Project by: Julie and Laura
Location: New York State
Without further ado, another inspiring camper transformation! Take it away, Julie and Laura: We are identical twin sisters, are both registered nurses, both married, and we are mothers to three little boys collectively. Ever since we were teenagers and we watched the cult classic The Long Long Trailer with Lucille Ball, we have dreamed of having a little camper turned glamper to call and make our own.
We bought our camper in the winter of 2015 with the intent to not only be use the camper for camping, but to also make it our craft studio/ guest house on the side of the mountain where we were raised.
We fondly named our little camper Maisie Toot, after our grandmothers.
The camper is a 21ft Forest River Surveyor SV210. It has two bunk beds, once a full size, one a small twin. The dinette transforms into a large queen bed when needed. There is a galley kitchenette, a fridge, a even a full bathroom complete with a bathtub and vanity. There is ample storage space and lots of windows to let the natural light flood in.
When we got the camper, it was a typical dated, cookie cutter camper circa 2005, complete with dated upholstery, decor, and paneling. Our mission was to turn this sad, little, prefab camper into a full blown glamper of our dreams. It had good bones. That was the most important thing to us.
We spent approximately a month and a half on the renovation process, working a few hours a day on our days off from work. Some weeks were more productive than others depending on our work and life schedules. We have chronicled the process on the blog, step by step.
We had a rather limited renovation budget for this camper...$1000. We knew that a majority of the things that we put into Maisie would be things that we already owned and that would be easily moved from our houses. On top of that, the decorations, accessories, and linens, etc would be either thrifted, used, cheap, or preferably handmade. And to be honest, that it EXACTLY what we wanted for our camper girl. Laura and I are very crafty girls and we wanted to be able to put stamps of our own personality into Maisie to show this side of us.
We gained much inspiration for our design and decorating of Maisie Toot from our own general design aesthetic preferences, but we also found some wonderful ideas online via various sites (apartmenttherapy included, THANKS!)
We had a mission to keep things bright and calm, to foster a peaceful time spent inside of such a small space. With this in mind, our color scheme became quite muted in the tones of blues, turquoises, greens, greys, white, and purples. Our textures became soft and light.
Every step of the renovation was a blast! It's easy working with your best friend! We laughed every single day. The most time consuming projects, such as the kitchen faux tin paneling, and the daunting task of painting were definitely the most stressful...but at the same time, they were certainly the most rewarding. They added the most noticeable changes in the before and after comparisons.
Once all the renovation was complete, we were entirely thrilled with the fact that Maisie Toot transformed into exactly what we had dreamed for her...A place where we could escape to as a retreat and to also travel in it to different places, as well as to do the things that we love, such as crafting, crocheting, knitting, sewing, painting, reading, etc.
We have yet to tow our girl to a campground, but we are completely content to have her parked on the side of the mountain and use her as a guest house/studio for the meantime.
We have already spent many days and nights in our dear Maisie Toot, and our three sweet boys love it just as much as their mothers.
Read and see more at: Maisie Toot Camper Remodel
Thanks, Julie and Laura!
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