Today is the day I finally show off our vintage camper we bought almost 2 years ago. I have been
camping glamping with my mother-in-law, my sister and my daughter since my daughter was 3 and having my own camper was always on my want/to do list. I’ll let you in on a secret, camping to me isn’t about roughing it, it’s about watching movies, reading magazines, laying on the beach, taking evening walks (to peek at everyone’s campers) and even finding a new restaurant in town for dinner.
Before we had Cooper we threw around the idea of buying a lake house but realized with our kids going to college soon the extra expense just wasn’t going to make our idea possible. We needed something though because my husband works 60-80 hours per week and travels and also I’m the type of person who rarely sits around the house because in my mind something can always be cleaned, organized or repurposed!
When we spotted our camper for around $1,000.00 we knew it was time to take the plunge!
I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves in today’s post and write up another one with the details for those of you wanting more information.
Here is the before in all it’s glory. As you can tell she’s sturdy and in great condition.
My vision for the camper was about summer memories. I loved summer as a kid and I loved the 4th of July the best. I wanted the camper to be fun and bright for our kids. I didn’t want it to be kitschy, I had no desire to keep it vintage or restoring it back to it’s original days. I didn’t need it to be funky or edgy or anything but comfortable and welcoming.
The inside was a sea of brown and the fabric was smelly and scratchy and I’m not a hipster so personally I just thought it was ugly and leaving it as is wasn’t an option.
The closet was tore out and made into an entertainment center to hold our dvd player and television. Our night always ends watching movies and eating popcorn.
The couch in the back was super uncomfortable and narrow so we tore it out and added a twin bed. We got a high end mattress that was half off. It was still more than a cheap mattress but it’s the area we sit on the most. (Reminder I don’t rough it, comfort is key!) I will admit the curtains were cute, but again it wasn’t the direction I was going and the light fixtures only sometimes worked and needed replaced along with all the wiring.
The old light fixtures were traded out for outdoor light fixtures that I spray painted red. I also installed a dimmer on the lights. The truth…I installed dimmers on all the lights in the camper with a few different on/off switches that way lights could be adjusted pretty much from wherever you were sitting.
The air conditioner was replaced with a bigger and newer one. ( I don’t sweat when I camp!) We also pulled out the stove and replaced it with some top burners. Trust me there will be no baking when we camp.
The refrigerator was replaced too. We bought a model that had a scratch on the side for a major discount. Also its not made for a camper it’s just a regular small dorm frig, which also saved us lots of money. Also notice the microwave. Baking no…microwaving yes.
Our big splurge?? The backsplash. She’s pretty right?
We’ve taken her out a few times this summer and I’m hoping we get out one more time before the season is over. The camper has been a big hit with the rest of the campers. It’s a great conversation starter.
I used TONS of white paint on the camper and really this is probably the most colorful project besides my daughter’s bedroom, I’ve done. I tend to like neutrals and my taste is probably a little darker but I love how our camper turned out. I hope it brings lots of fun memories for our kids.
I’ll be back this week with a post with all the resources and ins and outs on our camper project. If you have any specific questions please let me know and I’ll try and include it in the post!
I hope you enjoyed the tour!