A 1965 Shasta Makeover

We always wanted a vintage camper.  When the opportunity presented itself we were travelling, but with the power of Facebook and internet banking; we got this princess!!  The story goes that the original owner purchased at the worlds fair in Quebec (after his was totalled in a car accident).  It has been kept under cover ever since.  Great shape, all original details in place.  Yes, even that scary upholstery & original foam (cough cough).  We even have the original sales brochure!  How lucky we are…..

Shasta Before Collage

I couldn’t wait to put my FAT (chalk) paint to work!  My vision was Cottage by the Sea.  But first, new upholstery, new foam.  Best investment ever…..

I can’t sew, but managed to make this with vintage hankies – curtains out of vintage chenille bedspread 🙂

The hubs laid the new floor – a great barn wood style vinyl planking.  It’s perfect for the space.  Doesn’t show every speck of camping grime!


Now it was my turn.  Paint cans in hand, stencil picked out, I was so ready to freshen her up.  The walls already had a nice light planking effect; so didn’t want to change that.  I painted the cabinet door fronts, and both closets.  The vintage chrome hardware was near perfect still – took them all off for a good cleaning & polishing.

I chose FAT Jute for the cabinet doors.  It looks lovely with the barn wood style floors

The clothes closet door needed something a bit more interesting and impactful.  As I’m not a free hand kind of artist; a stencil & a wood transfer from my printer did the trick.

Wonderlust – the perfect word for our upcoming adventures.  I chose FAT Ocean Spray for the door color

Now what’s a glamper without some vintage glam?  On a recent trip to Victoria I visited dozens of antique & thrift stores to gather all my mixed English China.  I love to use these pieces.  Why not?


For extra seating, this antique bench slides right under the table when not in use

We love our home away from home.  Check back often & visit our “Travel” page where you’ll find updates & pics from our adventures & vintage trailer rallies……

Sunbrella fabric Era Mist
Our vintage awning is currently being made & can’t wait to have it installed!

The outside is currently receiving its transformation.  The orange is going bye bye.  The wings are being restored back to their original aluminum finish.  The wheel wells will be white and the frame & flame will be black.  More pics to come……

and come again 🙂

6 thoughts on “A 1965 Shasta Makeover

  1. I love everything you do! Your inspiration is contagious! I have to say your vintage caravan is to die for!!! The colours, the textures, the prints! Oh my! It takes me back to summer holidays when I was a child at my nanas house by the beach! If you ever ever want to sell your beautiful van 🙏 I would love it for ever!!!! 🏖


  2. love your makeover….such fun….we did the same floor in our motorhome….love it…and now that I see how well jute pairs with it…will have to find a project


  3. I have to agree with the above comment that your inspiration is contagious! Your transformation of this trailer is absolutely masterful! I love how you retained her charm and character, you must be the envy of all when you travel with her! I’m sure it gives you immense pleasure every time you go camping. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas 🙂


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