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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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Keto Chicken fried cauli-rice

K E T ORobin Saylor
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I’m not a fan of having to read a whole story before I get to a recipe so in an effort to treat others as I would like to be treated, here’s the list of ingredients for this recipe.

Less than 30 minutes prep and cook.

1 bag of fresh or frozen riced cauliflower

1carrot pealed and diced (not Keto but it’s a small amount)

1/2 small onion chopped (also not Keto but also a small amount)

4 ribs celery chopped

1-2 tbsp chopped garlic

4 tbsp avacado oil

1 -2 tsp sesame oil (to taste)

2-3 tbsp Bragg amino acids, this is a replacement for soy sauce (to taste)

2 chicken breast sliced thin

2 eggs

S & P (to taste)

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I use a 12 inch skillet and I add the avacado oil and then the carrot, celery, onion & garlic and I sauté for a few minutes till softened and then I add the thin sliced chicken breast and cook til done, then I add the bag of riced cauliflower and the amino acids and sesame oil and both of these are to taste, when the cauli is warm I pull it all back and make a whole in the center of the mix and add the two eggs and I let them start cooking a little a start scrambling them in the center, after they start to cook a little I mix them all in the the whole dish add the salt and pepper and cover and cook for about 3-5 minutes until the eggs are done. When I serve this dish I top with dried chives and I also put the amino acids on the table so that we can add more if we’d like.

I have my vegetables and chicken already chopped and sliced and ready to add.

I have my vegetables and chicken already chopped and sliced and ready to add.

I cook the vegetables about half way, just softened and then I add the chicken.

I cook the vegetables about half way, just softened and then I add the chicken.

You can used fresh or frozen riced cauliflower, I use both and I’m happy with either. Another good thing about this recipe is that you can double it or add more cauliflower or more chicken to stretch it and it always tastes good.

You can used fresh or frozen riced cauliflower, I use both and I’m happy with either. Another good thing about this recipe is that you can double it or add more cauliflower or more chicken to stretch it and it always tastes good.

This is the pet that I do exactly like this every time, I’ve tried to just crack the eggs and stir them in and it’s just not the same, and I actually don’t like it if I just mix them in.

This is the pet that I do exactly like this every time, I’ve tried to just crack the eggs and stir them in and it’s just not the same, and I actually don’t like it if I just mix them in.

This is the finish product and the chives really add some depth to this, I highly recommend garnishing with it.

This is the finish product and the chives really add some depth to this, I highly recommend garnishing with it.

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I have also swapped out refined coconut oil in this dish and it tastes the same, I wouldn’t use olive oil though unless you’re in a bind.

Cocnut oil and avacado oil have a high heat tolerance when cooking and recommended for Keto. I usually get avacado oil at Homegoods or Tj Maxx, you can also get it at Whole Foods or online. Coconut oil can be bought at most any grocery store.

Refined coconut does not taste like coconut.

Unrefined coconut oil tastes like coconut.

Avacado oil has no flavor or very little taste.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, we make this on repeat and I always love it and look forward to the leftovers the next day.

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Beauty-Fall Wreath Tutorial

O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5Tracy & Robin4 Comments

 Eucalyptus Wreath

This is made using only Three items and costs less than $20 to make and it looks and smells Beauty-Fall!

click here to see our fall house tour

click here to see our fall house tour

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • sisscors
  • 12 inch grapevine wreath $4.99
  • floral wire $2.99
  • large bouquet eucalyptus $19.99 (use 40% off coupon)

We got our supplies at Hobby Lobby, but I'm sure these items can be purchased most anywhere that sells craft supplies. Our price list is from Hobby Lobby.

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This is what you should get with the large eucalyptus bouquet if you purchase from Hobby Lobby, the regular eucalyptus/far right, silver dollar/center & leaf type/ left side. I have separated it so I know what I have.

You will need cut sections of floral wire, about arms length pieces, long enough to work with but not to long to get tangled.

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You will start by putting a stem in the grapevine wreath itself to secure it so you can get the wire started, then start the wire by wrapping it a couple of times around the wreath and secure it by twisting a knot in one end leaving a long piece of wire to start wrapping your stems.

Now you will just start laying your eucalyptus stems around and wrapping each with the wire, once you get a few times around with your floral wire you will have some help holding your stems in place. With this particular wreath you will leave the tip ends of your stems out so they form the spray look.

This is to show you the tips of the stems out, I left out about 5-6 inches because I really like the fuller look but if you would like a thinner looking wreath just wrap your tips up tighter.

This is most of it wrapped around, when you get all the way around you may need to trim a little and add some sprigs just so it is even all the way around.

So here is our finished wreath, I love it and it smells beauty-Fall!

Don't mind our blank signs in the back ground, we're trying to decide what we want in this spot and still have not as of yet, ha!

We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and happy wreath making to you.

God's blessings to you!

much love, Tracy

Tracy's House Tour

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Welcome to our house, we love company so come on in, make yourself at home and have a look around.

Our house is small but we raised our four children here and we have attributed our homes size to the closeness of our family. Sometimes God's greatest blessings seem small but turn out to be huge in disguise.

I thought I would start with our dining room, this is where we spend most of our time since we love to eat and share words, I thought it would be fitting to start here.

Our Dining Room

Our Dining Room

The living room

The living room

I attached two pics of the living room, I couldn't get it all in one shot, I thought you'd like to see our television and console and where we sit to watch the big black box, Papa Bear and the Grand kids are huge fans so it's usually always on, the only time it's off is when I'm here alone which isn't very often since this is where we work. If I do get a chance to be home alone I'm usually catching up on some long overdue reading.

Our brand new kitchen.

Our brand new kitchen.

I Love our new kitchen, the hubs is a great carpenter, he did this all and it turned out so beautiful. The only thing he has left to do is cabinets surrounding the fridge, he worked so hard on the whole project I thought I would lay low on asking when he's going to finish it. Someday I'll show you before and after pics.

The Grand kids playroom.

The Grand kids playroom.

I LOVE LOVE this room, we designed and decorated this room entirely from thrift shop finds, family hand-me-downs and hand made items. We made these roman shades, the toy box & the signs, they were the perfect finishing touch. This room is probably my favorite room in the house, not only is it adorable but it has two tall windows and when they're both open the most beautiful breeze flows through.

Salted Words office.

Salted Words office.

We are super proud of this room, the pic isn't so good but you can get the idea,Robin and I built this built-in desk. Someday I'll also add the before and after for this room, The transformation was amazing.

I don't know if you noticed but I did not add our master bedroom, our grand son was taking a nap and we don't wake up two year olds around here unless we have to! and I was already in the midst of doing this post so I didn't want to wait, so we shall add it later.

 

We hope you have enjoyed our tour and we hope you stop back soon!

 

much love to you