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We bought our Camper/Trailer on Saturday, April 2, 2011

It’s been slow going…but now 4 (now 5) years later, I’m happy to say we are in FULL BLOWN REBUILD MODE!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

dinette: cushions

Ok, so I haven’t written an official post on the “How To” built a dinette… honestly, we’re not trying to re-invent the wheel here.  There are tons of videos on YOU-TUBE how to build the interior of a vintage trailer.  Maybe I’ll come back and post all that later.

But I do have these pictures available in one place so I’m writing this post about the cushions. 

Our dinette seats are about 25 inches deep from the back to the front.  I found some cushions that were about 27 inches. There were five cushions total. I needed there to be enough to span the dinette area while in sleeping mode to make a comfortable bed.


This photo shows how the cushions fit together after I laid them all out and marked them with a sharpie marker and then took measurements to get the configuration that I needed.  Some still have the slips on them that they came with, while the white ones have been stripped and cut (with an electric carving knife)


Below, shows the two back cushions (one for each side of the dinette.  They’re not perfect around the zipper area, but that part will be tucked out of sight and not noticeable.  I used the zipper placard from the original slip covers—rather than cut the zippers out to or buy new. I just cut the whole placard away and re-fit it to my new drop-cloth slip covers.  Work smarter, not harder.


In the next photo you can see them in place on the curb-side seat of the dinette. I had two velour avocado green place-mats that I cut open and turned into lumbar/lounge pillows for the camper.  I like the pop of color that they add!  I do like the look of the drop cloth slip covers, but I want bright and cheerful colors inside the camper.


You can catch a glimpse of the curtain for the potty closet here.  I am really leaning toward a bohemian style—bright and cheerful color palette.  I’ve said all along, I wanted turquoise/aqua; orange; and chocolate.  The avocado green is a surprise color that just keeps sneeking into the camper.  That’s ok.  It really is my favorite of all colors!  (anyone that knows me well, can testify to that!)


This is looking toward the dinette from the rear of the camper. There is that little bit of green up on the shelf… how’d that red get in there? LOL… I haven’t come across anything to remake liners for these baskets yet.  As soon as I find the perfect piece of vintage-y look fabric, I’ll sew them up!


You may be wondering what that is that PSYCHO-DELIC GOODNESS on my drop-cloth cushion slips!?  I told you I wanted some color.  So I did a little bit of an experiment…but only on side.  I like having options.

Here is what I used:

  • a yard stick
  • FIVE sharpie markers, (black, blue, aqua, orange and lime 3pack)
  • rubbing alcohol
  • an eye dropper and
  • an iron

I drew my lines in a pattern that I wanted… (first I tested this out on some scraps and I liked the pattern, so I just copied it!)

Then I squirted (with an eye dropper) the alcohol all along the lines and let the colors bleed out in a random fashion.  After it dried, which only took about an hour for the whole thing… I ironed each cushion to SET the color. Voi`la!

Cheerful, happy, bohemian… HIPPY COLOR!

**The best part about the whole thing?  We finally got the electrical hooked up to the camper,so… I did the coloring all right there inside the camper! I did the sewing inside… over the course of a couple of days. Winking smile

Hope you like it!

Grace and Peace


** PS:  if you’re interested in seeing more photos of the camper I have an INSTAGRAM tab at the top and you can click #lilcamperthatcould

1 comment:

  1. Very Creative! Love the way you did it. Hooray for "hippie."


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