Pop Up Camper Remodel
We purchased a 2005 Jayco Swift Pop Up Camper and went right to work to restore the Pop Up camper. I shared all of my pop up camper hacks and pop up camper remodel ideas in my Instagram stories and my followers loved it so much that I decided to put together this post and video with our Jayco Pop Up Camper Remodel Before and After pics. Keep reading and watch the video to see how we updated our pop up camper in 5 days!
I was able to update our camper in just 5 days! During this time, I was still working on other projects, so I would say I spent between 3-6 hours a day working on the pop up camper redo.
Before starting the pop up camper remodel, I did some research on Pinterest to find some popup camper decoration ideas and the best pop up camper makeovers. I found some amazing Pop Up camper inspiration at the Pop Up Princess and Rice Camp blog.
I created a mood board with the pop up camper remodel color scheme I wanted (dark cabinets, wood accents, white textures, and bright and clean. I really wanted cognac-colored leather cushions, however, these were out of my budget so I stuck with using materials that I had on-hand.
Jayco Swift Pop Up update
My hubby and I really knew nothing about pop up campers (or camping, lol) before we bought our Jayco Swift Pop Up Camper. However, we’ve purchased 3 homes that we’ve transformed and updated ourselves so how hard could this tiny camper be?
Update a Pop Up Camper
Many of my followers didn’t realize the camper video I was sharing on Instagram was a Pop Up camper. When I shared a picture of the pop up camper closed, they were shocked because the space inside was roomy and beautiful… keep scrolling to see for yourself!
How Do You Fix an Old Pop Up Camper?
If you are serious about fixing up an old pop up camper, I highly recommend finding one that is in good condition so you have less of the major fixes to do, lol.
The first thing to look for when purchasing an old pop up camper is water damage. You can usually tell if the canvas is discolored in certain areas or if the wood has soft spots or discolorations. Those are warning signs that the plywood floor might need to be replaced which is a huge job!
Our pop up was in great shape and since it is less than 15 years old, there is little wear and tear on the interior and exterior. If you can find a used pop up camper that is less than 20 years old and was well-taken care of (or garage kept) that is your best bet.
Can You Paint a Pop Up Camper?
I painted the inside cabinets in our pop up camper and I plan to paint the outside. I will update this post once I paint the outside of our pop up camper.
How Do You Update a Camper?
We updated our pop up camper by giving it a complete face-lift inside and taking care of maintenance, and normal wear and tear issues.
My hubby did most of the exterior, plumbing, and electrical updates. I did all of the cosmetic updates inside the pop up camper.
Where to Start when you update a Popup Camper?
Here is the timeline that I followed to update our Pop Up Camper in 5 Days:
- Day 1: Deep clean inside and outside. Make a list of items that need to be replaced and order those items if they are only available online.
- Day 2: Paint the cabinets, cabinet pulls, fire extinguisher holder, threshold, dinette table legs, furnace cover, and epoxy the icebox.
- Day 3: Sew cushion covers and replace items from the list on Day 1.
- Day 4: Install floors and sew curtains.
- Day 5: Add bedding, accessories, and organize items in the cabinets.
It seems easy once you make a list 🙂
Day 1: Deep clean inside and outside.
In order to deep clean, I removed all of the cushions, all of the curtains, and anything that was left by the previous owner in the cabinets and drawers.
I sprayed the cushion inserts with some essential oils linen spray and room spray (find the recipes here).
I used cleaning items that I already had to clean the canvas and inside the camper.
Make a list of items that need to be replaced and order those items if they are only available online.
Our pop up camper needed a new cover for the exterior electrical cord and we ordered it on Amazon since we couldn’t find one at a local store.
My hubby also replaced various other hardware pieces and checked the electrical wiring, plumbing, and AC unit. These are all tasks that he is skilled and trained to do himself.
Our spare tire was also leaking air and needed a new air valve, which a local tire shop replaced for us.
Shop our Pop Up Camper:
The exterior of the camper needs a paint job but we are saving that for another day 🙂
Day 2: Paint the Cabinets
In addition to painting the cabinets, I painted all the accessories in the camper to give it a fresh face-lift!
How to Paint Pop Up Camper Cabinets
I painted our pop up camper cabinets the same way I painted our faux wood kitchen cabinets. The only difference was, I added a polyurethane coat to the camper cabinets (I’ll tell you why below!).
No sanding was necessary to paint the pop up camper cabinets. I used charcoal chalked paint as my base and primer for the cabinets. I used the charcoal color because I knew I was painting the pop up camper cabinets in a dark color. If you plan to paint your pop up camper cabinets white, then use the Linen Chalked paint as a primer.
Once the Chalked paint dried, I painted the cabinets in Glidden Paint and Primer in One with an Eggshell finish in the color Benjamin Moore Gray (I had Home Depot color match the color).
My cabinets looked great after those 2 coats of paint, however, I had some chipping after moving things around inside so I decided to apply one coat of Triple Thick Water-Based Polyurethane.
