4 Ways to Paint Your RV Cabinets with No Prep Work

4 Ways to Paint Your RV Cabinets with No Prep Work

Paint Your RV Cabinets with NO Prep | If you’re on the market or just recently purchased an RV of any kind, you probably are aware of the outdated or dark interiors that have plagued RVs for years.

However, due to some very inspirational and talented individuals, renovating your RV has been a very popular task among campers.

One of the biggest renovations many choose to do is to re-paint the dark cabinets a different color.

However, many of the cabinets are actually covered in contact paper that makes it difficult for paint to stick.

I’ve heard and read horror stories of RVer’s sanding, priming, and painting their cabinets only for their hard work to peel right off. This can be extremely frustrating!

4 Ways to Paint RV Cabinets with NO Prep Work

But have no fear!

There are ways to paint your cabinets without sanding or priming. You will probably want to tape to prevent paint from places you don’t want it, but other than that you can achieve an RV cabinet paint remodel without all the hard work.

Here are 4 ways you can paint your RV cabinets in no particular order because they all are great and will get the job done!

1. Chalk Paint with a Tough Coat Sealer

One option you can use is chalk paint. We chose to use chalk paint on our cabinets because I knew I didn’t want to do any sanding or priming. Personally, I hate all that prep work!

Plus, chalk paint is very low in VOC and is great if you’re painting on the go or renovating while also living in the space. There are plenty of color options that you can also mix to create a color of your own desire. We chose to use The Spruce Best Home Chalk Paint by KILZ in white bead board and dark grey for our bathroom and kitchen island.

Now, chalk paint is a matte finish and can chip very easily as well as not being resistant to stains. This can make it difficult if you don’t seal the paint with a tough coat. This Tough Coat by Country Chic sealer is a chalk paint lifesaver. It provides a protective layer that provides a satin sheen, is stain resistant, and makes the cabinets easy to wash off any spills or dirt.

2. Beyond Paint

Beyond paint is an all-in-one option that can be used for furniture, cabinets, and even countertops. There are 16 matte colors, 3 metallic colors, and a satin sheen sealer to keep your project beautiful for a long time.

Just like the chalk paint, you don’t need to sand or prime to prepare your RV cabinets for Beyond paint. You do want to clean them and make sure they are free from dirt, oil, or wax to make sure the paint sticks and goes on smoothly.

Beyond paint is also an eco-friendly low-VOC option just like chalk paint.

3. Nuvo Cabinet Paint Kits

Nuvo Cabinet Paint kits are another great option to choose from. It is a little cheaper than the other two and comes with the tools that you will need to paint, however, it does require some sanding for the product to adhere properly.

The Nuvo does have some advantages including no need for a topcoat sealer because it is built into the paint, 1 kit covers 100 sqft of cabinetry, has a beautiful satin finish, and comes in a variety of colors.

You can purchase these kits on Amazon and other home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot.

4. Heirloom Traditions All-In-One-Paint

Very similar to Beyond Paint, the Heirloom Traditions All-In-One-Paint is a very popular option for many DIY’ers and RV’ers to use on their cabinets remodel. There is no need to sand, prime, seal or strip the surfaces before using this paint.

The only prep work is to clean from dust or grime. There is also no need to seal the paint with a tough coat because it’s built-in. Each color has a finished satin sheen that is perfect for cabinets and other types of furniture.

Final Thoughts

Remodeling your RV can be a time-consuming task to take on, however, I hope painting the cabinets seems easier than ever before with these amazing paint options.

I know for us, removing the need to sand and prime saved us so much time! I don’t know if I will ever sand or prime cabinets ever again when I know there are great options that don’t require it and offer beautiful and durable finishes.

If you would like to see some gorgeous RV kitchen remodels for inspiration, check out our post 30 RV Kitchen Remodels That Will Inspire the Interior Designer in You!

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RV Renovation | A Stunning Modern Motorhome Redesign by Christie

RV Renovation | A Stunning Modern Motorhome Redesign by Christie

Modern Motorhome Redesign | This next RV Renovation is brought to you by Christie Schmitt.

