RV remodel series

It serves as “home away from home”, so hopefully, its still considered a “home improvement”.   We are excited to have purchased our first RV for a steal, a 1995 Class A motorhome.  Its 33′ and completely outdated.  It didn’t help that my daughter has already said it looks like Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine upon first sighting. Sure shiny brass, teal and purple may be heaven for some, but not this home improvement nerd.  I’m considering a total redo and converting to a sandy tan, chocolate brown and maybe a cranberry color scheme.  It’s all about presentation, right??

Here’s the new blank slate, what my daughter has now dubbed “Road Kill”:

Day 1: Demo of carpet, prep walls for paint

It took about 2 hours to demo the existing carpet and linoleum flooring.  Doing so, I can see how much dirt lives under carpets even with the cleanest of Mr. and Mrs. Clean’s.  Yuck!  Another bonus to doing this is that we can now see just how good of shape the sub floors are.

The interior walls have a wallpaper covering throughout.  In case you haven’t read it before, you can save yourself a lot of time and sanity by leaving a wallpaper in place and painting directly over it.  http://agirlcandoit.com/2010/04/22/paint-over-old-wallpaper/

Here’s my secret:  Using 2 1/2 cans of spray texture set to “fine”, I sprayed the texture directly over the wallpaper.

Day 2:    Painting, painting, painting

Allowing the texture to completely dry overnight, I began painting.  I use Behr’s Paint and Primer in one over wallpapers.    The painted walls instantly tone down the teal.  I’m rethinking my color scheme strategy already.  Maybe it also helps that after I have been gathering estimates for reupholstering or a replacement of furniture inside, it would run over $2,000.  Yes, the teal isn’t looking so bad after all.



  1. Coming across this i had to chuckle. We just bought a Trailer same length. Your interior is almost exact to ours. lol
    Painting, floor, and the couches were first on my list too.

    My husband isn’t happy with all my future projects, but I told him to leave it up to me and you can go fishing.. lol

    I’m making my own slipcovers seats for the kitchen table, and looking at buying a slipcover for the sofa bed. I’m also using the vinyl flooring and painting the walls. I will also be taking the window treatments home next trip to redo.

    Hope it all go’s well. My husband says I’m never satisfied but it’s a vision I can see possible and I like doing projects. 🙂

    Thanks for your photo’s I’ll be taking some of my own soon.

  2. I almost forgot… I’m going to attempt painting the countertops too. Just keep going back and forth with what I want it to look like.

  3. I ordered some granite paint online and it looks gorgeous over my 70’s formica. Just an FYI and they have the brown/tan colors too 🙂
    I’m all about projects! I just ‘flipped’ a travel trailer in 3 weeks and made $1400 after all my materials. Pretty good for something I love doing 🙂

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