I love hearing that the blog has inspired people. When I get those types of emails, it really makes my day. I know that we are so glad our little family made the decision to buy a pop up camper and see more of the world around us, but sometimes I feel a bit crazy when I tell my friends and family about our adventures. So I love hearing from other people just like us–people like Jeannine. Jeannine and her husband, Scott, had been pop up camper owners for years. They had purchased a 1987 Palomino Colt pop up camper from a friend six years ago. It was in great condition, but over the years they just hadn’t used it as much as they would have liked. Their girls were young, and taking little ones camping was a daunting task. As the kids got older, they decided to use the camper more often. In late March, Jeannine was searching for some new outside light covers when she stumbled across the blog and was inspired. She convinced Scott that they could make their own camper feel a little more like home, and armed with all the ideas from the blog, her 8th grade sewing skills, a cast iron sewing machine from 1954, and her Paypal account, Jeannine got started. 😀
Jeannine and Scott chose Reclaim paint in Sage Green. Jeannine tells me it is a bit pricey, but there is no need to sand or prime, which was a total time saver for her. They live in Buffalo, NY , where the weather doesn’t break until mid-April at best, so they were looking to save time wherever they could. Jeannine tells me that the paint is really thick, and she only needed two coats. They even had half the gallon left for another project. They used the Reclaim Clear Multi Purpose Sealer to add durability, which also gave the finish a little sheen.
Jeannine spray painted all of the original hardware black because she really liked the detail on it. Although she’d picked out fantastic Allure flooring, she thought the current floor was a nice, neutral color and in fabulous shape – no scratches, stains or tears — so she couldn’t justify changing it. She did find two rubber-backed throw rugs in sage green on clearance for $5, and brought those in to add some visual interest.
Jeannine purchased interlocking floor mats for the slide out beds, and was surprise at what a difference that made. If you’re curious about that, read our post here on making your pop up camper more comfortable. Jeannine’s camper beds, are an odd size (48 x 72) and finding new mattresses was a challenge. She finally found hide-a-bed mattresses on Amazon that worked perfectly. She wasn’t so lucky at finding mattress covers, so she made them out of four quilted couch slip covers that she found at a discount store for less than $20 each. She cut off the parts that cover the arms and made the mattress covers out of the large rectangle pieces. She also sewed in a zipper. Jeannine says that next to the kitchen area, the mattress covers were her favorite part of this makeover. They are washable, soft, and give an extra layer of cushion to sleep on. She also put a waterproof cover on top of the mattress, inside of the quilted cover, to protect her new beds. Pretty great idea, right?
Jeannine purchased new foam for the dinette area and sewed the cushion covers. She used outdoor fabric for the cushion cover and valances, which she got on sale for 50% off. The valance fabric is the same print as the cushions, but in a coordinating color. The bunkend curtains were 63″ panels that Jeannine hemmed to length. Then she added replacement curtain tabs, which she found on Amazon. The camper didn’t have any curtains before Jeannine got to it, and she loves the difference. Her bunkends stay warmer at night, and the curtains block the early morning sun. Her girls love having their own little space, too. 🙂
Jeannine and Scott removed the icebox, plugged the drainage hole, and built a hinged cover for the top. They now have more storage space than before, and the area doubles as seating. But Jeannine’s favorite part of this makeover was the kitchen. She used high heat spray paint to give the range top new life. She also used Rust-o-leum countertop paint and decorative chips for the surrounding area. After sanding the chips smooth, they used the leftover Reclaim sealer as a top coat. To give the backsplash a new look, Jeannine added SmartTiles. Want more information on that project? We’ve got a tutorial here. Jeannine also painted the pump faucet black. Her red Coleman dishes, hot pads, dish cloths and coffee pot complete the cute look.
Once they got started with their makeover, they went all out. With the inside finished, they moved on to the outside. They purchased brand new canvas, and the camper door got a cute decal. The exterior also got a fresh coat of almond colored paint. I love how clean it looks now.
On Memorial Day weekend, Jeannine and Scott took her out for the maiden voyage. They didn’t have a site with electricity, so beforehand they purchased a red percolator. It was the best $20 they ever spent! 😉 There is nothing like camp coffee. The whole family had a fantastic time in their “new” little camper and can’t wait to do it again.I can’t believe what an awesome transformation this is. Jeannine’s little Palomino hardly looks like the same camper. Beautiful work, Jeannine. It looks brand new. I hope you enjoy many family camping trips with your girls, and I’m sure they will have wonderful memories of their little pop up camper. 🙂
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