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REMODELING OUR USED MOTORHOME –
The Beginning

Post image for RV REMODELS on our Used 1996 Manor by Thor Motorhome

by Lesli on May 2, 2011

in Our RV Renovations

OK, let’s talk about RV remodels.

If you’ve got an RV, you’ve no doubt already thought about, dreamt about, or already done some remodeling or renovations on your own RV.  Or maybe you’ve been afraid to tackle the RV remodels you have in mind and you’re looking for some courage (or inspiration).  I understand.  Each project we started took courage — trust me — but I can’t tell you how happy we are that we had the balls courage to move forward with our RV remodels and create our home on wheels that genuinely feels like home (see pics below)!

So here’s our story — and then I hope you’ll share yours!

As you may (or may not) know by now, we purchased our first motorhome — our first RV actually — and it’s a 1996 Manor by Thor that was in desperate need of an RV makeover — RV remodel — RV modification — call it what you will — this puppy needed it!

Don’t get me wrong — we were thrilled to have finally found her — but to say the decor was very outdated and didn’t suit us would be putting it kindly.

Before we even moved in, we made the most important RV remodels and I’ll be blogging about each of those updates in separate blog posts.

HERE ARE THE RV REMODELS WE DID IMMEDIATELY

RV Remodels:  MOTORHOME WIDE

  • We removed all the blinds, window valances, and misc. other decor items from every room and sold them in our garage sale. Every dollar counts! Actually, we threw the curtains and blinds away.  The curtains were just plain done and the blinds were too dirty to fuss with. But we sold the clock, spice holder, “artwork” and a few other things in the garage sale.
  • We painted EVERY wall that had wallpaper on it.  Yes, you can paint directly over the wallpaper so long as you prime it first.  We’ll write more about that in another post.  It was a huge job, but made a HUGE difference! I’m so glad we did it!!!

RV REMODELS:  LIVING ROOM

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We removed the jack knife sofa, which was in great shape but terribly uncomfortable and certainly dated. It was bolted to the floor so it involved climbing behind the front wheel, into the tight underside of the RV to get the bolts out!  We then sold it on Craigslist for $165.00.  If you’re selling anything on Craigslist, be sure to take great photos and write accurate descriptions including dimensions.

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We replaced the jack knife sofa with two amazing butter yellow leather power-reclining chairs. Because of the tight space they needed to fit within, we decided on the wall-hugging (wall-saver), power option.  We sold two large leather chairs from our home on Craigslist for $1,500.00 and bought these two petite wall-saver recliners for $1500.00.  I love it when things work out that way!

We installed a new power outlet on the wall behind the new leather recliners.  It doesn’t do much good to have powered recliners if you don’t have a power source nearby ;)

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We removed the blue Lane rocker and sold it at our garage sale for $45.00.  It was obviously the most used seat in the house and we were happy to get anything for it — yet the buyer thought she got the deal of the day!  I guess it’s true — one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

We removed the side table that was attached to the wall and sat next to the blue chair.  I gave that to a friend who needed one for her own RV remodel.

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We installed our “entertainment /work station”. I painted a black credenza that used to be in my “Tuscan” office, the most gorgeous shade of Caribbean aqua/blue and it now houses all of our office equipment — printer, DVR, DVD player, etc.  We had one of the flat screen TV’s from our home bolted to the top of the credenza and the credenza is bolted to the wall.  I was concerned about whether or not it would travel well, but it’s doing beautifully.

This works perfectly for us because now instead of crooking our neck to look towards the drivers area to watch TV — as we would have had to do with the original layout — now the TV is directly across from our seating area. On the downside, we lost one seat. Oh well, for our lifestyle, it was a good tradeoff.
We removed the 1996 50 pound TV from that awkward location above the front windshield and turned that space into a storage area.  We sold the TV in our garage sale, natch ;)

RV REMODELS:  KITCHEN

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Here’s the original kitchen. Don’t you just love the 90′s floral wallpaper, and especially the original valances that are gathered in the center and topped off with a fabric “rosette”.  These look  like the prom queen of window coverings! This was a makeover that just had to happen, don’t ya think!  Oh, and notice the little wood spice rack on the wall — it would hold about 6 spices and that just won’t work for this girl! Wait til ya see what I did with that wall for my spices!

The first transformation I made was to paint the kitchen the same as the rest of the house. That was a good start because it got rid of the floral wallpaper, but it ended up looking bland for my tastes and just didn’t feel homey.  I knew I wanted to tile it, but I was skerred scared.

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You can see here, I also painted the wall that’s next to the refrigerator with magnetic paint so that I could hang all my MAGNETIC SPICE CANISTERS on it. This was a good use of my vertical space, which is important when organizing an RV.  This wall easily holds 57 magnetic spice canisters in an otherwise fairly useless space.

It turns out I didn’t end up loving the painted magnetic wall.  Each time I took the spices off to use them, the magnet on the spice canister left a black mark on the wall (uggh).  As if that weren’t enough — when I drive, the tins slide a bit here and there. Nothing major — nothing ever fell off — but just enough to make things look messy, which I hated.  So I changed it…

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OK, here’s the new and improved kitchen and I just love it. I tiled the backsplash with gorgeous glass mosaic tiles — they’re much prettier in person than they are in this picture because you can’t see the reflection in the picture, but it’s beautiful!

This was my very first tiling project and it was quite a job! It’s not that the area is so large, but I had to learn how to cut glass for all the edges and cut curves around the the window to boot!  Sheesh!  I learned a lot by doing this project and I’ll write an entire post about it very soon.

The other big remodel I did in the kitchen is to install a sheet of tin on the magnetic wall for my spices. Again, this was the first time I’d ever made a template, snipped tin, or installed something like this, but I’m so thrilled with the results.  And what’s super-exciting is how well the magnetic canisters stay exactly where they should stay — even when I’m driving!  With the addition of the blue tiles and the silver tin, the kitchen looks very up-to-date and stylish.  I just love it!!

RV REMODELS:  DINING AREA

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Would you believe I forgot to take a “before” picture of the dinette area? Oh well, you can see from this picture, the original fabric on the cushions and the table, of course, was flormica that matched that on the kitchen counters.

You’re seeing the prep for paint in this picture. You can also see the inspiration for my entire decorating project laying on the back counter.  It’s the “Hotel Paradise” sign that’s now hanging on the back wall in the dining area.  This picture used to hang outside my door when I lived on the beach in Florida.  I’m a water girl — I feel most relaxed — at peace — centered — when I’m in, on, or around water, so it was a natural choice for the decorating scheme of my home on wheels.

 

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And here’s the new and improved dining area. You can see I had the cushions professionally recovered — upholstery isn’t in my current bag of tricks — and I did an art project on the table to represent the lifestyle we’ve decided to live.

