Pop Up Kitchen Makeover

Our little pop up kitchen was in desperate need of some TLC.  The 90’s were calling, and they wanted their light oak cabinets back.

Pop Up Camper Kitchen BeforeWe had already replaced the flooring in the camper, and our little fridge got a makeover a few weeks ago.  I was really wanting the cabinets to pop against the floor, so we decided to paint them a creamy off-white color.

We gave the PUP camper cabinets some major pizzazz with some primer, paint, and new hardware.

I started by cleaning all the cabinets really well with a TSP type cleaner.  Make sure that you don’t have any exposed wood or MDF or the TSP will make it swell.  Once I cleaned the cabinets, I used wood filler to fill any gaps or holes and gave them a light sanding with a sanding sponge.  Then I gave them a coat of Zinsser primer.  Once the primer was dry, I gave everything two coats of Rustoleum spray paint.  I really don’t like brush strokes, and since I was pulling everything out of the camper, I used spray paint.  Would I do it again?  I’m not sure.  There are places where the spray paint left some streaks.  It also took a lot of spray paint to paint all those cabinets.

Painting the pop up cabinets

I love the end result, though.  It makes it worth all that hard work.  I removed all the ugly brass hardware and replaced it with pretty brushed nickel pulls and hinges.  It really makes everything look sleek and modern.  Bye bye, 90’s!

New Pop Up Kitchen CabinetsWe left the swing galley handle brown because I dreaded the thought of painting it.  It actually ties in well with the new countertops, which I love!  More on those really soon.

Pop Up Camper FaucetWe replaced the kitchen faucet with a brushed nickel one to match the new hardware.  We actually used a bathroom sink faucet.  I love it, but the faucet itself is a little too high for the swing galley bar.  We have to actually unscrew the neck of the faucet and set it in the sink when we lower the galley.  I don’t mind, though, because the newone is so much nicer than the old one.

Pop Up Camper Kitchen Makeover

What an amazing transformation, huh?  We loved the new kitchen so much, we loaded the kids up for a quick trip to try it out.  We headed to a nearby campground to make a quick overnight stay.  We still need a new freshwater tank, so we didn’t use the water from the tank, but the kitchen area was an awesome place to brush teeth, take out contact lenses, and get ready for bed.

Lost Dutchman State ParkWe didn’t have our cassette toilet or running water, but we still had a great time.  We can’t wait to finish this thing so we can go out and have more adventures.   :-D