The Camper Project: Revealed


I am done.  This has been the shortest two weeks everrrr.  I am some kind of crazy for thinking I was up to the challenge of renovating the inside of a pop up camper in 14 days.  Did I mention it is also really hot parked on my driveway?

Well, you all remember this 1990’s nightmare, right?



Ah, yes.  The gorgeous faux wood grain, and the tie-dye rug.  I will miss you country blue drapes (that had spider eggs attached), and scratchy bench cushions.  I will be very lonely without my 46 wasp nest keeping me company…NOT!  Look at her now!




I painted over those kitchen cabinets with a high gloss classic red, and switched out the cabinet hardware for a sleek chrome pull.  I added a vintagy (is that a word?) coffee machine, because let’s face it, coffee is like American Express, you don’t leave home without it.  I was given this awesome fan by my mom, who happened to be hoarding it in her camper.  The metal canisters I found at my local antique store.  They are amazing!  I always check there for accessories for any room I am decorating.  The towel was in a box of linens I picked up for a $1 at an auction.

Ok, here’s another before…




And after…




The new drapes make a huge difference.  They let more light in and the gray and white brighten up the space immediately.   During the day, when the canvas is soaking up the sun, I can close those drapes and block out the heat.  All the bedding is from Target with the exception of the pink geometric pillow, I picked that up today at World Market for, wait for it, wait for it, $5.74!  Yes!  I actually did an elbow pump at the register when they rang up 50% off the clearance price.


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I added two modern conveniences to the camper, a small fridge and a portable AC.  The pillows I sewed and stuffed with an insert that I had kept when I was tired of the cover.  They can be removed and washed.  The tablecloth was the inspiration for this whole project.  I love the red, turquoise, yellow and pink that adorns the corners.  The gray striped throw was also found at Target on clearance and the seat cushions were reupholstered by me.  They are not my favorite things in the world right now, but they will do.  The opposite bedding mirrors the other bed.




Here is my last minute addition to the camper.  I also made a bunting for the awning outside.  Check back next week for a tutorial on how to make this super easy, and quick project.  Think of the possibilities!




Sad story, we were packing everything up to take the camper to it’s spot this weekend, and I put two huge holes in either side of the canvas.  I patched them up, but it’s not cute.




Good news, is that it can be fixed, and this weekend when I’m having a glass of wine with friends, I won’t care there is duct tape holding my cute camper together.  Right?  Meh.




Wishing you all a safe and fun Labor Day weekend.  I like to think of it as fall-eve.  I don’t care what the calendar says, the fall decorations are coming out next week!


39 Comments on The Camper Project: Revealed

  1. Beth
    March 25, 2014 at 11:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi How did you replace the curtains I want to do this to mine thanks

  2. Chanel Lang
    March 28, 2014 at 9:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Krissy! I was wondering where you got the towel rack on the cupboard? I am looking for a similar one for our camper!

    • Krissy Buck
      May 24, 2014 at 9:57 am (3 years ago)

      I found it under the sink. I have no idea where it came from but have you checked IKEA? They always have great storage solutions.

  3. Jess
    May 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks amazing! How did you hang your curtains? We just bought a pop up and there are no curtains or attatchments…just a track

  4. Vanessa
    June 1, 2014 at 2:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Just curious your process for painting the cabinets. Did you prime and sand before painting red? They look great. How is the paint holding up? (Getting ready to renovate our pop up;)

    • Krissy Buck
      June 2, 2014 at 9:17 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Vanessa!

      I did not prime the cabinets before. I used a gel based paint from Home Depot that is really thick. We bought it for our front door, and it holds up great and it also levels itself out, so you don’t have any brush marks. Please send me pictures of your pop-up as you renovate!

  5. J
    June 8, 2014 at 10:17 am (3 years ago)

    how did you add the mini fridge?

    • Krissy Buck
      June 10, 2014 at 11:59 am (3 years ago)

      The mini fridge just came from Wal-Mart or Target and I put it on top of my cabinet by the door. I ran the extension cord behind the bench seat to the plug-in under the table. I did notice under the sink there was some wires for direct wiring in a small fridge. If you know an electrician, this might be an option for you!

  6. Momac
    June 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Fantastic JOB! I am getting ready to renovate a 1983 Jayco! I love the fabric for your curtains!! Where did you find it?

    • Krissy Buck
      June 10, 2014 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I found the fabric at Hancock Fabrics. Usually you can snatch a 40% off coupon online!

  7. Shirley
    June 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm (3 years ago)

    How many yards of fabric did you need for the curtains?

    • Krissy Buck
      June 22, 2014 at 10:39 am (3 years ago)

      Oh, how I wish I could remember! I think each curtain was 2.5 yards wide. I do remember, however, I had to make another trip to Hancock Fabrics!

  8. Kim
    June 19, 2014 at 11:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Awesome job! I want to buy a trailer just to redo it. Fabulous!

    • Krissy Buck
      June 22, 2014 at 10:40 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you! They are so much fun to redo!

  9. Julie
    February 7, 2015 at 3:09 am (3 years ago)

    Looks awesome! I have an 88 coleman that looks almost identical to yours (before). One thing about the curtains for people that can’t salvage the tabs like me.. a cheap bag of 1/4 inch plastic buttons, hand sewn in the same places as you would the tabs. They fit perfectly in those tracks. Use a sturdy thread, with plenty of stitches, keeping them slightly loose so that the tracks don’t wear on the thread, and it makes it easier to slide. I didn’t want to try to order the tabs online, and I couldn’t find anywhere in town that had them. But the buttons are super cheap, and come in little bags of black and white. Hopefully that helps the people that don’t have the tabs! 🙂

    • Krissy Buck
      February 9, 2015 at 8:44 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Julie for the great tip!

