10+ DIY Camper Renovation Ideas Turn Your Backyard into A Guest Suite

Move over granny pods and she-sheds, I’m renovating that camper sitting in my backyard! I love the idea of having a camper renovation turned into a cool office, she-shed or separate guest quarters in my backyard that folks would be fighting to stay in. (Heck, I may even list mine on Airbnb and make some money off my newly updated cozy space!)


So what comes to mind when someone says RV?  If you pictured dated, musty and basic then hold the phone, because these are not your Grandpa’s campers!  Glamping (glamour camping) is what’s all the rage in outdoor adventuring.  And folks are bringing their design A-games to the old neglected trailer in the backyard.  This latest trend in DIY  follows in the footsteps of the tiny house craze and puts everything you need to live in luxury on 4 wheels.

We have compiled some amazingly impressive transformations, along with tons of tutorials and ideas that you can bring into your own mobile haven.

These spaces are so gorgeous, folks are using them for more than just vacations.  If you are in need of more space at home, consider this option instead of building a permanent addition.  These campers have all the conveniences of the main house and may be perfectly suited for houseguests or college students on break.  You might even find yourself sneaking away for some solitude!

The best part is that these renovations get rid of traditional cookie-cutter designs and finishes and make each RV completely unique.   We’re pretty sure there are a lot of “vintage” RVs out there that could use a little love.  With one of these in your driveway, who needs tents and hotels?

10+ DIY Camper Renovation Ideas

 1) DIY Camper Renovation Stunners

These mind-blowing and inspirational finished projects have tons of style and personality.


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2) DIY Camper Bedroom Makeover

From laminate surfaces to glass inserts, paint saves the day!   Look at this incredible bedroom makeover by Must Have Moms!

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3) Update Camper Flooring 

Learn how to get rid of the old vinyl and replace with gorgeous, moisture-resistant engineered hardwoods or a waterproof inexpensive vinyl plank!




4) DIY Camper Kitchens

Look how cute All Things with Purpose‘s kitchen reno is! Their camper, Gidget, looks so fresh after some paint on her kitchen cabinets.

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Mountain Modern Life documented their complete renovation, including an explanation of how they made their custom oak countertop out of hardwood floor planks.


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5) Update the Vintage Camper’s Exterior

Before you begin the interior, be sure to check for leaks and re-seal windows, doors and siding.   Wheeled and Free tackled their antique beauty.

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credit: Wheeled and Free(And here’s how their kitchen area turned out inside!)

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Then visit Home Depot to learn how to get creative with a new exterior paint job.  Classy Clutter created a timeless facade that looks like new!

You can add details like this vintage screen door to add a little character. Check out his red door with all the fancy trim-work!


Check out this creative way to hide the AC unit outside!

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This vintage diamond in the rough looks amazing after a new paint job in a trendy color!

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8) DIY Fixes for the Camper Bedding

Follow these instructions to build a sleeper sofa that maximizes space and sleeping capacity.


For like-new cushions, start with cleaning those foam inserts and then re-cover the cushions in a coordinating fabric.  Nurse Barb used a plain old painter’s tarp for a clean and super budget-friendly transformation.

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9) DIY Camper Renovation Adds Tiny House Storage Solutions 

Tight spaces call for clever storage solutions.  Freshouz has an exhaustive list, including these built-in drawers that save the day.

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credit: FreshouzAnd this Farmhouse chic open shelving with baskets would make Chip and Joanna Gaines proud!

10) More Budget-Friendly Vintage Camper Renovation Ideas

Big changes don’t have to mean big spending.  Manage the budget by considering peel and stick products like vinyl floors planks, tile panels and these faux marble countertops covered with contact paper.


With all of these ideas and how-tos, imagine what you could do with your camper renovation.  Life on the road will never be the same!


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