Always up for an adventure (and project!) Jay & I made the decision this past winter to purchase a 2002 Nomad Skyline Camping Trailer. We love exploring and thought it was time to invest in a home on wheels and check out what is in our own backyard.

We’ve done the tent camping thing and I don’t love it. Plus “living” in a tiny home on wheels in the woods (even for a vacation) sounds like heaven to me. So… enter in our little 135 square foot trailer that has a full time double bed, dinette area (that folds down into a 2nd bed for guests), kitchen, fridge, bathroom and sink.

First things first. Our trailer was solid. Except for a few annoying things like taking out the bunk over the main bed we didn’t have to use power tools. The majority of our renos are superficial but still phase 1 was a lot of work. Was it worth it? Totally! Would I do it again? Yes! Would I enjoy myself? No! (removing the wallpaper was the worst part).  And did I mention we did it all in 9 days? We are a little crazy like that…

We took our remodelled Nomad out on it’s maiden voyage a few weeks ago and I can tell you this home away from home is so cozy I cannot wait to spend our weekends in this beauty. It is so comfy and pretty and just lovely really. I love finding a place for everything and making a space feel like home. So, here’s what we did:

Phase 1:

  • ripped out bunk above bed
  • painted walls
  • painted cabinets
  • painted hardware
  • fully stocked trailer
  • cover seats (temporarly used mexican blankets)
  • added kitchen rack for kitchen utensils

Our next steps for Phase 2:

  • lay down new laminate wood floor
  • new curtains for kitchen, dinning area, and bed (i’m thinking yellow & white stripes!)
  • new accent pillows
  • shelf above door
  • shelves above main bed
  • bathroom rack for towels

Here’s what we started with. The outside of our little Nomad is nice and bright, but the inside was dark and dingy and needed a coat of paint and lots of homey touches.The French 75 blogIMG_3586IMG_3583

Check out that wallpaper… yuck!IMG_3578IMG_3573

We scrubbed off the wallpaper and painted all the cupboards a bright white, and walls a grey/blue. Jay spray painted all of the handles and hardware black. I love this color combination, the black hardware really pops against the white.IMG_2640_2 IMG_2642_2 IMG_2649_2 IMG_2881 IMG_2884 IMG_2891

After lots of hot nights stuck in the trailer painting it is super exciting to share the before & after photos. We found great & affordable accent pieces at Ikea, The Flying Tiger, and our local thrift stores. Our vintage pieces are either thrifted or from our own collection like my favourite ’70s vintage rubbish bin with a gold metallic stripe (I have a weird thing for vintage rubbish bins).

I can’t wait to put up some art on the walls, shelves, and finish decorating.

Kitchen

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Dinette Area

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This yellow cloud napkin holder is my favorite.The French 75 blog: Vintage Inspired Camper Reno

These ’60s vintage pop bottles are from my grandma’s house, and this ’70s vintage fondue pot was a gift from a friend for my wedding shower. Fondue is the perfect camping food!The French 75 blog: Vintage Inspired Camper Reno

The “Bedroom”

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I love this white and blue vintage afghan. It’s the perfect match for our little trailer. Now we need some new accent pillows and curtains.

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Hallway

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An aloe vera plant is a great addition for those pesky sunburns.The French 75 blog: Vintage Inspired Camper Reno

Bathroom & Sink

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We painted the little bathroom white, I love how this shower curtain really brightens up the space!The French 75 blog: Vintage Inspired Camper Reno

Homemade licorice soap and a vintage saucer are the perfect fit in this small space.The French 75 blog: Vintage Inspired Camper Reno

And after all that work we decided to take it out for a spin! Our maiden voyage was a bright spot in the Harrison River Valley in British Coumbia right next to the river and surrounded by these big old growth trees, so gorgeous. Pepper loves her new home too!

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And Jay can even make his weekly buttermilk pancakes for breakfast, just like home.The French 75 blog: Vintage Inspired Camper Reno The French 75 blog: Vintage Inspired Camper Reno

I hope you liked our vintage inspired trailer reno, stay tuned for Phase 2! xoxo