|We got a camper!!|
I'd be willing to argue that 2015 was our best summer ever. A big part of that is due to us getting a camper part way through the summer. We've been tent camping together since we got married almost 16 years ago, but lately I had been looking forward to (not) sleeping on the ground and hiking to the restroom less and less. I guess I'm getting old. I have been looking at pop-up trailers for years, but my husband discovered and sold me on a hybrid camper. With a hybrid we get the benefits of both a hard-sided and a pop-out camper. It's small enough to haul with our Jeep, but plenty of space inside and we can use it with or without the beds popped out. There is a full bathroom with a shower, and we are now spoiled with heat and air conditioning when we really need it. And a mattress. OFF the ground. We found this camper via Craigslist and it fits our family perfectly. It's a Starcraft hybrid camper, with a queen and double bed that pop out. There are a bunk beds inside as well. One of our boys really wanted the top bunk bed, and the other wanted the pop-out, which was perfect. No fighting! The lower bunk we use to hold our bags and stuff, while we sleep in the larger queen bed. I am now just as excited as the boys for the next camping trip!
Of course, being a designer, I just couldn't resist replacing all the boring mauve, baby blue, and fake wood veneer with some retro fun!! Here are some photos of the transformation that our camper saw throughout the summer!
|Kitchen area...I painted all the fake wood, and left the real wood trim.|
There are a lot of blog posts and pinterest pics out there about "glamping," with all sorts of glamorous photos of campers that look like they are right out of an interior design magazine spread. Keep in mind that while I did try to take photos of our camper while it looked it's best, even "glamping" isn't glamorous all the time! Most of these photos were taken in our driveway while I was working on things. Once this bad boy gets out into the wilderness, it is more often seen littered with pretty leaves, great walking sticks, cool rocks, and little containers of bugs, butterflies and caterpillars...just the way a camper should be!! While I always am working to keep our little space in order, it's not all perfectly neat while in use. After all, I'd much rather be focused on making camping memories than keeping the camper pristine!
|I re-upholstered all of the cushions in silver, black, and sparkle red vinyl!! The camper had just been reupholstered with the flower canvas, which really was pretty cute. But, this really fit better with the overall theme and brightened up the area. I also had cleanability in mind here, and wanted dinette cushions that my boys could spill on and I could simply wipe up!|
|Curtains and other upholstery! I found this adorable camper fabric on fabric.com and replaced all the pink curtains! The tie-back's I crocheted with black and sparkly red yarn, and then bought sparkly mint green buttons from the fabric store. All I did was yank the old ones out of the wall, and staple in the new ones with a staple gun! I used more of the curtain fabric to reupholster the padded boards on the bunk beds and above the doorway as well. Really easy to do with a staple gun!|
|The frig is covered with some fun plaid adhesive-backed vinyl! The cabinet door to the right of the frig has some clear plastic frames where I can hang photos of camping memories.|
|Cabinet knobs! I shopped around for a while but knobs are expensive. So, I decided to spray paint the boring bronze ones, then painted little trailers on them with acrylic paint and gave them a couple coats of clear coat!|
|Paint does wonders!|
|I got these fun paisley bird and branch vinyl graphics on Amazon and scattered them around the dinette area.|
|This peel & stick tile from "Tic-Tac-Tile" is awesome! You can cut it with scissors and just stick it on! It made a really cool backsplash without adding tons of weight to the camper.|
I knew we'd have fun with a camper. I have fond memories of camping in our little pop-up as a kid, and knew I wanted my boys to create memories like that as well. But, even I didn't realize just how much fun we ALL would have, and how much MORE I would look forward to camping now! I love that I don't have to spend 2 weeks hauling stuff out of the shed, washing everything, and taking inventory every time we camp. It's so nice to have most of our gear all situated in the camper, and be able to just pack our clothes and go! We also save SO much money now on dog kennels, as we can take our dog Lucy along with us. She does GREAT in the camper and loves it! She is a 115 pound great dane mix and her and her bed fit perfectly under the dinette table overnight. It couldn't be a better fit for all of us, and we're looking forward to years of memories to come!
|The start of our family's camping memories!|
We've just scheduled what will likely be our last camping trip of the season, and then plan to make some repairs and improvements before the snow starts flying. I'm already looking forward to next spring!
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