Stenciling the Screen Door on a Casita Travel Trailer

Stenciling Welcome on Screen Door Casita Travel TrailerIt is said that it’s the little things that matter most, and when I applied this saying to my Casita’s makeover, it turns out that one of the little things I did during the makeover, stenciling the screen door, had one of the biggest impacts on my camper’s overall charm  – and it happened by accident. 

As I often do, I was wandering the aisles at my local hobby store when I came upon a chandelier stencil (perfect for a Glamper!), and immediately knew I had to have it!

My initial plan was to use the stencil on the camper’s closet door until I began looking at the screen door.

Taping Chandelier and Welcome Stenciling to DoorThe chandelier was the perfect scale for the screen door, and since this is the entry door to the camper, I went back and purchased a “welcome” stencil, too. I found my chandelier stencil (7 x 9 inches) at my local craft store, but if you cannot find one locally, you can order this online. The design is very similar in look and scale (8 x 8 inches): Small Chandelier Stencil (affiliate link). If you can’t find a Welcome stencil locally, here is the welcome stencil I used: Welcome Decorative Stencil (affiliate link).

This project was simple and quick, with wonderful results! All I needed to do was tape the stencils to the screen door, and using some basic white acrylic paint and a stencil brush, I applied the paint to the screen (best to go lightly, and add paint after first coat dries so you don’t clog the screen with paint).


UPDATE! Stenciling the Screen Door on a Casita Travel Trailer is one of the most popular articles on Mrs. Padilly’s Travels, so I decided to do a Version 2 on my new Shasta!

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Casita Update: Bye-Bye “Free Range”

Casita Update: Free Range is Sold

In June of 2017, after sitting in covered storage since her last camping trip to New Braunfels in August 2016, I was finally able to bring myself to sell my beloved Casita, Free Range. 

While I seriously thought about keeping both travel trailers (my Casita and my new Shasta), I believe a camper should be used, and not just sit in storage for sentimental reasons, or an occasional outing.

So I posted my Casita for sale, and Free Range sold within hours! She now spends her days with her new owner, and a new name, in the Appalachian Mountains.

That little brown egg, now a coffee bean, is taking on a whole new life of her own with her new owner! I couldn’t be happier!

Please know you will ALWAYS be able to find my Free Range makeover projects here on Mrs. Padilly’s Travels! I hope they continue to inspire you with your makeovers.

If you wish to return to the FIRST POST in my Casita makeover series, just click this link: My New Casita Travel Trailer.  (5-14-2014)


♥  Meet Miss Roxie  ♥♥♥

Shasta at Padilly's Camp BrigadoonI have begun posting my latest Glamping makeover series of my new travel trailer, Miss Roxie, a 1961 Shasta Airflyte Reissue!

This “tin can” is turning out to be a lot of fun! And even though she is new, I have still been tearing her apart inside; making her my own! 🙂

So you don’t miss a single post on my Shasta series, please subscribe below. 

After subscribing, you may wish to visit the first post in this new series by clicking here: Decorating a Shasta Screen Door.

If you wish to revisit the LAST POST in my Casita Travel Trailer series, just click here: My Casita Comes Home.


I’M VERY EXCITED about my new travel trailer home, Miss Roxie! We have taken her camping several times, and are heading out next week for our latest camping and boating adventure! 

Happy Trails!
Mrs. Padilly

Decorating a Shasta’s Screen Door


Red Outlined Howdy Stencil

“It’s been said that it’s the little things that matter most, and decorating the screen door on my Casita was one of those little things.”

Those were the words I used in my original article: Stenciling the Screen Door on a Casita Travel Trailer. One of the most popular posts on Mrs. Padilly’s Travels.

Without a doubt, that small addition had one of the biggest impacts on my Casita’s overall glamping charm (see image below).

And since so many of you told me you were inspired by this project, I decide to add a similar design to my Shasta.

