Motorhome remodeling was something we weren’t willing to spend money on…but with a little creative thinking, the ideas we came up with were incredibly affordable.
Before going further, we ask you excuse the mess in our “before” photos. We were overwhelmed, had our cleaning supplies everywhere and hadn’t done one thing yet, when the photos were taken. You can still tell what the decor was like…ugh! Not only did it need a huge cleaning and new decorating, but it felt so small as well.
Where to begin? Well, an adult beverage was one heck of a good start. We looked at this rv living room (and the rest of the motorhome) having no idea how to make it feel like home, without having a pile of money to use in the redecorating process. Actually, we had put aside exactly thirteen cents for this project (money found in the couch cushion).
The first thing we did was remove that third captain’s chair that was taking up most of the floor space. We sold it on Ebay for $50, which was used to buy some paint and supplies.
Next, we began our version of gutting the camper. All window coverings came down and were thrown away (too old and dusty to sell). This includes the stained, old windshield drapes. Then everything was washed, ceiling to floor. We didn’t miss an inch. Once it was emptied out and cleaned, we were in a better mental place to think about what the heck to do with it now. So far, we’d made $50.13 and washed it down….umm, can we quit now? Nope. Not even close.
Want to see the AFTER photo? Too bad!! So did we!! hahaha….Patience is an important tip to making an rv interior look like a new space. I will post it soon……
The next step is to stare at the room and argue with your spouse on what to do next. Actually, what worked well was to distract the spouse on outside projects while deciding how to proceed. Then present him with an exhausted, yet excited face…he cannot resist saying “go for it!” I do kid a lot (obviously) and actually, working together on this was an amazing experience from start to finish (mushy part).
Ok, ok…here is the AFTER photo of the living room area…
PAINTING WALLS, CABINETS, MAKING CHEAP CURTAINS – We started with the big things first. We painted over all of the wallpaper, painted inside cabinets and cabinet handles, made easy/cheap curtains. Basically tackled the big picture first. Unlike our kitchen and bathroom, where we actually painted the outside of the wood cabinets, we left them alone in the living room, but stained the handles from that tacky brass look to a pewter look. So as not to repeat everything, these tips and tricks were all covered in our redecorating our rv kitchen blog post.
SUPER-CHEAP MOTORHOME WINDSHIELD CURTAIN AND DOORWAY CURTAIN – This was a tricky one! Do you know how expensive those gigantic windshield drapes are?? Well, we found an ultimate trick that didn’t involve sewing. You can read that tip HERE.As for the doorway curtain, all we did was buy one of the dark instant shade, paper blinds. It clips out of the way during the day, and is completely unable to be seen through, when we lower it at night (see photo).
MOTORHOME SOFA AND CAPTAIN’S CHAIRS – Because we currently have rv cats,we wouldn’t invest much right now, if we wanted to buy new chair covers. But that’s ok…we work with throws that accent our colors and are easy to vacuum off. We have suede-like covers on the sofa…on top of a fitted, patterned sheet I found that I liked as the “base” cover on the couch. I always come home with funky fabric from thrift stores, and throw them over the chairs when in the mood. As stated previously, we got rid of the third chair that was hogging up our floor space.
ACCENTS– As with all cheap rv decorating, any decorative accents you see were either ours from long ago, or a thrift store gem for a dollar or two. No expensive, hidden secrets here…everything was super affordable. One thing we did was paint over those brass lamp fixtures and shades, to match the colors in the living room. We also painted the drawers that are on top of the engine, at the front of the motorhome. We also, as you’ll see in the photo, leave the three cabinets open over our couch, and fill it with books, trinkets, etc.
THE FLOOR – This was the biggie for us. We took a huge risk doing this…but the carpet was so dingy, stained and gross, we thought we’d roll the dice. We love how this turned out for us. We had carpeting in the bedroom and living room, and knew it had to come out. Carpeting is nice but in an rv it gets so filthy, traps pet hair, etc. We wanted our camper to look like it had three distinct rooms, so we made the floor different in each one. We put a vinyl floor down (from an $8.00 remnant we found, if you’re wondering) in the bedroom. Cleaned and left the white kitchen vinyl floor alone…and the living room? You ready for this? We threw out that rv carpeting and painted the original plywood floor! Yes, after Jim removed 10,000 staples, one at a time, we painted it a chocolate brown using porch and floor paint…that’s it! We know if we need more carpeting in cooler temperatures, we can get those cheap college size area rugs and throw one down. For now, the wood floor works just fine, vacuums and cleans up easily. Not a problem. We love the look. And, no…we didn’t remove the carpet from the engine in the front of the rv…we just did THIS TRICK.
So what do you think? Selling the captain’s chair more than paid for the paint and curtains used to spruce up our rv living room. For the little money spent, we’re happy with our new home.
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