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The $100 Room Challenge Takes on a Camper Makeover

I’m so excited that it’s $100 Room Challenge time again! This time I’m taking the challenge to the streets, so to speak, with a makeover for my camper.

I’ve participated in several other $100 Room Challenges, and it’s one of my favorite subjects on the blog. I love the challenge of making over a whole room in four weeks, for $100. This time, I’m going all in with our family camper trailer. It’s one room that does every job in the house, so this makeover will be the ultimate challenge!

$100 Room Challenge Camper Makeover

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Before we get too far into my plans for this challenge, let’s recap, shall we? The $100 Room Challenge all started with Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. We’re all on a budget and a time crunch these days, so her idea of keeping a project within boundaries is a brilliant solution to the overwhelming task of redoing a room. You can see more about the whole idea here. Thanks Erin, for being our fearlessly creative leader!

My $100 Room Challenge projects have become some of my favorite in my whole house because I actually have a deadline and things get done! Here are the rooms I’ve remade before:

Talk about productive – all you need if you’re having trouble finishing projects in your house is to sign up for this challenge!

How far this Camper has Come

I’ve been wanting to update a few things in our camper since we bought it (used) a few years ago, but that’s been at the bottom of my priority list because the only time I think about it is when we’re actually out camping, which isn’t a great time to start a DIY project.

On our last camping trip I finally got fed up with our tiny banquette bed and as soon as we got home I started ripping out plywood walls.

Rebuilding the bed frame in our camper

We soon learned that DIY projects in a 19 foot camper are real different than DIY projects in the house. First of all, there’s the space issue. Renovating an approximately 150 square foot tiny house is an exercise in resourcefulness and patience.

Then there’s the construction methods. To keep the vehicle weight low, everything is made of plywood, particle board and plastic. We had to remember to factor weight into all our remodeling decisions.

And finally there’s the climate control. Turns out, tearing apart a camper in 95 degree heat is a bit of a sweaty endeavor.

But we powered through, all for the sake of a good night’s sleep the next time we go camping. We replaced our dinette seats with a full size foam mattress and I’m so excited to sleep on a real bed that’s bigger than 47″ wide for me and my hubby!

Pieces of plywood form the base for our camper bed

By the way, this isn’t the first time I’ve made over a camper. You can see our first Apache camper here. And if you’re getting into camping, be sure to check out my camping organizing hacks!

Once the bed had been improved, I decided that it was time to tackle some of the cosmetic changes, and what better way to do that than with a $100 Room Challenge?

Bed nook in our camper with window and storage bins

Camper Makeover Plans

It’s all about the budget with this camper, and I’ve got some fun ideas for how to update its style without breaking the bank.

Interior view of our camper before its makeover. Lots of storage cabinets.

I plan to:

Camper interior with orangey wood tone laminate cabinets

How am I going to do all this for under $100 in the next four weeks? I’m not quite sure yet, but I’ve got a few thrifty ideas up my sleeve! Be sure to follow along so you don’t miss a post:

Week 1 (You’re here) ~ Week 2 ~ Week 3 ~ Week 4 (Reveal)

Also, the best part about this challenge is seeing what other bloggers are working on in their homes. Check out all the big plans:

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I’ll see you next week! In the meantime, send lemonade and cool weather!

Carole West

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

I can't wait to dive into this - I just don't have time right now so I've saved your email to read for later. But I have tell you your camper is very similar to ours and we live in it full time. Anyways I've also been wanting to make some changes so you're timing is excellent. Thank you!


Friday 4th of October 2019

How fun! I bet you have to be pretty organized to live in it full time. I'd love to see what you do with yours!


Tuesday 10th of September 2019

Yes, yes, and YES! I love a camper remodel and cant wait to see what you do! I did our pop up for a One Room Challenge a few years back and it's still my favorite project!


Monday 9th of September 2019

Wow, this is so cool! I'm totally excited to see how it goes. What a creative idea to use the challenge to makeover your camper!


Tuesday 10th of September 2019

Thanks Joy! I'm excited to finally have an excuse to do this project!

Morgan Murray

Friday 6th of September 2019

This is going to be EPIC! I have been so intrigued about camper makeovers. I never thought (duh!) about having to think about weight! Can't wait to see how it comes together!


Tuesday 10th of September 2019

Thanks Morgan! I've been wanting to do it for a while but it's a daunting project!


Wednesday 4th of September 2019

I am so jealous that you have a camper to make over. I can't wait to see this reveal.


Tuesday 10th of September 2019

Thanks Sherry! I have to admit it's a lot of fun!


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