I hope you find that Version 2 of decorating a trailer’s screen and door inspires you as much as the last.

Happy Trails!
Mrs. Padilly

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I’m a Happy Camper!

Happy Camper Necklace by KlayZ KreationsAs of July 2016, over 1,700+ of you have downloaded my Happy Camper printable! That’s a lot of Happy Campers!

This free printable, for your personal use and enjoyment, is my way of saying Thank You for stopping by MrsPadillysTravels.com.

Occasionally, however, readers ask if they can use the image for commercial use; like a request I recently received from Julia, of KlayZ Kreations.

Julia contacted me to ask if she could use my image for one of her soldered charm designs. Intrigued by this request, I visited Julia’s Facebook page, and liked what I saw.

While I typically say no to such requests, I could see myself wearing one of Julia’s necklaces, and gave her permission to use the image under one condition; she make one for me!  🙂

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My Casita Comes Home!

Free Range is finally home! 

With the move behind us, we were finally able to bring my Casita home!

As photo below shows, we now store her at the back of our property, but we hope to modify the horse shelter in the background by converting one of the stalls into storage for our trailer. Until then, she will have to bear the elements.

Mrs Padillys Casita Coming Home

In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy some images from the move, and Free Range’s new homestead. 🙂

Happy Trails!

Mrs. Padilly

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Moving the Ol’ Homestead: Casita Coming Home!

Mrs. Padilly's Good Luck Horse Shoe

It’s been quiet on Mrs. Padilly’s Travels, but for good reason! We were moving the Ol’ Padilly Homestead out to the country, which will allow us to bring my Casita Travel Trailer “Free Range,” and Mr. Padilly’s C-Dory cruiser “C-Horse” home! (No more off-site storage!)

I can’t include enough exclamation points to show you how excited I am about this move, and having my Casita on property!

But the best part about this move is once we are settled in our new home, and life returns to normal routine, I plan on redecorating the inside of my Casita to fit our new home’s Texas ranch theme, and sharing this redesign with you! 🙂

In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this peak at the site where Free Range will soon call home.

Happy Trails!
Mrs. Padilly

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Bastrop Souvenier: Handmade Rock Necklace

Finished image of a Rock Necklace created with wire and beadsThis necklace was inspired during a hike I took at Bastrop State Park, Bastrop, Texas. 

You can read more about that trip here.

This rock is not much bigger than a quarter, and when I saw it, I fell in love with the orange and red tone quarts; I knew I had to create a necklace from it.

TIP: One thing to keep in mind when you create pieces of jewelry from found objects, don’t go into the project trying to find the prefect rock, etc. for you to match up with materials you already have at home…

…Wait for a rock to inspire you, then go from there.

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Mrs. Padilly’s Texas Caviar Recipe

Bowl of Texas Caviar & ChipsEvery Glamper needs a caviar recipe, and I think this Texas Caviar version fits the bill! 

Make it without the avocados, and this Texas Caviar recipe will keep in your camper’s fridge for several days (if it lasts that long).

TIP: If your making this for a party, bring some printouts of this post, as everyone will be asking you for the recipe. Honest! Enjoy!

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Creating an Heirloom Camping Table


How To Create Heirloom Glamping TableDid you ever repurpose something you own, that you did not know the value of, and it became priceless?

Well, that is exactly what happened when I created my Heirloom Glamping Table to bring on camping trips in my Casita.

A little Padilly background information:

In addition to my passion for the subjects of this blog, I’m also into genealogy, and have lots of vintage family photos, including many of my mother and her family taking road trips out west during the 1940’s. These family photos do a wonderful job of capturing the time period, and all deal with outdoor travel activities.

Then one day it occurred to me, what better way to bring their memory with me on camping adventures than to make a table with all their photos glued on top!

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Dressed for Glamping: Unveiling My Casita Travel Trailer’s Makeover!

Welcome Stencil on Screen Door Casita Travel Trailer

UPDATE: I have added NEW interior photos, which show my latest changes to the inside of my Casita, leaving the original “dressed” photos for you to compare.

