We’ve had Our DIY Camper for over a year now. Come see how the renovations we’ve made have held up so far and how I’ve styled it for 2018.
If you were to ask me what my most favourite DIY that I’ve ever done is, my answer would be: Our DIY Camper. First, the before and after views of the RV are night & day! That’s always so satisfying. And second and most importantly, our family has made a ton of fabulous memories with our camper already. It’s allowed us to travel and explore our country for a lot less than buying a new camper or staying in hotels. We’ve LOVED Our DIY Camper!
Overall, I’ve been very pleased with how all our renovations have held up over this last year. We experience extreme temperature changes here (from -30 C to +30 C within a year), and the finishes have held up great!
Here’s how Our DIY Camper looked when we bought it (it’s a 1992 Vanguard 5th wheel):
Here’s how I styled it last year after it was freshly renovated:
And here it is now:
I’m often asked about the peel & stick tile, countertops & the wallpaper in here, and it all still looks brand new minus a little corner of one of the pieces of wallpaper. It started to peel off a little, and I fixed it with a little more wallpaper paste. Otherwise, I’m so happy with the tile, the counters, the flooring… all of it!
We also had a little mishap when driving back from our latest camping trip when a piece of our siding ripped off in the wind (YIKES!), but we’re hoping to fix that this week and get back on the road. The joys of old campers!
The painted cabinets have held up beautifully. I attribute that to the generous coat of Varathane Polyurethane that I applied on all of the cabinets to keep them from chipping. It’s really the best to protect painted items that get a lot of use!
For this year, I’ve added a little bit of pink to the decor in our camper, and kept all of the copper and some of the blue elements. The “hygge” pillow is from my own collection, and we’ve also been taking this cute little guitelele from Amazon on our recent trips to learn to play some campfire songs!
I was first inspired to put a little bit of blush pink into our camper’s decor this year when I found this pink, gold & grey duvet cover at Simons, and then I hung up a blush pink & rose gold scarf I had as a room divider.
And don’t forget, I just renovated the tiny bathroom in here last month, and that’s been so much nicer to use this year!
I’ll be sharing some snaps from our recent camping trips here on the blog soon, but meanwhile here are the sources again for all of the items we’ve used in our camper renovation:
Our DIY Camper Source List:
- Paint: Valspar Ultra White, Benjamin Moore Simply White, Valspar Noir (lower cupboards)
- Wood Wallpaper: Home Depot (found in store; I can’t find a link online)
- Peel & Stick Tile: Smart Tiles Metro Blanco
- Marble Contact Paper for Counter
- Fabric: Shibori Design, Indigo Velvet, Indoor / Outdoor Griege Linen Look from Fabric.com
- Flooring: Allure Stayplace from Home Depot
- Cupboard Pulls
- Dinette Light Fixture (we hacked it to make it flush)
- Dinette 12V Edison Bulb
- TVs: 32″ Samsung Smart TVs from The Brick
- Mattress: Springwall Endeavour 3 Euro-Top Firm Queen Mattress from The Brick
- Melamine Dinnerware: Costco, in-store
- Copper Flatware: Walmart, in-store
- Copper Mugs: vintage
- Blue Enamel Mugs
- Spray Paint: Rustoleum Copper Rose & Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic
- Aluminum Sheet (for cupboard inserts)
- Butcher Block Table Top: Gerton Desk top
- Black Out Blinds
- Hanging Rods
- LED Ceiling Lights
- Navy Bed Sheets
- Pink, Gold & Grey Duvet Cover
- “Hygge” pillow case
- Rustoleum Tub & Tile Epoxy
- Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane
- black hooks (bathroom)
- rail with cups (bathroom)
Come take a video tour of Our DIY Camper this year:
Thank you for coming along with me as I show you our camper this year! We just love it so much!
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