You’ll also see the “Hotel Paradise” sign on the back wall, right above my fruit basket.

The fruit basket is one of the many ways I’ve taken advantage of the vertical space in my RV.

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Here’s the artwork I did on the dinette table.

I believe in making a home that reflects who you are and when we were thinking of transitioning to a fulltime RVer lifestyle, we thought about what we really wanted from the change.

Besides the obvious — seeing this gorgeous country of ours — we also wanted to relax; to breath; to feel like everyday is a vacation — even though we’re still working; to feel like we’ve created our own paradise on wheels; a retreat; and ultimate freedom — so those are the words — the reminders, if you will — to keep first things first in our new lives.

The red coral and shells is influenced the the Pottery Barn duvet I bought for the bedroom.

RV REMODELS:  BATHROOM

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This has to be the single room I hated the most when we bought our RV!

As you can see, we’re back to the ugly floral wallpaper. Gotta go — gotta go!

Next, who on earth ever decided it was practical or sanitary to put carpet around the toilet?  That had to go! Yuck!

Now let’s talk about the square plastic toilet.  I know it’s common in an RV, but we’re new RVers and it just seemed like another big yuck to me!  It too had to go!

And finally, we come to the ugly beige plastic sink with a 1990′s faucet that had all kinds of permanently yucky (dirty) caulk all around it.  Gotta go!

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So here’s what we did — we got rid of the wallpaper by painting the walls.  That was already a help. Next, we removed the plastic toilet and yucky carpet.  In it’s place we installed a lovely white china toilet and I tiled the area with the same glass tile I used in the kitchen. You wouldn’t normally put glass tile on a floor, but obviously, this area doesn’t get walked on, so I went ahead and did it.  It’s so pretty in person :)

Then it was time to change out the sink.  The white china sink I bought was slightly larger than the plastic one that was there, so we had to enlarge the hole in order to install the sink.

Finally, we had installed a satin silver/brass Delta faucet.  The two-tone faucet helps to tie in the mixture of brass and silver that this RV has.  A few decorating touches, and we were finished.

Pretty, right :)

RV REMODELS:  BEDROOM

  • We found the bed to be uncomfortable, so we bought a Sleep Studio 3-Inch ViscO2 Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper and boy oh boy did that every make a difference.  I’ve had friends say they bought a foam memory mattress of one kind or another, but they always felt sweaty hot when they were trying to sleep.  Getting a VENTILATED memory foam mattress is the only way to go.  If you’re interested, you can get the one I chose and save 52% off the normal retail price! Don’t you just love to save money! I know I do :)
  • We bought all new organic Pottery Barn bedding and it makes for a luxurious bed.
  • I painted the brass bedside lamps/sconces with a weathered verdigris finish and covered the old shades with new fabric to match my new decor.
  • Installed new Roman shades.
  • We removed the little 12″ TV that was housed in the corner and sold it in our garage sale.  We replaced it with one of the smaller flat tops that had been in our home.  The TV we installed is wider than the space it needed to go into, so we used a TV Wall Mount that’s placed inside the TV cabinet, but allows the larger TV to sit flush with the outside of the cabinet. Awesome solution and love the bigger, yet lighter, TV in the bedroom.

Well, I think that’s about it for the changes we made prior to our move in.  When I look at the list, it seems quite long, but the most intensive, time consuming job was painting the walls.  Everything else seemed to roll along smoothly.  All in all, the updates have made for a very comfortable, remodeled home.

I’ll be blogging about each and every thing I mentioned above and will show you lots of pictures of the projects.  Our RV is a happy, happy place and it reflects who we are!

How About YOU?

What kinds of  RV remodels have you made to your RV or what are you wanting to do?  If you have photo’s, please share!  I love to see what others are doing. I’m always looking for inspiration.

If you’ve considered making some RV remodels of your own, but you’ve been reticent, go for it. Make it your home.  You’ll be glad you did!

Peace, Love, and Flip Flops!

Lesli :)

 

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nanasknoll June 17, 2011 at 2:27 am

What a great job. Looks so much better. What did you use to treat the walls to paint them.

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Lesli June 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Hi Nanasknoll, thanks for the compliment! We used Kilz Odorless Primer. We got it at Home Depot, so that’s the link I’ve included, but you can get it at any home improvement store. Are you painting the interior of your RV? I’d love to see pictures when you’re done! Thanks for stopping by Blue Jeans — you’re the very first person to comment on this new blog and I thank you!

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nanasknoll June 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm

No we are not painting the interior of our RV. We a thinking about going full time next year.
We want to purchase a used RV and I love the painting idea. So collecting ideas from different blogs.
We do have a tiny camp RV that has already been painted. Will have to repaint it to sell or keep.

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Lesli June 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Excellent Nana — I’ll be posting many more pictures and details as I get time. I hope you’ll stop by again and best of luck in finding your perfect-for-you fulltime RV next year :)

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Laura August 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Hi!! I love your pictures!! I’m thinking of tiling our little kitchen backsplash area too, after reading your post, what seemed like an impossible task doesn’t seem so scary!! Just a quick question about your paint. Did you remove the wallpaper before you painted? If so, how? We just bought a 1978 Chevy Jamboree….and boy does it look like 1978. Our wallpaper is rough. Just curious if I should remove the wallpaper first or just paint over it. Thanks!!

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Lesli December 12, 2011 at 12:26 am

Hi Laura, I didn’t remove the wallpaper. Mine wasn’t rough, except a bit around the windows. In those area’s I gently sanded the rough areas before priming. I primed all the walls, then painted. So far it’s working well and definitely changed the appearance of the home. I guess that’s the key. Now it feels like a home and not so much like a “trailer”. Good luck to you on your project. Each step I took was a bit scary because I’d never done anything like any of these projects before and I was scared to death of making a mistake I couldn’t easily get out of. Turns out, all my projects turned out just fine. I learned a few things along the way and would probably do a few things a bit differently, but all in all, I’m very happy with everything.

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Linda November 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I was browsing and found your blog. Amazing transformation! I was talking to my husband about either remodeling our present RV or buying a slightly smaller new one to our needs/taste, but I can see how even new I would I love to have some of your ideas incorporated. I don’t know why more manufacturers don’t look at what people do to enhance the RV lifestyle whenthey are designing interiors (probably because most of them are men LOL!). I’ve done a lot of remodeling in my homes so I’m not knew to any application processes but I remeber my 1st times vividly;\. Good job!

