Jayco Travel Trailer Renovation

Good Morning Friends! If you can remember back to last June- Ian and I started renovation on our 2011 Jayco Jay Flight Travel trailer. Check out the start of that renovation here in case you missed it. Over the past year I’ve been instagram-ing bits and pieces of our renovation, but not revealing the entire thing, and I’m happy to say it’s finally here! I feel like I owe you guys an apology for making you wait SO Long! BUT, filming weddings every weekend that we aren’t camping and filling all the non-wedding weekends with camping- It’s been HARD to finish anything! Then to find time to photograph the camper in it’s perfectly clean not-being-used condition with two boys always in tow? Forget it.

Without making you wait any longer- grab your coffee and read on!

We started out in 2011 with a stock Jayco Jayflight 26BH. We bought it brand new, and it was perfect. Except- you know the brown. All that brown. Its basically everywhere.  If it all matches it’s perfect right? Not so much.

We started with just the bedroom, and then, we quickly learned that the rest of the camper just looked bad. I mean- I don’t even want to look at that side of the camper bad. Here’s a little glimpse into the new room from the old room.

It all had to go. Now. We started with our least favorite thing- That couch.  It turns into a bed, and adds sleeping room- but we really don’t ever have that many extra guests, and if we do- we can shuffle the boys around. Getting to our room required walking through a tiny path next to that couch. It’s ugly and it’s in the way. So we voted it out. But then- That wall- It was still in the way, and looked out of place now. So that had to go too.

We weren’t really aware of what was under the couch, but we knew we wanted to build some sort of bench in that corner so we figured we could work around the electrical/heat in the corner. Ian removed the old box, built a new frame for a bench, and then we covered it and added a hole for ventilation. After paint, it almost looked like it had always been there, and left us much more room!

After the bench was built, we started to paint. Painting took forever. Painting camper walls without priming is a huge NO. Don’t do it. It’s not worth the skipped step and you will be re-painting. We started with Zinsser Cover Stain Primer. This gave the walls a good base coat and a sticky surface for the paint to hold. After the primer was dry, we went with a neutral grey. We wanted the camper to feel light and airy but not be completely white. I used Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Grey. We’ve used this in our house as well, but to save some money, we have it color matched at Home Depot and went with Behr paint. I like it just as well and it will save a few dollars.

Painting the cabinets was going on at the same time, and is always a huge task. We removed all the hardware, primed everything in the same primer, and then covered it with a cottage white paint from Home Depot made for cabinets. We purchased new hardware, and it started looking like a brand new place!

Once the walls and cabinets were brightened up and most of the brown was gone, the floors looked really brown. Somehow more brown than they did before. We realized we were not going to be able to leave the floors if we were going to go all out with this renovation. We searched for a good flooring and went with a vinyl flooring for ease of installation, amount of wear and tear, and possible water exposure. We wanted to use this all the way throughout the trailer, and I didn’t want any type of wood in the bathroom or around the sink. The floor went in pretty easily once Ian got the hang of it and it is just beautiful. All credit goes to Ian on this one. I didn’t do a single piece of it. (I was still painting)

We wanted to add a litlle something to make the kitchen “pop”. We decided to go with a backsplash around the entire area. We found 12×12 square stick backsplash at Home Depot. I’ve seen this stuff popping up in travel trailers a lot, and for good reason. It’s super easy to cut, and easy to install. It’s also light, which is ideal for a trailer.

The bathroom in this (and most) travel trailers is tiny. There is a mirror with medicine cabinet, which takes up basically all of the space in the bathroom area. We don’t bring a ton of bathroom items with us while camping, and we have plenty of storage under the sink, so we decided to do away with the cabinet portion. Instead of buying a new mirror, we took the mirror off the cabinet, painted it, and re-mounted it on the wall.

After all of this, we did a lot of touch up paint, more paint, and more painting. There was some trial and error- I thought I’d paint the fridge with chalkboard paint, but it just looked like a black fridge in the middle of a nice white kitchen, so that got re-painted white to match the cabinets.

There was a lot of shopping at Target of course for new bedding, and little touches to make it cozy. Almost all of the signs and little pieces throughout the trailer are either Target or Hobby Lobby.

