Summer is finally here and once again it’s time to head up north and enjoy our PURE MICHIGAN! You’ve seen Jill’s adorable cottage, now it’s time to show you the our old camper remodel, AKA our summer home. This is the vintage camper project part one that we did.
Vintage Camper Remodel
The story of our old camper remodel began approximately 3 years ago, when I went to a local auction to pick up furniture for the Bungalow 47 shop and came home with this beauty. Brian and I have always been campers, but our version of camping usually includes 5th wheel campers, diesel trucks and toy haulers. Our camper is our tiny house on wheels.
Now that our children have grown, we’ve decided to downsize into something a little cozier. With a family camping trip rapidly approaching, we realized we better get busy transforming it into something that would function for the two of us and was more our style for our tiny home. This is our vintage camper remodel transformation.
We are not new to RV renovation, and I have always loved old campers. The most fun is DEMO DAY! We started this renovation project by gutting the whole camper. This is hard work, but so satisfying.
We removed the old cabinets, dining area, all the light fixtures, benches and layers upon layers of various flooring. Gone went the gross contact paper, siding with water damage. Almost everything would need to be replaced. Right away, it made a huge difference and made the space feel bigger.
Next, to give it a more modern look, we lined the walls with unfinished beadboard. These would be painted and distressed using our chalk and clay paint. The interior got a brand new feeling.
After conducting a quick Instagram poll of what color the walls should be painted, we decided Dreamcatcher (white) which we had private labeled for Junk Gypsy Paint but is Subway Tile in the Bungalow 47 brand. The curved walls and ceiling would be Wanderlust (turquoise) which is Lava Lamp in the Bungalow 47 brand. The turquoise is really eye catching and brought the interior to life! We painted everything and distressed it with a fine grit sandpaper.
Wood for the Floor
Once the walls were done, we turned our attention to the flooring. After shopping the flooring selection at Home Depot we determined we needed a thicker floor (due to the uneven surface in the camper) and so we picked up a truck load of pallet wood. The price was right (free) but it did require a more hard work to prep the boards.
The boards were full of nails that needed to be pulled, was uneven and different thicknesses. We pulled the nails, put them through the planer and then ran them through the jointer giving them a more finished look. That hard work paid off because what we were left with was wood that looked brand new!
Once the floor was down in our old camper remodel, it was stained. We chose a darker color to stand out against the white paint. We finished it off with a fresh coat of matte finish.
Finishing Touches for the Camper
We also added a few other little details to the shell remodel. This adorable light fixture came from our local Habitat for Humanity store. It was a bargain and gave the living space a real homey feel. We added rope trim which was a perfect solution for edging the round contours of the camper. We simply glued the rope in place with gorilla glue.
The camper remodel was coming along. We turned our attention to adding the sleeping area and storage space. I will share in another post all the fun facts of how we did the bed frame, added window treatments and other cute stuff we have picked up at flea markets. Here is the link to the blog post for part two. Hopefully you can get some inspiration for your own old camper.
Old camper remodels aren’t always easy, but if you’re handy, they sure are satisfying. I can’t get enough of vintage campers and would love to do another one. The tiny home appeal is so fun and renovating this little travel trailer made me want to head out and hit the road.
We still have a bit of work to do on the exterior, and a few things to replace on the door. But we will take a bit of a rest, and get part two of our renovating project going. Stay tuned!
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