It never ceases to amaze me how talented people are at renovating their vintage campers. It just goes to show that you simply cannot judge a book (or travel trailer) by its cover. If you’re interested in bringing your vintage camper back to life, check out these stylish and budget-friendly ideas!
Check out what this RV owner did in just 2 short months with her 20ft 1974 Skyline Nomad.
Paint the RV Interior
The first (and fairly easy) step of any successful RV remodel is paint. A fresh coat of paint makes everything old look new again! In this case, Afton used white paint and shiplap to create a bright, neutral palette for the interior of her camper.
Just a few quick notes on painting the RV interior:
- Preparation is key. Take the time to clean all surfaces well. Use something that will clean off all oils and residue.
- Always use primer. Primer is critical to creating a base for your paint to adhere itself to. This is especially important if you are drastically changing the wall color or painting over wallpaper.
- Give each coat adequate time to dry. Peeling paint is often a sign that you didn’t allow each layer to dry before applying the next one. Also, lesson learned the hard way: peel all your painters tape off before the paint dries. Yes, you will have to use more tape for the next layer, but trust me, it is better than peeling away your hard work later.
Easy RV Mods: Countertop and Backsplash
Did you see that countertop? I love the warmth it adds to the room! Here are a few pointers to make this type of counter last as long as possible:
- Seal it thoroughly. Wood can gather germs, grow mold, stain, or even warp in shape when exposed to moisture. To counteract these unwanted effects, you’ll need to seal your butcher block countertops immediately following installation and on a monthly basis afterward.
- Don’t use it as a cutting board. Don’t chop directly on its surface. Knife blades can cause uneven wear on certain regions of your countertop.
- Watch this tutorial on making a countertop with flooring…genius!
Updated RV Flooring
Speaking of flooring… Did you know that replacing old flooring is one of the easiest ways of sprucing up the interior of your RV? If you want something that looks like wood, but without the weight, plank-style flooring can be a great option. Mountain Modern Life has a fabulous tutorial on how to do everything from prep through completion.
RV Furniture to Fit
Another thing I really love about this camper remodel is the furniture that fits (and doesn’t overwhelm) the space! And you don’t need to buy furniture made specifically for RVs or campers. You can shop at Ikea or even flea markets to find something unique that works for you.
If you are in love with this camper remodel as much as I am, check out some of Afton’s reclaimed wood artwork in her Etsy shop, Vivid Woodworks and follow her adventures in this Skyline Nomad travel trailer on Instagram.
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