This next pop up camper makeover is amazing! Jennie’s little glamper will appeal to both men and women alike. She adopted a neutral color scheme and opted to give her PUP a rustic lodge feel. Mr. TypeTwoFun and I were drooling over the pictures. Here’s Jennie to tell you all about it.
Jennie’s Pop Up Camper Makeover
When a group of friends invited us to go camping with them recently, I was flooded with so many great childhood memories. We camped in a tent during that trip, and they had hard-sided campers and fifth-wheels, but I immediately knew I wanted a pop up camper. I went home and told my husband, PJ–who had not been keen on tenting it–all about my renewed love of camping. I suggested we look into getting a pop up. He had never even been in a pop up, so I knew I had to “WOW” him. We borrowed one sometime later from a friend to confirm my feelings, and it was pure heaven. Being off of the ground, having storage and seating, but still being in the elements with only the canvas between us and Mother Nature was amazing. We were hooked! Not that we needed any extra convincing, but my eldest daughter enjoyed herself so much that she cried for two days after we left our first family camping trip in the borrowed PUP. She too had been bit by that camping bug! 🙂
Through the years PJ has gotten me many great gifts–from two Nigerian Pygmy goats to Indian cooking lessons–but by far, this pop up takes the cake. He bought it for me at a dealer in meticulous condition with many modifications already done. The under the seat storage and cabinets had all been replaced with solid oak cabinets with improved accessibility. The popup was as sound and as clean as they come and only needed our personal touches.
My goal was a have a pop up that felt like an outdoorsy lodge-type experience. I loved the idea of glamping, but did not want to have a glamper that reminded us of home. I really wanted my family of five to experience the simplicity of camping. I wanted to build with them the memories and experiences that I did when I was younger while camping with my family.
We decided to remove as much as we could to make it easy to paint and put down the new floor. While we did not have a budget, we did want to do the work ourselves and reuse/repurpose as much as we could. We always find that tackling a project together is a great first step to making memories and creating real value in something.
I learned to sew on my neighbor’s hand-me-down 1970 Singer sewing machine just for this project. A great friend and a sewing teacher helped me learn the skills to make the cushion covers and the curtains. I hand painted and sewed the canvas curtains to reflect a Pendelton pattern, and I special ordered the cushion upholstery fabric from a warehouse in Georgia.
We painted the cabinets in Benjamin Moore Battleship Gray paint, which we had left over from a painting project inside our home. I found a vintage Coleman cooler that is perfect for mixing large batches of iced tea or lemonade for the kids. I loved the idea of the plastic storage for clothes, but did not like the look for my “lodge” so I found the same item in a dark brown with a natural looking “weave” pattern on the front. They look great and they hold all our clothes.
PJ helped my vision become a reality by custom painting everything. He installed our flooring and faucet, which came from Lowes, and replaced all the knobs and hardware. This remodel truly was a group effort. My father-in-law made the table and countertop from black walnut that was locally harvested from a friend.
Larissa’s blog was a great resource to gain insight and ideas. Before finding this site, I had no idea that people were doing these types of renovations on these little gems! We have taken our new little home away from home on a few trips now. We even had a “lobster bake” that we planned one trip when the forecast called for rain. We cooked totally on an open fire in a Cabela’s cast iron camp stove and truly lived it up! While we have camped mostly locally, we look forward to taking the pop up out on a road trip soon.
I just want to say thank you all for sharing your ideas and insights. This blog has given my family a gift that will be everlasting. We’ve shared so many laughs, challenges, and experiences already that only come up when you’re spending time in the woods. So thank you again. 🙂
I’m actually a little teary-eyed, Jennie… I love hearing that. There is nothing better than spending time outdoors with your family, and you’ve got such a lovely little space to do it in. What an amazing job you and PJ did! I’m so impressed. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, as I am sure your makeover will inspire many glampers to come. 😉