Maria and John’s Remodeled Pop-Up Camper
Avid campers Maria and John recently purchased a 1995 pop-up camper, complete with decor that’s typical of most campers and RVs, in various shades of mauve and tan. Instead of settling with the (let’s face it) homely interior, take a look at how they have transformed the camper with a fresh, modern and fun new look, just in time for this summer’s camping season.
Here in this before photo, you get a sense of the dated pattern on the cushions, the wood paneled cabinets, and the plain white dining table.
One of the first updates they made was to paint the cabinets a cheerful blue (Benjamin Moore Blue Lake), which made a big difference right away.
They also painted the door of the mini-refrigerator in chalkboard paint. When camping, they can leave notes to each other if they leave the campsite.
A nice touch is how the blue paint extends around the interior completely, so when they open the door, you can see it on the bottom half of the door from the outside.
They also decided to cover up the original uninspiring flooring with vinyl plank flooring (Lowe’s), glued down with mastic. Here is John cutting the flooring to fit.
Maria was rightfully proud of her decoupaged table project. It’s simply fabulous. She and her friend Melissa worked on the project together over the course of a weekend. They used heavy duty wrapping paper from World Market with mod podge as the adhesive and a layer of polyurethane over top to make the tabletop water resistant.
Maria covered the cushions with new fabric and added a few throw pillows here and there.
And she hung two sets of luxurious emerald green drapes in front of the sleeping areas on either side and two sets extending along the side windows. For the drapes, she repurposed shower curtains from Target and ironed them onto the existing drapes using Stitch Witchery, a fusable bond designed for hems, trims, and belts. (My daughter Nadja was having a look around during our photo shoot.)
Maria’s dog Autumn clearly approves of her home away from home.
My friend Jen and I and our daughters camped in the same area last weekend so we could all attend the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival together. When we came in and set up our campsite, I could see Maria’s pop-up camper through the woods.
She found a handwoven area rug at the festival to perfectly complement the camper’s interior design.
In the evening, she and her friend Melissa set up the canopy…
And strung festive lights and lanterns to set the scene for a night of cocktails, dinner, and storytelling from our day at the festival.
Maria and John’s camper is not only aesthetically pleasing to hang out in now, but it’s good to go year-round: a nice compact pop-up with water, electrical hook-up, working refrigerator, and propane stove, plus a space heater for winter months, and a portable A/C for the hottest days of summer. I’m thrilled that they get to head deep into the woods and make a space for themselves that feels right at home.