She and her hubby enjoy the occasional camping experiences for nice getaways.

I found this RV renovation in a Facebook group and I ABSOLUTLEY FELL IN LOVE!

Christie renovated a 2008 Thor Motor Coach Hurricane with Bunkbeds.

She took a Class ‘A’ RV that was losing hope and renovated it into a gorgeous modern motorhome that is better than a hotel.

Her style is just beautiful and she truly made this RV home away from home.

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 So check out the before pictures, then scroll to the after. Trust me, you will be amazed!!

Before Pictures

After Pictures

It’s going to be hard to believe that this is the same Motorhome once you scroll and see the after images.

Seriously, it looks like a modern hotel room with her gorgeous choice of colors, patterns, and wallpaper.

Many of Christie’s decoration choices came straight from Amazon and Wayfair.

She also mentioned that the paint color on the cabinets is color-matched to the wallpaper. This is a professional decorating tip that I will always keep in my back pocket!

Tip: Color Match your choice of wallpaper or favorite textile to your paint to ensure a nice aesthetic throughout the living space. 

 

Christie also replaced the countertops with Butcher Block throughout and the floors are new peel and stick vinyl plank flooring. 

I love every little detail! The entire space is cozy and inviting!

 

After – RV Kitchen


After – RV Bedroom


After – RV Living Room & Bathroom


Final Thoughts

Do you love this Modern Motorhome redesign by Christie? Leave a comment below!  

For me, this remodel is inspirational! To take an old 2008 Motorhome and make it look and feel brand new again is doable for anyone, even you! 

So, if you liked this RV Renovation stay tuned for more by subscribing! You’ll get notified in your email when a new post is up! 

Also, if you would like to have your RV renovation featured on our Blog, please email me at Nissa@exploringnewsights.com

 

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RV Renovation Tour | A Rustic Bohemian Home on Wheels with @Our.Own.Beat

RV Renovation Tour | A Rustic Bohemian Home on Wheels with @Our.Own.Beat

I’m so excited to highlight this family’s RV renovation.

Whit and Gui with their 2 kids and 2 dogs live and travel full-time in their remodeled 5th wheel.

Their RV story begins December of 2019 when they decided to rent out their home, sell their belongings, buy an RV, and travel full-time.

Before purchasing their RV, Whit and Gui already decided they wanted to renovate it and make it home.

Looking through their Instagram and pictures of their RV, I like to describe their style as Rustic Bohemian.

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The warm earthy tones, the rustic wood trim, and the play with color, textures, and patterns give this RV the perfect combination of Rustic Bohemian.

I think they definitely accomplished their goal by making their RV a cozy and inviting home on wheels!

So check out their RV Renovation and get inspired!

Before Pictures

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After Pictures

Now that you’ve seen what Whit and Gui’s RV looked like before, check out the amazing after pictures.

It is totally transformed from the basic factory decor.

By painting their walls and cabinets, changing out the hardware, and getting creative by building a fold-down island, they made this 5th wheel their own.

Every detail of this home on wheels flows and provides a comfortable feeling of home.

I also love how they’ve created play space for their little ones. So, even when they’re on the road, the kids can still play dress up and more.

 

After – RV Kitchen


After – RV Bedroom

After – RV Living Room


Final Thoughts

I hope you love this RV 5th wheel renovation as much as I do.

There are so many little details from the custom-built island extension to the gorgeous wood trim on the slides that can bring you inspiration for your RV.

If you’d like to check out their adventures and more of their renovation, go follow them on Instagram @our.own.beat

If you would like to have your RV renovation featured on our Blog, please email me at Nissa@exploringnewsights.com

 

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RV Renovation Tour | The Dark & Moody Hygge with Jordan Bowen

RV Renovation Tour | The Dark & Moody Hygge with Jordan Bowen

I’m so excited to announce that we will now be highlighting RV Renovations on our blog.

Living in an RV ourselves we are always making changes and enjoy looking at other RV renovations for inspiration.

I love the idea of opening up our blog space to highlight these incredible people and their RVs, as well as provide a space for others to come for inspiration. 

