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How I renovated my pop up camper All the details!

D I Y, S U M M E RRobin Saylor

Hi Guys! In words I am going to try to take you on the journey of us buying and renovating our 1999 Vickings popup camper! I had so much fun with this project, It probably is my favorite so far!.

Here is what we started with, everything was really fancy fabrics, green and wood. Attractive right!

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We started just scrubbing everything down. If it had a surface we scrubbed it down with some good old dawn dish soap and warm water. Then we went on to primering everything cabinets, floor, tables, counters. I used Kilz kitchen & bath (linked below) Kilz original is fine too but the kitchen and bath primer I have used a lot and I love it. When I say I primed everything I literally almost primed everything lol. I started with all of the cabinets, then I primed the counter tops, table I also primed the dinette area floor. Then I did 2 coats of white latex paint on everything, cabinets, floor, and counter tops & table. On the counter tops and table I did a coat of epoxy which is a two part deal but I feel like it needed that extra protection because of the heavy traffic that they get. That was a little bit intense to do, if you’ve never done it before make sure you read the instructions. I do love how they turned out with the epoxy on them. It finishes like a glass finish.

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The next picture is the sofa sleeper that originally came in our pop up. I really wanted to take this out completely and put a new one in, but I was trying to be very cost savvy on this project especially since we only paid $200 for the whole pop up. So I read a lot of tutorials on painting fabric and thought what could it hurt, if I ruined it I would just get a new one like i wanted anyway. So I got a can of rustoleum chalked in linen white and did one layer. I rolled it on with a little smooth finish roller. I did one layer and I was amazed at it’s coverage. After the first layer dried I took 120 grit sand paper block and sanded over the whole entire surface. It made it very smooth to the touch. Then I did a second coat and sanded again. I am still amazed at how well it turned out I painted my dining top cushions as well. Painting them almost turns the fabric into a vinyl feeling so you can wipe it off easily. I love love love them!. I would recommend doing it to any one! I get the question all the time, really white?? But with every thing painted you can wipe it right down with no worries!

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The floor that I used was also pretty inexpensive, I got the peel and stick vinyl planks from lowes, they are sold by each piece, they are $1.29 each and I think I used 30 pieces. If I can do this guys, you can too. It was so easy to do, and the outcome is so pretty. It makes such a huge difference in our pop up. I feel like the new floor was a huge game changer.

When we originally got this pop up we had to replace the piece of wood in the picture below because the sink must have leaked and ruined that whole piece of wood that was under the sink. That was the hardest part about this project.

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The floor stencil! I love love love the floor stencil! I have used this floor stencil so many times. I used this in my house, we have used it on some walls, and now we are doing it in our campers lol!. I thought this was a nice transition to make the dinette area look a little bit separated. I primed the floor with the kitchen and bath kilz, Then I painted with some grab and go wal mart latex paint, (honestly because I already had it in the house) Then I stenciled it up with some black paint.

The table legs, the cute good will find lamp and all the hard ware I sprayed with rustoleum metallic Gold spray paint.

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For the curtains, I don’t know if you could see in the before pictures but there was valances and curtains around the whole entire camper. I took all of them down and they were hung by these little clips on a track. I cut off all of the clips off of the old curtains and glued them onto these knew curtains with some good old E6000 glue. This glue is the bomb.com for real! I love it. I did cut these curtains to length and then sewed the bottom of them, but in the package of the curtains they were meant to be cut to size so it came with glue on hem strips where you could cut them to size and then fold where you would have sewed it but instead of sewing it you just iron those strips in the hem. Thinking back on this project that probably would have been way easier! lol.

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The newest addition to our pop up was this light over our kitchen table. I love the way it looks and thought that this area needed a little pretty pretty for the space. I used a swag light kit from amazon you can choose pretty much any color, I just did black and the dome part is a food dome from home goods, I just loved the way that it looked, and it even had a little loop to hang from, It was like it was made for this! lol! This is not the exact dome but here is one that is similar to the one I used below, That one is pretty salty in price, I paid $10 for the one I found at home goods.



And of course you have to have your happy camper sign!! For All and all with a little bit of labor you can transform your camper for not that much money.

All paint- $70 (kilz, latex paint, chalk paint, metallic gold spray paint and black paint)

Epoxy- $25

Floors- $65 peel and stick vinyl planks

Light swag kit & dome- $25

Floor stencil- $20

Curtains- Ikea 3 sets $45

So for around $250 you can renovate a pop up camper, That is not for any of the decor, Honestly since I have to take every thing out of it every time we are done camping I just bring all of my stuff from inside my house and decorate it lol!.

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You guys! One last thing that I have to share with you! I took before and after pictures of this spray that I bought to clean our canvas and I am seriously amazed! When we bought our pop up there was a huge stain on one of the sides of the beds, but I sprayed RMR-86 mildew spray on it and right before my eyes it was completely gone. I literally watched it fade away. I am still amazed! If you have a pop up I feel this is a product that is a must have!

I hope you guys have enjoyed seeing my pop up transformation!

