Part 1: renovating our camper interior

by | Dec 14, 2015 | Lifestyle, Living in a..., The Hymer Motorhome Adventure | 0 comments

Less than a month ago we bought our first camper (read it here)! A Hymer of 25 years old with a very brown and dark interior. Not really our taste! We knew when we bought the camper that we very quickly would tackle the interior because before we would hit the road, the camper would have a white interior. No sooner said than done. Last week we took the camper to our parents in the south of the country so that we could start our little project there and they could take care of Jaya and had quality time with her.

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We had all the paint supplies before we left so we could get started immediately. But you always think it is going faster than it actually is. Bas and his father started with the exterior (after the camper had been through the Truck Wash) and I started to demolish some little things like removing ugly lights, wall brackets, adhesive strips and take out all the upholstery. It takes a day things like this because when you take away things they also leave holes behind which you want to fill. Besides that, you also have to use masking tape to protect the parts you don’t want to paint.

We matted the interior completely. If you do it too coarse, then the veneer damage and you don’t want that. If you do, moreover, not coarse enough again, the paint adhesion. This has happened to us on a few tiny spots where you can’t matten good enough.

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The second day we started removing the pillows, the mattress, the closet doors, the bathroom door, tray, shelves and other loose parts that had to be painted white. The best place to paint this is outside the camper so that you can paint the fixed interior of the camper as well.

How much paint do you need for painting a motor home?

We had plenty with the 2.5 liters of lacquer paint and 2.5 liters of primer paint for painting the entire interior plus ceiling and walls. We still have some left to work a little here and there. You better go for good paint so that you only have to paint one or two times than economize and find out that you have to do it several times.

We started with one primer coat that was good and thick, and then with two coats of paint on the cabinets and one coating on the large surfaces such as walls and ceiling. The cabinets were painted 2 times because we’ll use this often, you touch it often and so it should be slightly firmer.

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The end result is exactly as we had envisioned. Now it’s time to decorate the interior such as new cushion covers, curtains but also adding fun accessories.

What do we have in mind to do in the camper?

Ok, here’s the list …

  • Make a new dashboard cover (the previous owner had quite ugly carpet encounter screwed here).
  • Create a safety net for the folding bed for our daughter Jaya.
  • Make curtains for the back of the camper.
  • New cushion covers (this comes later as the current pillows are still fine).
  • Accessories such as convenient hanging racks, storage boxes and of course stylish accessories.
  • New lighting such as spotlights.
  • Installing the new water heater.
  • Up front, we would like to build an extra seat so that Jaya can sit in the front of the camper in a car seat (this is still an interesting job! Oops ….)

Most points on our list do not need to be in a hurry so once it’s dry and sunny, then we will certainly go for a weekend out!

Oh yeah, we’ve also been thinking to give the camper a color on the outside. For example, the horizontal area between the aluminum strips. Who knows … something for the future.

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Renovating the interior of a Hymer camper

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Bas is applying wax to the outside of the camper so that water will float away easily.

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Removing all the golden accessoires they’ve put up on the wall.

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The bathroom needs a good clean and maybe we want to get new foil for on the walls in the bathroom. At the moment the walls are covered with foil with tile motif.

The (intermediate) result: a white camper interior

And then, after four days of working and painting, the result…

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Oh dear, once you’ve painted the first shelf or door, you can not go back! You must continue now. On these photos, we were about half-way with the application of the primer.

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Two days later, the interior was provided of 3 layers of paint.

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Quite a job but I would do it again. I have not regretted it. Perhaps an RV enthusiast will find the original Hymer nicer but we are not going to sell the camper within the next few years. We of course want to have fun as long as possible and preferably we do it in such a beautiful white interior. Did you last see the inspiration images for our camper? Then you see where we want to work towards ..

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