So, here is our first RV Renovation virtual tour and highlight with Jordan Bowen.

Dark and moody RV renovation tour

About Jordan | @bowenwiththeflow

Jordan is living the tiny RV life with her little dudes.

She describes her style as Hygge, Dark, and Moody!

If you don’t know what Hygge means, I didn’t either but I’m so glad I do now.

Hygge – A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feel of contentment or wellbeing. (Danish Culture) Pronounced “huh-guh”

Her RV definitely embodies the very definition of “Hygge” perfectly!

Scrolling through her Instagram feed makes me want to cozy up next to a fire with a cup of hot coffee and a good movie or book.

Before we reveal the amazing after renovation makeover, check out what her RV looked like before. 

Before Pictures

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After Pictures

Now that you’ve seen the before of Jordan’s RV, it’s time to take a look at her cozy RV renovation.

It truly gives you the Hygge feeling as described before.

She has transformed the area by painting her walls white and added a sharpie line for a ship-lap illusion. So creative!

Jordan has also painted her cabinets black and added Tic Tac Tile to her kitchen walls.

The tile was originally white with grey grout, but to stay true to her dark and moody feel she painted those a dark emerald green.

So, check out her RV renovation and GET INSPIRED!!!

After – RV Kitchen and Main Living

 


After – RV Bedroom

After – RV Bathroom

After – RV Bunkhouse


Final Thoughts

I absolutely LOVE her RV renovation. It’s earthy, moody, and makes me want to cozy up and watch a movie.

She has truly checked every box in making this RV from a basic camper to a HOME on wheels!

Every detail is well thought out and meticulous to match her style.

If you would like to have your RV renovation featured on our Blog, please email me at Nissa@exploringnewsights.com

 

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24 RV Bathroom Remodels for Inspiration | Before and After Pictures

24 RV Bathroom Remodels for Inspiration | Before and After Pictures

RV Bathroom Remodels are inspiring to say the least. Creating a little Spa in your Home on Wheels is to be desired by many. Being able to shower in a full-size shower or take a hot bath while you’re camping is a luxury.

I think, just because the space is small doesn’t mean you can’t spruce it up and make it a bathroom people dream about!

If you desire to create a spa-like RV bathroom that you enjoy while camping or living full-time, then you should make it happen.

Now, I’m guessing that since you’re here you probably are looking for some inspiration on design and decor!

Well, I’m glad to tell you that you’re in the right place. I have searched Instagram to bring you the best RV Bathroom Remodels out there, plus guidance on where you can get the same look for your camper’s bathroom.

Go ahead and scroll slowly to check out these amazing before and after RV bathroom remodels! 

@renovatingrutters

These first three RV Bathroom Remodels are gutted and redesigned by @renovatingrutters. They did an amazing job creating beautiful and unique camper bathrooms to enjoy.


@mauka_to_makai_rv_renovations

This cute couple from Hawaii but now living on the mainland renovate RVs and what wonderful renovations they have done. These RV bathrooms are incredible! I mean look at the bathtub! To have a soaking bath in an RV is one of a kind!


@troopnashville

Bo and Madison from @troopnashville have completed some amazing RV renovations. I previously featured them on our post “30 RV Kitchen Makeovers that will inspire your inner designer”. I’m excited to feature their RV bathroom remodels as well. Check out these awesome before and after renovations.


@rv.renovate

Another couple who live full-time in RVs and have renovated a few along their journey with their 2 kids. Their style is so beautiful and versatile. You can check them out on their Instagram.

Credit: @rv.renovate


@rvsandtrees

This cute family of 4 live in their fully renovated fifth wheel fulltime. I just love what they have done to transform their bathroom into a workable space for the whole family. You can check out their full reno at @rvsandtrees.

Credit: @Rvsandtrees


@thehappyglamperco

I absolutely love this RV bathroom remodel! The neutral colors are perfect and the pops of green add that little extra that makes the space complete.


@tiny_modernfarmhouse

Check out this next one’s shower! This is a shower that people dream about having in their house and @tiny_modernfarmhouse added it in there RV’s bathroom! What an incredible RV bathroom remodel!


