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:

Fabric-WStep 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 cover to the range was showing signs of rust, and needed to be painted.

The cover to the range was showing signs of rust, and needed painting.

 

Range top painted in Tropical Oasis

Range top painted in Tropical Oasis

 

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Casita Shelf in brown (same as cabinet doors). I chose not to paint with chalk paint, but instead add a punch of color.

Casita Shelf in brown (same as cabinet doors).
I chose not to paint with chalk paint, but instead add a punch of color.

Painted TV Shelf and Range Top in a Casita

In this photo you see both the range cover and shelf painted in Tropical Oasis.

 

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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 Casita Travel Trailer "Free Range"

Mrs. Padilly’s Casita, “Free Range,” with Padilly logo.


Mrs. Padilly’s  Series on her 17′ Spirit Deluxe Casita Travel Trailer’s Glamping Makeover:

Introduction:

Casita Glamping Makeover:

 


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14 Comments  to  Adding Teal Paint Accents to Glamp my Casita Travel Trailer

  1. karen WILLIAMS says:

    How did you do the added bumper space to the back end? Thanks for helping us with this added feature.

  2. Jennifer Dierks says:

    Love your glamp ing blog as I have 2013 Casita 17′ Spirit Deluxe and am about to put down vinyl wood floors. Your blog reinforced exactly how I had in my mind the way it would work. I am also a Sister on the Fly and planning a trip in 2017 with them to Alaska. So with as little storage as the Casita has, most of my storage is in my truck bed. I am thinking of adding a platform to the back of my Casita like the one in your picture. I am wondering if you reinforced the existing bumper or had a new stronger bumper with hitch receptacle installed?

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      Hi Jennifer, the platform on the back was welded onto the existing bumper, but we purchased the Casita with the platform attached, so do not know if they had reinforced the original bumper. There is no hitch receptacle.

      RE: Vinyl floor. I think you will love the look of the vinyl wood floor. It was one of my favorite changes, and had a big impact on overall interior look.

      Your Sister’s trip to Alaska sounds wonderful! Wow! As a Texan, Alaska seems a world away to me! Maybe one day I can get there…

  3. Hey Hey Ms. Padilly. I have a 2006 Casita just like yours and am adding curtains, etc. in the Texas cowgirl theme. I also had a hail storm and was pleasantly surprised that the exterior wasn’t harmed except for the plastic stuff on top. Fantastic fan wasn’t harmed, but AC vent was. The only thing I didn’t like about the Casita was the awning. It was hail damaged so the RV repair guy did research and now I have a beautiful, easy roll out Dometic awning. No poles, no middle bar, etc. Love it!! I’m from Texas, living in NM but moving to Bellingham, WA. Will miss this beautiful weather for sure. But my daughter lives there and I assured her that when it’s too much rain, I’m taking off in my Casita. I lived in it from Oct. to April in Bandera and Fredericksburg. It was fun. I’m looking forward to more adventures since I joined Sisters on the Fly.

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      Awesome, Cynthia! The Casita is a great trailer. I love Bandera and especially Fredericksburg, but Never been to Washington. Hear it is beautiful, but maybe too much rain for this Texan (especially after all our floods over the last few weeks!).

      Have fun with the Sisters!

  4. Rhonda says:

    Beautiful! Love the touches of color mixed with the creaminess of your cabinet work…I am getting so excited about finding my own little Casita and glamping her as well. Thank you for sharing your glamping process though lovely photos…:-)

  5. cteachr says:

    Looks like you are having great fun with your glamper! I enjoy seeing the changes you are making. I sure love living in our camper all summer long. People wonder how we manage to spend weeks on end in a little camper with so little space and stuff. That’s the simplicity and beauty of it! Roll on…

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      I am, cteachr! 🙂 Our first trip in our Casita was eight days long. I worried that it would be too many days in a small space. It wasn’t; in fact I missed it when we got back home. I look forward to spending a summer in her as you have!

  6. Mrs. Padilly says:

    Thanks, Pit. Same to you! 🙂

  7. Pit says:

    You did a great job. I sure like the casita!
    Have a great weekend,
    Pit

  8. Tonita says:

    OH,,, It is looking sweeter with each post. Nice color combo that you have chosen for your Casita. What cheerful fabrics. What did you use to make your “Free Range” lettering and the logo/design on your spare tire cover? I love your idea of the chick peeping out of the egg. So cute and original. Your stove top looks brand new. Quite an improvement since your purchased it.

    I got inspired over the past few days to spiff up my Casita. I have it now parked in my garage and am waxing her for the first time in years. A new top vent will be put in soon as it broke through in a hail storm a few months ago. I originally had curtains in my Casita and I removed them years ago and put in mini blinds. The other day I took down my mini blinds and am going back to curtains. I hate the rattling of the blinds. While I am not a fan of the color Gray, because if reminds me of Seattle weather I decided to go with it as a base color for updated decor to match the interior colors. Years ago I used Purple and Grey for the interior fabrics, bedding, picture frames and dishes. Out with the old and in with the new. I will bring in a pop of soft turquoise to my tiny Casita. Thanks for the inspiration and your fun blog. Looking forward to your next post. So fun watching your beautiful Casita evolve. There are not many “Casita’s” that are glamped out. We are a very small sisterhood of egg glampers. LOL.

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      Yes, Tonita, we are a small sisterhood of egg glampers, and we need that sisterhood to grow! 🙂

      The “Free Range” lettering is done through Boat US Graphics. We seem to buy a new boat every couple years, and we always use their lettering service, and never had any problems. Up to this point, we have always used their stock fonts and designs, but I’ll be making a custom decal for our new C-Dory, “C-Horse” soon (so they do custom work, too).

      My custom tire cover was done by AllThingsJeep.com. The main reason I used their service is they accepted .ai files (Illustrator Files). Many of the other companies accept JPEG and/or PDF only. That can be a problem when making an illustration big enough for a tire cover (pixelation/blurriness). I create all logos in Illustrator, as logos can be as small as an embroidery on a shirt, to as big as my tire cover (even bigger). To keep the quality of the design, it needs to be a vector. However, unless you know of a designer who works in Illustrator, or you can work in the program, then my next piece of advice is to make sure your JPEG is created at the size you want (i.e., if it is going to be 24″ x 24″, make the original that size), with a resolution of 300. Of course, this makes for a HUGH file, but it keeps the quality of the logo or picture. Sure, these companies can “tweak” even a poorer quality JPGE or PDF, but I speak from a little experience (I taught graphic design for over 16 years at a local college). But in addition to AllThingsJeep.com accepting .ai files, they were also great to work with. I was very happy with the tire cover and the color saturation.

      I’m so happy to hear you are working on your Casita, and hope you plan to share your work at some point on your blog. 🙂 Most “glamped” campers tend to be vintage, and I LOVE them, but I needed the features the Casita offered me. Because of the interior parts that you cannot change in the Casita (vs. literally being able to tear out walls and adding cabinets in a vintage camper), anyone Glamping a Casita needs to accept that they have to work around things that cannot be changed; but I’m loving the results!

      I hope the sun shines for you today in Seattle. I read in your blog that you were a California girl, and I can totally relate to your need for the sun! I love the sun, and I love the heat! Good thing I live in Texas as there is plenty of both! Lol

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