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Lesli December 12, 2011 at 12:17 am

Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement. I’m glad you enjoyed the changes :)

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Rhonda December 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hi Lesli, thank you so much for sharing your RV Home Remodel Project. My husband and I were considering trading in our 2000 Allegro Bay for the 2012 Vacationer or the 2012 Bounder, both with fireplace and outside in slide TV. We feel we really can’t justify purchasing a new RV at this time. Although Terrell is retired, I am still working. This makes us ‘Weekend Warriors’. We do camp a lot with family and our RV club friends, but we basically travel only 3 to 4 hours away from home. Considering that, we decided to remodel our ‘home’, as you call it. :-) . While searching the web for ideas, I found your blog. I love what you have done. What a difference! I am a little nervous, but after seeing what you have done, I feel we can do it and am anxious to get started. It’s going to be a couple of weeks before we can get started. We have to find someplace to put the furniture when we gut the RV. I will post before pictures in a couple of days. Thanks again, Lesli, for sharing your remodel with us.
Rhonda

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Lesli March 1, 2012 at 6:42 am

Hi Rhonda … how’s your project coming along? Have you started the remodel project yet? Pictures? I’m a curious girl, LOL, and I’d love to see what you’re up to!

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Bree December 29, 2011 at 5:22 am

LOVE what you have done to your RV!!! We just bought at 1998 Georgie Boy Cruise Master. Had it been left up to me, I would have left it sitting where we found it at! But all the husband could think of was we were already out a 2000.00 dep. plus 600.00 to fly down & pick it up! He trusted someone’s 100% feedback off of ebay! :( BOY, does she NEED LOTS OF WORK!!!!! I love you ideas. Even have decussed with the husband of using tiny tiles on the bathroom step (around the toilet) and around the stove! We have to put new floors, stain cabinets, replace sinks, faucets, and either paint or re wallpaper, buy new couch & dinnette, and replace window coverings, blinds/curtains. Hated the thought of having to cut around everything! love your idea of painting. The wallpaper & and the drivers seat & passenger seat were the only good things I have seen out our RV! I can’t WAIT to get her done, and then maybe I will love her!!! Thanks for sharing yours with us! :)

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Lesli March 1, 2012 at 6:35 am

Hi Bree! I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to see your comment! I know how you feel when you found your RV. I looked at so many on eBay and was tempted by a few, but I was a bit afraid of getting less than I had bargained for. The good news is just about everything can be fixed, if it’s all cosmetic. It takes time and working in these small spaces can be challenging, but it will all be worth it.

I’m not nearly done with mine either. I had a bad flood, via the toilet. I took my sister to the emergency room three days before Christmas and sat there with her for 10 hours before they checked her into a room. When I came home on that cold, dark, night, I found that I hadn’t completely turned the water off when I emptied the tank earlier that morning. The water filled my black tank (which was empty, thank heavens) and ran into the house for about 10 hours. All the flooring had to be changed and the tiling around the toilet was destroyed. Because this was my second flood (the first one was the fresh water tank flood), and there’s nothing worse than scummy carpet after a flood, especially the black water flood, I decided to put linoleum throughout the whole home. It’s really nice stuff and looks as much like tile as any I’ve seen, but it’s not real tile.

Anyhooo, lots yet to be done. I’d love to see pictures of the changes you make, either as you go along, or at the end of your projects. I’m sure you will L.O.V.E. your RV once she’s all decked out exactly as you like!

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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schella January 2, 2012 at 3:46 am

I love what you did with the table top. I was given a pop up camper, long way from a RV. But I think when Im finished with it, I will love it. Happy camping

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Lesli March 1, 2012 at 6:26 am

Thanks Schella! I’m sure it will be wonderful. I’d love to see the changes you make if you’re posting them online anywhere. Thanks for stopping in.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Teresa January 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Thanks for posting these great ideas! I have been considering painting and tiling in our RV, but wasn’t sure if I could just paint/prime over that wallpaper. Our backsplash in the kitchen seems kind of flimsy. It presses in and seems like its just a thin piece (1/4″) of plywood. Was yours like that? Do you know what kind of material they used to reupolster your cushions? And did they just make new slipcovers or replace what was already there? Thanks again for posting!

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Lesli March 1, 2012 at 6:25 am

Hi Teresa, I’m so sorry it’s taken me this long to get back to you. Life! Sometimes it runs in a different direction than we originally thought it would. Anyhoooo, to answer your questions … you can definitely prime and paint directly over your wallpaper if it’s in good condition. Mine was in generally good condition and I did a little sanding and fixing up where I thought it needed it, prior to painting. Yes, I think the walls in these things are what they call Luann and it’s quite thin. I don’t remember the walls on my backsplash feeling anything but firm. If yours seem to be flexible, you may want to examine that and make sure there isn’t any damage you’ll want to address first. So far as the cushions, I bought an upholstery fabric at JoAnns fabric on closeout for $6.99 a yard (score!) and I had a professional make new covers, not slipcovers. Having said that, I do love slipcovers, but my cushions were previously covered in a fabric and quilting style that I didn’t think would look good covered. I only paid $125 to have the four cushions covered.

Good luck with all your projects. I’d sure love to see photo’s as you work your way through your projects, or at the end. Thanks so much for stopping by Blue Jeans and again, I’m so sorry it took me so long to reply! I hope we meet online again much sooner this time!

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Janee January 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Lesli – nice! I am remodeling our little, very little vintage Uhaul camper. Can’t do much as walls are fiberglass, but adding some Ikea knobs to cover holes, new carpet, etc. Fun. Thanks for sharing. Jane

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Lesli March 1, 2012 at 6:18 am

Janee, I”m sure it’s going to be as cute as a bug in a rug! I’m finding Living Smaller to Live Larger is an ideal lifestyle for me, and I’m amazed at how little space I can be happy in. FREEDOM! I’d love to see pictures of your remodel as you go along, or when you’re done. And thanks for stopping by Blue Jeans. I hope to see you again soon!

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Linda January 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

Your remodeling was awesome! I am getting ready to tile a backsplash in my RV kitchen and your detailed instructions were great. I have done tiling before but never in a kitchen or bath that is in a moving vechicle. Like you, I have been a little afraid to try it. You have given me the courage to give it a go! Question…when you painted your bedroom fixtures, did you treat the brass finish with anything or did you just paint over it? My fixtures are a shiny brass and they are definitely going to change! I changed out the cabinet brass handles with a craftsman style handle with an antique brass finish. I found some spray paint that is very close in color that I want to use on the fixtures.