@Laceyautumnbrooke

This cute little family is living tiny in their fifth wheel on their farm! I love what they have done to their bathroom and entire RV. You can check out the full renovation here.


@sanmartindream

Chelsea, her husband, and puppy live luxuriously in San Martin, California in their RV. They have completely renovated the RV Bathroom and what a beautiful job they have done. Check out their full RV renovation here.


@thegrandpoppy3163

This mother of two has done a beautiful job of renovating their RV. Look at this RV with Double sinks in the bathroom. That’s a family’s dream when living tiny! I love their RV bathroom remodel! You can check out their whole renovation @thegrandpoppy3163.


Additional RV Bathroom Remodels

Here is some additional RV bathroom remodels for you to feel inspired by. While there was no before images, the after pictures are incredible!

I hope you enjoyed all of these beautiful RV bathrooms remodels. To remodel and renovate any space is a challenge! However, it is always worth it in the end. If you’re thinking about renovating your RV Bathroom, DO IT!! You won’t regret it!

If you’d like to submit your RV project to be featured on our site, please submit your work to our email on our “work with us” page for more details.

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RV Wallpaper | How to use peel & stick wallpaper to transform your Camper

RV Wallpaper | How to use peel & stick wallpaper to transform your Camper

RV Wallpaper | So many RVer’s and even home interior designers are embracing a new style and bringing back wallpaper.

For years the idea of wallpaper was a tacky way to decorate because the patterns available were not pleasing.

Well, that was then!

Now, it’s become a great way to add texture, patterns, and character to any space.

Wallpaper has also come a long way with availability to patterns.

Here is some ways you can add wallpaper in your camper to spruce up your campers interior.

Can you use Peel and Stick wallpaper in an RV?

Absolutely, YES!

We used a shiplap peel and stick wallpaper in our RV Bathroom.

Now, the wallpaper we used was white, so we decided to paint the wall ‘white’ before adding the wallpaper.

Just so you know, our walls were beige vinyl before painting them. I noticed when I tried to add the white shiplap wallpaper, the color of the wallpaper become faded. So by painting the wall first, allowing it to dry, then adding the wallpaper allowed the colors to be true.

Tip: Clean your walls before adding the peel and stick wallpaper to ensure the paper sticks and there is no dust. 

Quick note: You can also use an extra spray adhesive for an extra stick (if you don’t plan on removing it). Sometimes if you store your RV, the heat could cause the paper to peel. Although this has not happened to me, I have heard of it happening. 

Can you wallpaper over the RV wallpaper?

This depends on if your wallpaper is a strip or covers the whole wall. If you have a wallpaper strip, it is best to remove that strip from the wall first. The reason being is so you don’t have any uneven lines in your new wallpaper.

Tip: Make sure your walls are smooth before application of new wallpaper

Does Peel And Stick Wallpaper come off easily?

The simple answer is YES! Compared to traditional wallpaper or paint; peel and stick wallpaper is easy to remove and leaves little to no residue.
 
Peel and Stick Wallpaper is also a better option because it’s quick and easy to install. Plus, the application and clean up are super easy compared to traditional wallpaper. There is no sticky glue or messy paint to deal with.

How to use Peel and Stick Wallpaper

I feel like using the peel and stick wallpaper is super easy. You just have to make sure you have the right tools in order to keep air bubbles from accumulating under the paper.

You’ll want to get a wallpaper tool kit to help you measure, cut, and smooth it out once you apply it to the walls.

I love using the peel and stick wallpaper because you don’t have to deal with the sticky and messy glue.

Applying the peel and stick wallpaper is easy!

  1. Measure the piece of wall
  2. Measure the paper
  3. Cut accordingly
  4. Peel off the backing
  5. Stick on the wall slowly while applying pressure from the smoothing tool to release the air bubbles.

15 RV Wallpaper Ideas to get you started

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In Conclusion

I hope this information and inspiring wallpaper ideas have helped.

Wallpaper is back!

Use it as ways to highlight a wall or add your own beautiful style in your RV.

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