December 12, 2008

Camp trailer designers

What were they thinking? Is there anything about this that is appealing?




The first thing we did after purchasing this beauty, was remove the hideous velour curtain panels. Then I gave the plastic walls (it's a trailer...fake wood and plastic are a requirement) a coat of primer, and two coats of fresh lime green paint to brighten up the space.

Mark used bamboo flooring planks to make a new table top (I prefer the warmth of wood vs. cold laminate) and he hid the folding metal table leg with a bamboo stalk.

Three different fabrics (a tropical barkcloth, a fun stripe, and a patterned yellow) were purchased to make curtains and re-upholster the banquette and the sofa (which I always leave set up as the bed).

We hung the curtains from stalks of bamboo.

The etched mirrors in the upper cabinets were removed and replaced with woven grass mats to tie in with the tropical decor.

Bamboo cabinet pulls replaced the tacky metal pulls.

We removed the fake oak refrigerator door panel so I could spray it with chalkboard paint...an easy fix that leaves a handy spot for note taking and daily quotes...plus black is better than oak.

Enclosed bath behind door

Detail shots

I like it so much better now! A good thing since we lived in this tiny space for almost four months while we were remodeling the house. We use it now for private guest accommodations.
Welcome to our guest cottage!

25 comments:

Rosebud Collection said...

You made it so cozy..It is amazing what you can do..We own a double wide across the street, sometimes rent it..But I keep watching what you both are doing and find it very interesting..Beautiful work.

Fog and Thistle said...

How fun and imaginative! My favorite part is the chalkboard paint on the refrigerator door. How clever!

LazyTcrochet said...

Wow, that really took some imagination. I could live there! I like the fridge door too...and the colors are fab!

ARTISANNE said...

I love what you've done, it's fab! I think the chalkboard door is excellent too:0)

Jacqueline said...

You made it so cozzy..really fun and imaginative! Love the chalkboard door. n_n Have a lovely creative friday!

Sweet Repose said...

I'll be out in 3 days...where we goin...huh...

Seriously(whatever)I have always wanted a little trailer that me and the dog could travel in...someday...I'll hang tight to that dream.

I love what you've done to it...are you renting??? HA!

Nicole R.J. said...

Wow! I had no idea a camp trailer could look so fab! You did a terrific job.

A Cuban In London said...

Wow, it looks massive! And so inviting and intimate! Great shots!

Greetings from London.

Jenn said...

I had no doubt from seeing the after shots before that the before pictures would look like that. You asked if there was anything appealing? Well that clock was ok...lol

Your attention to every detail floors me. Gorgeous!

Lisa B. said...

I hadn't seen your trailer redo before...it's sooo cute!! I would have never thought that you could paint the walls like that. You're so smart!! I need to have you come redo my work truck. I virtually live in it all summer.

willow said...

You can really tell Charmaine's been here! :)

fly tie said...

i like how y'all spruced it up. the green is lovely.

some day i'm gonna have something to spray with that chalkboard paint. i've always wanted to do that then write all over it. (i'm easily thrilled)

Victoria said...

You really know how to work some beautiful magic!

moxylyn said...

Really really nice! I want to travel for a year in a trailer, and ditch this mortgage for a while.

Karine said...

What a transformation! I love that lime green paint.

robin bird said...

ha!! i've never seen the after pictures and how fun to see them matched up with the before. wowzers! what a beautiful job you did together in making this a happy home and class act place to nest :) great teamwork!! i am very inspired... now about that lime green over the plastic walls.. what kind of primer and paint did you use that would make that new paint stick instead of repel or slide off the smooth plastic? and with the fridge... i have the same question. you inspire me charmaine :)

High Desert Diva said...

Robin,

I used Kilz primer and Chalkboard spray paint. Both found at Home Depot and Lowes as well as Ace, etc.

The paint was from Ace Hardware... whichever line they carry. I'm surprised it worked, too!

Basically, I figured it couldn't look ANY worse....

XUE said...

We were in various trailer parks last summer so I know what you mean! This is by far the prettiest trailer I've seen!

Hey Harriet said...

You've worked miracles! LOVE those lime green walls!

Jill said...

A camper re-do?! Now, that's a great idea-looks great!

Angela said...

Wow! Great remodel; much more appealing!

Judi FitzPatrick said...

What a fabulous transformation! The blackboard paint on the refrig is just genius and everything looks so pretty.

Wish you lived in the northeast, my whole house needs a major makeover ;-)

Peace, Judi

chelsea said...

Get out of town! You took it from like Whitesnake Tour Bus to tropical bungalow on wheels! You are SO good at what you do. One day, I will hire you to make my world a beautiful place. That's a promise. And there will be margaritas involved.

chelsea said...

P.S. you should totally offer your Camper Re-Vamper services...bet you could make a sweet biz just out of that!

High Desert Diva said...

Camper Re-Vamper is the perfect biz name!!!