by Nissa Haight | DIY, Makeover, Renovation, RV Renovation, RV Tips
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with NO Prep | If you’re on the market or just recently purchased an RV of any kind, you probably are aware of the outdated or dark interiors that have plagued RVs for years.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!
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.
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!
by Nissa Haight | DIY, Makeover, RV Renovation, RV Tips
Update your RV and turn it from drab to fab so you can fall in love with camping again.
For years, RV manufacturers were stuck with colors and fabrics that weren’t pleasing to the modern RVer.
Therefore, it has become popular to take an older RV and renovate it to today’s standards of style and detail.
From personal experience, renovating an RV can be time-consuming, nerve-wracking, and can even feel impossible to accomplish.
However, from our own renovations that we have made in our RV, I know that the changes are worth it! I love that our RV is our own style because it feels like home!
So, here are 12 ways that you can update your RV for either resale purposes or making it your home on wheels.
Changing out the outdated carpet that can get worn and dirty is the best way to start renovating your RV.
Starting from the bottom in your design and working your way up will make an incredible difference.
Many people are choosing vinyl floors for their increased durability and lightweight for traveling.
2. Paint the Walls and Cabinets
Updating your RV with paint is a huge transformation and the first thing we did when we purchased our RV.
The beige walls were not my personal style and I opted for white to brighten up the RV. White also makes a small space feel larger.
It is an interior design trick of the trade. The lighter the colors, the larger the living space will feel.
For more tips on painting your RV’s Interior check out our post “How to easily paint your RV Interior walls”.
3. Replace or Paint your Slide Trim
If you have an older model RV, replacing the trim and getting rid of the carved faux wood will make a huge difference.
Many people are opting to replace the trim with natural wood panels, usually pine or walnut panels. They add a simple and modern rustic character to the space.
Some also choose to paint if the details aren’t too outdated.
We painted ours white, but one day will love to replace them with a gorgeous, stained wood panel like my sister did with her RV.
Wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper!!
So many people are opting to use wallpaper because not only is it lightweight, the patterns and technology are better than ever before.
The simple peel and stick wallpaper options are great for RV’s because they can easily be removed for a quick change in style.
Now, there are some temperature issues that you will have to be wary of to ensure your wallpaper stays. For example, too much moisture or heat can cause the wallpaper to peel off.
For more tips and some wallpaper inspiration, check out our post, “How to use peel & stick wallpaper to transform your camper”.
5. Replace the Valances/Blinds
Removing our Valances and blinds was the very first update we did in our RV. I wanted to make our space feel more like a home by using curtains instead.
I chose to make my own curtains, but you can find some of the various sizes on Amazon or other stores.
Changing the valances made a great difference in removing the outdated typical RV feel and more of the cozy home on wheels vibe.
Another popular way to update your window treatments in the RV is to use new blinds like roller blinds or roman shades. Whichever you choose, I know it will look amazing!
Image Credit: Christy Schmidt
We all know the couches and chairs that come in RV’s do not last, especially if you live full-time. Many of the pleather couches tend to wear out quickly.
For us, our recliners broke within the first year, one recliner also began to sag which made it uncomfortable to sit.
The couch we have pulls out into a bed, but that did not last very long. The bars poke out and it is so uncomfortable to sleep on!
Therefore, updating your couches and chairs is common and you could purchase something with more durability.
For our cushion covers on the bench seat, I opted to purchase a durable fabric from ELuxury (find on Amazon) and sewed new cushion covers. This can always be an option to update your bench or chair seating as well.
7. Update your Cabinet and Door Hardware
This is by far the easiest update you can do in your RV. It’s a simple switch that can make a huge impact.
After we painted our cabinets white from a dark espresso brown, I updated the handles from silver to modern farmhouse style black.
There are so many options you can choose from to update your cabinets and door hardware.
Tip – Measure not once but twice! Make sure the cabinet’s hardware will fit the pre-existing screw holes (how far apart of the holes). I ordered so quickly that I ended up messing up the sizes twice. Instead of ordering 3 inches, I ended up ordering 5 inches the first time and 4 inches the second time. Learn from my mistake! 😊
Changing your table out can be super easy! There are so many renovation ideas where people replaced their table for one from Amazon or Ikea.