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Dining room weekend make over / Before and afters / Dining room reno /

D I YRobin Saylor
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Okay so here is a little before and after action. Everyone who knows me knows I love my weekend projects! This is one that I was so excited to do. I do not get these weekends very much where I actually accomplish what intend to but I was on it this weekend. Having three kids sometimes really puts a wrench in your plans lol. This is one of those projects that looks like a lot of work went into it, but it was not bad at all. Putting the chair rail up made the wall paper job super easy because I had such a short amount of space to do, then throw some paint on and put some covers on and there ya have it.

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Here is the before picture. The main things I did was add some chair rail, which is surprisingly very easy to do and leaves such a finished look. Added wall paper, and stained the bench all one color to match the table. The bench, I built last year and I thought that I would love it two toned but It just wasn’t working for me. Doing it all one color made me love it so much more! Also I got these chair covers on amazon and they are awesome. They are a universal fit and they fit so snug they look like they are just part of the chairs, And they are cheap! 4 covers for $34 or 6 for $44😱 In the link below it will take you to the exact ones that I bought you can choose 4 or 6. If you do a general search you can spend hours looking, -That is what I did ha.

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Mr. Sandy really wanted to be photographed! I swear he poses for pictures! 😻 I love him! Do any of your cats love to be in pictures. I thought that it was a little weird at first but he is so cute I love that he pops his little head in for a quick shot!


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The true piece to resistance is the mirror! I wanted a large round mirror for the longest time and finally my sister cracked for Christmas and got it for me!! I was so so happy I went back to my child years getting all excited like Santa came just for me!! Sometimes my kids just catch me standing at the island gazing into the dining room in la la land 😂 I wonder what they think sometimes! Actual no I do not, I would probably get my feelings hurt!

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So there you have it. It took me some time to get to the point to actually start on this project but I am so happy it is done now. I would love to hear what you think! Comment and let me know! =]

Things used for this make over 

round mirror - Mine came from hobby lobby and it is 30” round I can not find a link for this exact one but I will link a similar one 😉 

wall paper- amazon company world of wallpaper  

chair covers - amazon $34 🙌

Rug- nuloom rugs  

light fixture- rivet by amazon  

bamboo roman shades

Because Jesus eats with everyone leather strap sign from salted Words  

 

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DIY Build in bunk beds for the boys room / home decor / boys room / room decor ideas

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So, I will admit sometimes I do not know my limits. I had this thought that I did not want to try to fit two twin size beds in my boys little room. Their room measures at about 11x11 so there is really no room to spare. For weeks my husband and I talked about just buying bunk beds, or a day bed with a trundle and just none of those options seemed right to me. So, I knew that I couldn’t buy what I had in my mind so we just went for it. I pretty much had to rope in all of my loved ones in on this project lol. Right below is an inspiration board with every thing I knew that I wanted to be a part of this project. And also I just really like making inspiration boards. They are so pretty to me! I will also link every thing on here as well.

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Above is a picture of what their room looked like when it was just a nursery. Not to proud of that situation, I totally forgot the rule about every thing being white lol!!

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Here is my wonderful mother that loves me so much and loves all of my antics….. Most of the time.

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FYI I am in no way shape or form a professional or contractor just a girl who knows kind of what she is looking for and trying to figure out how to achieve that. This is literally how we decided on the fact of how much room we needed in between each bunk… After the fact we had the bright idea of looking it up and we were pretty close to the size contractors recommend. So it was golden to me!

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Here is the frame up and ready for some trim. Now a big part of this project was framing. I knew every thing had to be level so these measurement had to be percise. We took it apart a couple of times because we came to the conclusion the floor was not perfect. But we finally got it! I will also put every thing I used at the end of all of the pictures and measurements. One thing that I did learn in this project is that you can not count on all of your wall being square and perfect. So with any project to this scale a level is completely life saving.

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All of the trim that I used is all white primered MDF board. They sell it in many different widths so that was a game changer for me so that I didn’t have to rip down a hundred boards. And they are surpisingly not expensive. And it made my job a lot easier.

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Whitney was obsessed with helping me, I actually found out that the girl is really good with a drill lol. These are small pieces of 2x4 left over from the frame that I screwed of for support for the front piece of trim. Also another thing that was key in this project was 2 drills, one to drill pilot holes and one to drive screws. That was a game changer. We didn’t figure this out until half way through the project 😂

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Now this part was a little bit tricky for me. I had to put firing strips on the top so I could glue and nail the piece of birch I put up there. Measuring this part was really important to you knew where to nail to make sure the piece of birch was secure. This is my least favorite part of this job. But i almost just didn’t do it and left it like it was with no piece of birch but I can not tell you how happy I was after the fact. I love going in there and looking at it! It does make it seem just that little bit more professional.

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The lights were next. I did the same thing on the sides as I did on the ceiling. I put framing on the back so I could attached the piece of birch to it and let the cords of the lights fall behind that piece of wood. These lights are also amazing! I love them. They were very inexpensive from amazing, They are plug in wall lamps and I had a plug on this wall and just ran an extention cord from the top light down to the plug in and just ran the cord all the way down.