 

The changes are subtle, but I think they make a big difference. Let me know if you agree!  Note: New interior photos are noted with descriptive captions in RED.

 


With the interior remodeling complete,
IT’S TIME FOR THE UNVEILING of my Casita Camper’s Glamping MakeoverCompleted Interior Makeover of Mrs. Padilly's Casita Travel Trailer

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Window Treatments for my Casita Travel Trailer

Mrs. Padilly's Casita Camper Dressed For Glamping: Final Makeover PictureAh, window treatments…This is always a challenge for me; I do not like to sew.

Finished Rag Valance on Casita Camper Glamping MakeoverCase in point: my daughter was a bridesmaid in a wedding where each girl was given fabric by the bride-to-be to make a dress from a pattern of their choice. Of course my first thought was, “are you sure you want to be in this wedding?” But momma guilt kicked in and I knew I had to sew the dress.

It ended up fitting like a glove, but if I had to charge for the hours of work I had to put into making it, the dress would probably have cost more than a wedding dress. Truth is, when it comes to sewing, I’m just plain slow.

Solution? Create no-sew drapes for my Casita. Better yet, valances!

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Installing Wood Vinyl Flooring in my Casita Travel Trailer

My Casita is a 2006, and for a travel trailer of this age it’s in great shape!

But there was one area of my Casita that really showed its age; the vinyl floor you see in this photo.

Before and after photo of adding a vinyl floor to a Casita Travel Trailer CamperThe vinyl is stained and yellowed with a dull finish. It desperately needed updating, but I needed the new flooring to be lightweight and easy to install. The answer was self-adhesive vinyl flooring.

Another key consideration in choosing the vinyl was that the old floor was secure to the flooring below; I simply needed to place the new vinyl on top.

The following steps show what I did to add a new floor in my Casita.

Step 1: What Type of Flooring to Use?

Since the old vinyl was securely attached to the flooring below, I first thought about chalk painting the floor, but couldn’t convince myself to put chalk paint on a surface so heavily used and abused; so I took a tour down the vinyl aisle at my local home improvement store.

I have to admit I have not shopped for vinyl since the 1980’s, and I was immediately impressed with the quality and variety of vinyl flooring options! A lot has changed!

Vinyl floor in CamperSince I did not want to tear up my current vinyl floor, I chose the vinyl you see in this picture.

The vinyl is very thin, lightweight, easy to trim, and has a self-adhesive back; it also has a quality feel to it, and looks like real wood (without the price tag).

Step 2: Organizing the Tools for the Project

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Installing a Tile Backsplash in my Casita Travel Trailer

Interior of a Casita Travel Trailer BEFORE MakeoverI thought the tile backsplash would be one of the easier projects to complete since the space is small, and I have worked with tile and grout before.

I was wrong about that assumption, and it resulted in my one real mistake (i.e. can’t fix) during this makeover.

If you have followed along as I makeover my Casita Travel Trailer, you will note in this “Before” photo, there has already been big changes from the chalk painted cabinet doors, and teal paint added to the cooktop, fridge, and mirror.

You might also take note that the wall behind the sink’s faucet has a small wire shelf to hold supplies. The first step I needed to take was to remove the shelf in preparation for the tile.

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Adding Teal Paint Accents to Glamp my Casita Travel Trailer

Mrs. Padilly's Casita Travel Trailer "Free Range"

The second project I completed, after chalk painting the Casita’s doors, was to add a splash of color with some teal/aqua spray paint.

I love working with spray paint; even my Mrs. Padilly logo was created by spray painting my name on a car at the Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas.

But when it came time to add spray paint to my camper, I only wanted to apply it to a few items; some that needed to be painted due to poor condition, and other’s to add a pop of color and draw attention to them.

