A little bit of paint and new flooring can go a long way.
My husband and I decided we wanted to take more vacations to explore the United States. After much dreaming, we decided we really wanted to go crab fishing in Oregon. After some number crunching, we realized staying in hotels with 3 little kids and eating road food would cost more than $1,700. Not to mention the fact we’d have to drive a ton every day in order to even pull it off.
After doing the math, we discovered we could go on a longer trip for less money if we invested in a used trailer.
We did have an advantage because my dad is constantly looking at trailers on ksl.com, and he helped us score an awesome deal of $950 on a tent trailer. We figured it would cost us far less in gas to haul a pop up, and we’d be able to pull it with our Honda Pilot.
So anyway, onto the real reason of the post.
PAINTING THE CABINETS
I wanted to give this trailer a more modern look, so after a ton of online research on just how to go about it, and a few trips to Home Depot it ended up like this…
And the other half of the trailer…
Note: The painter’s tape is actually very important
I started by using a generic blue painters tape, and quickly regretted my decision; we had some jagged lines and the tape kept coming up. So I switched to this frog tape— highly recommended!
The project went much smoother after that.
I did 2 coats of primer (you have to get one that will bond with the laminate cabinets which is why we chose the one we did. We didn’t have to sand that way. Yay! I then did 2 coats of paint. Slowly over seven days(or a total of about 10 hours later), it was done.
After finishing the painting, the floor I thought I didn’t mind suddenly looked terrible, so we bought the inexpensive laminate flooring, and put that in. That was way easier than the painting.
Some of the cuts were a bit tricky because the trailer wasn’t perfectly square. Go figure.
The entire project came in at under $100, and the lighter cabinets really open it up.
We used glossy paint, so it wipes up super easy. In fact, we just took it on a 8 day camping trip, and all the dirt came off with one wipe. I repeat, use glossy paint.
Doesn’t take much to make over your tent trailer, even if it’s 25 years old like ours. I’ll tell you how our family trip goes in October! (Thanks to this trailer, we should save about $500 in hotel costs, and got a trailer out of it!)
How do you save money on family trips? Sound off in the comments below.