Camper remodel ideas (How to remodel a Travel Trailer under $ 200)
Camper remodel ideas – How to remodel a Travel Trailer under $ 200 – just follow these 5 steps:
We bought an older camper and remodeled it because the best vacations we have ever had were in RV’s, cruising up and down the West Coast. Even when our son Sean was still a baby, that was the best vacation ever. This was our freedom, we could do whatever we wanted to do. He grew older and we still rented RV’s, cruising all over the US.
Sean still remembers all the kids he met in the State Parks, going imaginary hunting and fishing with them. Nobody had to look after the kids, they ran around all over the campground, in the woods, learned how to make a fire and how to use a knife. Everything was easy and it was total freedom for him and of course for us. Happy days.
Now, years later – our son is not going on vacation with us anymore – but we still have a lot of memories thinking about these vacations.
So we decided to buy an older camper for the two of us and our dog and remodel it. (Don’t forget to check out the must-haves for the dog).
Why are all campers brown on the inside?
Unfortunately, every camper we looked at was pretty ugly and needed serious renovations. No matter if it was a tiny little Travel Trailer or a huge Motorhome. The interior was ugly. I guess the brown color is supposed to hide the dirt?
Anyhow, we bought one in decent shape (no leaks or any kind of issues) and then I started with the Camper remodel.
DIY Travel Trailer remodel
If you are wondering if you can do this on your own, YES YOU CAN! As long as there aren’t any major issues with your camper and we are only talking updating, making it pretty, then yes. If you know how to use a paint roller, a brush and a carpet knife, even better. Then you can do it definitely.
Just to be sure, I remodeled this Camper by myself – saying you can do this too!
If you want a quick overview, what the Top 5 things are you should do to glam up your camper, you can download the Checklist right here:
The top 5 things to remodel your camper-2
And here are the 5 steps of my Camper remodel journey:
How to start with a Camper remodel
This is how it looked when we bought it: so dark and uninviting, not very pretty at all. But of course, this look can be changed easily. So don’t be scared.
Camper remodeling ideas (how to remodel a Travel Trailer under $ 200):
- First I removed all the ugly brown valances and just left the blinds on the windows. Or you add pretty curtains.
- Then I decided on a maximum of two main colors. White, light grey, light blue is always a good option to start with. I picked a light blue paint for the walls.
- After painting the walls, I painted all cabinets and doors with milk paint. No need to sand them down. The beauty about milk paint is that you don’t need to sand or prime anything before painting.
- I added some glam with teal backsplash tiles in the kitchen. It took me almost a whole day, because I tiled it without grouting and it was a little tricky, but so worth it. Easier and much faster if you buy self-adhesive tiles, just stick them on the walls and done. That’s what I did in the bathroom.
- First I thought I would keep the floor, but the brown beige color sucked all the light in and didn’t look good with all the other colors. So I added a new white floor. I glued the new self-adhesive vinyl tiles on top of the old one. Looks great. It took me (with a little help from my husband) about 5 hours to get it done because some of the tiles had to be cut to fit. Here are all the tips “How to lay new floors in your RV“.
- Of course, the couch was brown/beige also. I cleaned it first with a carpet foam and brushed the stains off. Then covered it with a white/gray sheet or just use a blanket.
- I added some splashes of color with a tiny rug, pillows, sheets, and a curtain. Most of these items I didn’t have to buy.
Look inside RV’s and find out what you like and dislike
Before you start with your remodel, make sure you know your color scheme. It just makes your job so much easier knowing what you are doing. This is my mood board from the Camper remodeling:
Here is how our Travel Trailer looks now after the remodel, so pretty and clean and inviting.
How to start with painting
I painted all the kitchen cabinets, the storage cabinets, and the bathroom door with light gray Milk Paint. It is super easy to do and goes relatively fast.
If you need more details, here is how to paint Camper Walls and Cabinets
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What is the best tip to paint the kitchen cabinets fast and easy?
If you are thinking about remodeling your camper, paint your kitchen cabinets and the doors. They are normally dark brown and it creates such a dark atmosphere.
And I have the best and easiest tip for you: Use Milk Paint. You don’t need to sand or prime the cabinets! After painting the cabinets with Milk Paint, you add three layers of Top Coat for paint protection, let it dry for 24 hours and you are done.
