There are few things I’m passionate about in this world and one of them happens to be decorating. I love to decorate, I’m a very visionary person and once I have an idea, I follow through. My husband and I bought a Pop-Up camper I guess maybe a year ago, and we recently traded it in and upgraded to a twenty-four foot bumper pull camper. For those of you who don’t know, most campers don’t come with the prettiest fabrics, but that didn’t stop me. I walked in the camper and saw this god-awful color scheme. To some, this doesn’t matter, but boy did it matter to me.
The camper is supposed to be our home away from home, and what’s the first thing you do when you move into a new home. You clean, you paint and you decorate to make it your own so why should our camper be any different. We will spend a lot of time in our camper and I wanted it to feel like home, and plus I got the thumbs up from my husband so that’s a plus too!
So here it goes, for those of you who are new to the blog, now would be a good time to visit a previous post about our stock the camper shower!
So for our shower a few of the gifts we received had a touch of green so that was a deciding factor in our decision for our green color scheme, this also helps because there’s not a green speck of dust in our house so it make it easy to determine what belongs in the camper so that things don’t get mixed up. Spoiler alert: Green is a very difficult color to match, so our comforter set we were given also had a touch of black white and grey which made things a lot easier!
I really liked the green so I went on a search for a few weeks to find the perfect replacement curtains, when did curtains become so expensive by the way? Like good night! Lord. Anyway, I feel like curtains are something that cant really be skimped on, I made a mental list of the things I thought were most important and the curtains happened to be the number two, the bedding was number one, because even bedding is stupid expensive. I found the perfect curtains, and I should say valences, but those are just as expensive; I found them at Lowe’s. I bought four valences and brought them to the camper and they matched perfectly, unfortunately they were $16 a piece. Stick a fork in me PLEASE. The worst part was once I put them up in the camper I realized I needed two valences per window to give it that camper feel, back to Lowe’s for more I go. They were easy to install, the hardest part was taking down the old curtains, which were absolutely disgusting. There was a lot of wood and nails and fabric going on, a little more than I wanted to deal with but I was ready to take that stuff down. I went to Dollar Tree to get my valance rods. Yes, Dollar Tree, they aren’t the prettiest curtain rods, but guess what? You can’t see them! So up they went!
Next, on to the cushions. This was the really fun part because I cant sew and I’m impatient. So, I did some research and decided that I was going to strip the fabric from the cushions and use that foam and then slap a thin sheet of plywood to the back and then wrap the fabric around the cushion, just like wrapping a present, just with a staple gun instead of tape. This can be super easy, but you have to have more than one person doing it, you need to be able to pull the fabric tight and it’s hard to do with one person. Thanks Dad! If you like my fabric choices, they came from Hobby Lobby and don’t worry I used a 40% off coupon. You can find it too from Hobby Lobby’s website or your retail me not app on your Smartphone.
On to the backsplash! The back splash is…peel and stick! Super easy upgrade, I love the look of the backsplash. Originally I went to Lowe’s to look for scraps of wallpaper border to cover up what was originally there, but no one sells wallpaper anymore; shock. That’s when I found a center isle with a stack full of peel and stick backsplash sheets. I wasn’t sure how many I needed or how I was going to do it, but it ended up working out nicely! We still have a few things left to do in the camper but it’s looking awesome so far!
A few other tidbits, My valences on the bunk beds, I got them from at Wal-Mart for a few dollars a piece, same goes for the solid black fitted sheets. The bottom bunk is just used as Josie’s bunk and the top is for storage. Eventually I will match the comforter on our bed for the bunks, but this was an inexpensive alternative since we were gearing up for our first trip.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was this camper. I bought things little by little in order to save as much money as possible. I chose to get plastic plates instead of paper plates to save money, and you would be amazed if you knew how much of the things in our camper came from Dollar Tree.
Happy Camping! XOXO