Thrifty Kitty Gem Camper


Kalamazoo, Michigan

This early 1970's Gem camper was found already gutted near Marshall, Michigan, while we were at Camp Turkeyville for All Things Vintage. Sondra thought this would be the perfect camper to rehab for her daughter and friends to enjoy. With a plan to use economical remnants and a combination of new and resale finds, the Thrifty Kitty was born!

The industrial, shabby chic interior has a complementary color scheme of red and aqua green. Twin beds provide two comfortable sleeping spaces while also serving as lounging sofas during the day. A drop leaf table, found at local resale shop Kalamazoo Kitty, was spray painted to fit the decor. The flooring is a never-used sheet vinyl remnant rescued from a dumpster. Free! Teens love the writable surface on the refrigerator, which also has a cool retro handle. Sondra's daughter selected the fabric for custom-made curtains, perfect for the Thrifty Kitty theme.


This project has been a fun opportunity for mother-daughter collaboration. Work is still in progress. Interior paneling and lighting are coming soon, so stay tuned!

You can find more photos and follow the progression of this project on the SKP Design blog. Read it here.

Thrifty Kitty exterior
Welcome to the Thrifty Kitty
Gem Camper Interior
Gem Camper Interior
Drop Leaf Table
Gem Camper Interior
Gem Camper Interior
Thrifty Kitty Curtain Fabric
Gem Camper Wall Art
Gem Camper Exterior
Thrifty Kitty Gem Camper
Thrifty Kitty Floor Plan
Exterior Painting
Gem Camper Interior Before
Gem Camper Exterior Before
Gem Camper Interior Before

SKP Design

8240 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

400 136th Street, Suite 520, Holland, MI 49424


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