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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Project That Consumed My Summer, AKA RV Remodel

Since the first day A and I pulled the RV in the driveway, we've discussed ways to improve it and make it ours. Not that we didn't love the little beast but still it was utilitarian. It lacked personality and was just plain blah inside; dark oak paneling, retro 80's sea foam green upholstery, old yellowed light fixtures. 


I had immediately pulled out the dark grey/black carpet, put down cheap vinyl and we covered the upholstery and made new curtains. It helped but it was still dark and dated.

So I ran across a colorful RV remodel online and was inspired but decided to do it even better than they had. So we chose six bright colors and spent 3 months working on-and-off on weekends as much as we could tolerate in the heat and humidity to sand, primer, and paint the entire interior.

So here are before and after photos (just be warned there are a lot-click for a larger view).
 Kitchen and bathroom door

 View to the rear.

 Dining/bed area- most of the time we keep it as a bed because the dogs ride here.

After all the work, I liked what we had done but the cheap tan/white vinyl tiles I had installed a couple years ago just didn't work anymore. So A and I decided a black & white checkerboard floor would be the perfect contrast and finishing touch. 
 A friend described the completed project as very "Alice in Wonderland"-like.
I couldn't find a clock that would work in here for under $40. Instead I made a one of a kind clock with spray paint, rhinestones and a hot glue gun. It's funky and gaudy and something I would never have in my house but perfect in this space.

The ceiling and air conditioner were yellowed, so I chose to paint the A/C cover silver and the ceiling a pale blue like they do on the porches on Florida.  The tiny closet of a bathroom I painted white so at least it doesn't feel so much like a coffin. Finally new light fixtures and additional storage and I can say our little home on the road is complete. Just 2 weeks until its trial weekend run and then off for a major 10 day roadtrip. Yippee!

I did have a couple people comment that now we will never be able to re-sell this RV. Well no shit, A and I are well aware of that and it isn't like someone buys a RV as an investment!  We know that one day we will upgrade to something newer and bigger and we will never again have the chance to do something like this. So we'll drive this old-girl until she dies, find a nice piece of land to park her on and always have the great memories of our "first".


25 comments:

Birdie said...

What?! I would buy it is a heartbeat. I love it! It is like a doll house. I covet your RV and you can tell the person that says you wont be able to sell it that you may already have a buyer!

Birdie said...

This is another Blogger who re-did an old RV. I love this too.

http://annieksart.blogspot.ca/2012/08/wallpaper-love-in-gypsy-caravan.html

ain't for city gals said...

It looks great!! Don't worry about re-sale...you will never want to sell it!..you will have so much fun with it!

Ms. Moon said...

This is the third blog I've read this morning in which color is a major theme! I completely love what you've done. You've made your RV into a rolling-rollicking home!

Anniek said...


This looks lovely!! Loving all the different colors. I'm also in the process of redecorating our caravan (one you can fold, also known in Europe as an Esterel) using bold colors. Happy camping!

Barb. said...

That is SO cool looking. I bet you have some great times in that.

Barb.

sunshine said...

I think your RV looks fabulous, very bright and cheery, plus a major improvement from the original!

Have a great time on your road trip!

Jaime said...

Your RV looks awesome. The last trailer my husband and I remodeled had purple walls, a green ceiling and orange cabinets:) We had no problem selling it. I do miss it like crazy. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

It's BEAUTIFUL! The checkerboard floor seals the deal. Nicely done, Mel and A.

If you're ever decorating with multiple colors again, this is a VERY cool site to play around on:
http://kuler.adobe.com/#themes/rating?time=30

Cass and Beth said...

Wow Wow Wow! What a bright and happy environment! :)

Sarcastic Bastard said...

It's the only RV I'd want to buy. Seriously. I love it.

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