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Lesli March 1, 2012 at 6:17 am

Hi Linda, Definitely don’t be afraid to paint your brass light fixtures — it’s easy to do. I simply spray painted a primer onto them (taping over the part where the light bulb screws in so you don’t get paint in there) … then I sprayed on the turquoise paint and I toned it down with a wash of brown. The combo of the two colors made it look like weathered, beachy, old metal — which is just the look I wanted. Easy peasy! The hardest part for me is deciding what I want the shades to look like. I still haven’t done anything with them! Thanks for stopping by Blue Jeans. I hope to see you again soon :)

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Alison February 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Love your pictures and instructions. I just ordered some of the mosaic tiles from Home Depot to start my own renovation project on our 1999 Winnebago Istasca. I would love to know how you did the dining room table. Did you just put that on top of the existing table? It really is fabulous and I want to do something like that. Also need to do some painting so I will be using your instructions on that. Our RV needs a lot of updating so any advice is SO welcome. It looks like you did an awesome job!

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Lesli March 1, 2012 at 6:07 am

Hi Alison! It’s so exciting that you’re going to take on some renovations in your Itasca. I’d love to see pictures as you go along, or when you’re done. So far as the table, I wrote a bit more about the process at Beautifully Coastal . Check that post out and if you still have any questions, you can ask them there, or here, and I’ll do my best to answer them. Thanks for stopping by Blue Jeans and I’ll look forward to seeing you over at Beautifully Coastal too!

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Anja February 25, 2012 at 3:21 am

Hi, we are renovating our Trailer, too. So I am looking for ideas :o ) I really like what you did to your table. How did you do it ?

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Lesli March 1, 2012 at 5:52 am

Hi Anja, I wrote a bit about the table remodel here … http://beautifullycoastal.com/diy-projects-crafts/hotel-paradise-our-beach-style-motorhome-remodel/. Take a look at that and if you still have questions, ask them here or there and I’ll try to answer them. I think you’ll get the general idea when you read that blog post. Thanks for stopping by Blue Jeans :

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Teri Magaruh February 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Hi. Enjoyed your blog. Did you ever get a chance to post the picture for the bedroom? We recently traded in our first fifth wheel for another one. However, I want the bed raised and the headboard has to go! My husband said it looked like someone had extra material from the original bedspread and tacked it to the wall.
We just got the newest fifth wheel in December 2011 and so it is in winter storage. I can’t wait to get in there and put stuff away and make it ours! But we can’t until it gets warmer. I have everything in bins (which we just slid from the old rv to the new) so mice don’t get into anything during the cold and snowy winter months.

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Lesli March 1, 2012 at 5:55 am

Hi Teri, thanks so much for stopping by Blue Jeans! I haven’t actually posted the pictures of the bedroom because I’m still changing it. I’ve just added a beadboard headboard and rebuilt the bed and covered it with beadboard. Stay tuned and I’ll be posting about it when it’s actually done. And I know how you feel about the “tacky” interiors alot of our rigs come with. I don’t know if your is newer or older like mine, but especially the older ones seem to be in desperate need of a re-do.

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Bree March 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Hi Lesli! Well, we have all the carpet tore out. We did have to replace a small section of sub flooring on the drivers side. But the rest of the floor was in excellent shape!! Surprise, surprise! (I didn’t get to get pictures of that) When you painted your walls, what kind of paint did you use, and what steps did you have to take? For this is where I am at now. We’re going this weekend to get the new flooring!!! Yay! I am starting to get a little excited now that, that old dirty, dingy, nasty blue capret is all out!! I wanted to strip & paint the cabinets, but the husband was against that! haha But hey I get to paint the walls so I am not complaining. I even want to do some tile, if time provides. Our first camping trip is in May.

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Lesli March 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Yeah Bree! I can’t tell you how happy I was to see our U.G.L.Y. green carpet come out, so I can totally imagine how you felt when your carpet came out. So far as the paint, I don’t remember which brand I used because it was the leftover paint from when I built my home. I do remember that the primer was by Kilz and I believe it was the water soluble type. I’ll look forward to your pics when you’re ready. Where are you camping in May?

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Bree March 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Hi Lesli, we are going to a State Park in Southern Indiana called O’Bannon Woods. We are going there with a bunch of family & friends, I think we have 8-12 campsites reserved, we also do this at Lake Hardy (in Indiana) at halloween time too! Sometimes these camping trips are the only way the little kids get to see their cousins & be together! :)

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Lesli March 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Oh… I remember wonderful days camping with my cousins! You’re creating special memories. Have a ball!

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Simone March 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Just bought our own motorhome, doesnt need much but I am trying to replace the bathroom sink and faucets, also the vanity lighting fixture that is awful. I am having a hard time finding these items for some reason. Any suggestions?

Thanks

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Bree March 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

After our bed luck buying the motorhome off of ebay. We did find light fiixtures, faucets, sinks, toilets off of ebay at great Prices!!! Took some looking, and you have to word your words differently sometimes to find more then 1 or 2 options!Some of the stores/people we used were “Just Mike’s, RV and Truck Paradise < I believe this guy had the SLOWEST shipping, but we weren't in a rush for our lighted handle then) a turtle could have gotten it here faster!! & The Adela Rose. Hope this helps you some. I also believe that these store are all one word too. Good luck & best of wishes!! ~~Bree~~ 8~)

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Lesli March 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Hi Simone, The first thing I did was replace the bathroom sink, faucet, and toilet. I got the faucet off of eBay as Bree suggested, I purchased the toilet from a local RV place, and I got the sink at Home Depot. It is a regular china bathroom vanity sink and the hole in the counter did have to be cut a tiny bit bigger to accommodate it, but it’s working out beautifully.

Because the shower surround, lighting, etc., is all 90′s brass, which I’m not really fond of, my faucet is brushed silver with brass on the ends of the nobs. It ties it all together, but it’s not brass. It ended up looking really well.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Natalie March 14, 2012 at 3:50 am

Hi Lesli,
I just found your blog tonight & I am loving all of the renovations you are up to over there! We just bought a travel trailer and I’ve been busy painting and decorating since we plan on fulltiming within the next few months with our two littles. Check out my blog if you want- I’m doing some videos of the before and afters.
Painting so far has been super easy! Especially since Home Depot sells the paint samples. I was able to paint our bathroom for $6!
I really like your tile in the kitchen, and am so sad for you and that flood!
Thank you for your positive words!! xoxo -Natalie

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Lesli March 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Hi Natalie, I popped over to your blog and it looks like you’re going through very much the same thing I did. It’s challenging, but there’s lots of goodness on this side of the transition. Hang in there, Baby.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Cathy Leishman April 1, 2012 at 1:33 am

Lesli,
Thanks you so much for taking the time in creating this blog. We are very new to rving. Really just 1 trip and that one was last fall when we brought my in-laws 1986 Winnie from Utah to our home in Oregon! We are in the process of redoing most everything. I’m making curtains w/ blackout fabric, shower curtain, bedspread etc. we primed and painted all the walls, ripped up the carpeting (best part) etc. We want to put down wood laminate on the floors. Do you know anything about wood laminate in rvs? My hubby is still weighing pros and cons for floor coverings so any info you could give us would be much appreciated.