Others have created their own with extra storage, while some have also utilized the space for a home office instead of a dining table.
Whatever works for your space, go for it! Just be sure you can secure it if you plan on traveling!
9. Change your Countertops
My sister-in-law updated her RV’s countertops with marble-style contact paper. It turned out so beautiful!
A super popular remodel for RV countertops are butcher block tops. They add in the natural wood tones and are super durable as well. I love the look of the butcher block countertops.
You can even get a countertop paint kit from a local hardware store or amazon. However you choose to update your countertops, I am sure it will turn out amazing!
10. Replace the Sinks in the bathroom and Kitchen
Let’s face it, the sinks that come in RV’s are usually plastic and they tend to discolor over the years.
Replacing your sink is a huge transformation and will add value to your RV if you ever decide to resale.
Here are a few examples of sinks that have been changed out in RV’s.
11. Update your Faucets/Shower Head
If you plan on updating your sink, you may want to consider updating the faucet hardware as well.
We updated our kitchen faucet from a stainless-steel standard faucet to a gorgeous matte black one. It was one of the best decisions in our RV renovation.
12. Change our Kitchen and Bathroom Backsplash
There are so many styles of backsplashes you can add to your RV kitchen and bathroom that will transform the area.
We first chose a peel and stick tile, but after two years, we changed our kitchen backsplash to a white shiplap.
This is an area where you can get super creative!
You can use a stencil and sharpie, a peel and stick tile, real tile (if you don’t travel much because of weight and cracking), wood pieces, or even a lightweight textured ceiling tile as a backsplash.
The possibilities are endless!
Update your RV to your own personal style and make it that home on wheels. These 12 DIY ways will transform your camper from drab to fab!
For more inspiration, check out our posts with images from other RVer’s that have remodeled their kitchens, bathrooms, and used wallpaper to transform their Campers.
As always, Thank you for stopping by! I hope you feel inspired! You can do it!!
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by Nissa Haight | Makeover, RV Renovation, RV Tips
RV Bedroom Remodels are so inspirational.
Each one is uniquely designed with colors, textures, and patterns that bring a sense of relaxation.
Making the place you sleep cozy and personal to your style is important for a good night’s rest. Even if it’s only for a weekend RV camping trip.
Just so you know, many of these RV Bedroom Remodels you will see below are from full-time RVers or those who enjoy flipping RVs for profit.
But however you choose to RV, these Bedrooms are admirable and inspirational to make your campers’ bedroom just as cozy.
So, while you’re scrolling through take some notes! If you really like one, click on the photo credit and visit their Instagram for more inspiration.
@Troopnashville – 5 Remodels
These first five RV Bedroom remodels are by @troopnashville. She has incredible style and makes the RV’s she fixes up worth every penny in re-sale.
@RVfixerupper – 4 Remodels
These next 4 RV bedroom makeovers are done by @RVfixerupper. Her designs and full RV remodels are admired by many full-time RVers. She makes them feel like a luxury home on wheels. You can check out the full remodel’s on her Instagram @RVfixerupper.
This beautiful and all-natural remodel is relaxing and artistic at the same time. What a wonderful remodel from a full-time RVer in Texas!
Mary and her tribe enjoy this beautifully renovated bedroom on their journeys as a family 6. You can follow their adventures on their Instagram and see more of their RV!
Shannon describes her space as light, airy, cozy, and eclectic. I think this RV bedroom remodel exudes her style with excellence.
@rvsandtrees Before and After
What a great remodel and awesome place to crash after a long day of adventure. The 3D peel and stick white brick and wood-tone trim bring texture and comfort to the space.
@caylahb Before and After
Another Full-time RVer that has transformed her RV bedroom into a cozy oasis. I love the lights and pom-pom stringer that shows off her own style and personality.
@morg_ngoestiny Before and After
Neutral and cozy is exactly what Morgan had in mind for her RV bedroom remodel. She definitely created a comfy and relaxing space to retreat.
From the DIY macrame light covers to the striped pattern bedding, this RV bedroom renovation has texture and patterns that flow perfectly together. Check out more DIY’s on her instagram.
