The Vintage Caravan Interviews – Miss Maizy

My
name is Tania Pelletier and I live in Washington
State in the US. My caravan
(we call them campers or trailers here in the US) was purchased from an ad I saw
online from a nearby town. My dad and I drove about an hour to see it and it
was love at first sight! When I got the thumbs up from my dad (checking out all
the guy stuff) I was in heaven! We pulled her to my parents house and
immediately got to work fixing her up! Here are a couple before shots:

I have wanted a vintage camper since I first saw
one years ago in a magazine. It had been converted into a gardening shed and it
was fixed up so adorable! I was married at the time and my husband said
“no” :o( So… I got rid of my husband and got myself a camper
instead! Good trade I think!

It took my dad and I about one whole summer
working just on the weekends. Most of what needed to be done was cosmetic
although we did find a broken sink pipe and other little annoyances along the
way.

So far I have only been able to camp in it once
but that is my plan… glamping!!! She has travelled about 280 miles on our
first trip. Right now Miss Maizy is parked at the top of my driveway looking
all cute waiting for summer to roll around again!

To describe the style I have decorated her in…
she’s just girly cute! I went with aqua colors since the stove and icebox were
aqua. She has aqua and white polka dot curtains, I reupholstered the dinette
seats in tartan plaid (a nod to her Scotsman name), bought a new futon mattress
for the back bed (cheaper than buying new foam) and painted the inside crisp
white and wallpapered the ceiling with wallpaper that looks like tin ceiling
tiles! She also got brand new countertops and tabletop in a retro design. Here are some interior pictures:
 

 

We shortened
the top bunk so it is now just a shelf for vintage suitcases.

We added
a tiny little shelf to the left of the kitchen sink above the window near the
bed and made a map covered board to fit over the stove when it’s not in use…
I needed all the extra counter space I could find!

My mom
painted this adorable little sign on an old cupboard door!(below)

I
made lots and lots of pillows!

Even
one shaped like a little trailer!

Below
is the chalkboard wall next to the doorway!

…and my favorite part is the inside of the closet that
I wallpapered with old maps, I love this little detail!

 The ceiling tin wallpaper was purchased on eBay,
the new countertops were ordered from a local flooring company. They are
Formica brand in the retro “dog bone” pattern. The super comfy futon
mattress was purchased from Overstock.com. The rest is all stuff I’ve made or
found thrifting!

 The exterior
was painted with Rustoleum brand white gloss paint that we sprayed on. The
detail scallops were added with spray paint in aqua. I wanted something that
was different than most vintage campers and was easy enough to do on our own.

…And viola!Thank you to Tania for sharing her experiences of her Caravan Makeover…doesn’t it look lovely in the Aqua blue tones….if you fancy visiting her, she blogs over HERE and don’t forget to tell her Happy sent cha! 😉

Bye for now my lovelies x

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    kerrie of sea cottage
    24th January 2014 / 3:26 am

    I love love love the aqua stove and frig!!!! and all of the handmade decor. You did such an amazing job Tania! Love your lil handstitched camper pillow. Brillant. xxo

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    Nancy
    22nd January 2014 / 9:56 pm

    Love the aqua stove & fridge..Great job Tania!

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    Kim@Snug Harbor
    22nd January 2014 / 4:52 am

    I love everything about this camper!

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    Little Vintage Cottage
    22nd January 2014 / 2:31 am

    Thank you to Happy for featuring Miss Maizy, it was fun to see her on another blog besides my own! :o) And thank you to everyone who left such nice comments!Tania

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    Stacey
    22nd January 2014 / 1:46 am

    And that is what I call "adorable". Thanks for sharing that with us.

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    kerrie of sea cottage
    21st January 2014 / 9:23 pm

    Ohhh she is so cute! Our vintage travel trailer "The Pearl" is aqua too and waiting for a her renovation. We used her for a good 5 yrs. and then her side seemed in danger of falling off from dry rot. I should enter her to be featured…she has her own site at http://www.vintagecottagecamper.blogspot.com happy glamping!!!!

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    Anonymous
    21st January 2014 / 6:12 pm

    This is adorable. So cute. I want one too, but finances and a place to store it are a problem. Maybe someday!

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    Lorna
    21st January 2014 / 6:01 pm

    This caravan is gorgeous – we always had a caravan when the children were younger as it made for great value holidays. You did a great job.

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    cinnamon whites
    21st January 2014 / 4:59 pm

    Oh how CUTE! I love seeing trailers all fixed up in vintage glamour. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    Amy Jo
    21st January 2014 / 3:11 pm

    How adorable! I want one too…my husband does not…but I'm keeping him. LOLxoxo,Amy Jo

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