There are a lot of reasons I love the transformation of a renovated RV. It’s adfordable, quick, and most people can do it themselves!
We purchased our 31ft 2003 Cougar Keystone for $8k. After 3 weeks and just under 3k to renovate it, we were ready to move into our new tiny HOME on wheels. I emphasize home because that was and is my goal. For myself and for future RV dwellers. Why not make these adventurous spaces feel cozy and inviting?
Here are my top 5 RV/trailer renovation tips:
I love our RV bright white. The biggest question I get asked is, how do we keep it clean with 3 kids? Well surprisingly it’s very easy and everything wipes off with either a baby wipe or a magic eraser. We wiped down our walls with TSP to clean the walls and then used Dunn Edwards shellac paint and a small roller to paint the interior of the RV. We’ve been in the trailer for 10 months and haven’t had a chip! Even with all the rearranging I do in there. Our cabinets were also painted with the same paint, sprayed and then finished with a sealer.
This was a bigger because that old blue dirty dirty carpet had to go. We replicated what we had in our previous home inside the RV. We used Harmonics Newport Oak laminate from Costco. I love this floor and I recommend it to everyone! Not only does it look close to real wood, but it’s affordable, easy to clean and has a beautifully balanced cool/warm color.
This is a major update in any space, big or tiny. Again affordable and easy to do it yourself. It’s also a great way to keep your cabinets clean! No dirty fingers touching your newly painted cabinets. We got our hardware from amazon.
When I shopped for lighting originally it was very difficult to find something unique and the style I wanted. I didn’t want to settle for mediocre. Why not elevate the space even more with some designer lighting. I connected with Lucent Light Shop and we thrilled that they were starting a DC lighting series. What an amazing company that handmakes all of their lights and is so flexible that I could customize what I wanted for each space!
This is a big one! And if you skip 1-4 and go straight to this one, I understand! Whether you’re using your tiny space for travel or living, making it feel like a YOUR home is key. Here are a few personal touches I love:
1. Removing old drapes and adding updated blinds. We got ours at Ikea.
2. New bedding and pillows. You don’t need to break the bank on this. Get rid of that old factory stock bedding and bring it something that reminds you of home. One of my favorite things to buy are pillow covers, not the inserts. It saves space and I can easily update our space quickly without taking up room.
3. Removable sticker wallpaper is great for updating the RV. Don’t want to paint? Or maybe you do paint and want to add a pop like I did. Removable wallpaper is easy to install and remove and doesn’t harm your walls. I love our buffalo check wallpaper from ShopBDarling.
4. Plants and decor that say, this is our family! What makes your home yours? Bring it into this little space! Special mugs, plant holders, coffee maker, pictures… whatever it is. The goal is to make this space feel like comfortable.
My last tip, is less is more. Have fun with your space, but keep it simple.