  10. Samantha LATourette
    March 2, 2015 at 7:49 am (2 years ago)

    Did you line your curtains at all? The current curtains in my pop up have a vinyl liner and I am wondering if I need to do that step. I want to do a nautical make over and was afraid of red cabinets but now i think I am all in.

    • Krissy Buck
      March 2, 2015 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

      I lined them a white bed sheet. My original curtains did not have a vinyl lining so I didn’t make my new curtains with a vinyl backing. The white bed sheet really works to diffuse the shapes in my camper when the lights are on at night.

      A nautical theme sounds amazing! I love nautical, especially in clothing! Go with the red! You won’t regret it! Plus, paint is cheap, so if you change your mind, your out less than $15.

  11. RW
    March 14, 2015 at 10:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Awesome. I have a 96 Jayco that is in need of some TLC and you have just inspired me to take on a Reno!

    • Krissy Buck
      March 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m so excited for you! Do it! You won’t regret it!

  12. Elli
    March 24, 2015 at 9:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Really cute! We’re renovating a ’73 AutoMate trailer (not a popup), and I was browsing for color scheme ideas. I LOVE your choices!

    • Krissy Buck
      March 30, 2015 at 5:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Elli! I pulled those colors right out of that vintage tablecloth. Have fun renovating your new home on wheels!

  13. gisele
    April 22, 2015 at 8:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I LoVe your Red cabinets. I would love to paint mine. Did you use a special paint?? What color is the paint that you used?? I’m in Colorado so I’m also thinking of adding some new curtains. I’m looking for something rustic. I’m thinking the red cabinets would really look great with black bear curtains! 🙂

    • Krissy Buck
      April 22, 2015 at 9:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! Thank you! I used a paint from Home Depot that had a gel base. My husband picked it up for our front door. It was a true red red. Great idea with the curtains! I envision black bears, buffalo plaid, and red cabinets! Happy Camping!

    • Krissy Buck
      May 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm (2 years ago)

      I wanted to follow-up with you again and tell you that Home Depot still carries this paint. They are in 1 qt. cans and they come in white, ivory, black, charcoal, and red! The paint is by Glidden.

  14. Kristin
    May 10, 2015 at 6:02 am (2 years ago)

    How did you do the floors? I am re-doing a coleman pop up that looks just like yours. I need cheap and easy floor ideas!

    • Krissy Buck
      May 12, 2015 at 12:57 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Kristen!

      Actually I had linoleum in the camper that was in great shape, so I kept it. I did add a bright rug to the floor and that really helped to capture sand and dirt from our feet before we slid into bed.

      I did play around with painting the floor with a high quality bonding primer and then sealing the entire thing with poly before we used it. But, that flooring was in fine shape and it is a neutral color so it wasn’t an eyesore. Good luck!

  15. deni
    May 31, 2015 at 4:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi! We just bought a 1990 StarCraft & you have sure given me inspiration!!!! Did you take down valances & use that track?

    • Krissy Buck
      May 31, 2015 at 7:18 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Deni!

      There were no valances in the camper originally.

  16. Mel
    June 22, 2015 at 11:03 am (2 years ago)

    Beautiful!! Great job! You have inspired me 🙂 we just bought our first pop up camper about a month ago. I have lots of ideas…first step for me is painting the cabinets. I read through all the comments and purchased the glidden gel paint. But can I ask, are your cabinets solid wood? Cause mine are like laminate type of wood, and I fear the paint won’t adhere…any help is appreciated!!!! And again, Great work!!

    • Krissy Buck
      June 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Hello Mel! Congratulations on your first pop up! You will love it! My cabinets are actually metal with a wood grain contact like paper over the top, but the doors are laminate. The paint stuck and so far has not chipped. The weird wood grain paper that covers them did not bubble either. You could go back to the store and ask the paint counter for a primer that you should use with the gel based paint if you are really worried. I didn’t do any prep work, and that paint covered like a dream. Are you taking her out for the 4th of July?

  17. Jackie
    July 24, 2015 at 7:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, Krissy!

  18. Jackie
    July 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m new to the blogging world, so bear with me! I’ve been reading everyone’s remodeling ideas and am eager to do more to my “new” used camper. I have a 1981 Starcraft pop-up and she needed a lot of TLC when she joined our family.
    I had to patch the canvas in several places, so now it looks like we have a white/tan ladybug camper with brown spots!
    The interior required a lot of scrubbing on my part, and raw knuckles was a daily occurrence. The camper had carpeting in it, ugh… When I pulled the carpeting up, I was assaulted with white paint and primer. It took me a week to get all the paint off, but it was well worth it.
    I added a lot of personal touches to the inside, but it needs another color to brighten it up.
    The canvas is tan, the cupboards are white, the seat cushions are navy and cream plaid, the end walls under the bunks have been replaced, but need to be painted. I love your remodel job with all the color. I want to paint the cupboards and end walls a vibrant color, but haven’t found one that “catches my eye.” I’ve been using different shades of blue, wicker baskets, and silver wire racks. I have yellow sheets with light blue polka dots and flowers. Any suggestions?

  19. Tracy
    July 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, I love your pop-up remodel! We bought a pop-up last year and the first thing I did was paint the wood cabinets (I went with an aqua blue) and recovered the “itchy” seat cushions. My color scheme is similar to yours (dark orange, yellow, aqua, and green). You mentioned that you had an air conditioner in yours; can you post a picture of how you have that installed or placed? Great job!


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