Crafts & DIY

Patriotic Pop-Up Remodel

I know I haven’t used this platform for much besides LadyBeez Designs sewing business, but I think in the future that might change….and since I spent many years sharing a lot of DIY/personal projects with the world on my first blog, I thought, why not meld all my creative love up into one central spot.   So there you have it.

Hold on to your Happy Camper Hearts….I’m about to start of with a BANG with this reveal.

Our family bought a Pop-Up Camper 3 years ago. After a life of tent camping, I was over it.  Plus, I had been around the DIY world long enough to get the POP-UP Remodel bug.  Who doesn’t love a huge project added to their lives?  Thankfully I am married to really handy (and handsome) man that shares these desires too 😉

Once upon a time, we bought this Jayco looking like this:

It actually wasn’t in bad shape at all.  The only thing I did the first year was recover the cushions.

We camped a couple times, and it was fine.  Just fine.  Due to life’s ups and very low downs the past 2 years, last summer we didn’t use it at all.  The kids were bummed.

So, all this winter/spring we assured them that this summer we’d do more camping….to do that, however, we really wanted to make it great.  With all the extra snow this spring though, we didn’t pull it out of storage until May…and we didn’t even pop it up until the beginning of June!  Everything you will see here has been accomplished this month.  Sorry, but this very fact just dawned on me when looking up the pictures.  I can’t believe we made this all come together in less than a month.  What a whirlwind!

The first thing we did was rip out all the fabric: ALL the curtains and cushions came out.  (musty smell. ugh.)   I knew I didn’t want to keep any of it, so I didn’t bother washing it.  I did save it all to use as templates for the new versions though.

Then, the next day I was like, well, if you’re going to paint it, you might as well do it now….so one morning, I took off all the doors/cabinets (with the help of Georgia) and painted everything.  I ended up using Chalk paint (3 coats) with 2-3 coat of polyurethane as a top coat on all of the wood surfaces. I had already done cabinet paint on our kitchen cabinets, but I thought chalk paint would cover this faux wood better…..turns out I needed just as many coats with both.  So, whatever.  It’s all done now.

The counter tops.  Randy and I actually talked about doing this faux granite treatment in our kitchen, so we figured this would be a perfect trial run to see how easy/hard it was AND test the durability….so we splurged a bit to buy a kit.  If you’re interested in the exact one, we went with Giani Counter Top Paint in Bombay Black. Honestly, it was SUPER easy, and for now it looks awesome.  Time will tell how it holds up!

The Flooring.  This was the vinyl planking from Menards we had left over from our home remodel, and Randy was very eager to install it.  (this is not sarcasm)  I’m actually very impressed with how quickly he finished it.  That’s how I knew he was as excited as I was to see the camper completed.  Isn’t it dreamy?!?!

The FABRIC.  This is where I knew I could have fun.  To say that this process only took a few weeks is a lie.  I’ve been going back and forth with fabric and color ideas since we bought the camper.  I knew I wanted a Patriotic theme.  I just wasn’t sure how Bold I was willing to be.  Ugh. Life choices are hard.  I LOVED the stars and stripes print with the barn board, but again, I didn’t want it to be too much, so I decided to just do the seat backs and pair with the solid navy for the seat cushions.

I went with the stars on navy for the side curtains by the beds….and for the main curtains…..I had so many versions in my head.  I’m glad I waited it out though, because what I was originally going to do is Red/White stripe curtains made of duct cloth, until it dawned on me that they wouldn’t be as functional as Blackout curtains (to keep out sun/heat…plus they would probably fade)   So, what I ended up doing was purchasing clearance BLACK OUT curtains from Shopko (farewell, old friend)  and cutting them in half….which ended up being too short so I added the navy trim.  Double bonus, they are neutral enough that they won’t assault your eyes!

Fun fact: those curtain tabs are CRAZY expensive to replace, so I just cut the strip off of the old curtains and sewed them on the new ones!  The valances were also a last minute decision.  I didn’t think I wanted them when we ripped the old ones off, but they really finish the look off, and I love the retro feel of the red and white gingham!

Bedding:  I found these red sheets at Walmart for a really good deal.  The kids all got their own blankets (not pictured…but they are red and blue) and we had an old comforter in navy that we’ll use on our side.


THE TABLE TOP.  I can’t even with this.  Randy keeps reminding me it’s his favorite part too– I don’t hate that.  🙂 I had the vision, and thanks to our very good friend/cousin who had some extra, amazing maps…I was able to make it happen.  That’s a beautiful 1976 National Geographic Magazine Map of the Good ol’ USA.

I ModPodged it onto the table…on 0 hours of sleep one afternoon, and ended up royally messing up WISCONSIN of all spots.  ( I almost cried.  no seriously, do not craft on zero sleep.  it ain’t pretty)  Thankfully, after opening up the bag o’ beautiful maps we were gifted, I found an ’84 version that was relatively identical.   A light modpodge grafting surgery, and we were back in business.

Crafter’s Best Friend, no?

I mean……Can you see it?

The next day was the moment of truth though.  I embarked on my first Poly Resin experience. {BIG thanks to many a crafter I found on YouTube for their help} Only thing I would do differently was have a blow torch or heat gun for a large project like this….I stood over this thing forEVER with a little fire starter trying to take care of all the bubbles!  It’s not a perfect finish….but it’s still pretty darn cool looking.

Camping Maps:  Another use for MAPS!  Here’s where we’ll mark the places we will camp!  Super excited to use this with the kids!  We’ve already been searching for places on the table top!  The wooden USA map and the framed board were Hobby Lobby finds…and the Wisconsin/UP Map is just laminated from the MAP Fairy I told you about earlier.

NEW ADDITION:  a New Fridge.  The refrigerator was never functional, so we took that guy out and searched FB Marketplace for a replacement…..I really wanted a chalkboard to change up and add decor to it.  I found this Chalkboard vinyl which was perfect to not add any bulk to

the fridge.

One more little reminder of the before and after

I can’t wait to add more as we build memories as a family <3  and we finished just in time for our first camping trip of the summer!

Happy Trails to You…and US!