Pop-Up Camper Remodel Reveal

It felt so strange.  Yesterday, I closed up our pop-up camper for the last time until next Spring.  I can’t even count how many times I’ve opened and closed that camper over the course of the last four months.

Although I’m a tad bit relieved that I won’t need to crank that puppy back up again for a few months, it’s bittersweet.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of rebuilding and remodeling our camper.  Even more importantly, I can’t wait to be able to pop it back up so we can actually use it next year!

Let me remind you of where we started back in July.  You can read all about my impulse buy and see how it looked when I purchased it, but basically here’s a visual rundown of the issues.

This pop up camper looks completely different now! It's amazing how changing out the fabric, counters, and paint color can totally change the look of a camper.

The worst of all of those issues was definitely the roof cap.  The four walls of the roof cap were completely waterlogged and rotted away, which you can see in more detail here.  My dad helped me to rebuild the entire roof structure, and after everything was put back together, it was time to have fun with the interior.  I decided to jump on board with the 6-week One Room Challenge to give the interior a completely new look.

I envisioned an eclectic space filled with vintage, flea market finds and a ton of bright colors.  It was seriously so much fun to put everything together.  So. Much. Fun.  Yes, it was quite a bit of work, but every project brought new challenges and creativity.

Come take a look around!

This camper is full of DIY projects - you'd never believe how it looked before. Pop up camper remodel with an eclectic vintage boho feel via Refresh Living.

I used peel and stick vinyl plank flooring that I found on clearance for $7.  I’m not completely in love with the color, but I couldn’t pass up updating the floor for less than $10!

This camper is full of DIY projects - you'd never believe how it looked before. Pop up camper remodel with an eclectic vintage boho feel via Refresh Living.

The camper didn’t come with a table, so we installed an in-floor base and used the table legs from my old childhood camper. (My dad basically keeps everything, so this leg has been stored in the garage for over 20 years.  Thanks, Dad!)  I used edge-glued pine panels for the table and the new counters.  I just used a router to round off the edges.

I want to camp in this! A 1990s pop-up camper gets a complete remodel, including a new roof to replace the leaky one.

The bedding is a collection of vintage throws paired with DIY shibori-style sheets.  Of course, traditional shibori is made with indigo dyes, but I opted for my favorite color, and one that I think is perfect for camping: dark green.

I love the classic look of indigo shibori, but this dark green color is so pretty too. Pop up camper remodel with an eclectic vintage boho feel via Refresh Living.

I’ll be sharing my process for creating these shibori patterns soon!

This camper is full of DIY projects - you'd never believe how it looked before. Pop up camper remodel with an eclectic vintage boho feel via Refresh Living.

Obviously, I painted all of the cabinets and walls, which I think brightens up the space a ton.  The gold pulls from D.Lawless hardware look perfect on the white cabinetry, and about 1,000 times better than the original blue plastic pulls!  I also removed the old ice box cooler and replaced it with a mini-fridge I found at an estate sale.

This camper is full of DIY projects - you'd never believe how it looked before. Pop up camper remodel with an eclectic vintage boho feel via Refresh Living.

The back splash got a new look with Fascade panels from DIYdecorstore.com.  I painted the raised edges in black to bring out the details of the panels.

A great idea for a DIY back splash - painted ceiling tiles!

Vintage enamelware just makes me happy. Period.

A great idea for a DIY back splash - painted ceiling tiles!

Oh yeah, did you see the new ceiling??  I can’t tell you how nice it is to look up and not see water-damaged luan wood.  You can read about how I updated the ceiling in this post.

There are so many DIY projects in this pop up camper.

I finally taught myself how to make pillow covers with zippers!  All these pillows gave me a good amount of practice, but I was so surprised that I was able to make three of them in an hour!

What a cool idea to update a door of a camper. I love the parks and recreation symbols of all the fun things to do while camping. Pop up camper remodel with an eclectic vintage boho feel via Refresh Living.

I love our personalized door and painted graphics.  A vintage map of our hometown area of Chicago finishes out the bottom of the door.

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This pop up camper looks completely different now! It's amazing how changing out the fabric, counters, and paint color can totally change the look of a camper.

I just can’t wait to get to enjoy family camping trips in this comfortable space.  Thanks for taking a look around!

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44 thoughts on “Pop-Up Camper Remodel Reveal

    1. Thanks Karen – that’s definitely why I’m most excited. Yes, the project of working on it was a blast, but I just can’t wait to plan some trips. We might actually be road tripping out to Disney World with it this Spring…!

  1. Woot woot! You are all ready for an adventure! Good call on saving on the flooring, especially in a space that will receive a lot of traffic from muddy boots, ash, water, and who knows what else. Love how bright and cheerful the camper feels, and love the enamelware collection!

    1. Thanks Kat! Yes, my motto the entire time was, “it’s just a camper”. I reminded myself of this constantly to help save money and give myself some grace when I made mistakes!

  2. Wow! I’m sad I didn’t see this until the reveal… would have loved to have been following along. Really hoping there is a tutorial for the cushion covers!! My pop up is in need of a remodel, I’m so glad i found yours, so much great inspiration! GREAT JOB!

  3. Just wow! Amazing transformation. You are very talented. I have an awesome ’98 Viking pop-up sitting in my yard. It probably doesn’t need quite as much work as yours did, but I would have no idea how to do this, so there it sits lol. Happy camping!

  4. You did such a great job and will LOVE camping in it! I’ve upgraded to a 16 ft. travel trailer (getting older to use a pop-up) and have been doing all kinds of remods on it. Since it’s just hubby and me, I removed the bathroom door (we use the campground facilities) and hung a curtain with a tie-back. I used the remaining curtain and valance to cover all of the fabric window coverings so my next project is to use a pretty blue sheet to cover the cushions. It is such a great feeling to go into it now and see “bright” instead of brown. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Hi Vickie! It’s amazing how fabric can totally change the feel of a space, especially if it’s a pattern/color you love. I am so excited to start camping now – I have a lot to learn from seasoned campers like you!

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