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Camper Reno, part 6: Spray Painted Seat Cushion Fabric

Camper Reno, part 6: Spray Painted Seat Cushion Fabric

Well, I can’t believe I did it, but I painted the camper seat cushions.  I had heard somewhere that Krylon spray paints could be used on fabric, so I decided to try it. I had originally thought I would make some seat covers for the cushions, but I like to paint, more than I like to sew.  Obviously, I was dreading the sewing part, or these would have been done in the spring, when I did the rest of the camper. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize until I was completely done that I had used Valspar paint instead of Krylon. Major OOPS! It seems to have worked though.

The eating area of the camper consists of four cushions, and a strip of fabric running along the wood backing of one of the seats. I pried the strip off, and painted that first, just to see if it turned out okay. It did! Don’t mind the pile of towels in the second photo:)Painted strip

strip in placeAfter I decided I liked the outcome  of the strip, I tackled the cushions. I noticed the pattern was able to be seen still, but that didn’t bother me nearly as much as the design. I definitely had to do two coats using the color Indigo Streamer, and alternate the direction of the spray to get it all covered.  It did seem to dry pretty fast. One cushion halfway done

One cushion done, on to the nextAnd here they are completed. I have to be honest, and say that the fabric does have a different feel to it now.  It is almost crunchy, which I hope will go away after we use them next season, but it really isn’t a bad feeling, just different. That also might be because I used the wrong paint.  Krylon might leave a totally different feeling.  Finished painted cushions

Anyway, it can be done, and it there doesn’t have to be any sewing involved:) We’ll just have to see how it holds up now.

Thanks for looking!



Camper Reno, part 5: Cornice boards for the windows

Camper Reno, part 5:  Cornice boards for the windows

In that first post about the camper reno I had stated that I thought painting the trim would be the most tedious for me.  I was totally wrong…the cornice boards were by far the most tedious.  I couldn’t seem to want to finish them, and I have been working on them for two weeks now.  There is no way these should have taken two weeks.  Sigh.  However, this weekend I made a mad push to get them done, and I have to say I like the finished product.

Obviously the curtains that came with the camper couldn’t stay.  They had to come down.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do to cover up the roller blind hardware, until I saw this post from Nutmeg Place.  I loved the look and they would be lightweight enough to put in the camper.

I got a huge sheet of core board and the picture frame hangers at Hobby Lobby.  I already had leftover batting and a ton of leftover drop cloth, so I didn’t need to buy any of that.  I also used some spray adhesive and Goop for gluing the boards together.

I then used the metal curtain hangers as a measuring tool, and started outlining the measurements onto the core board.  Then I began cutting.  This was the most tedious part, probably because I had to measure everything.

After they were all cut, I used the Goop and duct tape to attach the sides to the fronts for each one, and let them dry for a while. One of the cornice boards turned out to be longer than the coreboard, so I did have to splice a piece in.  Again, I just used the Goop and duct tape.  I did like working with the Goop because it didn’t eat through the styrofoam like some glues.  Next, it was time to start covering.  I used the spray adhesive and covered the boards with the batting.  I just had regular quilting batting, so that is what I used.  The adhesive was very useful because the batting wasn’t slipping around while I was trying to get the drop cloth to cover.

Now, I noticed that Nutmeg Place used duct tape to attach her fabric to the boards, but I used a combination of staples and duct tape, since the camper is exposed to extreme temperatures.  The staples seem to hold really well.

Here is the finished back side of one of the boards.

After all of the boards were done, I again turned to Goop, and glued the picture hangers on the sides of the boards.

Then came the hanging part. This wasn’t so much fun, since I originally intended to use a level to make sure they were hung correctly.  Unfortunately, since the camper is parked by the side of the house, it doesn’t exactly sit level.  Well, actually there is a sharp decline when you step in it.  That level wasn’t exactly going to work…so I eyeballed it:-)   Yikes!

I had to use nails hang them, so I did put a few more holes in the walls. I also had the old curtain rod hardware still on the wall, so I used that as a guide to hang them, as well as gluing the boards to them to make sure they don’t come off the wall during transit. This seemed to work and the feel pretty secure, between the Goop and the nails.

And here are some after pictures.

And one before and after.  I still can’t believe the transformation. I liked the outcome so much that I might just replace the curtain in our bathroom in the house with one. 

Thanks for looking, and sorry for the picture quality on some of them.  I dropped my camera and it now has the black screen of death, so I will have to replace it.


Core board:  $9.99 with 40% off coupon=$6.00

2 packs of picture hangers:  $2.94

1 tube of Goop:  $2.47

Total:  $11.40

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Camper Reno, pt. 4: Roller blind maps

Camper Reno, pt. 4: Roller blind maps

For part four of our camper renovation, I decided I would give the roller blinds some character.  The camper has a total of four roller blinds, and three of them had to be replaced.  One wouldn’t stay down when it was unrolled, and the other two wouldn’t go up.  If you wanted to have them up, you would have to manually roll them up.  That wasn’t quite what I was wanting.

So, Double D and I went to Lowe’s and bought three replacement blinds.  This was very easy to do because we took the old ones with us, and a wonderful store employee cut them for us to the exact size.  I didn’t actually check to see if you can buy just the replacement springs/hardware simply because the old ones were yellowing with age, and also becoming brittle. It was time for some new.

I went with the basic white because I knew I would be covering them up with some really neat maps I had gotten for free.  Since it is a camper, what could be more appropriate?  First though, I had to do some work on the one roller blind that was staying.  I removed all of the curtain valances from the windows, unscrewed the fabric band from the walls that held the curtains in place, and removed the fabric trim from the actual remaining blind.Lovely trim removal

Next I had to determine which maps I was using with which blind.  I had about 15 maps to choose from and many were duplicates, which was great because two of the longer ones required two maps for each.Map layout After that was done, I then started cutting the excess paper off of the maps, so that I was left with just the maps.  I didn’t cut any off of the maps themselves because I wanted to make sure I had enough for the length of the blinds.

Then I picked up my trusty Mod Podge and a disposable brush, and got to work.  I started at the edge of the roller blind so that I could be sure that it was a straight edge I was working with, and just kept applying the glue onto the blind itself for approximately the width of the brush, and then flattening out the paper with my hand.  Repeat many times… After that part was done, and the blind was covered with the map, I flipped it over and cut off the excess map. Then, I let them dry. 

Here are the finished results.

Bedroom window

Bedroom Corner

Dining room. The before picture only shows a little tiny corner of the window.

If I do this a next time, I have learned not to overlap the maps on anything that will have sun behind them.  I wish I would have thought about this before I was finished with them, but I guess you live and learn.  Next time I will know:-)

Oh, and in case you are wondering, the next step for the camper renovation is going to be cornice boxes to cover the roll blind hardware.  That will replace the fabric valances.


$50.00:  3 roller blinds

Free:  maps

Already had:  Mod Podge

Already had:  Disposable brush

Spent:  $50.00

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