Well, it’s been a year since we bought a camper and made it all fancy inside. I’m finally ready to share with you guys what it looks like.
Part of the reason I was convinced to travel around in a camper and leave a large historic house behind was the promise of being able to remodel the interior. Pinterest contains a treasure trove of beautiful designs and thoughtful additions to otherwise bland RVs. I have never owned a home, and our rental home landlords have only allowed us to paint at the most. Painting cabinets, replacing floors, transforming the look and feel of something so drastically was incredibly appealing to me. So we bought a used 5th wheel from the parents of a friend of ours and knew we’d be putting money into it. We did look at new RVs, but knowing we would be dropping thousands on changing the inside and also considering the depreciation led us to purchase a well-cared-for used model. And boy did we luck out. The folks who had the Veltkamper before built a garage for it. They kept it in near perfect condition for 9 years before we came along. They were only selling it because they were buying a vacation home. It looked pretty already, but since it was 9 years old, it was a little dated inside. RV manufacturers seem to prefer dark colors in a small space, which makes campers seem small and cramped to me.
So we painted. Every. Inch. (Except for the toilet room, which is so small and so little time is spent in there, it doesn’t seem worth all the work to change it. Maybe one day we will get around to it.) I should have kept track of the hours we put into this remodel, but I would have likely lost count.
The truth is that I loved the whole process. Even when I was tired and felt discouraged by the slow progress, I was having fun. The month of August was a blur of packing up our house and working on the camper. We would spend the days purging our possessions and making craigslist sales, and then we would go out to Scott’s cousin’s land (where we stored the 5th wheel) to work.
By the end of August, though, we had moved out of our house, sold and donated almost everything, and gotten a decent chunk of the remodel done. We took a few more months to finish up different projects, working on them here and there when time allowed.
I am so thankful for friends and family who came to help in any way they could! Our friend Brook was so crucial to our remodel. She was out at the camper many times and went shopping all over town with me to help create the perfect look.
I didn’t get around to the backsplash and counters until May/June of this year. And I didn’t take all these “after” photos until a month later. As a perfectionist who is overly concerned with the opinions of the Internet, I have refrained from writing this post for awhile out of fear. I want it to be perfect. With the hours we spent on this thing and the incredible attachment I now feel to it, I was unsure I even wanted to do this. But here we are– and I am proud of what we have accomplished.
I wanted a home on wheels and I think we achieved that goal. And not just because our interior feels pretty and cozy, but because we have shared so many memories in this tiny space. Because this adventure has shown me what I always believed. It has brought us closer together and reduced the literal walls between us. We spent less time inside and more time adventuring the rooms outside the door.
Our “master” bedroom is one of my favorite spaces. 🙂
See that macrame piece hanging in the entryway? That was a lovely gift from an artist friend of ours who happens to run an Etsy shop (Knot Creative) with gorgeous handcrafted pieces available for purchase! She takes custom orders as well.
You’re looking at new floors, painted walls, painted counters, stained table and chairs, new curtains, and other touches we added to make this a unique and comfortable space for our small family.
Before this adventure began, we would take maybe a few trips a year, usually to visit family. We would never have been able to get out and travel like we do now if we had kept our house and all the stuff within it. And there is so much to see out there!
In the future, if people are interested, I might break down each project we did inside the camper and make posts about them. But for now, I just wanted to share with you guys what our space looks like. So enjoy the photos; I know I am still shocked at the difference between the before and afters. And feel free to shoot me any questions you might have about the remodeling or this lifestyle!