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Lesli April 1, 2012 at 3:58 am

Hi Cathy, Congrats on your “new to you” Winnie! How exciting! It sounds like you’re doing lots of reno’s yourself and I’d love to see your before/after pics if you have some.

So far as your question about the wood laminate flooring, that’s what WAS in my RV when I purchased it. That and some ultra UGLY 1996 green carpet. After my SECOND flood… yes, I’ve made mistakes as a newbie RVer… I replace ALL my flooring. The laminate started buckling after the first flood and it was a horrendous wreck after the second flood. For that reason, I wouldn’t install it again. It looked nice, but mistakes happen. I’ve heard of many people having floods in their RV’s.

I installed a wonderful premium quality solid laminate that looks like tile… at least as much as laminate can look like tile. About as much as wood laminate looks like wood. We’re thrilled with it and if we have another flood, it hopefully won’t curl. That’s just my two-cents worth.

Let me know what you decide to do.

Smiles,
Lesli

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Kathleen April 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Love your remodel, have been working on my 1988 Terry Resort for the last year and just about done. I start workamping June 1st and needed to make the trailer more suitable for living instead of vacationing. I replaced the jacknife sofa (I agree, very uncomfortable) with a permanent mattress just large enough for me and my dogs. Took out the four person dinette and put in a desk/work area for my crafts and sewing. I used glass tiles on the area where the microwave sits and plan to use Modge Podge to finish the rest with momentos from my travels. Would love to send pics but don’t see an option to do that. Thanks for posting such great ideas, Kathleen

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Lesli April 7, 2012 at 2:28 am

Hi Kathleen, it sounds exciting and I’d love to see your pictures. I sent you my personal email address and I’ll be hoping you’ll send me your pics.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Bryn @ Away at Home Mom October 7, 2012 at 3:05 am

I’d love to see the pics of the dinette being turned into a work area as we have been talking about that too. Do share!

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Lesli November 9, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I’ve certainly considered that idea, Bryn, but we won’t be making those kind of changes any time soon — if ever.

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Bree April 7, 2012 at 2:47 am

Hi Lesli~
Just a little update on ours. We are getting ready to lay the new laminate flooring down next weekend!! YAY!! I finally got it primered today & hopefully get it painted all the way tomorrow. However…I didn’t use an oderless primer! Haha That stuff is STRONG!!! I did use Kiltz (an oil base) I have gave our motor home the name of Ms. J. (J is as for Ms. Jinx)….yes, she has came with some more drama. LONG STORY…Lol. But we are getting our 2 new couches in on the 16 of April. Another yay!! And after searching & searching for fabric for the window treatments, I went back to the first place I went to! haha I even drove 150 miles & looked up around Louisville Ky while I was there with the baby on her spring break……with no luck! I still want to put a tile backsplash down behind the sink & stove and in the bathroom over the step (that is behind the toilet) and the sink. The Husband is saying “NO WAY” shhhh it maybe one of those things that he wakes up to find me doing! (For him to fix or redo later) ;) ~ I have pictures of our adventure on 4 different cameras. Hopefully I will get them downloaded & figure out how to start my own blog of our journey with Ms. J!!! Hope you’re enjoying this beautiful weather! Happy journeys to you & yours this camping season!! :)

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Lesli April 12, 2012 at 5:32 am

Hi Bree! So nice to read your update :)

Yeah to to the laminate! I remember when I primed ours… whew… smelly! So far as the tiling, I say “go for it”… especially to the backsplash and the sink area in the bathroom. I’m not sure if you’re talking about tiling the step underneath the toilet, like I did, and if you are, I’d tend to side with your husband on that. As you know, I tiled that area, and when my toilet flooded, the tiling was completely ruined. Laminate would have stood up to the situation much better. When I laminated the entire coach (other than the drivers area), I choose to laminate the area under the toilet.

If you need any ideas on beginning your blog, let me know. I’ve learned quite a bit about the process of blogging. I’d definitely recommend you self-host your blog on Wordpress as your first (and last platform). Lots of people start with a free blog on Blogger or even the freebie on Wordpress, but ultimately, they end up changing over to self-hosting on Wordpress and I understand it’s quite a process. I started on Wordpress and I’m so glad I did. If I can help you with other tips (like why I choose the Theme I did), I’d be happy to help. Either way, I’ll look forward to reading your blog and seeing your remodels/redecorating when you get your blog up and running.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Terry Bognanno May 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Hi, any ideas as to where one might be able to buy replacement roll shades for a Holiday Rambler. I have redone the interior of my home and the finishing touch is the shades. I’ve looked around but odd sizes are hard to find and since I’ve blown my budget, cost is important to me so custom are out of the question. Would appreciate any advice.
Thanks.
Terry

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Lesli May 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hi Terry, I haven’t installed any roller shades, so I really don’t have any suggestions. I agree that odd sizes are expensive and I didn’t even have any luck on eBay. Perhaps one of our other friends (readers) will leave you some ideas so check back from time to time, Okay?

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Lisa August 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

For roller shades, try jcpenney.com. They only offer one roller shade now, but it is a heat and uv blocking shade that has good reviews. Keep in mind that while you can see out and no one can see in during the DAY, at night people can see in if the lights are on inside. These are available cut to width and length. Good luck. You might be able to purchase made-to-measure blinds in the window coverings dept of one of the larger stores. None of them are inexpensive, but should last well and mtm have warranties.

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Bree May 15, 2012 at 3:31 am

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Eclipse-Samara-Blackout-Energy-Efficient-Curtain/15734048
May want to take a look at these! We used them & they worked great! We did have them tailored @ our local fabric shop. All & all we had 15 curtains done (including front windsheild) and bought for about 170 vs. 300.00 for just the front windsheild @ camping world e-bay was just as high! Hopes this helps you!! :)

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Lesli May 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Awesome idea, Bree!!!! Thanks for sharing. I’m just wondering, what did you pay for the altering? Did you have several curtains sewn together for the front windshield? Did you have the windshield tape sewn to it?

