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 apply 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 frequently 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, but wasn’t sure how I could use it.

My initial plan was to use the stencil on the camper’s closet door until I remembered 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 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).

Casita Screen with Stenciling Applied

Stencils Taped to Screen Door, and Paint Applied with Stencil Brush

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Once the paint was dry and stencil removed, I put some paper on the back side of the screen and gave the white lettering a quick spray with a clear varnish (to help protect it from any moisture/humidity), as you see in the photos below.

Casita Screen Door With Welcome Painted on Screen Stenciling

Results When Stencils are Removed

Close-up of stenciling screen door on Casita Travel Trailer

Closeup of Paint on Screen door.
Note: the paint will not show on the back side if you do not apply the paint too heavily.

I also found a cute vinyl cow sticker, which I added to a flat panel on the door; building on the “Free Range” farm fresh theme I was creating for the outside.

Mrs. Padilly's Completed Stenciling of Screen Door with Chandelier and Welcome Sign

Finished Screen Door with Cow Sticker Applied.

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With the screen door complete, I soon discovered another surprise when I closed the camper’s outer door! It turns out that the chandelier and welcome message can be seen through the glass; welcoming visitors while traveling along the highway or at the campsite. 🙂

Welcome Stenciling on Screen Doors Shows Through Camper's Glass Window

Well, I’m getting close to completing the Glamping makeover of my Casita Travel Trailer!  My next post will go over the window treatments I installed, which I made without a single stitch! Following that post, I will be unveiling the completed interior set up for camping, and then move on to my bucket list and other fun DIY projects geared for the outdoors 🙂

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

Cowgirl Up - Mrs. Padilly - StencilingIntroduction:

Casita Glamping Makeover:


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28 Comments  to  Stenciling the Screen Door on a Casita Travel Trailer

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love what u did with the casita my sister Connie lang owns the company. Can’t wait to show her this

  2. Anonymous says:

    Looking for a small trailer…but wow the prices have skyrocketed!!

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      I guess supply and demand? 🙂 But I totally relate, which is why I purchased a used trailer…which gave me more restoration projects! 🙂

      Good luck on finding a trailer that is perfect for you! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Barlo says:

    I’ve been looking for that exact chandelier stencil. Any ideas where I can find it? Cutest idea EVER!!!

  4. Becky says:

    Loved your idea!! I had a stencil made that says “welcome to our home away from home”. Thanks for the easy to understand directions, I’m going to stencil my trailer’s screen today

  5. Joy says:

    Just bought a new camper. Browsing Pinterest to Glamp it up suitably. Found you! Can wait to do the screen door. Will do mine yellow…have decided on torqouis and yellow colour combo. Thank you!

  6. BobbiLarryMcChristian says:

    Just found you’re website & love it. I’m always looking for new ideas for our camper. Can’t wait to stencil my screen door.

  7. 24cottonwoodlane says:

    What a fantastic idea! We bought a trailer last year and I can’t wait to stencil my screen door…didn’t even know this was an option!

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      Thank you. It’s such a simple project and makes a big impact. In fact, I have to say it is probably the most commented on project I did on my Casita. Enjoy your new trailer and happy Glamping! 🙂

  8. Brenda says:

    MrsPadilly, I’m in love with your Casitas.i just retired from teaching and have been looking at the Casitas. Your glamped one caught my eye and now I just have to get one. I’m not as creative as you are. Are there companies that will decorate them for those of us who are lacking in our Martha Stewart talents? Here’s another question..Is my Toyato Prius too small to pull a 16″ Casita. LOVE YOUR BLOG

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      Hi Brenda!

      I’m a retired teacher, too (four years)! I’m glad you like the makeover. As for companies that makeover camper’s for you, I’m sure there are some, but I do not know of any. BUT, there are so many good resources out there, you might learn you can do the makeover’s yourself (just start with the small projects). But the best part of a Casita travel trailer, in my opinion, they are great even without any “glamping!”

      As for your Toyota Prius being able to pull a 16′ Casita, my gut is No. The car is probably not designed to tow. Castia’s are light (mine weighs a max of about 3,600 lbs, but I tow it with a Jeep that has a tow capacity of 7,000), but I think the reason your Pruis can’t tow is because the design of the car may not support a hitch? Sorry, I wish I could provide you more info, but I can’t. I would suggest you contact your local Toyota dealership.

      I’m glad you found my blog helpful. Please let me know when you get your Casita! 🙂

  9. Rhonda says:

    Again, thanks for sharing the how-to on spiffing up the screen door! It looks lovely…

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      You are welcome, Rhonda. I have enjoyed reading all your comments, and hope to hear from you once you get your Casita and begin glamping her up. Just an FYI, I’ll be starting off the 2015 new year with the post on the unveiling of my camper, then I will move on to posting about glamping accessories and my glamping adventures. Hope to hear from you again.

  10. Melissa Collander Zieleniewski says:

    Did your Casita come the color that it is now? I would like to do a different color verses the current boring white. 😉 Love you screen treatment!

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      We purchased the Casita already painted brown by the original owner (it has had only one owner before us). In fact, in another reply in my blog, and commenter asked if I purchased it near Houston, which I did. Apparently he saw the Casita and wanted to buy it, but when he called to inquire, they said it was sold. Then he somehow found my blog, and saw the Casita. LOL It’s a small world. 🙂

      • Melissa Collander Zieleniewski says:

        Wow, it really is a small world! That’s so neat. 🙂

  11. Tonita says:

    This is so stinking cute. I am loving it. What a wonderful idea and very creative. Chandy’s – well can a girl ever have to many? NO. Sweet makeover with lots of cuteness. Love how it shows through the window with the door closed.

    • Mrs. Padilly says:

      As they say, Tonita, better late than never! Been traveling, and unable to blog the last month, but I’m back. I’m so glad you liked the screen door project. Personally, it was one of my favorites. I’m working on my window treatment post now, which should go up in the next few days. Close to the inside reveal in December. 🙂 Hope all is well in the northwest!

  12. I have always wished our 16′ Casita had a screen door just for practical purposes. Now I REALLY want one!

  13. gpcox says:

    Everything is looking great!!

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