@wandering.watsons RV Bedroom
This gorgeous hotel-like bedroom is one from their previous RV but it’s a beautiful renovation.
@tinywallsfamily RV Bedroom
One of my favorite RVer’s to follow, this tiny walls family has a cozy and natural place to retreat after family outings.
@pondhouseprojects Before and After
It’s amazing what white can do in a tiny RV bedroom. Did you know that light colors are known to create a feeling of joy and openness even in small spaces?
@olsenhousehome RV Bedroom
I love textured headboard space in an RV that adds character. Beautiful DIY project completed by Stephanie!
This awesome southwestern RV bedroom remodel is perfectly unique. The colors from the blanket and the natural elements flow beautifully together.
@our.rv.adventure Before and After
A beautiful and unique before and after renovation by The Paz Family took hard work and elbow grease to complete. I love the pops of green!
This is one of the prettiest RV bedrooms remodels that also makes me want to go to the beach. What a cozy and relaxing space by Tony and Ashley!
I love the muted green cabinets that offset the beautiful white bed set. Great way to add a pop of color without it being overwhelming.
This before and after is one of my favorites. From the ’90s brown to the modern rustic is so desirable and inspirational.
@katykunst Before and After
It’s not common to see black cabinets, but Katy has perfectly designed this space as a cozy and modern bedroom.
Another one of my favorite RVer’s who love to design spaces to follow. Her style is gorgeous and her RV is even more!
@our.gateway.adventure Before and After
Sometimes just adding a bit of character to the slide and bedding changes the space significantly. This is a new RV, therefore making too many changes wasn’t necassary.
@fernwehafar Before and After
Love this before and after! It looks like a completely different RV Bedroom with how drastic and wonderful the changes are.
@whitehousemuddyfeet Before and After
I love the modern farmhouse feel renovation. There’s something just so simple and cozy about this style. A beautiful RV bedroom remodel
@simplecatlady Before and After
A gorgeous peachy remodel by Bethany! Her style is one that is admired by many RVers, so check out her full RV on her Instagram.
@adventurewithpeggysue Before and After
Another gorgeous renovation with white, navy, and gold accents. Taking the old making it new and lively again!
RV renovators and wanderlusters created a comfy bedroom space in their home on wheels. I love the wood accent wall behind the bed!
The warm and snuggly bed decor makes this RV bedroom worth two images to show angles. I love how they kept the gorgeous warm wood and added the white shiplap. Beautiful space!
@coziehome Before and After
White and bright is the name of this renovation. It’s a beautiful and cheerful transformation from old and dated.
@plumprettydecoranddesign Before and After
Seriously, RV remodels like this bedroom is so inspirational! The headboard alone makes this feel like your not even in an RV.
Warm, Grey, and oh so cozy! This remodel makes me want to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea! Renee did a great job!
I love this renovation! It’s beautiful, elegant, and simple in the best way! It’s bringing me inspiration for our own RV bedroom
Lesley-Anne Crumpton – Before and After
She has truly transformed this space for the better! It is bright, cozy, and a perfect place to relax after a day of adventure.
Christie Pratt Schmitt
I found this renovation on a Facebook group and immediately fell in love. It looks like a true modern-day hotel room with the wallpaper, the headboard, and cozy bedding.
I hope you enjoyed these beautiful RV Bedroom remodels.
I know I love looking at these because they bring me so much inspiration to make our RV bedroom cozy and inviting for a goodnight’s rest.
If you’d like to submit your RV project to be featured on our site, please check out our “work with us” page for more details.
by Nissa Haight | DIY, Makeover, Renovation, RV Tips |
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?
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!
- Measure the piece of wall
- Measure the paper
- Cut accordingly
- Peel off the backing
- 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
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.
by Nissa Haight | Adventures, Camping, DIY |
When your family needs a vacation, but you’re unable to leave your home then it’s the perfect time to do a little backyard camping.
Currently, we are living in a time where all Americans are ordered to “stay-at-home” due to a virus. This order has halted the travel industry and has prevented families from taking vacations and enjoying life as normal.
Now, more than ever boredom is beginning to set in with parents and children if it hasn’t already.
We may not be able to all go to the stores or movies, but we can still get outside.