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Bree May 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Hi Lesli! She charged us $2.00/curtain. I took little velcore circles & glued them on the ends of the windshield curtains to make them stay together. The curtains from walmart (15) was about 157.00 then to get them altered was about 20.00 then the extra for velcor & glue. We didn’t have the windshield tape sewn in…actually what is that? Is it something we need to have done? On the other hand, Ms. J won’t be ready for our first trip Memorial Day weekend. I am kinda excited though to be getting a break from working on her every weekend!! I told the husband we need to take our Raptor anyway & put a for sale sign on it & maybe sell it when we’re camping somewhere this summer!
Happy trails,
Bree

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Alice May 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Here we go ! Finally getting out of the house we bought 12 yrs ago. Bought a sweet 30′ that needs SERIOUS lipstick and rouge. I will be doing a before and after as I go, have been dreaming of this day for 5 years. A leak up front has done its damage on the ceiling inside, so will be tearing out from driving area ( Class A )to kitchen. As I’m in the tearing out mood, upper kitchen cabinets are out-a-here as well. New insulation, check the 2x’s then replace ceiling panels. Paintable wall paper is my thing, an open pallet is a good start. Living in the pacific northwest will add a challenge to staying warm in the winter, but I have an idea or two on that as well. This will be my 6th MH remodel, and I’m thinking my last. Happy trails, and will continue to look for inspiration and ideas here at your homey site. Blessings, Alice

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Lesli September 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Hi Alice, Sounds like you’ve been in the trenches so far with your motorhome remodel (water damage — been there — done that)! Hopefully by now you’ve moved on to the fun stuff … decorating! I’m curious about your ideas for keeping warm in the Pacific NW in the wintertime. I’ll be up here until January, I believe, and I’m expecting to freeze my arse off! I was further south last winter and it was still cold. Our heater works well, but we have so little insulation that it would heat up quick (small space), then cool off just as quickly. We got by with the aid of a space heater and lap blankets too. What will you be doing?

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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JoAnn Carson July 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Hi, we have just purchased our first motorhome, 2 weeks ago, it is a 1985, it was already painted but we changed the color of the bedroom from a pink/corally color to chocolate brown. now we are going to paint the yellow to hi gloss white…and leaving the minty green!!! We are also going to be painting the ceiling as it has yellowed…bad. I want to find some tiles like you did to replace the UGLY yellow carpet in the bathroom around the toilet!!! And to do the kitchen backsplash. My question is where did you find the metal sheet to make your spice rack, like you i do tons of spices!!! Thank you in advance for your response

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Lesli September 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Hi JoAnn, first of all, I’d love to see pics of your RV. Do you have a blog, Picasa, Facebook, Photobucket, or anyplace you like to share? OK, enough about my wants, LOL, so far as the metal on the wall, I got it at Home Depot. I got a whole 3′x4′ sheet for about $20 if I remember correctly. I made a pattern of the wall and cut it myself with tin snips. The snipped edge is sharp, but it all fits directly up against the wall or cabinets, so that hasn’t been a problem at all. Good luck to you. Let me know if you try this idea or if you come up with something different.

Oh, I must mention that the bottom row of spices is too close to my heat and the lids melt just enough to be warped and not keep my spices as fresh as I’d like. Ugg! Otherwise, it’s working very well for me and they don’t shift at all when we travel. I was concerned about that. I thought I might see flying spices everytime I hit a bump, LOL.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Bree August 1, 2012 at 12:59 am

Hi Lesli! How’s the Oregon coast treating you all this summer? I was just wanting to tell you that I did get my before and after pictures posted on Facebook. I haven’t had time to start my blog yet. We did finally get to take Ms. J on our first camping trip for our daughter’s birthday/camping party in July!! She looked as good as some of the FANCY ones on the inside! But we still have A LOT of work on the outside to be done!!! We’re going to remove all the old, cracked stripes, buff it down, but a new clear coat & restripe kit on it. But first we have to wait for cooler temps!!! Even though we are in Kentucky, I think the Arizona heat has found us!! Hope you & yours are doing well!

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Lesli September 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Hi Bree, the Oregon coast was SPECTACULAR!! We’re not known for the best of weather and the ocean is always icy cold, but we had beautiful day after beautiful day! It just couldn’t have been better. Always breezy in the afternoon, but that’s just part of the deal. I’m so happy to hear that Ms. J was a hit … at least on the inside. I’m anxious to see pics! Wanna email me your Facebook ID (or post here if you want other visitors too). I’m looking forward to it!

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Bree September 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Hello Lesli! My pictures are on facebook. My name is Bree Budd-Powell.

They’re opened to the public. We are planning our out west venture for next summer. We’re going to go to Carlsbad caverens, in New Mexico for 2 days, then the Grand canyon for 5 days, then up to Bryce Canyon for 3 days & head back home. We’re not taking Ms. J though. We sold the Raptor and bought a 16′ pull behind camper. Just enough room for us 3 & the dog (if she sits sideways!!) haha We may take the motorhome somewhere big in a few years after we get all the little things done! :)

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Vicki August 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Hi, I need alittle advice on an older camper (73 Liberty) that was given to me. I do not like the vinyl ceiling boards and wondered if I can just pull them out and paint or something else? I have started painting the ugly panel…lol and doors and such. Any advice will help. Thanks so much.

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Lesli September 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Hi Vicki, I have the original fabric that came on my ceiling. I’d love to change it, but it seems like a big project. Let me know if you do something with yours. BTW, if you see any signs of leakage, be sure to fix it before you bother updating your ceiling. Best of luck to you and please let us know what you end up doing.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Jessica Press August 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Lesli,

Please put pics of your bedroom up!! We’re getting ready to make the rv switch too!

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Diane Thoms August 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Hello, I am encouraged to transform our travel trailer after looking at your pictures. I do have some questions for you…is your camper permanently parked, wondering if the tiles would come loose when traveling; did you have to prep the wallpaper before painting it?
Thanks for sharing your camper remodel.
Diane

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Lesli September 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Hi Diane, we’re not permanently parked and we haven’t had any problems as yet in our travels. I cleaned the wall really well with a strong cleaner I purchased at Walmart. Sorry I can’t remember what it was called, but I think it was something like T.S.P. What I’ve learned since I did the tiling is htat I could have easily removed the window and put the edge tiles behind it. I don’t think they would have been to thick because they’re not any thicker than the beadboard I put behind my bed and it sits beneath the window frame.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Lisa August 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

Anyone interested in camping may enjoy Mary Jane Butters’ book called–Glamping with MaryJane: Glamour + Camping available from Amazon. I have not yet had a look at it, but she is amazing (maryjanesfarm.com) and I anxiously await her magazine (everything farmgirl, city or urban or country!), devouring it when it comes. The Glamping book has all sorts of camping info in it and some of the vintage trailer makeovers I have seen in the magazine are just fun, fun, fun. For women AND men. Enjoy. Also check out Pinterest for trailer/motor home makeover ideas.

