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Shower Curtains to DIY Camper Curtains

Shower Curtains to DIY Camper Curtains | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Let me just preface this post by explaining how much of my life is supported by Target.  As a full-time working individual with a zillion projects, how often do you think I get to a fabric store?  The answer: never.  A mall or clothing store?  Puh-leeze. Even my wardrobe is starting to freakishly mimic the Target Sunday ad.  Good thing Target has EVERYTHING.  I digress, the curtains….

Have you ever seen something in a store over and over again that catches your eye, you may even go out of your way to look at it for the 25th time, but you say “that doesn’t go with my house” or “that isn’t quite my style, but I love it.”  Well, that was this shower curtain for me at Target.  I was drawn to the pattern from the second I saw it.  I loved the colorful, geographic, chevron pattern, but it was a little on the modern side for me and seeing as how I’m not in the market to re-do my bathroom, I just swooned over it at my regular Target visits.

What spurred on this project in a week (weird how that ALWAYS seems to happen), all of a sudden Matt & I were going camping, and our camper had no curtains!  Eek!  No privacy= an issue when it comes to camping.  I just couldn’t stand the impromptu curtains we had before (black fleece with sticky velcro that would not stick to the walls = curtain fail.  And super ugly).  So I dove in and bought two of these adorable Target shower curtains to make all of my interior curtains for the vintage camper.

The process?  Well, let me tell you, I am not a sewer.  I would certainly love to be, but I just haven’t done much of it at all.  But, curtains are a great beginner project because all you do is sew straight(ish) lines.  :)  I did a ¼” hem on all the sides and a ½” fold-over hem for the curtain rod to fit in.  The rods are also from Target, and were $4 each (win!).  Secret:  I didn’t pin, but I did iron the shower curtain first to get out all the wrinkles.  As for measuring, I added 1 foot to the width of each camper window to allow “bunching”, and added 2” to the height to make sure my curtains covered the frame plus a little.  This overage also was fine for taking into account my hems.

Shower Curtains to DIY Camper Curtains | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Shower Curtains to DIY Camper Curtains | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

The result?  Love!  I was initially a little nervous about pulling in the green and orange in the print, but I think that really forced me outside my comfort zone and the teal/mint green in the chevron really pulls in the cabinet colors too (only giving you a sneak peek of those right now!).  I’m really excited to accessorize the camper once it is done.  The curtains are somewhat white, so are they 100% light blocking?  No.  Which is OK, I mean I would say who really SLEEPS IN when you are in a camper, but Matt & I have actually formed a Sunday habit of camping and sleeping in till 10AM :)  We can always line the curtains if we feel this is a need down the road.  I am also considering cutting the curtains right down the middle (and hemming of course) so we can “open them” and tie them up on either side when we don’t want them closed (however, thus far, we haven’t disliked having them closed all the time, especially since they still let light in).

Shower Curtains to DIY Camper Curtains | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

{Ignore the lack of cushion covers and paint on the walls, oh so more to come with the Vintage Camper remodel, but lots in the works!}

I hope I maybe inspired some non-sewers like me to take on some curtain projects, so easy!  And try to keep you eye out for some non-traditional fabric material, like a shower curtain!

Enjoy!

Vintage Camper – Back Wall!

Matt and I had such a productive Labor Day weekend on the camper.  We tackled the part of the camper that was in the worst condition: the back wall!  (dun dun dun!  cue scary music).  We also had to repair a small part of the paneling on a side wall that had previous water damage as well.  I have to accredit most of the work to Matt, who as we say “winged” it when it came to tearing down the old wall and putting up the new!  A little detail on what we did:

1) Ripped off the old panneling and insulation behind

2) Reinforced some of the horizontal and vertical wood supports with new wood

3)  Tested for water leakage (the initial cause of the back wall’s previous condition) — p.s. this was literally Matt throwing buckets of water on the back of the camper while I stood inside with a “thumbs up” for no leaks! :)

4)  Re-insulated with new insulation

5)  Put up the new paneling (cut holes for light on side wall and outlet on back

Ta da!

I can’t wait to see the paneling painted (feature wall?  stenciled perhaps?!  The possibilities are endless!)

I had to show the progression of before during and after to really show the difference :)

Enjoy!

1966 Vintage Pathfinder Camper Repair

1966 Vintage Pathfinder Camper Repair

1966 Vintage Pathfinder Camper Repair

1966 Vintage Pathfinder Camper Repair

 

1966 Vintage Camper – Before!

Camper Unveiling: BEFORE! Well, Matt & I finally took the first step, we bought a home together.  Oh yeah, did I mention its mobile and from 1966?!  Welcome to our 1966 Pathfinder camper!  For those of you who aren’t familiar, my family is a HUGE camper family, although their RVs could be considered the Ritz Carlton of campers.  :)  HOWEVER, Matt and I thought it would be a super fun project to buy a vintage camper (off Craigslist obviously, #Craigslistjunkie), and renovate it!  Of course practical Matt would love to sell it again for an ROI, but we are both very excited to also be able to use it on some wonderful camping adventures in the future!

Our Goal: To remodel the 1966 Pathfinder camper to maintain its vintage appeal, while updating it with a clean and modern look.  Oh, and in a cost efficient manner :)

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

Ok, I know what you’re thinking: “What work can be done?!  It’s in PERFECT condition!”  OK, maybe not but here is our current to do list:

1966 Vintage Camper Before

Stay tuned for more camper remodel updates! :)

1966 Vintage Camper Before