I made my own cushions for the new bench, and covered the old cushions at the dinette. I found a sweet pretty grey fabric with white arrows at Hobby Lobby that just seemed perfect. I used a duck fabric so it was durable.

Once we could finally put all of the fun accents in the rooms, make the beds, and put it all together, I started to see my vision for this space come to life, and it was beautiful.

I did the boys bunks in Pillowfort by Target. Target continues to come out with great kids bedding, and this stuff is no exception. Ethan wanted sharks, and Nolan wanted woodsy animals, and I think they actually go together well!

Around the bottom of the beds there was an ugly (surprise) brown which we covered with wood just as we did around the master bed. We also did the headboard of the master bed this way. See this post on the bedroom for how we cut and stained these boards.

Last but not least- those decals on the outside had to go. I’m not going to lie, we’ve only gotten two sides off. This stuff is not fun to remove, and it takes forever. It’s literally the worst. I’d rather paint. But- it looks amazing when finished, so we kept on keeping on. This was removed with a combination of a heat gun, goo gone, and magic erasers. Lots of magic erasers.

We’d love to add a large Ball Camp logo to the front and back when finished taking off all of the decals.

The entire process was long and daunting, but we really really love how our “tiny house” on wheels turned out.

We love that we are able to take our children anywhere. We get to be weekend warriors and explore with them on the weekends, as well as plan big trips like the one we’ll be making at the end of this week to Maine. I can’t imagine having a better little place to call home. We just love it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking it out! Let me know if you have any questions on anything that wasn’t detailed here!

By |2017-07-11T21:50:01+00:00June 29th, 2016|Renovation|53 Comments

53 Comments

  1. Andy June 29, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Love this so much! The process can be misery but the end result is so fantastic!

  2. Karrie June 29, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

    It looks great!

  3. Kathy Schultz June 30, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Your hard work paid off! It’s a BEAUTIFUL little home on wheels!

  4. Laura June 30, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

    It looks beautiful !

  5. Andrea Wolfe July 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    It looks amazing! I wish you rented it out!

  6. Jenn July 5, 2016 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    I love it! Totally inspired to take on a project like this. But you guys seem to be very handy… Me, not so much!

  7. Amy November 30, 2016 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Great job! Absolutely love it!

  8. Whitney March 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    How much did the remodel cost? Looks great!

    • Jamie Ball March 26, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      Hello and thank you! I think we spent somewhere around $500. The flooring was probably the largest cost, followed by the backsplash!

  9. Tracey Muxworthy March 26, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Love this!! I’m wondering what you used behind the master bed…is that a wallpaper? Thnx 🙂

    • Jamie Ball March 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Hi! Behind the bed we used 1×3 pine boards, and stained them. We then just used a nail gun to add them to the wall! It was fairly simple!

  10. B Wakefield April 16, 2017 at 12:07 am - Reply

    What was the brand and color of the flooring you used? Everything is beautiful!

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Bonnie,
      The flooring is TrafficMASTER Allure 6 in. x 36 in. White Maple Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring. Thanks for the comment!

      • Maria January 8, 2018 at 9:25 pm - Reply

        How many do you think we will need we have an exact one will be taking on the same flooring and would like to see how much i will need to invest? Thanks

        • Jamie Ball January 9, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

          I’m sorry I don’t remember how many boxes of flooring we purchased as it’s been quite a while! I’d look at the box and see if it says how much space it will cover and then try to gauge how much square footage is in the camper. It’s not a lot!

  11. Kelly April 17, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    We just bought this exact camper and have started ripping it up for our remodel! Yours is a great inspiration, so thanks so much for sharing! What size sheets did you use on the bunk beds? They seem to be odd sizes and I wasn’t sure what would fit.

    • Jamie Ball April 17, 2017 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Kelly! Congrats on your Jayco purchase! I’m so glad we’ve been able to inspire you. The top bunk we used twin sheets, and the bottom are full. They are a little wide on the top bunk, but they are long enough, so I just tuck them in really well on the sides. Good luck with your remodel! I’d love to see some before/afters when you’re done!
      Jamie

  12. Judy Miller May 8, 2017 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Great work, looks so clean and spacious. Is it necessary to sand the cupboards before painting? Did you apply the kitchen tiles on top of the wallpaper?