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Gypsy August 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

Someone asked you about ways to remove wallpaper. The “paper tiger” works great although they now have a generic at WalMart that does the same thing & is slightly cheaper. All you have to do is LIGHTLY run it over the wall paper that is to be removed (to much pressure & you have tiny holes to plaster over), spray it with warm warm with a small amount of wall paper removing liquid , wait a few minutes & try to pull it off. If it is hard to pull re-spray & wait a little longer. You should be able to remove LARGE pieces at once. Having a scaper for the resistant areas is a good idea too. I have used this for large removals & small & swear by it! For less than $10 you save a lot of time & effort! Just as an FYI some wall papers will start to bubble or peel once anything liquid is applied over them (water, primer, paint etc). I’m glad you didn’t have that problem. I have helped with a lot of stick home re-modeling (grew up moving into fixer uppers, re-modeling, selling then on to the next piece of junk, lol). Iam loooking forward to my first RV remodel hopefully in the very near future. Thanks for the great ideas & telling of your experiences.

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Lesli September 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Hi, this is great advice, BUT, lots of the wallpaper you find in motorhomes is actually permanently adhered to the thin wallboard that is our walls. Sorry, I can’t remember what the wall is called, but if you try and remove the wallpaper, it may damage the actual “walls”. I think that’s why so many of us just paint over it, or paper over it. I hope that helps.

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Gypsy April 4, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Hello again Lesli,
You are so right I forgot about it being laminated to the wood until you mentioned it. Knowing me I would yank it out & put in new wood…..hey I didn’t say I was the sharpest pencil in the box, lol. But if commen sense won out that day primer would definitely be the best way to go! I still haven’t bought an RV but it is HIGH on my list for what I want & I will be a full timer when it happens.

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Carla August 30, 2012 at 4:00 am

Howdee!! Just found your site and am loving it, AND the comments. So much info. We have a plain jane (gulf stream) fema camper we use and may be using it alot at the end of the year. LOVE knowing I can paint the walls. Got me thinking on the kitchen walls too. Are your back splashes easy to clean???

{Bree, what is your facebook address? Would love seeing your work:}

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Bree August 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Sorry guys forgot that part! lol
My face book page is under Bree Budd Powell, and those pictures are public so anyone can see them. We still have to get the outside done, but LOVE the inside!! :) Hope you all enjoy!

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Carla September 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm

LOVE your pictures Bree!!

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Bree September 3, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Thank You Carla, we worked on her every weekend from January thru July including our 2 week vacation in June (every day of it)!! But I am happy with her! :)

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Lesli September 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Hi Carla, thanks for the nice compliments. I’ve been away from my blog for a while, spending the summer at the beach, but I’ll try to catch back up. Bad Lesli … Bad Lesli!!

Anyway, yes, the tiles on the back are easy to clean. They actually don’t get that dirty to begin with, but I haven’t had any problem with them.

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Davidfe September 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

Ladies,
Love the remodel. Am planning something similar and an inspired
by all you accomplished.

I hate furniture shopping. Would you please advise
what brand the recliners are?

They look perfect.

Kindest regards,
David

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Lesli September 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Hi David, the recliners are BEST brand. I found them at my local upscale furniture shop. I hope that helps.

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valerie September 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I am fulltiming it in my 1986 Minnie Winnie. I just completed redoing the bedroom. I tore off what I could off the old wallpaper and bought two rolls of contact paper – white with little grey and black speckles – and a good Exacto knife. I put up the paper, cut around the windows and edges and it looks amazing now! I hung a black valance on the back window and I bought new mini blinds for the side windows. This morning I got up to make myself a cup of coffee. Three cups later and the wallpaper is now gone from my kitchen! Back to WalMart for some more contact paper. . .

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Lesli September 23, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Awesome Valerie. Any pictures? And how is the contact paper holding up?

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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valerie November 26, 2012 at 1:00 am

So far, so good. There are a couple of spots that I have to smooth over every once in a while but everywhere else is holding well. And the spots that need smoothing are in places where they are not obvious anyway. I like the contact paper better than paint because I can take it down and put up something else when I get tired of this pattern – and this is so easy to do.

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Carla September 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Where did you get the metal for the wall near the stove??

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valerie September 4, 2012 at 12:25 am

Carla: Home Depot or Lowes would have the metal for the wall near the stove.

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Davidfe September 4, 2012 at 12:38 am

Carla: It is possible that a heating & A/C shop or a sheet metal fabricator might have so off size cut offs. They would also be able to shear to the size you want / need. Steel and some stainless steels will allow the magnets to stick. Mirror stainless is really nice too. Not sure if the magnets would stick.
Be careful because the edges can be extremely sharp. A shop would debur then when you get it cut. I’d suggest 20 gauge or lighter – higher number.
Search for SHEET STEEL or MIRROR STAINLESS. Hope this helps a little.

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Lesli September 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Yes, my first choice was to call my local fabricator and have them do it for me. It seemed like a small job, I offered to bring the template, and they still wanted to charge me $200! Your local shops may be different, but if they’re not, I simply went to Home Depot, bought a piece of steel and a pair of wire cutters. I taped the paper template I’d made to it and went to work with the wire cutters. The only sharp edge is butted up against the wall or cabinet, so there’s no worry about anyone cutting themselves on the outer edge. This is what worked for me :)

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valerie September 4, 2012 at 12:30 am

Went to WalMart and bought a roll of contact paper for the kitchen – tan with a small white plaid in it. ButI had a terrible time matching up the lines in the paper so I took it down and did the kitchen with the speckled wall paper that I used in the bedroom. It came out very well and now I am thinking about redoing the bathroom.

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Celeta October 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

How did you do your dinette countertop?

My goodness….your posts are so encouraging! I’m as green as they come, but oh so excited to be an RV Newbie!

Lucille, my 2007 Jayco will be getting a full-body facelift :D

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Lesli November 10, 2012 at 4:30 am

Hi Celeta, welcome! So far as the dinette, I created the artwork in Microsoft Digital Image Suite and had it printed at Staples. They can print anything up to two feet wide and any length, right there in their store. Lucky me, my table is only about 24.5″ wide, so I was able to use a 24″ wide print with just 1/4″ painted edge on each side. From there, I adhered it with Mod Podge, then “sealed” it with something (I forget what I used). Truth be told, what I used didn’t end up being waterproof and when a plant leaked on it, it ruined part of the image. If I were going to do it again, I’d probably pour one of those really thick finishes like they use in a bar. It’s more difficult to do, but I think it would have been worth it. Now to fix mine, I’ll need to sand off the image, print a new one, and start all over again. Oh well, live and learn.

I’m happy for you for the journey you’re about to start! Welcome to our wonderful community of RVers! They’re some of the friendliest, happiest people I’ve ever known!

