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Pop-up camper makeover

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Pop-up camper makeover

A friend asked if I could make over her dated Jayco camper trailer, and I couldn’t say no! This project took some time and lots of love and was well worth it. It’s now travelling and making memories. 











Dulux precision primer

Renew tile and laminate paint (Black Earth)

Timber protect Satin Varnish

Faux leatherette material 

Sugar Soap

Monarch Paint Pad

Dulux Metalshield Monument  

Exterior paint 

Interior paint (I used the colour Salinger Half)


Ryobi soldering Iron


Step 1

I started by removing all existing curtains and cushions. The canvas, walls and floors were washed with sugar soap and allowed to dry. 


I lightly sanded all surfaces and painted with 2 coats of Dulux primer. 


Step 2

Once the primer was dry, I painted the cupboards with 2 coats of interior paint and one coat of clear varnish in satin finish for extra protection. It was also at this stage that the fridge didn’t work so I removed it and made additional storage space with off cut ply I had. 

I added some sheer curtains for privacy, upholstered the original seats and made new curtains to match the new decor. 


 The seat I painted in the colour monument. 

Step 3

The only thing letting the makeover down was the interior canvas. I watered down exterior paint in white and applied it with this amazing little palm pad painter. Previously I tried with a paint brush and a roller but this pad was a game changer. It allowed me to have even paint and not too thick. If you use undiluted paint, the canvas will crack when folded away. 


 I sanded down the surface with 200grit after it had dried to remove any imperfections in the paint. 

Step 4

I painted the flooring and bench tops with Laminate and tile paint. 



Step 5

The other issue with the camper was that the fly screens were broken. My friend had purchased a roll of new fly screen which I started to sew by hand. This took so much time to complete one screen so I did some research and saw some people using a soldering iron to fuse the screen on. If you do decide to do this, i recommend a mask as the fumes are toxic. 

I did however go back and sewed a running stitch after to fused them as I wasn’t 100% confident that this would be strong enough. 


 Like new!! 

The exterior poles and trailer itself have been sprayed with Dulux metal shield in Monument and lighter colour in surf mist 




 Exterior before 


Step 6

And that is my makeover complete. The camper is now out and about getting dirty and living it’s best new life 




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Re: Pop Up Camper Make Over

Wowza @sandy_d!


You have created such a dreamy camper! I am so impressed with your ingenuity in painting the canvas, one would never guess it was a colour other than white. I hadn't heard of a paint pad before and now I really want to give it a try. I think my favourite transformation is the flooring and that the relief from the original flooring looks so much more glamorous in the Black Earth colour paint.


You'll have to ask your friend to take a snap of them living it up on the road to share with us!


Amazing job.




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Re: Pop Up Camper Make Over

Awww thank you so much @KatieC  Originally she wanted to cover the flooring with vinyl planks. I suggested to paint them as the pattern was too beautiful to hide, and glad I did. 

We actually just returned from camping with them and I didn’t think to take one. But I definitely on the next trip. 

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