Our RV remodel- from old to ours!

Welcome to our home! I have been wanting to write a post to show off our RV since I started blogging! I intended to write posts about each project we undertook while renovating the RV but let’s face it, we barely had time to eat and sleep we were so busy! There are some projects (like the cabinets and the couch) that I still plan on writing about a little in depth because they were total learning experiences but for now I want to show you the transformation of our house!

We bought our fifth wheel in March and completed the renovation process in June right before we hit the road. It was truly a labor of love. We put hours of  our spare time and the last days in our hometown perfecting the fifth wheel. The good news is that Jon and I are both headstrong and committed to finish what we start. So all of our projects got finished. The bad news is that I am a total dreamer and added on a new project almost daily. Which thankfully, Jon took in strides, supported my dreams and pitched in when possible (I am pretty sure he’s starting to not like the phrase, “look what I found on pinterest!”)

We took lots of pictures along the way and can’t wait to share them! If you see any pictures and want to know more about how we did the project just ask and I’ll be sure to write about it!

I’ll take a moment to mention that you might want to grab a cup and get comfortable because this post is a little long! I can’t help it, I’m proud of our work!

These pictures were taken on our way to pick up our new home and outside of Jon’s parents home. They were gracious enough to allow us to park the fifth wheel in their driveway and allowed us to use their house and their tools as our home base for our RV remodel! I don’t know how we could have completed this project without them and we are so thankful for all their help!

 

 

DSCN0889DSCN0896DSCN0906These pictures are our before pictures! We took these pictures then almost immediately removed those hideous curtains and valances.

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These pictures were taken a few days later when we tackled our first project, painting the cabinets. We had to removed all of the cabinet doors and hardware then “lightly” sand, as the instructions explained. I challenge you to lightly sand something, it’s like a vicious cycle! Nothing ever seemed rough enough until it was too rough! It took me days to sand everything! Sanding quickly became my least favorite part of remodeling. And let’s not even talk about the fact that Jon pulled out the electric sander AFTER I finished the sanding project!

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As you can imagine this was a monster project. The instructions said it would take 48 hours and it took us almost 3 weeks and 3 times the paint recommended. It looks great and I would do the project again if necessary, with modifications of course!

These are the cabinets on their way to completion.

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If you were looking carefully above you will notice that we also ripped out the carpet flooring in order to put down faux wood flooring. Jon was so excited about this project. That is, until he stumbled upon our biggest headache of the whole remodel:

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This is essentially our fault. We bought the fifth wheel from an individual and failed to take it to an RV mechanic to get it looked at. Although it was pretty well hidden and there’s no telling whether they would have found it or not. To make a long story short, we fell in love with the RV and were so impressed with the nice old man and his wife’s upkeep of the RV that we decided we did not need to get it checked out. Big mistake, lesson learned: Do it right the first time. We ended up with a leaking slide out and a rotted floor. The circular object you see in the first picture is a saw blade that the prior owner used to prevent the couch from going through the floor. When it was all said and done this cost us almost $2000 to fix and took the repair company over a month total to fix the floor (there were many complications involved, stay tuned and i’ll write about the floor disaster!)

The picture to the left is a door we removed that separated the bedroom and the living room. It was awkward because there was about a foot gap between the bottom of the door and the stairs. I don’t think we ever took a picture of this, but I had  the brilliant idea to put a curtain instead of the door. It looks great and it really brought the decorating look together.

The picture on the right was the beginning of our decorating scheme. I fluctuated between what I called boho chic and shabby country chic depending on what decorations Jon vetoed in the process. (I still have a sore spot from my bedroom curtains that were non-negotiable vetoed!) You will see we used the blue and the yellow on the kitchen and bedroom walls (we ended up painting all the walls in the fifth wheel). The fabric was what we wanted to use to cover the kitchen chairs. We ended up with this pattern in a grey color since this was all that was in stock at Hobby Lobby at the time. In my opinion the grey came out better and mixes well with the rest of the decorations.

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This next project was our couch re-upholster, or really Jon’s couch re-upholster. I am incredibly proud and still in awe that he did this project almost all on his own. Total dedication! He was dead-set on having a leather couch. I could take it or leave it and after buying a leather couch proved to be financially unfeasible we looked into re-upholstering the couch we had. I will go into detail in another blog later on the specifics of this project but for now just know that it is possible!