The only thing you need to do is clean the cabinets well and wipe them down with Top Coat (takes all the grease off) and then you start painting. Learning to use Milk Paint and Top Coat was a total game-changer for me, because who loves sanding down cabinets???
Especially if your cabinets are not real wood. Most of them are laminate with wood decor – you definitely don’t want to do that.
I ordered all my paint and accessories on Amazon, but you might be able to get it at Lowes or any other paint store also.
How long did the Camper remodel take?
The Camper remodel didn’t take very long. I worked about 4 to 5 hours every day for a week until it was done. I did almost everything on my own.
My husband helped me a little bit with the vinyl floor cutting. I decided to add a vinyl peel and stick planks on top of the old and ugly linoleum, which took me about 4 – 5 hours.
It was so worth redoing the floors because it added so much more light to the interior of the Camper. We added the vinyl floor planks on one Saturday afternoon.
How much did it cost?
Altogether I spent a maximum of $ 200 on the paint, accessories, and floor.
I used one quart of paint and one quart of top coat which is about $ 60. The peel and stick vinyl floor was $ 70.
To paint the walls I used Sherwin Williams paint with primer and it was $ 20. The backsplash for the kitchen was a free leftover from a different project. But peel and stick tiles are very affordable at Lowes or on Amazon. If you are lucky you find some tiles on sale.
Of course, it depends on the size of your camper how much material you need and if you have to buy everything from scratch. I didn’t have to buy brushes and paint rollers.
We also bought a new mattress (the old one was still in good shape but I rather have a new mattress) for the camper and a small rug in front of the kitchen cabinets.
Pillows, the curtain, blankets, and the storage boxes I didn’t have to buy. I am sure you have some spare decorating articles at home too.
Using your own decorating items is always the cheapest way, or just make your own.
Get access to my Resource Library and download some of my printables and checklists. Print them out and decorate your RV.
Final thoughts on the Camper Remodel:
It really was a fun project because I love to renovate things. Makes me feel so much better, especially when it turns out so pretty.
So, if you are thinking about packing your kids and going on unforgettable journeys, or you just go without kids, try it out. If you need more detailed information and all the links where to get the material and so much more, get my Ebook. You just follow step 1 to 10 and you are good to go:
Why wait to remodel your dated RV or Travel Trailer?
It is always a good idea to rent a camper first before you buy one. Try it out first, if camping is something you would like to do.
Check out RV share, a great place to rent an RV.
If you are thinking about buying an RV or Travel Trailer, here are some tips to help you decide. RV or Travel Trailer
My best day ever is waking up early in the morning somewhere on a State Beach on the West Coast, putting on my running shoes, and going for a run on the beach.
Nobody is out there, just some dolphins, turtles, and maybe some fishermen. Peace and freedom – what an amazing luxury that is.
I will see you on the road,
Related Articles you definitely want to read:
RV/Camper 101 for first timers
Camper Remodel Ideas on a Budget
How to Remodel a Camper Trailer Easy and Cheap
How to lay new floors in your Camper
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We are picking up our new/user travel trailer tomorrow. I am not familiar with Milk Paint. Since the cabinets are usually always brown, using milk paint right over the brown is no problem? The milk paint comes out nice and vibrant, like there was brown underneath? I hope I’m making since. Your travel trailer looks amazing!
Hi Gina, yes no need to sand or prime. Just clean the cabinets well with deglosser or TSP. My cabinets were also brown. And the good thing about Milk Paint is that it doesn’t smell, no odor at all. Do the steps I am recommending, clean with TSP, clean with fresh water, use a brush for the first coat, use a foam roller for the second coat. Take your time in between coats and let the paint dry. If you have any questions, email me. It is going to look great. What color scheme do you have?
How did you do the counter tops? Did you replace the sinks & faucets?
Hi Teresa, I painted the countertops with Milk Paint and then added 3 coats of Top Coat. I did not replace the sink and faucet. Hope this helps.
I have the same camper and I am in the middle of the renovation. It looks great
It looks so great! I am definitely referencing this in the future.
Thank you Deserae, I am glad you like my ideas.
It looks great!! I will definitely use these tips!!
Hi Alicia, thank you and yes use these tips if you are ready to update.
I love the after pictures!!! Such a transformation from brown to colorful and unique. Thanks for sharing your tips on how to accomplish this:)
Thank you Maria. Yes the transformation only with some paint makes a huge difference.