Trailer Reno – living on our land

Just to catch you up if you didn’t already know. A little recap of whats happened in the last 2 months for us. Here we go…img_8742

We bought land, sold our house, bought a trailer, renovated the trailer, sold most of our stuff, packed up the rest of our home and put it in storage, now living in the trailer on our land, while we build our dream home.

I know its a lot.

Let me tell you why we chose trailer living. We looked at apartments, smaller houses, and guest houses. Ultimately we wanted to save as much money as we could… traveling, being financially free, and just the experience of living in a trailer.

We found a trailer on a used car lot, as soon as we walked inside, we knew it was the one. Perfect size at 31 ft long, a room for Dino and I, and three bunk beds for the kids. Its a 2003 Cougar Keystone. It was just the right amount of outdated and old, because I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

First things first, we tore out everything we didn’t want. Light fixtures, sleeper sofa, carpet, upper cabinets, wallpaper, kitchen table and built in chairs. Next, I set up all my guys. Anything I knew I could’t and wouldn’t be doing myself, I called my guys or “workers” and hired them for each job. I ordered new cabinet door faces right away because I knew that would take a while and I knew I wasn’t going to install the floors so I set that up as well. Now in normal circumstances, floors are one of the last steps… but we didn’t have a lot of time and they could come right away, so I booked them. By day 3, the floors were done!

IMG_0117I wanted to go with white paint and white cabinets. Its such a small space and we wanted to keep it light, bright, airy, and open. Which is exactly how it feels. I patched all the holes, primed most of the walls and cut out most of the trailer. By that point I was feeling overwhelmed and done! So I found some guys on Craigslist and they painted the rest of the trailer, including cabinets for $400. STEAL! And they did an amazing job. Keeping everything flowing in the same color tone was important to me. Every time I tried to bring something in that was a different color that stood out from the black/white/natural feel, it looked cluttered and out of place. Because you can see every room from anywhere in the trailer, it needed to flow in the same color scheme. IMG_0321

The fixtures and most of the decor needed updating. I found pendant lights for $44, a new kitchen sink faucet for $50, a bathroom faucet for $3o, and an awesome modern style sleeper sofa for $169… all on amazon. New kitchen table for $39, book shelf for the kids $10 and blinds for $39 each for the master bedroom… at IKEA. Target was a best friend of mine also. We added a perfect little book shelf in the entry. That we use for, a coffee bar, storage, and organization. That piece was $71 at Target. Baskets, a small rug, cute knobs and some other small features were also found at Target.

Some of my favorite features we added to the trailer are, the chair rail we used to cover the remnants of the wallpaper trim we took down. This was NOT fun. It took Dino hours to take it down with a steamer and after all that it still didn’t fully remove. Hence, the chair-rail… which I happen to love love love now! It just adds a finishing touch to the whole trailer. My second favorite feature is the backsplash in the kitchen and bathroom. I was lucky enough to have wonderful friends who gave me beautiful designer tile. My mom and I measured and cut the tile for the backsplash in the kitchen. I used the black and white Cement Tile on one side and then did a classic subway tile with grey grout on the other side because… why not. What better time to experiment with different details, and design tricks then when renovating a trailer?! Lastly, my mom and I painted the slider doors and bathroom door a dark accent color (Black Jack by Dunn Edwards). Wow this made such a huge difference, it really just buttoned up the whole look, completing the fresh modern style. IMG_0400IMG_0880

I bought us all new towels at Target, one color for each of us. They all hang on the back of the bathroom door so we know whos is whos. Hooks were hung in the entry to utilize more storage as well as in the bedroom, I purchased an awesome leather mirror from Homegoods with hooks to hold my jewelry.IMG_0881IMG_0902IMG_0932

Every single thing I brought into the trailer, I walked in with it, made sure we had a use and a spot for it. If we didn’t, I took it back into the car and either donated it or put it in storage. Let me tell you how amazing it feels to just have what you need, its so freeing!

Here are some before and afters to get you real excited…2017-03-13 09.02.17IMG_16592017-03-11 10.36.47 HDRIMG_1476IMG_12482017-03-12 16.34.24IMG_1384IMG_1269Thanks for stopping by!

XO Arrows and Bow

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61 thoughts on “Trailer Reno – living on our land

      1. In SoCal? Which area/county? My husband dreams of RV living during retirement. We can either sell or lease our house. We have a small RV so it may not work. Amazing job!

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  1. Absolutely LOVE it!!! Beautiful, beautiful job. And such a lovely space for your family! Jelly about your journey of VERY simple living. It would be amazing to do the RV life 😉 Have a blessed time until your dream home is ready!

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  2. You’ve totally inspired me! My parents have an early 90’s camper in their barn, which was my grandparents. My grandparents traveled the country in it, but since then…it’s been sitting in the barn for 20 years. After following along and seeing how you transformed yours…I talked my parents into letting me renovate my grandparents old one!! It’s small, but I think it will be such s fun project, and something we actually use. I’m so pumped. I really love the way yours turned out. The simplicity of the design and the neutral colors are really perfect. I love the backsplash too, totally makes the space. Great job!

