Adding Teal Paint Accents to Glamp my Casita Travel Trailer
Posted by: Mrs. Padilly
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:
Step 1 ~ The Color Palette
The first choice that I needed to make before I could decide on a color of spray paint was to chose a color palette for the Casita’s interior, and when it comes to interior designs, I often base that on fabrics.
As I mentioned in my last post on chalk painting the cabinets, I LOVE color, but I decided that the Casita would be toned down to give me a shabby chic or beach cottage feel. After changing the brown MDF cabinet doors to soft white with chalk paint, and considering the interior’s shiny white hard surfaces and soft gray carpet that lines the walls, I reasoned I had to throw in some color!
The fabrics you see in the photo determined my color palette. In addition to the soft whites and grays that are part of the design of the Casita, I wanted to add the colors teal, yellow, a pinch of gray and brown, and a speck of rose.
Initially the theme of the camper was going to be based on the Matryoshka (matrēˈäSHkə) doll fabric (Russian stacking dolls), as my paternal grandparents are from Ukraine, and Matryoshkas and Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter egg) where part of my childhood, but then I reminded myself that I didn’t want too much color in my camper. When I finally found the yellow and teal lattice fabric, I fell in love; yellow & teal.
Step 2 ~ Taping the Parts to Spray Paint on my Casita
Based on the teal in the lattice fabric, I chose Valspar Paint & Primer in One, Gloss paint in Tropical Oasis (#85089). Only two items on my camper really need to be painted due to damage: The cover to the stove, and the end caps to the outside awning. Everything else that was painted teal, was painted to add a punch of color and draw attention.
The following pictures should give you a pretty good idea of the process and my results:
The following photo gallery shows the remaining items I decided to paint, and a little of my prep work: mirror on bathroom door, propane tank cover, end caps to awning (click for slide show):
Step 3 ~ Branding my Casita
The final splash of teal came when I branded my Casita, Free Range. I just love the color combination of teal and brown, and at the writing of this post, these are the only additions I have added to the outside of my camper (painted end caps and propane cover, teal Free Range decal, and custom tire cover).
I really love the color of my little brown egg, and do not want to paint on top of it, even a little. But I have some ideas for adding character to the plain white storage doors you find on the outside of the camper…
Introducing Free Range, with Padilly logo on the tire cover! Keep your eyes out for this little brown egg, and if you see us, be sure to way or say howdy!
Mrs. Padilly’s Series on her 17′ Spirit Deluxe Casita Travel Trailer’s Glamping Makeover:
Casita Glamping Makeover:
- Chalk Painting Cabinet Doors
- Adding Teal Paint to Accent Surfaces
- Installing a Tile Backsplash
- Installing Wood Vinyl Flooring
- Decorating the Screen Door
- Window Treatments
- Dressed for Glamping
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