Growing up I spent so many of our summers in our family camper. We would head to BC for a few weeks of fun in the sun. Now that I have kids of my own, it seemed only natural to continue the camping tradition. Last year we bought the perfect lil’trailer, a 2008 Areolite and right away I was set on ‘Glamping it up’. There was nothing wrong with the way it looked but it just didn’t have the feel I wanted. I have invested a lot of time and energy into my home and if I’m going to leave it for a weekend I wanted it to be to a cute and cozy place.
A few weeks back I took the plunge and began painting the cabinets. Most people thought I was crazy to paint them cream but I know that I wanted to distress them so it would look great even if they got chipped up along the way. I used Country Chic Chalk Paint in Vanilla Frosting for the cabinets and a soft grey blue in the walls (I can’t give a specific color as it’s a mixture of a few paints I had kicking around and some pure white) I had a ton of beautiful hardware left over from my showroom so I was able to add new pulls and knobs to the cabinets. I topped off the kitchen with a beautiful salvage tin backsplash behind the stove.
I also decided to paint the fabric window trim and cushion covers. The windows trim were done in Vanilla Frosting and the cushion covers done in Pebble Beach by Country Chic. Most of the areas took about two coats but a few more boldly patterned areas took three or four coats. I used the ‘fabric softener’ method to try and keep the painted cushions a bit more workable. I will post a blog on my method soon.
I removed the not so pretty green curtains that were separating the kitchen from the bedroom and recovered the whole opening with a chippy white washed barn wood. I also sealed the wood using polyurethane to make sure it wouldn’t give splinters. I also used up a few of Grandma’s old doilies and made a pretty curtain. I love how much this softened the look of the room.
We replaced the table top of the kitchen table using the same chippy barn wood by simply building a platform and drilling it to the existing table top. I then used several coats of polyurethane to seal it. It is still able to fit in the original space allowing for the bed to lay down over it. I had this pretty chandelier still from my showroom and decided that it would look good above the table to add a bit more character! I ADORE it!
Lastly we replaced the flooring. The original lino flooring had actually cracked and split in the cold Canadian winter so it needed to be replaced anyway. We chose a medium toned vinyl plank floor to replace it. It shows very little dirt or dust and is easily wipe able so it is perfect for a trailer.
I removed the bathroom door and finished it in a black Chalkboard spray paint. I love how it greets you when you enter the trailer.
The kiddos were so excited about the renovation because I allowed them to pick the colours for their bunks. Sweet P chose Vintage Cupcake by Country Chic Chalk Paint and B Boy went with Jet Ski which is a BeautiTone product. I wanted the bunks to have a cabin feel but still be usable and functional. Palmer’s room is decorated with a set of pink and white lantern lights from Walmart that I tied small pieces of white and pink fabrics to making a swag and a pretty pink arrow
I found these adorable trappers blankets which were a starting point for the rooms. The Hudson’s Bay blanket I found for Berkley’s bunk on Etsy and had the HUGE knit pillow made for him from my B Vintage line in Charcoal. His cute boyish banner is from target and the adorable fishing sign is HomeSense. I also built him a step up ladder with a handle at the top to help him get up and down. We re faced the bunk divider with some chippy barn wood that I sealed with polyurethane to make sure he doesn’t get splinters going up and down.
All in all I spent about $500 to renovate the whole trailer to a new beautiful oasis. It’s all happy trails here forward.