Vintage Caravan Makeover – Magazine feature

Canadian Living Vintage Caravan Makeover Feature

Our little Sprite is currently being featured in the August 2016 issue of Canadian Living and I couldn’t be more stoked!! Last September we met with a photographer and stylist at a park nearby to do a photo shoot of our newly renovated camper caravan. They did such an amazing job capturing everything I love about this 1968 gem.

Canadian Living Vintage Caravan Makeover Feature

Canadian Living Vintage Caravan Makeover Feature

Canadian Living Vintage Caravan Makeover Feature

So be sure to go out and get a copy!!

Vintage Caravan Makeover – Final Costs

Now that summer is behind us and it’s time to pack up the Sprite, I thought I would give a breakdown of the final costs of our camper renovation to anyone interested in knowing what a vintage camper might set them back.

Sprite 110We found ours on kijiji this past December which I think was the perfect time to buy it since no one else seemed to be in the market for one. So, I would definitely suggest looking for one when it’s out of season to get the best deal.

We purchased the camper for only $1,300 and we estimate that we put an additional $800 into the renovation/makeover. A breakdown of the estimated costs are below along with a link to some of the projects from past posts:

Interior paint/primer: $40
Dining table/counter makeover (faux marble adhesive paper) $4
Vinyl flooring $54
Handmade curtains $20
New cushions $200 (instead of reupholstering we found summer bench cushions that fit perfectly)
Cupboard hardware/trim $100
Adhesive tile $20
Exterior paint/caulking/sand paper $200
Decorations/pillows $150

Due to a  set back we had this summer with our vehicle ( and by set back I mean it finally died and we spent nearly a month looking  for a new one) we were unable to take it on as many trips as we would have liked but there’s always next summer! :)

Walk through of the Sprite and a photoshoot!

It’s not every day that you get the chance to be in a professional photoshoot but let’s just say that the Sprite will be making an appearance next spring in a very popular lifestyle magazine!! I’ll be sure to let you know the issue date because you’re going to want to buy a copy!

We were also able to finally make a video of the camper that I had promised to post at the beginning of the summer. The before video was taken the day we bought the camper, and it’s amazing how different it looks! It still surprises me every time I watch it. Hope you enjoy!

 

Vintage Camper Makeover Reveal!!

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover Green White Scallops

I can’t believe we finally finished the Sprite! It’s come a long way from what it looked like when we bought it 7 months ago.

Before….

vintage caravan camper makeover - before 1968 Sprite

vintage  caravan camper makeover - before dining table

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - sleeping area

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - kitchen before

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - cupboards before

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - flooring before

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - closet before

After…

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - green white scallops 1968 Sprite

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - double dutch door window planters

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - green white scallops

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - flamingos

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - bistro set window planters

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - flower pots

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - after

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - after

Now for the inside!

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - dining table

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - kitchen cupboards

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - kitchen cupboards fridge

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - kitchen backsplashSprite 047

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - kitchen cupboards faux marble countertops

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - seating area

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - seating kitchen cupboards

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - seating area

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - closet

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - dining table seating area

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - kitchen cupboards

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - dining area

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - dining table faux marble top

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - diy word art

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - Sprite

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - blue ball mason jars

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - clock

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - art

Vintage Caravan Camper Makeover - flooring mat

Thank you for following along on our journey. I hope you enjoyed the pics! Please feel free to subscribe and leave a comment. I’d love to know what you think about it!

Painting the camper… and a trip to the hospital

DSC_0507

The camper is finally painted :) All that’s left to do is decorate, which of course is the most exciting part! Last weekend we washed and taped the camper to get it ready for a new coat of paint, and then spent the next day painting it until we were interrupted by a little accident…

While bent over to get more paint on his brush, my husband came up full force hitting his head on the corner of one of the metal windows… and no more than 20 minutes later, he did it again! At this point we decided to call it quits, we were both really tired and were starting to make mistakes. I noticed later that night that my husband was acting a little different but I just figured he was exhausted and, to be honest, I wasn’t too sharp myself at that point. Thankfully though, someone at his work the next morning noticed that he definitely was not himself. I took him to the hospital not long after to find out that he actually had a concussion.

He’s doing better now, he spent last week at home resting, and we’re on vacation this week so that’ll give him more time to heal. I’ve always associated concussions with falling down stairs or playing football so I was a bit surprised when this happened, but it definitely was not a light bump on the head!

As for the camper, in case someone is curious, we used Behr’s Premium Plus exterior paint which has amazing reviews and is ideal for adhering to metal. It was $57 a can and we only used 1/2 a can for each color. The green is called Belfast and the white is called Palais White.

bcbbef3b-9af6-4cf2-90ae-c319f059b6df_4009bd05f80-c6c8-434a-b1d4-581a3bb8d15e_400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final photos will be up next week so check back soon!