Before and After: It Only Took 2 Days to Give This Camper Room a Brand-New Spin

published Feb 13, 2022
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Some home renovations are easy to live through. For other big ones, though, you might find that you need to temporarily relocate in order for things to happen safely, and on a shorter timeline. DIYer Kelli Bateman’s (@myhouseof8) friend Ashley and her family found themselves in that boat — while Ashley’s home was being renovated, she, her husband, and her three kids all moved into a camper.

“It was very brown, basic and boring,” Kelli says of the temporary home. “I wanted my friend to have a space that still felt pretty and comfortable while being outside of her home. She and her family had to spend a lot of time in the trailer while their home was being renovated. It needed a little color and pattern to make it more inviting!”

Kelli wanted to make a big impact on a shoestring, and in a short amount of time, so she went for drama. On the cabinets, instead of the pale grayish wood, she used a deep charcoal color (Benjamin Moore’s Cheating Heart). Once dry, she added new brass pulls that feel way more luxurious.

On the walls, Kelli used a removable wallpaper in a bold black and white floral pattern. “Applying the peel and stick wallpaper was easy until we had to apply it to the wall underneath the cabinets, because it was an awkward and tight space to be maneuvering sticky wallpaper,” Kelli says. “We had a few extra friends show up to help and we got it done!”

Kelli also installed curtain rods as close to the ceiling as she could get them; fitted with new white curtains, they give the illusion of a more spacious bedroom. The final element: fresh bedding in neutral tones, with a pop of red in the pillows.

Kelli was able to finish the entire makeover in just two days. “We didn’t change the size at all, but it is amazing how paint and wallpaper can totally make a space look and feel bigger,” Kelli says of the transformation.

Now, the bedroom feels a little more personal, making it a welcome retreat while the house renovations are underway. And even better? It’s totally comfy and inviting. “I love how the whole space has come together,” Kelli says. “It now feels cute and cozy!”

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This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: Before and After: A Quick 2-Day Makeover Gives This Blah Bedroom a Bold Spin