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January 7, 2017

Remember here where we were talking about our 1997 Jayco pop up camper remodeling plans? I hit the motherload at a thrift store!!! 

Ok. Back up. My mom is a seamstress. My Abuela was a seamstress. Sewing runs in our blood and sewing junk fills our homes. It’s just how it is. Thankfully SuperDad embraced it a few years back and donated his Christmas bonus check to a complete overhaul of my sewing room to include every scrap of new furniture. Thank you IKEA!!

I sew like I cook – by intuition. I rarely use patterns and prefer to plan it out through horribly drawn sketches and rough mathematical computations. It usually works out ok. Sometimes it doesn’t. I’m ok with that. 

So when we got this transportating mini-home and I saw the 20 year old *very* dated upholstery on the cushions, I knew that recovering them was a necessity.  

I mean yikes!!! After settling on a crisp, fun color scheme of coral and teal with some neutrals to calm it down and once I planned a strict budget to make it all happen, I set out to find the fabric I’d need. SuperMom’s SuperMom is a SuperThrifter. She knew of a thrift store that almost always carried bolts of upholstery fabric on the cheap. Sounded like exactly what I needed so we took off with Super5YearOld, Super2YearOld, and Super2MonthOld in tow. We had some seriously messy fun!

I think these will work:

It took forever!!! But I’m rather pleased at what we found. We even scouted some perfect throw pillows to beautify the space up and pull the color scheme together. What do you think??

Despite budgeting about $50 for fabric (which would have been ambitious by itself) and $15 for homemade pillows, I spent a whopping $40 on our entire haul! I love coming in under budget!!! I plan to pull off (they zipper close) the coral and burlap covers and embroider some cute little camper sayings and designs to put a personal spin on things. 

So, to recap. Let’s update the to-do list with my findings!

  • Make a mold and mildew remover (1 part water, 1 part baking soda, 2 parts bleach) and clean interior canvas – cost $10 in materials and spray bottle/brush
  • Seal center seam on roof with silicone and apply waterproofing to entire shell – cost $30
  • Remount the stovetop onto new plywood; dimensions 24″ wide by 19″ deep; repaint black with high quality furniture paint – cost $0 using scrap plywood and donated paint (thanks SuperMom’s SuperMom!)
  • Replace fire extinguisher – cost $20 on Amazon
  • Replace countertop by the door; dimensions 20″ wide by 22 1/4″ deep; repaint black – cost $0 with scrap playwood and donated paint
  • Paint sink countertop; black – cost $0 with donated paint
  • Recover 5 base cushions with pillow sham style covers; neutral fabric – cost $10
  • Recover 5 back cushions with pillow sham style covers; teal fabric – cost $7
  • Recover 2 dinette back cushions with pillow sham style covers; coral fabric – cost $8
  • Buy throw pillows and embroider designs – cost $15
  • Apply liberal Scotchguard fabric protector/waterproofing to canvas and cushions –
  • Repaint all cabinetry; white – cost $15 from Home Depot
  • Purchase 2″ thick king and queen memory foam toppers – budget $20 each through Facebook Marketplace or somewhere similar – cost $40
  • Purchase 1 king, 1 queen, and 2 twin fitted sheets plus 6-8 pillowcases in coordinating color scheme – budget $60 total
  • Install vinyl peel and stick “hardwood look-a-like” flooring; light grey oak; 30 square feet – $40 from Amazon
  • Purchase or rig an extender piece for table leg; need 6 1/2″ extension plus attaching to existing leg by both – cost $5
  • Install patches in holes – cost $5
  • Replace red plastic light cover; rear side passenger – cost $??
  • Replace Duotherm 579 OR 590 OR 595 (need to figure out which) AC shroud (air conditioner cover) – cost $50-100
  • Sanitize water supply – cost $10
  • Mount outlet by cooler – cost $0
  • Replace 24 DC-6 EverStart Marine battery – cost $75
  • Purchase 4 small latch locks – $5
  • Repaint ceiling and ceiling trim (interior) – cost $15
  • Spray Rustoleum spray paint on metal cross beams – cost $10 from Amazon

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