The polyurethane made a huge difference since the camper is tiny and we are constantly shoving things around the cabinets and they are easily scratched and bumped. I highly recommend polyurethane on pop up camper cabinets because the space is so small!
I used gold spray paint on the door handles, the threshold on the bunk step, and the legs on the dinette table.
I removed the icebox door and frame and used white epoxy on it so it wasn’t an ugly beige color.
I also spray painted the furnace cover and the fire extinguisher cover White to match the icebox.
Our Pop Up Camper Color Schemes ended up being Black, White, Gold, with Wood accents 🙂
Day 3: Sew cushion covers
Sewing the cushion covers were the most time-consuming part of our Pop Up Camper update. We have 11 cushions in our camper and I made new covers for all of them using Canvas Drop Cloth.
I chose to sew our cushions rather than a no-sew cushion because I wanted them to be durable and easy to remove and throw in the wash.
As I mentioned earlier, I really wanted cognac leather cushion covers, but they weren’t in our budget so I settled with using canvas drop cloth since I had extra from previous projects.
The cost for the Canvas Drop Cloth was around $45, however, I had a couple of packs already so I only spent $22 for the cushion covers.
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I used Scotchgard 0n our cushions to reduce the number of stains since they are a light color fabric.
Day 4: Install floors and sew curtains.
Installing the floors was easier than I thought they would be because I used peel and stick floor tiles that look like wood.
I used my paper trimmer to slice the perfect straight edge! Many DIYers use a box cutter or scissors to cut peel and stick tiles, but the paper trimmer saved me SO much time and it resulted in the perfect cut!
It took around 45 minutes and only $34 to install the floors!
For the curtains, I ended up washing all the curtains and keeping the window curtains the same. The colors matched perfectly and I saved some time and money by keeping the curtains.
I updated the bunk curtains by cutting the strip with the clips that slide into the camper and sewing them on to some old Ikea curtains.
I cut one Ikea curtain panel in half to use for one bunk and I reused the sashes to tie back each curtain so the fabric matched the window curtains.
Day 5: Add bedding, accessories, and organize items in the cabinets.
Our Pop Up Camper has 4 beds and we didn’t have extra bedding in our house, so I needed cheap bedding options.
I was able to DIY:
- 1 King Comforter for $16
- 1 Queen Comforter $16
- 1 Twin Comforter $8
As for other accessories for the camper, I found several items at Five Below that were very useful. A collapsible table, some cute baskets, a fur rug, a large outdoor lantern with a large candle, a comfy boho blanket, and more!
I also used some baskets from Dollar Tree with some metal floral hangers to create hanging basket storage.
I basically just hooked the plant hangers to the baskets and hung from the curtain clips above the dinette.
I used various Dollar Tree baskets and hooks to organize inside the camper, but I will have to save that for another post since there is a lot to talk about when it comes to organizing a Pop Up Camper!
Dollar Tree shelf liner came in handy too!
I used Dollar Tree Shelf liner on the lower half of the interior door and for the upper half of the door, I applied Chalkboard vinyl.
I loved this Pop Up Camper Hack and think anyone with kids needs a removable chalkboard door!
Pop Up Camper Remodel Before and After Pictures
Here are all the Before and After pictures with more AFTER pictures at the end (keep scrolling!).
Is it Worth Buying a Pop Up Camper?
We searched Facebook Marketplace and Craiglist for several months before we bought our used pop up camper. We had a price in mind that we were willing to spend and we looked at a few used campers before finally purchasing this pop up camper.
Purchasing a pop up camper was worth it for our family because it gives us the ability to travel and spend more times outdoors doing family activities.
We moved to Florida 2 years ago and we want to explore areas in Florida that we’ve never been before. The pop up camper allows us to travel and site-see without spending a ton of money.
So far, we’ve enjoyed using our pop up camper and updating the pop up camper BEFORE our first camping trip made a huge difference in the quality of our first pop up camping experience!
I have to say that it has been worth it for use to buy a Pop Up Camper 🙂
Pop Up Camper Redo After Pictures
Did you update a camper inspired by this post? I would love to see it! Send me a picture on Facebook, Instagram, or email and I’ll share with my followers 🙂
Shop our Pop Up Camper:
- Cabinets Chalked Paint
- Cabinet Paint Color: BM Gray
- Triple Thick Water-Based Polyurethane
- Gold Spray Paint
- White Spray Paint
- Peel and Stick Flooring
- Paper Trimmer (to cut peel and stick flooring)
- Cushions Canvas Drop Cloth
- Wood Shelf Liner
- Marble Shelf Liner
- Boho Pillow Cover
- Boho Blankets
- Outdoor Lantern
- Large Battery Operated Candle
- Ikea Comforter
- Ikea Duvet Cover
- Hanging Baskets
WATCH THE FULL VIDEO TOUR OF OUR POP UP CAMPER AFTER THE RENOVATION!
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