Glamping Update – $8 Trailer DIY Dinette Cushion Covers

 

Our trailer cushions were ugly. First world problem, I know. But no one should have to camp ugly. I mean in an ugly trailer…you can look however you want. I don’t judge. But I do think if you’re going to drag your family into the woods, you can at least do it in style, right?

When I bought the trailer they fit right in with the brown, brown, and more brown that was, quite simply, EVERYWHERE. Once the trailer cabinets and walls were repainted in white and a light aqua, the cushions stuck out like the fashion don’t they were.

So when I spotted Target having a 50% off sale on children’s bedding I grabbed some pink sheets as a temporary solution. I figured while I waited for inspiration to strike, I could just wrap cushions in the sheets. That actually worked fairly well since I could unwrap them and take them home for washing when they got dirty. Which was pretty much every weekend. Thanks, boys.

 

 

We closed the trailer mid-October and I took the bench cushions home, planning to have them recovered by the time we re-opened at the end of April. I plopped them in the basement and basically ignored them until I got the letter about our park fees for the year and started to pack the truck with trailer goodies. And then I remembered I hadn’t done a damn thing about them for the last six months.

I figured I was going to have to bite the bullet, purchase some heavy duck cloth or vinyl type fabric and pay to have them recovered. But I also remembered I was supposed to be using what I have. Because I have this new lifestyle that involves being poor.

Ok. I didn’t actually have these cheap vinyl table cloths on hand but I did find them at Walmart when we were picking up supplies for our first run up to the trailer. What? $2 for vinyl table cloths? I bought the last four on the shelf.

 

When I got home, I took a look at the table cloths and the cushions. The table cloths were pretty thin and the brown and blue pattern on the cushions is pretty bright. Which means that the ugly blue and brown print would show through if I tried to use the vinyl without trying to cover the old pattern.

Double ugh. Ok. Use what you have…..Well, I do have a surplus of paint and I have actually painted a fabric chair in the past. Excellent.

I grabbed an unused can of Melamine paint (don’t get hung up on what kind….it’s just what I had on hand) and started rolling it on to the cushions.

As I expected the fabric absorbed some of the paint but not as much as I thought it would.

Once the cushions were dry, I began wrapping the vinyl tablecloths around them. I hadn’t really figured this out all the way through. I initially thought I’d use velcro or safety pins to hold the vinyl down but in the end I used spray adhesive. I used painter’s tape to hold the vinyl in place while the adhesive dried.

I basically wrapped the cushions like a present.

 

 

 

Woot! Woot! It worked. The paint kept the originally pattern from showing through and the vinyl is easy to care for. It’s meant to be wiped down which is perfect for our family…..Our very sloppy family.

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Love how fresh the dinette looks now.

Except for that ridiculous that brown velvet trim. I have no idea why the dinette is trimmed in brown velvet. Possibly to match the ridiculous brown velvet pull out sofa. So. Much. Brown. I have no idea how to cover this trim. Any ideas?


Trailer Renovations That Will Make You Want To Go Camping

Last week, I shared the story of how we came to buy a camper/trailer the previous summer and exactly why we did that. Mostly, it was to keep the boys from driving me completely crazy in suburbia all summer.

I had a plan for our trailer (now known to us as the Tin Can Cottage) the minute I laid eyes on her. In fact, even before buying her, I had an entire Pinterest Board devoted to Glamping and Vintage Trailers. 

Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite glamper makeovers that have inspired our own reno. Actually, these trailers may have inspired my entire purchase but I don’t really want to confess that just now. I prefer to blame the children.

Feast your eyes, my lovelies……

This little Shasta rocks the vintage vibe.

 

Shasta Pink

 

Pink isn’t just for the exterior, either ; )

 

Tin Can Tourists

 

Ummm…..that toaster oven! And those mugs!…I’m dying.

 

The Vintage Housewife

 

Two pics from The Fancy Farmgirl’s trailer re-do because I couldn’t decide between the exterior or interior. Seriously. We needed to see both.

 

The Fancy Farmgirl

 

 

The Fancy Farmgirl

 

Another adorable Shasta….the interior this time. So cute!