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  3. Woah your kitchen is way more functional (and styyyyylish!) than mine! Hope you guys are enjoying your adventure! Come visit anytime if you wanna count your lucky stars for that third working burner 😉

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  4. Just found you via IG and I’m obsessed!! This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen and I’m so happy for you and your fam that you get to have this experience! Enjoy!! Can’t wait to see what’s next!!

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  5. I Love it and am inspired to do my own. It looks so great! Can you tell me what you used for primer and paint on the cupboards?
    Thanks!

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  6. I am so inspired by you! I’ve been begging my husband to let me redo a trailer rather than buying a new one and I think I’ve finally got him on board after showing him yours! Just a quick question, with your hardwood floors, are you still able to move the slide ins in and out? Thanks so much

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  7. We are considering doing something similar and I just wanted to ask, if you don’t mind sharing, how much did you end up spending on the reno?

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    1. We spent about 2-3k on it. Some ways to cut that down… we refaced the cabinets which were $800 and paid to have the floors installed. but everything else we did on the cheap.

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  8. Hey! I love love love your trailer reno. Beautiful job! You have inspired me to do the same! Now I just need to get my hubby on board. Would you mind sharing the white paint color you used? I see it was Dunn Edwards, but not sure of the exact color. Thank you! And I love all your dancing videos on insta! My favorite!

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  9. We’ve been wanting to renovate our trailer too. I noticed you didn’t necessarily choose pieces that are ‘nailed down’ do you just not plan on moving the trailer around much? Also were you concerned with adding too much weight inside with heavy furniture or cabinetry? ( just some of our concerns). Everything looks awesome by the way !

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    1. Yes that would be awesome! We aren’t planning on traveling in it. But we cold if we wanted to. Would just need to secure or zip tie a few things. Chairs can be stacked. As far as weight I think we’re good… we didn’t keep a lot of the bigger furniture and upper cabinetry so we’re probably under weight.

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  10. Love love love! It looks like a real house!
    My bf says you can’t put stuff on the walls bc they’re too thin. What did you use to hang pictures? Can’t wait to get my hands on ours now😊🤙🏻

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  11. Wow!!! So beautiful! Could you do another post linking your purchases? Particularly your floors, backsplash, sink, + countertops.

    We are about to start the reno on our travel trailer + I’m so excited/nervous!

    Thank you!!

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    1. Hi! Thank you! Yes the counter is a piece of butcher block from ikea. Floors are from Costco the brand is harmonics and color is Camden Oak. Lastly the backsplash is from @cementtileshop

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      1. Thank you so much! So incredibly helpful. One last question: Can you link the kitchen sink/faucet that you purchased? So pretty + that price seems unheard of!

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  12. Hi! FAB RENO!!! Recent empty-nester 🙂 and single 😦 , I’m ready to hit the road: a girl, her truck and her trailer! I’m always amazed that you can get a “big” piece of furniture through trailer doors. I LOVE your couch! No problems getting it through the door?? And you found it on Amazon? Amazing! Can you name it specifically?

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  13. It’s beautiful! Wondering about where you ordered the cabinets and how that all went down. Would you mind sharing more details?

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    1. Thank u so much! The kids each have a bin at the end of their beds for their clothes. Then in the hallway we have one bin with arts and crafts. Then a shelf on the main room for all of our books. And then a big bin outside for all the shoes

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  14. How much did the full project cost? I have always loved having space but I think for a year or so to save money this would be absolutely amazing!

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  15. Hi!!
    First off your RV looks amazing😍. We have a 2004 Cougar bunkhouse. We’re in the middle of living in ours too while searching for a new home. I’ve been looking for a couch to replace ours, could you give me the link on Amazon? Also I see you took out a lot of storage, how’s that working? Have you implemented other storage options else where in the camper? Sorry so many questions, but I’m getting ready to do the same exact thing. So glad I came across your blog and that you have the same camper. Im still trying to convince my husband that it’s doable😂.

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    1. Hi!! How exciting!!! Yes, if you send me a private message on Instagram I can send it there! And as far as storage we are doing fine! We use the underbed storage for extras. The kids have a bin at the end of their bed for their clothes. And we actually still have space to spare. I just didn’t over pack us and I’m so glad I didn’t. It forces you to just be ok with less!

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  16. Question!!! I love the idea of this, but what on earth did you do with all of your house “stuff”? I would LOVE to downsize. I have a huge house, lots of “stuff” , and never home between work and kids and sports and we pay a huge amount of money towards something that we sleep in. Did you put it in storage? Did you sell it all?

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    1. Hi! So I sold almost everything! We have about 15 boxes in storage. But honestly now that we’re in the trailer. I don’t even need that stuff in the boxes. I’m gonna go through it and sell most of it. I just picked things I wanted in the trailer, if it didn’t fit or make sense, I sold it or put it into storage. But you realize quickly you didn’t need as much.

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  17. Hello- I’d love to know where the pendant lights are from- they are so great and just the right length. Thanks in advance and really admire your home you have created.

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