When we purchased our used RV — a 1996 Manor by Thor — she was in overall great shape and we were blessed to find her — but the old girl was in definite need of an overall RV remodel.
As my dad used to say, “a little lipstick and paint makes a lady what she ain’t”.
KITCHEN RV REMODEL — BEFORE
Not bad — clean, big window, lovely stainless steel double sink, moderate counter space for an RV — overall good bones. What had to go …
- the 1996 floral wallpaper
- the prom queen of window coverings that are all ruched (gathered) at the waist and finished off with a fabric “corsage”
- and finally, the little wanna-be spice rack on the wall next to the stove — made to hold 5 or 6 spices — definitely not enough for this girl
KITCHEN RV REMODEL — PHASE 1 — PAINT
Our first attempt at the kitchen remodel was all about paint. We painted the walls and window casings with the same Cottonfield color that we used throughout the entire RV. That in itself was a big improvement!
We also painted a black magnetic paint on the wall next to the stove so that we could use the vertical space for our magnetic spice holders. I didn’t actually like this process because it took about 17 coats of magnetic paint to give a reasonable level of magnetic holding power for my spice canisters. After all 17 coats of magnetic paint were on, we were able to paint over the magnetic paint with Cottonfield, so it blended in with everything else. Though the magnetic paint held my spice canisters, it didn’t hold them firmly and they tended to shift a bit as we traveled, creating a messy look to the area.
That problem led to the idea of installing tin on that wall, which you’ll see in a follow-up picture.
KITCHEN RV REMODEL — PHASE 2 — TILE & TIN
This was a BIG change and we love it! I got brave — really, really, brave — and decided to tile the backsplash in the galley. Truth be told, I’d wanted to do it from the time we first bought it, but I’d never tiled anything before and I was scared to death. What if I ruined it?
Turns out, tiling the backsplash was somewhat challenging, — yet easier than I imagined — and I absolutely love the results.
Next, I was disappointed in the magnetic paint job and how it held the tins firmly to the wall. I called around to metal shops to see what they would charge me to make a simple magnetic tin wall for me. Turns out they wanted $200 minimum for the job. Well, that wasn’t in the budget, so off to Home Depot I went. I took a magnetic tin with me and tested different materials until I found a 4×6 piece of metal that the tins stuck to perfectly.
I bought that tin for just $17 and a pair of tin snips for $10 and went about creating a template and cutting the metal for the wall.
You can read all about the RV Backsplash Tile project here.
Read the step-by-step instructions for creating the RV Magnetic Spice Rack.
How about you? What projects have you done in your RV? Please do tell
Peace, Love and Flip Flops,
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