 

Vintage Shasta Interior

 

I think this is my favorite interior EVER! I mean that chandelier is rocking my world.

 

Rhonna Designs-The Dazey

 

Shabby chic anyone?

 

1966 Scotsman

 

Seriously cute 70’s camper with a major facelift.

 

70s camper

 

Some yellow and aqua love. I couldn’t find a link for the original owner so if you recognize Fannie Mae, let me know.

 

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How cute are these plastic cups attached to that canopy?

 

Flutter Before You

 

Another aqua interior.

 

Aqua and Red Cuteness

And just to show that makeovers aren’t limited to trailer campers, check out this adorable pop up!

 

Pop up camper

 

I guess I’m not the only one who hated that whole wood veneer thing. Inspired to give camping a try, yet?


 

 

Trailer Camping

Last summer I bought a camper trailer. Best decision EVER! Here’s how it happened.

It actually started with thinking that I need to get the boys out of the city. Ok. The suburbs. Because we live in a small town and a new subdivision. And I felt like if I had one more weekend like every weekend up until then (where all they did was wander around in the yard screaming and crying and hitting each other) I would seriously lose my mind. And child protective services would be stopping by.

 

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Really. I did it to save lives.

Now just to clarify that this wasn’t completely random, we camped when I was a kid and I had cousins who had trailers. My parents were meanies and wouldn’t buy us a camper because they wanted us to “have more options” for vacations….blah, blah, blah. I don’t recall us doing a lot of those options but I don’t want to be judgy.

And I took my older children camping when they were younger (when I was also younger). But I’m too old for tents and such so I began the search for a trailer.

Over the next 3 days, I looked at 5 different trailers in some seriously expensive trailer parks. Did I mention I had a really small budget? Right. I always have a really small budget. That’s why I write this blog.

And then I texted Handyman Tom (who is also my friend) and told him I think I wanted to buy a trailer. That was on Tuesday. Handyman Tom actually has a trailer. In a park that I can afford. After he and his wife had us come visit them and show us around I knew I wanted to be in that park. And in true Handyman/Wheeler-Dealer fashion, he found me this beauty. Like a day later. The guy has more connections than the Atlanta airport.

 

 

My max budget was $6000 and I got this baby for $5000. Crazy!!

I bought it on the spot on Wednesday and by Saturday we had set up camp. My friends pretty much thought I’d lost my mind and made some kind of crazy impulse decision.

I’d like to tell you all about setting up a camper in a trailer park but I can’t because Tom did all of it and it was pretty much move in ready when I showed up on Friday to put stuff inside. There was some levelling and water hook ups, and propane, and sewer hook up (ewww!) and other stuff going on while I made the beds and moved in. It looked like hard work and I was beyond grateful for the help. I mostly just bought groceries, cleaned, and put things away. I’m awesome at shopping.

Apologies for the pictures but they were snapped with my iPhone while I tried to keep the boys safe and from falling off and out of things. Like backwards out of the trailer door. That actually happened.

The blurry living room is across from the entrance. Don’t worry. It’s only blurry in the picture. And if the boys wake me up really early.

The kitchen and dinette are to the left of the door when you enter. There are bunks past the dinette and a small, but full bathroom right at the back. There’s also a decent sized closet across from the bunks.

 

The dinette….

 

 

My bedroom is to the right of the front door and is its own separate room. (Yay!)

 

 

I don’t mean to be all Captain Obvious but did you notice the “wood”? Or that it’s brown? Really, really brown. Like every where. Who designs these things? Seriously. Why are they always brown and panelled?

Wouldn’t it be nice to find a girl friendly type trailer just once? Cute would be great but I’d settle for bright and not looking like a panelled recroom from the 1970s.

You have to know where this is going right? …….You got it! I’m renovating the trailer. No one should have to camp like this. It’s inhumane.

Trailer season ended for us last October (Canadian winter…..boo/hiss). This weekend we’re opening it up and getting ready to start another camping season. Yay!!!

And, of course, I started a Pinterest Camping/Glamping Board to generate some inspiration because I don’t think my other 50 boards were really enough. Follow along and check back in regularly as we ditch the panelling and glam up our tin can cottage.