Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Our Vintage Beach Camper Renovation

Last year we bought this 1979 Fiber Stream Trailer for my birthday. We just wanted something small and easy to tow to make camping more cozy, home away from homey and tolerable :)

While everything was in working order, the fabrics were how should I put it ... hideous and the whole thing had this yucky old smell.

Here are the before pics.


Winnie refused to go inside because it was "old". Not in bad shape though.


 






We've been fixing it up little by little throughout the past year and a half. When my friend told me about Joy Prouty from Wildflowers Photos and her amazing camper, I was (and still am) so inspired by everything she does. She is so talented. I decided to name the camper after her. "Joy".


It was a lot of work. I made the controversial decision to take out the stove because the space is so small and I wanted to have room for a dresser. One of my pet peeves about camping, especially with the kids, is having to dig through a bag and having clothes everywhere with no idea what is clean and what is dirty. When we camp we always have a camp stove outside so it seemed unnecessary and space consuming to have both when we were wanting for storage space.


Dallas laid vinyl wood flooring. I'm really happy with the dark color and how easy it makes sweeping the sand off the floor.

I painted the refrigerator door with chalk paint so the kids can color on it... me too!


I bought this capiz shell chandelier a few years ago at the Farmers Market and I had it in Winnie's room but we were ready to change things up in her room and it wound up being perfect for the camper.

 

The "Beachy Keen" felt garland which you can't totally see is something I found at a local craft fair, made by The Bees Knees Shoppe. I have at least three of her garlands and I love them!




Here it is when you transform the bed into a sitting area. My mother in law is a rock star sew(ist?) and re-did the upholstery on the cushions for me and it made all the difference in this small space. I sort of went wild with pattern in this camper because I decided not to be shy. I just wanted to go for it because it is mine :)


I painted these little flowers on the corners of the table. The wood piece was actually the top to the dresser in the camper that we took off.






The dresser, I found at the swap meet and Dallas modified it so it fit over the wheel well and added a cabinet on the the side for tools and the sort, so it looks like a built in space and gives us good counter space where we can put books, baskets and sunglasses.


 Here is my "Joy" sign. The wall paper is actually Rifle Paper Co. Gift Wrap. My mom and I put it in one Saturday morning. We had to keep finding the place where the patterns matched in order to make the paper fit the wall. It was stressful lol. Thankfully my mom knew what she was doing or else I would have given up completely on my own.




Arch has to have to have a dream catcher everywhere he sleeps, so naturally we had to have one in here too.





Dallas built these shelves into the closet so we can store dry food, diapers, sunscreen and most importantly s'more supplies!



My favorite inspirational quote.



We had the inside complete for a while before we ventured to paint the exterior last weekend. Getting the decal stripes off was a nightmare. Thankfully Dallas figured it out.

Once the stripes are of it was cleaning time!


The kiddos "helped," and it was a family affair.



I used my foot bath for a soapy bucket because we couldn't find our cleaning bucket :)


Workin' hard!





Dallas painted the whole thing on his own. I tried to help him cut in at first but I was quickly fired for poor quality work. He did an awesome job.

 
   I LOVE it!!


It's pretty bright, but I wouldn't have it any other way. So summery! I was thinking it would be great to use as a guest bedroom for visitors too!


Here she is in all her glory. Joy. She's all ready for a summer full of beach camping!

16 comments:

  1. Jenna, very cool! Perhaps one of your readers might be in the market for their own vintage trailer? We just put this 1965 Cardinal Trailer up for sale.... https://youtu.be/CVg3ArzrZvE

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    1. Awesome Lucas!!! Checking it out now!!!!

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    2. That one looks awesome Lucas. Love the inside and the adorable little stove :) Where is is?

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  2. Jenna, very cool!!!! I love the colours, sweet little touches and patterns!!! This inspires me to do something similar as we like to go to the beach too, what a lovely idea!!! And I just saw Lucas' post... going to check it out!!! :-) Have a wonderful day!!!

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    1. Thanks so much!! Yes it was a lot of work, but we got the camper for pretty cheap and just did it all ourselves. Good luck!!

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  4. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! πŸ‘☀️πŸ’–

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  5. This is AMAZING! Seriously so fabulous. The beach is my favorite place to be and I love all of the design work.

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    1. Thanks girl! Yes I love all your recent beach pics with the kiddos all together. Too cute! xoxo

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  6. This is incredibly inspiring, Jenna! My husband and I are keen to try something similar. I'm so happy I came across your Instagram account today via @daintycheeks. I've been reading your blog posts throughout the day. You are a wonderful writer! I can relate to many of the things you've written about and I especially enjoyed your post on parenting beyond belief. xoxo

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    1. You are too sweet! Thank you so much! I really appreciate any encouragement I can get! I love Dainty Cheeks and your instagram is gorgeous!
      Thanks so much for taking the time <3 <3

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  7. This is incredibly inspiring, Jenna! My husband and I are keen to try something similar. I'm so happy I came across your Instagram account today via @daintycheeks. I've been reading your blog posts throughout the day. You are a wonderful writer! I can relate to many of the things you've written about and I especially enjoyed your post on parenting beyond belief. xoxo

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  8. Wow! What a stunning, cool and beautiful color combination. Really eye-catching. I admire to see that the kiddos "helped," and it was a family affair. Thanks for sharing this great lovely post.
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