Sunday, May 27, 2012

RV Redo

Our 1st Rv trailer pre-reno!

AFTER Reno & now 4 SALE!
















 We have had several fun trips in this camper, but have decided to sell it.  Of course I have had a blast sprucing things up!

35 comments:

  1. You are amazing! I think you just may become famous for this reno!

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  2. LOOOOVE!!! We just repainted the outside and would LOVE to redo our inside!! Did you do everything yourself? And what did you use as far as paint for everything. The Counter tops and table tops??? Thanks so much!!
    ~Stacy

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    1. Thank you Stacy! I would love to see and know how you painted the outside of your travel trailer!!!
      I did do the work myself. I used Behr paint-same colors as my home on the walls, ceiling, and woodwork. On the counters I used the Rust-Oleum Specialty Countertop Coating. The Custom Tint Color I chose was black.
      We sold this camper last year and have since purchased another that I have renoed-they are super fun!!!! Good luck and feel free to ask any other questions you may have! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. We are about to redo our new trailer, too! What painting technique did you use? Brush or sprayer? I love the white and black together. Very classic!

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    1. Hi Erin, I used a roller on the walls and a brush for the cabinetry. Good luck on your reno and please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

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    2. Thanks Audra!! Did you paint over the wall paper or remove it first? Also, was the paint oil based? Thanks again!

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    3. You're welcome Erin! We painted over the wallpaper/contact paper stuff they have in RVs. There were a few places it was coming loose so we ripped that part off before painting. You really couldn't tell once it was painted because that 'wallpapper' is extremely thin. The place the paper was ripped was the big wall behind the dinette. We sprayed the spray can Kiltz on all of the wood work, but all of our paint was latex. *Be careful with the Kiltz spray paint it can splatter out so always have a test place. Hope this helps you!

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  4. We just bought our first travel trailer, 13 years old and used. It's in serviceable shape, but the inside needs a thorough cleaning and sprucing up. I don't have a lot of money to throw at it (probably no new flooring or anything), but a couple gallons of paint and maybe new hardware for the cabinets clearly go the distance! Do you remember how long it took you to complete this reno? And, as an above poster asked, did you remove the wallpaper first or seal and paint over it? Did you have to sand/prime or apply anything special to the cabinetry to get the paint to stick?

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    1. Hi JenPenM,
      Our trailer was from the 90s as well-such a FuN project. We also didn't want to spend a lot on renos, but it definitely needed assistance! :-)
      We bought the flooring at Home Depot-it was on clearance and the sales associate gave us more of a discount if we bought it over another flooring because they wanted it moved out since the newer line was out.
      Instead of new hardware for my cabinets I painted my existing hardware with black spray paint to cut cost, as hardware can add up.
      I really am unsure on the time frame because it was a few hours here and there, but I would guess eight hours. I am very meticulous with painting so it takes me longer than it probably should.
      We painted over the wallpaper/contact paper stuff they have in RVs. There were a few places it was coming loose so we ripped that part off before painting. You really couldn't tell once it was painted because that 'wallpapper' is extremely thin. The place the paper was ripped was the big wall behind the dinette. We sprayed the spray can Kiltz on all of the wood work, but all of our paint was latex. *Be careful with the Kiltz spray paint it can splatter out so always have a test place. Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

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  5. Ok, WOW! Just saw this @ Better After and had to tell you that you are my new reno HERO! This is amazing! I grew up camping in a pop-up camper and had family that had all types of RV's. This, by far, is the most beautiful "camper" I've ever seen. I'm floored! I want to reno one myself...I'll be getting in touch with you if I ever get a chance to do something like this. YOU ARE A ROCK-STAR!! WOW.

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  6. I also saw this at Better After and I'm in awe!

    This is so amazing. I dream of retiring in a warm climate, with few possessions and you have convinced me that I need to do this! I'm pinning it so I can keep coming back to drool :)

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  7. Omg. Ditto. I saw this on better after and am in awe as well. It turned out so beautifully I love it. May I ask what it sold for? Maybe I can save up for one. This one is sold I take it? I want it!!!

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  8. I am becoming a follower for sure!

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  9. My sister just sent me this from Better After. I love what you did and it has helped make my husband a believer. I am going to get going. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Lynn @ www.etsy.com/shop/2becherished

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  10. Also coming from Better After - did you post any photos of your second rv reno - I would love to see it.

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  11. I LOVE it.... Honestly, I have had a secret dream of fixing up an RV like this! It looks so fabulous:)

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  12. THANK YOU very much for ALL of your kind words! I had a lot of fun with this reno. The camper did sell so I began my 2nd RV reno. I hope to complete it this summer with all of the finishing touches.

