Because I’m always looking for a way to better the camping experience, short of checking into a 4-star hotel, I’m now obsessed with pop up campers.
I don’t have one, mind you. But I have dreams of one day owning one. But therein lies several issues. A) No money to buy one. B) No space to store it. C) In general, they are very very ugly (not a fan of brown faux wood)…unless you buy a really hoopty ploopty model, and well, see A) above.
Fiddledaddy is on board with this dream of mine to one day upgrade our camping experience to include a real bona fide camper. We love our tent that attaches to our van, LOVE IT, but we’re looking ahead to only getting older (and less enthusiastic about the manual labor), while our children only get bigger. Two of those children are now officially taller than their mother. We think that a pop up might see us through most of the teenaged years. Providing our children still want to camp with their aging and square parents.
And so we turned our attention to Craig’s List. Just to see what was out there. I remarked on the unattractiveness of most campers. Fiddledaddy casually mentioned, “You know, you could paint the interior.”
Well yes I can. Before children, that’s how I earned my keep. I turned old ugly brown furniture into works of shabby chic art and sold it for MAJOR dinero. Then I remembered some pictures of a shabby chic camping interior that I had pinned on my Pinterest board under “Camping”. Originally I had assumed that these campers had been gutted and refurbished. I dug up the origins of these photographs, and located the actual before and after evidence on the website. Scroll down to the end of these pictures to see how incredibly cute this camper looks when simply adding white paint and some new fabrics and accessories. I HAVE THE KNOW HOW TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS.
It is now my mission to find a pop up camper on the cheap, and transform it into a sweet oasis.
My only stumbling block will be a place to store it. But I figure that if it turns out as well as I’m hoping, I’ll stash it in the back yard and simply move in.
It will be my mom cave.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Or lack thereof…