a pop up and it needs some “pop” will not start until next spring however your blog has given me many ideas thanks so very much .ps this is the first time i have seen your blog but will not be the last

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney August 18, 2019 at 8:22 PM

      Hi Nancy! I’m so happy you found my blog…and our pop up makeover! I do hope you give yours some “pop”, we’re loving how fresh and new ours feels!

  • Reply Janice P Gardner August 17, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    It is stunning! Great job.

  • Reply Kendra | www.joyinourhome.com August 19, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Beautiful makeover Jo-Anna!! Such a bright and happy space! I’ve always wanted to makeover ours but just never have! Happy camping!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney August 19, 2019 at 7:36 PM

      Thank you so much Kendra! It’s been such a rewarding project…you should do yours!

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