    • Jamie Ball May 10, 2017 at 9:56 am - Reply

      Hi Judy,
      Thanks for your comments. I would highly recommend sanding the cupboards first prior to painting them. If you don’t, the paint may easily peel off. I sanded, applied a primer, and then the regular paint. The backsplash in the kitchen was applied directly over the grey paint. We painted all of the walls grey, and then applied the tiles to the wall.

      Hope this helps!
      Jamie

  13. Linda Adams May 20, 2017 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Thank you for posting all of this! I have found, with our little 17 ft Keystone Hideout, that interiors are rather cheaply made. The finish is already coming off the kitchen drawers. And the green fabricy part behind the bed doesn’t go well with our Virginia Tech theme. Your renovation will help me greatly in painting and creating a headboard. (Rick’s wife)

    • Jamie Ball July 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Awesome! I’d love to see your renovation! feel free to post a link!

  14. Erin June 8, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    What did you use for the backsplash of the bedroom? I looooove it

    • Jamie Ball July 11, 2017 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Thank you! We used 1×3 pine boards for the headboard behind the bed, and stained the boards different color. There wasn’t much to it, just picking different stains, and letting them set different amounts of time!

  15. Jodi July 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    So, I noticed you replaced the light fixture above the table. It’s really cute! How did you know what type or size would fit? Got any suggestions for me? I have the same trailer, not exact model, mine is shorter (no bunks), but is a 2011 Jayco.

  16. Jodi July 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Another question: What the heck kind of screwdriver is used to get the cabinet hardware off? It’s not your standard flat head or phillips. I have a tool case but nothing I had fit.

  17. Katie MANSFIELD July 11, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    It’s adorable. We are doing ours. You don’t make the decals sound fun at all. That is about all we have left to do. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Jamie Ball July 11, 2017 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Good luck on your camper as well! I’d love to see what you did!

  18. Ivy July 13, 2017 at 9:34 am - Reply

    I’m remodeling ours but I’m having a hard time figuring out how to hand things on the walls. I want to replace the medicine cabinet in the bathroom with a mirror. What can I do?

    • Jamie Ball July 16, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      I believe we just used a brad nail gun to hang our mirror and nailed it to the wall in all 4 corners. Maybe not the best method, but it worked because the mirror frame was wood.

  19. Cynthia July 26, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I like this. We have a 2010 Jayco ( a 29-foot so the layout is different) and it is kind of brown and dark. I’ve never thought of repainting but yours is so bright and cheery now. I’m not sure about giving up that medicine cabinet space but it sure would make the sink easier to use! Maybe some little shelves on the side walls would help.
    We’re retired so use ours quite a bit–we’ve hauled ours through 34 states (some of the several times) plus a 15000 mile trip through Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory up the Alaska Highway and around Alaska. Want to go back to Alaska. Some brightening up might be in order. I do have a couple of questions: I see you took the window shades out. Did you replace them with something or are you just leaving the windows uncovered? (That won’t work in Alaska!) But I really don’t like the frames around the shades and would like to do something else. And was the new flooring just laid on top of the old? It sure looks like it would be easier to clean! There is carpet in the larger bedroom and it’s a pain to clean as there is no room to walk around the bed. This would be way easier.
    Anyhow, I love the whole thing.

    • Jamie Ball July 26, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Wow! You guys have been all over! That is inspiring! We replaced the window shades with faux wood blinds. They still let some light in, but are better on the eyes than what was there before! And yes, the new flooring was laid right on top of the old flooring. It was very easy to cut and lay over the old floor. We didn’t have any carpeting though. Good luck with sprucing up your trailer! I’d love to see some photos after you’ve done it!

  20. Candice Wagaman August 8, 2017 at 6:48 am - Reply

    This is the best camper Reno I’ve seen, and I have reviewed many. Job well done!!!!!

    • Jamie Ball August 8, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Candice!

  21. Cindy Phillips August 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I have a 2007 Jayco..doing some reno myself..was wondering did you remove part of the walls to make the opening to the bedroom larger

    • Jamie Ball August 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Hi,
      We did remove the half wall that was behind the couch. We also removed the couch that was there in front of the bedroom. Thanks!