Since spray painting is pretty easy when using good paint, I felt there was no reason to share a detailed how-to process; instead I broke down the process into three steps based on my thought process:

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Chalk Painting the Cabinet Doors in my Casita Travel Trailer

Chalk Painted Cabinet Door with Scroll Work in Casita CamperThis is my first how-to post, of a seven post series, on the Glamping makeover of  my Casita Travel Trailer, starting with Chalk Painting Cabinet Doors.

(Please see my post My Casita Camper “Before Glamping” Pictures, to learn why I chose to buy a Casita Travel Trailer; including before pictures as I cleaned her to get ready for her makeover).

Interior of a Casita Travel Trailer BEFORE MakeoverThe picture to the right shows what the interior looked like before painting.  As you can see, the interior is white molded fiberglass with the exception of the cabinet doors, which are a standard MDF door construction made to look like wood.

My Casita is a 2006, but the current models still have these doors and similar hardware. It is a nice clean look, but not glamped enough for me.

Where did I get my inspiration?

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Newest member to the Fleet! C~Dory 22′ Cruiser ~ C~Horse

C-Horse, our 22′ C-Dory Cruiser

C-Dory 22' Cruiser - C-Horse

 

Next week launches the series on my 17′ Spirit Deluxe Casita’s Glamping Makeover, but I wanted to share with you our new 2002 C-Dory 22′ Cruiser; brought home to Texas today by way of Indiana (Go Hoosiers!).

We have named her C-Horse and I’d like to think of her as the water equivalent of our Casita Glamper Free Range; although I don’t think Mr. Padilly will approve of me “glamping” her up (maybe just a little accessorizing 😉 ).

In addition to sharing our camping adventures in our Casita Free Range, we will also be sharing our adventures on C-Horse; from cruises on our own neighborhood lake, Lake Conroe, to extended cruises such as Galveston to Freeport, Texas. You can read about my travels on my Travel Blog link, to MrsPadilly.com.

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My Casita Travel Trailer’s “Before Glamping” Pictures

MY CASITA CAMPER “BEFORE GLAMPING” PICTURESFor the last several weeks I have turned my Casita Travel Trailer into a Glamper, and will be sharing this transformation with you through seven how-to posts (see the end of this post for links to all projects).

Because I knew my limitations for restoring my Casita, the process of Glamping my Casita has been very enjoyable, which leads me to my one piece of advice if you are preparing to buy a travel trailer to Glamp; know your limits (i.e. time, costs, renovation experience, facilities, etc.).

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Texas Welcome Center – Orange, Texas

TEXAS WELCOME CENTER – ORANGE

Texas Star located at Texas Welcome Center, Orange

Texas-Louisiana Border Off Interstate 10
One of Texas’ Best Travel Information Centers in the State.

  • Padilly-TipsThis center provides the usual features of a rest stop, including a professional travel center full of brochures and helpful travel counselors.
  • Make sure you take time to stretch your legs on the boardwalk over Blue Elbow Swamp to enjoy views of a southeast Texas swamp; maybe you will see a gator.
  • Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the Texas Star! 

 

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My New Casita Travel Trailer!

NOTE: Interior restoration on my Casita is complete! Ready to jump right in and read the first post in the series? Go to “My Casita Travel Trailer’s Before Glamping Pictures,” or just continue reading below about My New Casita Travel Trailer.

Welcome! This is the first post to my new blog, MrsPadillysTravels.com, an extension of my Texas Travel Journal, MrsPadilly.com, which launched in 2012.

Mrs. Padilly’s Travels is a travel and DIY blog that includes posts on my boating, camping, and outdoor adventures, plus DIY projects and restorations like the one I will be doing on the newest addition to my travel options:

My New-to-Me 2006 Casita Travel Trailer! 

Mrs. Padilly's Casita

This little travel trailer, which was painted brown by the original (first) owner, was brought home to our family only two days ago.  She is now sitting in our storage shed where I will be transforming her from a typical Casita travel trailer interior into one fit for Glamping.

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