Sunday, October 24, 2010

Project Happy Camper!

This, my friends, is my new, old (and I mean old!) 1972 Swiss Colony (hey-I thought that was a cheese and candy mail order company!) camper. 

My mom had told me that my uncle and aunt were trying to sell this camper quite cheap and that there were no takers yet.  She told me it was in good working order and that they had just put in a new air conditioner and hot water tank. 

I never had any intention of buying a camper-but I got to thinking.  (Dangerous, I know!)  I've always been fascinated with tiny homes and having everything you need to live within that small space.  Whenever I see a tiny little shack of a house-I always think to myself-I would love to buy that thing and fix it up.  Well, buying an extra house so I can fix it up is not in the cards for me.  But fixing up an old, well-loved, well-used camper-that i can do!

I love-before and afters, something from nothings, being get the idea.  :)

Sooooo-when my happy camper gets here (to my house) (my dad needs to do something to his truck-add an electric brake system? before he hauls it here) I'm going to start working on a little transformation. 

I'll be using lots of cleaner, primer, paint, fabric, and whatever else I can find around here.  And lots of Goodwill finds-I'm sure!

What I won't be using is a lot of money!

I am determined to make this little camper homey, warm, easy on the eyes, and good smelling!  A place that makes you want to come in, sit down, have a cup o' tea and stay a while.

Maybe next year-happy camper will be sitting at a camp ground!

Until then, do you want to come along for the ride???

Ohhh-this is gonna make some good blog fodder, I think!

PS-Some of my house pics are on Etsy's blog The Storque today.  Very exciting for little ol' me!


gardenmama said...

oh, my! this is very exciting, i can hardly wait to see what you do!

Rhonda said...

Ah-you are definitely doing it! Good. It is really cute and I'm sure once you get working on it, it will be a happy place to stay - poor Larry - he may never see you again!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Yes, Etsy is how I found your blog today :) Congrats! And also congrats on your new tiny home.. this will be fun to follow! It already looks very cute. -Tammy

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog today because of Etsy and I LOVE it. My husband-to-be and I are looking to pay off a significant amount of debt for a while and are thinking about living in a used rv/trailer for a couple years (it might sound crazy to some people but we are very enthusiastic about paying off student loans, car repair debts, etc. fast). Anywhoo... I love that you are transforming an old trailer. I can't wait to see what you do with it!

Marian Hertzog said...

Looking forward to your camper renovations! We have done it and it is fun. It takes some work but the small space makes it go fast. Camping is lots of fun too. There is definitely something cozy about it. I grew up in western PA and did alot of camping there. Beautiful places to visit and enjoy. Have fun!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I'm seriously envious. Seriously. You are going to have such fun transforming. I am definitely coming along for the ride.

Dawnie said...

Congratulations, Holly! First, congrats on your feature on ETSY. How exciting!!!! Also, congrats on your sweet camper. Can't wait to see what you will do! I know you will make it beautiful and charming and I will want to move my camper next to yours!

Kim said...

Oh sis...seriously! How cute. Mom told me yesterday! Can't wait to go camping with ya. Cool you are on Etsy. Are you selling stuff? I'll check it out.

Jessie said...

I love it Holly!!!! It is soooo cute!! Not at all what I pictured when you told mee it was really old and needed alot of work. We're definitely going camping when you are all done!!!

affectioknit said...

That vintage camper is just AWESOME! I love it!