Instead of Remodeling, We Bought a Camper!

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Our family is growing (with grandchildren) and we are running out of sleeping room up at the lake. Last spring we bought this old canned ham and made her into our Bunkhouse, her name is Betty Lou! The cost on this project does not include the cost of the camper which was $800.00.
Before picture...
Before picture...
The previous owner had just painted the blue on the outside and we just had to repaint the white. I considered redoing the color but decided I would work with it.
After picture
After picture
Onto the inside...I tore out the entire inside except for the refrigerator section. The hubs and I constructed a frame for a double mattress with storage underneath.
Before...
Before...
adding extra space by getting a camper, home improvement, outdoor living
After...
After...
adding extra space by getting a camper, home improvement, outdoor living
When I made the curtains, I ran out of the orange paisley fabric and would you believe Joann's had discontinued it! Eek, that is frustrating to a crafter! Oh well, I was happy with the fabric I found and it worked out I had a little left for the banner window cover.
adding extra space by getting a camper, home improvement, outdoor living
adding extra space by getting a camper, home improvement, outdoor living
Because Betty Lou is a Bunkhouse, I took out the sink and range top and amazingly enough my brother-in-law had the counter top in his garage and was willing to part with it (I love the word free).
adding extra space by getting a camper, home improvement, outdoor living
adding extra space by getting a camper, home improvement, outdoor living
We were lucky that all the cushions were in excellent shape and did not smell musty. I made the new covers and pillows and loved the end result.
Flooring before...
Flooring before...
adding extra space by getting a camper, home improvement, outdoor living
I love vinyl plank flooring! We put a sub floor over the top of the old linoleum and I installed this flooring easy peasy. It was the click and lock method, again, very easy.
adding extra space by getting a camper, home improvement, outdoor living
The family LOVES the end result of our bunkhouse! Our granddaughter calls it her very own playhouse and with her brother, they spend hours playing in her. The hubs and I had so much fun doing this camper, we started a second one!

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  • Karen Guzzetta
    on Aug 16, 2017

    Did you just paint over the paneling and cabinets with white paint? And what did you use to paint the outside of the camper. We just purchased a 35 year old camper and this is what i want to do with it.
  • Lisa
    on Sep 9, 2018

    this is SOooooo adorable! fantastic job on this! and was wondering if you kept the bathroom? do you have hookups or? i'd love to do this in our backyard but would need at least a toilet for overnight guests :) thanks!


    • No, I did not keep the bathroom (which really only consisted of a portapotty. Truthfully, it grossed out our daughter and daughter-in-law so I had no problem pulling it out. Thank you for your sweet comment!

  • Marie Kast
    on Oct 21, 2018

    Any ideas about where cushions could be found or made to fit for dual use as sofa and bed?

    • Flipturn
      on Jun 2, 2019

      When you do purchase your new foam pieces, be sure to get ones that are sufficient density, as well as thickness ( they are not the same thing) to support weight when sitting or lying down.

      Don't cheap out; the pain in your lumbar spine will get revenge!

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  • Design by D9
    on Jan 18, 2019

    First of all, I'm super jealous that you have a lake house... Great job on the camper, it's so bright and cheery. I have real mixed emotions when it comes to wood (read: love/hate relationship) Let me know when I can come up and stay for happy hour ;-)

    • Oh my goodness, you are too funny!! Would you believe a cute little camper painted tangerine just went by our house on the Lake!! Sixteen inches of ice enables the vehicles to drive on the lake. Thank you for your kind words. Anytime you want to come up for happy hour, the door is always open!!

  • This is the cutest thing ever and such a good idea!

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