Pop-Up Remodel: The Beginning

My guilty pleasure…I LOVE watching HGTV remodel/rehab/flip shows. I’ll be honest- I can binge watch them for hours. Or days. I sit at the edge of my seat awaiting the before and after pictures. I love watching as bathroom and kitchen fixtures are chosen and new flooring is picked. As a renter, I have looked at houses online and imagined how amazing I could make them look. And now it’s my turn. Sure, it’s on a very tiny scale. But I am determined to make our pop-up camper feel just like home.

Paint swatch that we are using as inspiration for our color palette. The cabinets are painted the Poetic Prose blue. The upper left color is a dark blue, even though it looks black in this pic.
Pillows that I found at Home Depot that are a perfect match to our color palette.

Today Louie and I went to our pop-up and ripped down all of the old curtains. They are very dirty and the blackout material on the backside is cracking. We were going to try to salvage them so that we wouldn’t have to buy new blackout material, but that isn’t going to be possible. We also took out all of the seating that was around the dining table and the U-shaped couch. I am going to recover all of these to match the rest of our decor. I plan to make slipcovers so that the covers can be taken off and washed if needed.


Louie hard at work removing all of the cushions.
Making a DIY mess.
More mess making.
And yes, even more mess.


The cabinets have already been primed and painted. We also bought new hardware for them from Home Depot. Oh…Home Depot. Oh man. If I had a house, I think I would go crazy there. Oh my goodness. I wanted everything. Kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, flooring. Restrain! Restrain! We only have a 17′ pop-up, not a 3500 sq ft house!

Cabinets before and after with primer, paint, and new hardware.

I have also been finding a lot of great ideas on Pinterest and at stores. I was actually in Hobby Lobby a few months ago and saw a very cute silverware holder that would look great in our camper. Unfortunately, it was way too expensive for what it was. Around $30. I decided to go into the Dollar Tree store where everything is $1. I bought the same materials to make this silverware holder myself for under $5.

The before of my $5 silverware holder.

It is scary and exciting all at once to finally be the one doing a little DIY work. I am so scared of messing something up, or even worse, not liking the finished product. As I painted the cabinets, I kept thinking, “Is this the right color? Is this the right primer? Is this the right paint? Is it going to stay on without chipping?” So many concerns, but once it’s started there is no going back. So, take a look at our before pics and don’t mind the “remodel mess” that we’ve created inside.

This was just a short post, mostly to add some pictures to compare the difference once our camper is complete. We are going to be working our butts off to get this all done, but we can do it! I can’t wait to follow up when we are done. At that time I will go over the process and materials used. I just hope we love the outcome of all of this hard work.



  1. Linda says:

    Do you have an after photo of the silverware holders?

    1. Aimz1981 says:

      Unfortunately, I do not. I am actually working on them today and will be posting that along with the other projects we worked on when finished. We hope to be finished by next week!

  2. Katie says:

    Good luck on your crafting and remodeling. You can do it!!!

    1. Aimz1981 says:

      Thank you!

  3. Elaine says:

    I can’t wait to see all of the after pictures. I’m especially curious about the silverware holder! And all crafty people have those same questions and concerns in their head. And a lot of times things don’t turn out the way they are in my head. But 99% of the time I like the results. You’ll do fine, crafty is in your genes. 🙂

    1. Aimz1981 says:

      It is definitely a work of love! Very time consuming, but so far everything is going great. So thankful to have crafty in my genes!

  4. Sara says:

    I really enjoyed reading (and seeing) your remodeling work! I love the blue you chose for the cabinets!! Yeah, Home Depot is a GREAT store, right!?! I look forward to seeing your silverware holder when it is finished. I LOVE DIY (& plan to add some to my blog when I get that far, lol). Thanks for sharing your remodeling fun!

    1. Aimz1981 says:

      Thank you, Sara! It is so much fun, but it really is A LOT of work! I can’t wait to read about your DIY!

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