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This next pictures are part of my favorite RV remodel story. One night after I got off work I came home to the whole house in remodel mode. Jon’s mom was sewing our chair cushion covers (which she happily gave up to me so she could take a break!) and Jon was out in the garage matching stain colors for the trim on the flooring. I was pleasantly sewing away when I hear footsteps running into the house. Jon opens the door and exclaims, “Andrea, come quick…and grab a paintbrush”. Jon’s mom and I shared a questionable glance before we went outside to see what was going on. We found Jon in the garage dipping his paintbrush into stain that was now ALL OVER the garage floor and using it to paint our kitchen table. He had been using the table to hold the stain he was using and accidentally spilled the container. Luckily we were planning on staining the table anyways and it was just a matter of time before we got around to that project. That was probably one of the quickest projects we ended up completing! It ended up looking great even though we were covered in stain, which if you are wondering does in fact stain skin as well! (our chair covers look great too I should add!)

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The outcome of our stained and re-upholstered chairs and table! Absolutely love them! They made a huge difference!

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These next pictures were taken during the painting process. We were nervous at first when we decided it looked very similar to a baby nursery. Once we got some furniture back in and the decorations up that thought flew out the window. (And in flew my bird curtains! My pride and Joy!)

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The curtains turned into a DIY project. They were literally made completely from scratch, pattern and all. I COULD NOT have done this without the help of Jon’s mom. She did all the tedious math and measuring for the patterns and worked for countless hours to make sure they were all finished before we left (many times alone, while I was working)! I am in love with these curtains, they are probably my favorite part of our home and they make our place very cozy!

You can also see above Jon working on the floors. We choose to use Allure Traffic Master Flooring based on many recommendations from other blogs and RV remodel websites. These floors are essentially “floating” which is important when moving slides for travel. They really look great and their only downfall is that they scratch very easily. We were expecting this thanks to the realistic scratch demo Jon’s sister gave us on a sample piece of flooring while we were chatting over breakfast one Sunday. (I think of you every time I see a scratch on Emily!)

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The day before our going away party Jon caught a really bad cold and couldn’t finish the floors, I was at work so our lifesavers came to the rescue! We really wanted to have the RV presentable for the most part before our party so we could share our new home with our family and friends before we left. By some miracle and a ton of hard work the floors came together perfectly!

 

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We get a lot of comments on the amount of space we have, this is a comparison to what it looks like while we travel when the slides are closed!

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Finally, the finished pictures of our home!

We have limited space everywhere so things like our shower caddy are lifesavers!

We had a nice quilt that matched the pillows on the bed but we decided it wasn’t comfortable and have resorted to an old comforter we brought as a last minute add on to our packing!

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I up-cycled the old lampshades with some fabric decorations I found at hobby lobby! Jon said they were too girly, but they were already glued on, oops!! 🙂

 

 

 

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The only shelf we have in that is suitable for pictures! To the left you can see the curtain we used to replace the door I mentioned earlier. And of course, to the right, my little dog model!

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Jon’s desk and work area!

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This was another DIY on the whim project. Somehow I was sent to home depot by myself and came back with a new project of course. It was super easy to install (although we currently have a piece missing that fell during our travels). We think it looks great and really adds dimension to our home!

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If you notice we have the no slip shelf liner lining our drawers. This is so things don’t slide and break while we drive. The entire RV is decked out in this stuff, but it has served its purpose well!

You can also see our sink and make-shift dishwasher. Yes, we have to wash everything by hand (do you hear the excitement in my voice). I picked up this nifty utensil washer you see in the left hand corner. It is basically just a brush but it works really well.

 

 

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Yes, that my friends is a fireplace! Electric with real heat output! And Jon’s hand carved paddle for a rustic man’s touch to balance out my female decor!

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My bird door knob which was a gem of a find a world market! And our washer and dryer which we could not live without! We read many controversies before ensuring this was a feature we needed/wanted. We wouldn’t trade the convince of this for anything.

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And that’s it my friends! Our house and remodel process in a nutshell! This was a huge and so rewarding project! We have so many people to thank who lent us their time, hard work, ideas tools, and support during the process. We are so happy with the way it turned out. We will can’t believe it looks so wonderful!

 

Whew! That turned out to be a lot longer than I expected! Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to give you a tour!

 

Until next time!

-The Nomads

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