  22. Natosha August 23, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Love this! Beautiful job! Exactly what I’m envisioning for our camper, now I have pics to show hubby so I can get started! Can I ask, where did you buy the divider curtains from for the master bed? (or the fabric if you sewed them). Thank you in advance!!

    • Jamie Ball August 24, 2017 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Hi Natosha- Thanks so much! I’m glad you love the camper. To answer your question- The curtains are from World Market! Have fun with your renovation!

      • Natosha August 24, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

        Great, thank you 🙂

  23. Debbie September 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Your trailer is AWESOME!! I am so proud, and I don’t even know you!! LOL

  24. Aly October 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Love it! Our family lives in the 2017 version of this model and earlier this week I took out our couch and half wall. We are planning to build in a window seat similar to yours with a hatch to stick our laundry basket in. I was searching for tips on painting trailer walls and came across your blog. I am somewhat jealous of the cabinets over your window seat! And after seeing the doors on the side of your dinette benches I just might have to cut in some on mine! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Melissa April 23, 2018 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Love this!! I have a Jayco as well and will be starting my reno very soon. Did you have to remove the wallpaper before painting, or did you paint directly over the wallpaper? How did the paint hold up in the bathroom? Thank you so much for sharing your process!!

    • Jamie Ball April 24, 2018 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Melissa, Thanks for checking out our blog and camper! There was no wallpaper on our walls, it is more of a textured plastic wall. We did use a primer first, which I highly reccomend. I would not paint with a latex paint directly on the walls, because it will scratch off easily. (I tried this!) Use a good primer first, and then you should be good. The paint has not come off yet and it’s been two seasons now! Good luck with your renovation!

      • Melissa April 30, 2018 at 12:18 am - Reply

        Wonderful! Thank you so much for getting back to me, Jamie!

  26. Taleia April 27, 2018 at 9:58 am - Reply

    I bought this exact camper and moved in after a minimal renovation. At the time I was interested in “tiny living” but wasn’t sure I’d like it. Five years later I am SOLD on tiny living, have no plans to go back, and am starting “round 2” of renovations. 2 questions:

    1) your picts of the removed futon are so helpful as I want to do this as well but wasn’t sure what I’d find. How did you actually remove the futon itself? I can’t find any easily accessible bolts/screws to begin the process.

    2) THAT HALF WALL. I want it gone. How did you remove it?!?

  27. Kari May 21, 2018 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Great job on your reno. We live in Minnesota. My question for you is the planks on the wall in your bedroom. The liquid nail it do you know how it will hold up in the winters we have here. Our camper stays outside all year. We need to do a wall on our slide out due to water damage.thanks.

    • admin May 21, 2018 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Hi Kari,
      We are in Michigan and definately can relate to the cold winters. Our camper stay outside all year as well.
      We didn’t use liquid nails in this case, just a brad nail gun. I can’t remember the length of the nails we used, but you’ll want to make sure they are not too long for obvious reasons. I had one board pop off after one year due to it warping/bending (likely due to the cold weather). I just re-nailed it and went back in fine. All other boards have held on fine with the brad nails. You could use larger gauge finish nails for additional strength. Hope this helps! Thanks for looking!

  28. Melissa June 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    I also have a Jayco trailer and would love to remove the decals. Was there any difference in the paint? Was it faded?

    • admin June 14, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Hi Melissa,
      There was a very faint outline from the removal of the decals, and we only noticed it when the sun hit the siding at a certain angle. Over time this has faded away and we don’t notice anymore (and would probably go away faster with more frequent washes/waxes).
      Thanks for question and for visiting!

  29. Jennifer August 3, 2018 at 11:06 am - Reply

    What kind of paint did you use on the cabinets and walls and is it holding up well? What kind of prep did you have to do before you started painting?

  30. Marena September 3, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Hi! Curious how you installed the wood on the base of the bed? The original material is super thin. This is a genuine inspiration! Thank you!

    • admin September 26, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Hi Marena,
      We use a brad nail gun with a short brad nail. The nail didn’t protrude through the material. You could also use liquid nails to glue them on, but that’s a little messier method.
      Thanks for looking!

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