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Oh I forgot to mention the window! Every one wonders about the window. Honestly I tried every other configuration to try to avoid putting them in front of the window but it just was not going to happen. I was worried about it but they have been done for a while and I have two boys that live in them and they never even mess with the window. And since I have gotten them finished I put a wood blind over the window so they dont even mess with it at all any more. Where I put the frame for the bed I just notched out the pieces of trim surrounding the window and it worked like a dream.. This is all trim on and I thought I would even get a little bit fancy and put a little bit of Crown molding up at the top. Let me tell you those two pieces of crown took me as long to that then it did to make the whole bed! lol. Not really but man for some reason I just could not get it right. I would try to explain to you the way that I actually finally figured it out but I would be kind of embaraced lol!! Also the bottoms of each bed are just 1/4 osb so the beds would not slide around. Also in this picture you can see that I used 1x2 white primed trim board all around the tops of the inside of the bunks because there were some gaps from where the birch met up. Could have been my measuring so maybe you wouldn’t need to??

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Wha-laaaa…. All finished and ready to go! The bars on the top bunk are black conduit with conduit brackets holding them up. The boys think that it is a jungle gym but when they are not home I go in there and make their beds and just reminese in how awesome they turned out.

Okay now for a parts list here it goes

FOR THE FRAMING

4 2x4’s depending on how tall your ceilings are mine were “108 pieces for the post holding the bed frames

4 2x4 80” pieces (twin beds are 75” long so I did “80 to be safe to be able to put bedding on

8 2x4 38” pieces for in between to make the width for the beds

I used pretty much 3” screws for all of the framing and then 4” screws to attach the frame to the wall

BIRCH & OSB PIECES ON SIDES AND TOPS & BOTTOMS

2 80x38” pieces of 1/4 birch for the top of both of the top and bottom bunk

2 80x38” pieces of 1x4 osb for the bottom’s of both bunks

3 38x36” of birch of the wall side birch filler in pieces I also filled in the bottom bunk left and right that is why i did 3 you do not have to fill in the other side if you do not want to.

TRIM PIECES

7- 1X8X10 mdf primed trim borad for the fronts and the side

6- 1x2x10 mdf primed trim board I trimed all of the inside of the tops of the bunks in this

2 pieces of crown if you decide to go that route =] There is lots of styles to choose from too =]

2 10” pieces of conduit and 4 conduit wall brackets  

 

Lights were from amazon ONLY $16

Big metal letters were from hobby lobby

Light fixture is from Ikea, I can not find this one exactly but I found one that is close

Rug from RugsUSA 6x9

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Target twin bedding

 

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Fireplace Reno / Home Decor / Before and after / house made home

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Hey guys! I am finally getting around to getting my Fireplace Reno up on the blog! I am going to share lots of pics of before and afters! I love the way that it looked before but I live in a trilevel and I can always use more storage. I have seen some of the most amazing fireplace renovations and just knew I could utlize my space better. Here is a before picture of my fire place . Just a standard 1970’s brick fireplace. 

I painted the whole thing white, and I actually really liked it but I wanted a space that I could store wood. So my mind automatically went to a built in style. Then I made the mistake of Pinteresting fire place Reno’s and man, there is a lot of talent out there #amirightladies

I painted the whole thing white, and I actually really liked it but I wanted a space that I could store wood. So my mind automatically went to a built in style. Then I made the mistake of Pinteresting fire place Reno’s and man, there is a lot of talent out there #amirightladies

Loved those bats

Loved those bats

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So this is the Pinterest inspiration that I found and fell in love with. I loved the clean lines and simple look and of corse the white. 

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I also loved the idea of it taken up this whole entire wall. It makes such a statement now. 

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there was a lot of framing involved, I mean a lot, and a lot of kids twirling on their heads 😂

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Getting close!! The built in part on the left is for wood storage!!! I was so excited to actually have a place to store wood. So at any time we could just leisurely make a fire. 

All finished! I started this project exactly a week before it had to be done because I wanted to take our Christmas pictures in front of it. Let me tell you, I did that intentionally so I would actually get it done and finish it. And work on it even if I wanted to quit. That is some commitment, I was actually very aggravated I did that to myself at the time 😂 But I am so happy it is done, I love it!

All finished! I started this project exactly a week before it had to be done because I wanted to take our Christmas pictures in front of it. Let me tell you, I did that intentionally so I would actually get it done and finish it. And work on it even if I wanted to quit. That is some commitment, I was actually very aggravated I did that to myself at the time 😂 But I am so happy it is done, I love it!

First photo shoot in front of it finished.

First photo shoot in front of it finished.

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Still waiting on that wood. My hubs told me if you build it, I will go cut some wood for it. And it is Feb...... and I am Still waiting 😂 I’m going with he is waiting for the weather to break!!  

That is it. It was a pretty fun project, especially going back and looking at the befores. 

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