Smiles,
Lesli :)

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Gypsy April 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Maybe marine varnish? It would definitely be more waterproof & a quart of it can be bought at Home Depot/Lowe’s fairly cheap. But I don’t know if it tends to yellow so test it out first. Or maybe someone knows the answer to that. I think it said it was non yellowing but I forget.

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Lynne October 27, 2012 at 4:48 am

I love your blog. We just bought a 24 ft. Phoenix Cruiser and I want to change the upholstery but can’t figure out how to do it. The valances over 3 windows seem to be screwed on so I can probably get them off. However, in the dinette area the cushions fit in a frame that is upholstered all around the top and the low on the side. I see there are pleats that cover some kind of screws but I am not sure I can get to them unless I cut the existing fabric (and once I do that there is no returning!) I would like to get them off and have them re-done. Have you encountered any of this problem? Thanks for any advice you can give me on either the valances or the trim that “holds” the cushions in.

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Gina December 31, 2012 at 3:44 am

Lesli ~ I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you’ve done in your MH. We just purchased a 36′ National Dolphin (Class A) off eBay and thankfully she’s even better than the pictures and what we imagined. Whew!! We picked her up in Iowa on 12/26/12 and drove her back to Texas where we will renovate/remodel and hopefully have her ready for her first trip (Spring break 2013). My DH is a teacher so we’ll be using her spring break, summer break, and any other break we can!

I just started a blog for the renovations ~ http://lavender-lone-star.blogspot.com/. I’ll be posting pictures as we go. I will be priming and painting the walls and then I’ll be tackling the woodwork. Still trying to decide exactly what I want to do with the woodwork.

I’d love to see pictures of your bedroom, especially the TV arm you used with your flat screen TV.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful MH makeover!

Cheers!
Gina

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jill February 22, 2013 at 2:46 am

I LOVE this blog and appreciate the comments and links everyone has provided. Thank you Thank you Thank you! We have an old Tioga C Class that is mechanically perfect but ooglie ugly. Bad ugly. I just finished painting the inside and reupholstering the window treatments (yes, I kept them, but I have my reasons…) My hubby and I are nurses and sometimes we have to work nights so our motorhome has to be peaceful for day sleepers. I’m afraid to post pictures because it might not be a crowd favorite but I am loving every one else’s redos and hope to see more. We are getting ready to tile the bathroom, you have inspired us! so Thanks!

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Lesli April 23, 2013 at 4:27 am

Hi Jill, Thanks for your kind comments. So far as the design changes you did to your ooglie ugly Tioga, I’d love to see them. I’ll bet you’ve done some awesome things … and most important of all, if it suits your style, it’s absolutely perfect! It’s not a contest around here… just a community of people sharing ideas and I’m sure your ideas would appeal to lots of people! Happy RVing :)

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Gina February 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Jill ~ I’d love to see pics of your MH renovation, the new paint and reupholstery of the window treatments. I completely understand why you are keeping the window treatments with your work/sleeping hours.

We just began remodeling our “new to us” 1995 National Dolphin. I primed most of the walls earlier this week and hope to finish priming/painting this weekend (if the weather cooperates!).

I’ve started a remodeling forum post on the IRV2 forum. I’d love for you, or anyone reading this post, to join our conversation on the forum. I’m Gigi817 on the forum. Please check out my blog (Lavender Lone Star) for a link to the IRV2 forum (I can’t seem to post the forum link here).

Cheers and TGIF!
Gina

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Lesli April 23, 2013 at 4:25 am

Hi Gina, I popped into the thread you started at IRV2 and I loved the fun ideas I saw. I’d already seen the first pictures you posted, and I absolutely love what she’s done with that RV. It was fun to see what so many talented people are up to, so thanks for starting that thread and thanks for popping in to say hi on Blue Jeans and Flip Flops. :)

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Michelle March 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Wow. You have done very well with all your work. Our bus isn’t anywhere near as big being just 21 ft but we are hoping to be happy in it. It is still in its infancy as a remodelling job, having only just completed the shower cubicle. if you are interested you might want to see our bus here. In the meantime we still have our trailer which we built and travel around Australia in between and prior to the bus.

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Lesli April 23, 2013 at 3:41 am

Hi Michelle, Oh my gosh, your shower cubical was BEYOND anything I would have dared try! I can’t wait to see what projects you have coming up. Keep in touch will ya? By the way, Australia is on my dream list of places to visit. Maybe someday we can work out an RV vacation trade ;)

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Ruth March 17, 2013 at 3:29 am

We just purchased a 1994 Forest River Wildwood. It has the ugliest wallpaper border that I have ever seen. Do I remove the border the same as regular wall paper wall?

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Lesli April 23, 2013 at 2:00 am

Hi Ruth, I’m not really sure, as my coach didn’t have any wallpaper border. What do you plan to do to cover the area where the border was? Will you be putting in a new border? If so, You’d need to be sure not to do ANY damage to the paper under the border and that might be challenging. I think if it were me and if my border was well adhered to the wall, I might just put the new border over the old one. That may or may not be a good idea, so I’d suggest asking around. Maybe somebody here will pop in with a better suggestion. Smiles, Lesli :)

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Cindy April 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I am wanting to do something with the kitchen cabinets in our RV – they are so dull and worn out looking – has anyone tried painting the cabinets in their RV or is it best to just buy new doors – I want to keep the cost down (our RV is a 2000 model).

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Gypsy April 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Use a good primer then paint.

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Violet April 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Hi there, thank you for the great ideas! how much was your rv? When you replaced your couch with chairs (I’ve seen alot do that with ikea couches), what happens to seat belts/ tethers?

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Lesli April 23, 2013 at 1:46 am

Hi Violet, we paid $12,000 for our RV. It’s been in good condition, but we did get all new tires and had a thorough once over by an RV shop before we hit the road. We also put in a new suspension bar, but I think the tires made the biggest difference in terms of how well it feels on the road and ease of control. All in all, I think we put about $2,000 into getting it road worthy. Decorating expenses were on top of that. So far as the chairs, we remove the seat belts when we removed the couch. No one rides in the chairs when we’re on the move, so we feel safe enough. Removing the seat belts left 1/2″ or so holes in the floor, but those were covered with the new flooring. I hope that info helps you.

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Cindy April 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Thanks for helping me get up the nerve to try a few things! I primed and painted my kitchen cabinet doors and it made a big improvement. I have ordered new cabinet pulls (there was little choice in the size of our original pulls so I found some on the internet which were priced right and what I was looking for!) I also recovered the window coverings and headboard in our bedroom so it looks so clean and nice now. It took some time but wasn’t really hard to do. I used the old coverings and made a pattern, then a little glue and a staple gun helped complete the job. Also have discovered Krudcutter and find it works so well cleaning all the little vents, etc in the RV!

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