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  13. It's already sold?! : ( It is GORGEOUS!!!

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  14. I love white interiors and this proves you absolutely cannot go wrong with white and judicious pops of color/pattern here and there. What an amazing transformation!

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    1. My thoughts too Connie! I LOVE white!!!

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  15. Wow, wow, and wow - we are fixing up our RV and what an inspiration!! Thank you.

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  16. We have a fifth-wheel camper about the same age and floor plan. We are in the process of doing the needed repairs and then will get to do the fun stuff of remodeling! I can't wait to see the pictures of the new one you are working on.

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  18. I was so excited to find your RV Reno (on BH&G). And even more excited to hear you are doing others! I just finished my Masters, am single, starting a business and strongly considering redoing and RV and living it. This is exactly the look I envisioned. Beautiful work!

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  19. I love the reno rv you have done! We just purchased a 1996 rv that is in great condition but needs lots of cosmetic help! I have a passion for refurbing "stuff" - and your white cottage look is exactly my taste. Congrats on such a beautiful job! can you tell me how you did the painters drop cloth slip cover? Are the curtains drop cloths as well? How did you hang the curtain rods? I haven't removed the ugly valances yet, but plan to. (We just bought it yesterday but have not picked it up yet.) Did you remove all cabinets before painting, or paint while still in trailer? How long did you let paint dry for? Any other tips? thanks again for sharing! I am a work parttime from home Mom of 3 young children and it has been our dream to give them lots of childhood memories at the beach camping, so we are excited for our new journey. Can you email me back? Love to hear from you.

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  20. I am not sure why that crazy name came up for my post. Danette Wilson - July 1, 2013.

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  21. Thank you Kortney and good luck on your RV reno!
    Danette, the drop cloths for the dinette are just big pillow cases for each of the four cushions.-No zippers our anything simply a strip of velcro to hold it in place. * I do recommended washing the drop cloth first or making the covers extra roomy as the drop cloths shrink with washing. The couch cover doesn't cover the entire couch it was basically just a front cover but did have a little lip sewn on top to wrap around top part of the couch to hold in place. (if this makes NO sense I will try to explain again-sorry). The curtains are the eclipse thermal curtains form Target-they help to block out the heat or cold. I cut them and hemmed them to fit my window needs. I bought caffe curtain rods from Target to hang the curtains.
    I don't know why campers have to have such a 'camper look to them'! :-) Once you remove the window valances it will begin to look so much better! NO I didn't remove the cabinetry-just painted it in place. I used latex paint for everything. The drying time is so quick that you can usually begin your 2nd coat after completing your 1st coat. I used a Satin on the walls and high gloss for the trim. I always use a higher sheen as it is easier to clean. I wish you luck with your new project and know that your family will have lots of memories made in your camper as well! I am currently finishing up on some final touches on mine-trying my hand at stenciling..... :-) If you come across any other questions please feel free to ask. Good luck!

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  22. Love what you did with this camper! We have renovated our older camper but kept the "cabin" look since my husband is a huge outdoorsman!

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  23. Hi - gorgeous camper! Have you sold it yet? We would love to find a camper like this for our family!

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  24. Lovely. I gave up doing renovations myself so I had to rely to ToyHauler Parts for our RV customization. Now, this makes me want to give renovating another try. Please post a step-by-step on how to renovate an RV living area. Thank you!

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  25. Coming over from Better After.

    Fabulous make over. We have a 1998 fifth wheel that I would love to do this to but my husband would have a COW. "Paint the cabinets?" Oh yeah, he'd have a cow. But it looks so GOOD and you're right, why do camper have to have that "Camper Look"?

    We also have a 1977 GMC motor home that we've named Margarita. She is getting a compete remodel...except the wood cabinets. I'm allowed to polish them only. But hey, at least my husband has survived the cow he had when I pulled out the "oh so vintage" shag. http://margarita1977palmbeachgmc.blogspot.com/

    I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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  26. I know you don't have this camper anymore (and I'm not sure how long you kept it after the remodel), but am wondering how well the painted cabinets held up? Did you find that the paint came off with wear? We love what you did and want to possibly do the same to ours, but am not interested in having an upkeep project.

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  27. Lovely! Thanks for the inspiration! Did you paint inside the cabinets?

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  28. LOVE this redo!! I am nearly finished remodeling a 1972 Frolic tow behind - much more vintage and girly girl look (check it out on my blog) I'd love to go more modern on the next one I do. Great Job :) So fun to find blogs like yours...

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