Setting up the perfect campsite in your backyard is an easy way to get outside and still stay safe. Plus, if you forget something, you’re still at home!
So, here are some fun ways to set up and enjoy a backyard camping trip with the kids. Get started in making those fun memories, making the most out of this world pandemic situations, while not actually going anywhere.
1. Pitch that tent!
Whether you have an actual camping tent or work on making a homemade tent with some sheets and sticks set it up. This is a great opportunity to either teach your kids to set up a tent or use their imagination in finding things to make a tent. Either way, it gets the whole family involved.
2. Light it up!
If you have tiki torches or patio lights, bring them out and light them up. Even if you don’t have those, but you have some holiday lights, those are a great alternative to add some light around your backyard campsite.
3. Build a Fire Pit
If you already an outdoor fire pit, this is perfect to roast those hot dogs and marshmallows.
However, if you don’t have some flagstones to build one and can’t get some, that’s ok! You can still have the outdoor backyard camping experience without the fire. You can make S’mores and hot dogs inside and eat them outside.
4. Bring out the sleeping bags
Once you have your tent and lights set up, go ahead and make the inside for sleeping cozy and comfortable. You can choose to use sleeping bags if you have them, or (since you’re at home) grab some blankets you don’t mind being outside and bring them into your tent.
5. Air up the Air Mattress
If you plan on sleeping outside go ahead and get out the air mattress so everyone can sleep comfortably.
7. Pop some popcorn over the fire
Popping popcorn over a fire can be a great and fun experience. You do have to have a special kind of popcorn maker order to do it.
8. Grill some burgers and hot dogs
Make your backyard camping adventure also a dinner experience. Kids love to roast hot dogs on the fire, and the adults can grill up some burgers.
9. Have a cocktail (Alcohol for Adults only)
Chilling outside is great time to relax and have a mixed drink. Of course, this would be for the responsible adults. However, you can bring out some juice boxes or Hot Chocolate for the kids depending on the weather outside.
10. Have story time
Kids love story time, especially when camping and sitting around a fire or in a tent. Use this time to engage and tell stories of when you were a kid or grab a good book.
11. Set up an outdoor movie
Having movie time outside is a great thing to do with kids that will bring wonderful memories they will cherish forever. If you don’t have a projector, now is the time to invest in one. You will also need a screen or a large white sheet.
12. Sing along songs around the fire
If you’ve got some musical talent in your family, grab a guitar or even a karaoke machine and have some fun. Sing along songs around a fire is great way to bring everyone together.
13. Play a board or card game
Bring out the monopoly, candy land, or cards and play some gold-fish. You can set it up in the tent and all sit around and snuggled in your sleeping bags and play.
14. Have a scavenger hunt
This is one of my favorite activities that kids love to play to get them searching and learning to use new skills by thinking critically. A scavenger can be a simple, “Find something blue”, or “Find something round”.
15. Make a craft
Kids love getting crafty and exploring their creative side. Think of a fun camping craft idea like making camp bracelets or paintings. Whatever you think your kids will enjoy doing.
16. Make Shadow Puppets
This is a fun activity for kids to show off some story telling and hand skills. What kind of animals can they make with their hands? You can also start with a craft and cutting out paper animals, gluing them on sticks, and use them to tell a story once it gets dark.
17. Explore your surroundings
Before you set up camp in your backyard, locate a local hiking trail to extend your outdoor adventure. Hiking is a great way to bring some exercise and nature together for everyone. Also, let your kids dig up some worms or explore the bugs that are safe like rolly polly’s or fireflies.
18. Star Gaze
When the sun goes down, turn off the lights and just look up to the sky. Try and find the different constellations. If you have a Telescope, now is the perfect time to put it to use.
Additional Tips for Backyard Camping
Don’t forget the bug spray. Whether you make your own or purchase some from a store or online, keeping the bugs away even in the backyard is essential. If you’re looking for some good Deet Free Bug repellant check out our post on “The Best DEET-Free Bug Repellant”.
Also, before planning your back yard adventures, you want to consider the ages of your children. What activities and adventures will keep them having fun and enjoying the adventure?
I hope you use this time to create an adventure even if you are stuck at home. Memories can be made no matter where you are at.
Please share this with other families so they can create their own home camping adventures.