The Fun Stuff!

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One day - I decided this wall needed a little chalkboard...

Mike is finishing the step - we're putting in durable outdoor carpet.

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I also felt like that wall needed some of my signature swirls. :D LOL...I went inside, got Sophia & said, "You've got to see this!" She came out and was like, "What? That's not crazy!"

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I also "no-sew-ed" the curtains at the dinette & the bed above. The ADORABLE red gingham curtains are sewn for real by our AMAZING future mother-in-law, Judy!

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Judy, also tried one with a ruffle which is TOO cute- so we pulled the rest so they also can have the ruffle. OH MY!

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The other day I put the mattresses back up in the bed & about fell asleep with the windows open. I LOVE this little camper & cannot wait to be relaxing in it this weekend!

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Now this is REALLY fun. Ready for this? We heard that Judy's parents (previous RV owners) were at her house for a family party...so we took it down to show them. Little did we know that there were about 20 more family members too, who had all camped in it. They all came through it for quite the tour! I also got awesome tips on how to finish the kitchen window too. :)

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And here we are with Charlie & Donna the RVs owners for 20 years before us!

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Riding back home! We LOVE being in here!

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Shower curtain in & chalkboard markers opened & put to use!

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Seriously so cozy at night. I can't wait to sleep in here this weekend!

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No-sew Cushions & Curtains (part 1)

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So here's what we're starting with...and they're soft and squishy on all sides. So we need to buy a really thin piece of plywood for the backs so we can staple gun the new fabric on.

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Mike measured & then trimmed the piece to be smaller on the back...

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We found a very helpful blog instructing no sew cushion covers. You'll find it HERE.

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Once your material is trimmed to fit around the cushion & board, work with a partner - one will pull and one will staple. We started on the ends because we needed to be careful that our pattern wouldn't go wonky-crooked.

Staple in the center and work your way out...Center, right, left of center, right of that right, left of that one to the left of the center...etc. You get it. :)

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Once the sides are on, we moved to the bottom/top. Same thing. PULL hard...start in the center & work your way to the ends.

The corners get awkward with thick uphostry fabric - Just go for it!

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Hello!

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On to the seats - I think you'll see how it works even better with these...

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Let's remember before again?! See those trim pieces? We just pulled & stapled covering those too..

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Next up - curtains!

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Ready for another wild Pinterest find? My dear neighbor Taryn walked into the RV for the first time & pointed to the back window & said, "That window needs the roman shade I just pinned!" AND...here we ARE! We had one pinterest-fail...and one that worked. I'll show you both :)  My suggestion - measure outside of the window. I tried using the existing blinds & they were awkward skinny...hahaha...The new, better fitting ones were $4.99 at Target....here it is:

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Roman Shade. Take 2.

  • Lay your mini-blinds on the fabric
  • Take off all but 4 of the slats
  • Put the bottom back on
  • Fold & tape or glue the sides back on
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LOVE! 

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Stella's New Floor

Wait til you see this! It's really nice to sweep & mop after camping, so we are thinking no carpet in the renovation - we don't want to worry about vacuuming. And I have always pictured an espresso wood floors look and we're not really going to do wood floors, but we knew we could go with a linoleum or vinyl product. We didn't realize that there are a bazillion options out there!

I can't claim to know anything because Mike was the research guy that drove the RV to Lowes, Home Depot - talked to people, had them come out to the RV & see for themselves. A product like this is tricky because it's going to spend a lot of time in below freezing temps. That's such an odd thought when it comes to flooring, glues etc. Good thing we did our research & in the end, we went with the flooring from IKEA. No gluing - they're planks that snap into each other. Again, we're learning as we go & if we totally screw this up - we'll only be out $200.

Again, we need to just go for it - we'll see how this ends up!

The picture story:

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Just gotta give you a review of what carpet was there before..

Prep the floor - - pull up the old carget & pad - scrape clean all of the glue, staples etc.

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Jump ahead to our color options at IKEA..I'd show you all of the options at Lowes & Home Depot, but you can also just go look. They have WONDERFUL products & there are so many variables, you just have to weigh them all in & see what works for you. The stuff we liked at Lowes would be a special order & take a few weeks to get in. Well, we're camping in 22 sleeps so that's not gonna work! (look below - back to IKEA - these are great colors..I love, love the one on the right.)

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Testing a strip by the cabinets. I'm in love...

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Back to floor prepping...

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This product didn't have the underlayment. So we (mike) laid that before the planks.

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You staple gun it into place - YAY! We own a staple gun now, which will help me cover the dinette cushions!

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This is the transition strip & so tricky...

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This guy came out to tattle on his sis...

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Wow - looks so good & it's totaly working. It was very meticulous as Mike had to make all of those little cuts around the cabinets. He did a stellar job - - SUCH a handyman!

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DONE!!! It looks so good. I'm so impressed with Mike figuring out how to do it!

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What's left?

  • Cabinet doors with new hardware are going back up
  • I'm going to attempt no sew re-upholstering the table cushions (find slip cover for the swivel chair)
  • Window coverings - - curtains, gingham, no sew roman shades from Pinterest
  • Accessories in place

What would we do without Pinterest & IKEA? For the reals!

...15 sleeps 'til our first trip!

Cabinets, knobs & the inspiration piece that's changing things!

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It's time to talk cabinets, knobs & our sweetest find to inspire our little home on wheels! BEFORE: The original knobs: We....

  • removed all cabinets & hardware
  • Scuff-sanded - I just took a medium grit sand block & lightly roughed them up
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  • Painted 3 coats
  • Then realized that we should have started with filling the old knob hole.

So we...

  • Filled it
  • Sanded it smooth
  • Painted again 2-3 coats - can still see it. Next tbd. It's a camper! Maybe the handle will hide it enough. Maybe I'm the only that will notice?...cause we're adding these knobs  (see below) when we're done. See this adventure of us just going for it without knowing what we're doing step by step is fun!
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Wow, it's stunning with the paint & knobs.. These knobs are called the "Metrik handle" from IKEA - 2 for $5.99. Can't beat IKEA!

Our trip to IKEA also landed THE INSPIRATION of all inspiratons!!!! This darling line..AKERKULLA

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PERFECT!!! Well, almost - - - now my peppery (cute orangish-red paint) isn't quite right. Ugh! I LOVE Peppery & it may still work..It works with the bedding, but not quite the gingham. And I LOVE that red/white gingham. We'll see what happens.

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...coming home with mommmmmmma..... xoxoxo

Little Stella gets PAINT!

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I woke up early the next morning and went right from my bed to trying out colors. I had no idea that painting an RV would be so tricky. The colors totally change - painting outside. Wow. So that's not green at all. That's terrible & not gonna work.

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Ah, but Peppery  - this is going to be awesome!

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That black wall to the right of the sink was going to be a chalkboard, but we both thought it's too heavy for that spot, so we primer'd it again...

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Lower cabinets are "sealskin" from Sherwin Williams

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Cute, cute, cute...This is approximately 1 week after we started the project. The fridge will be a chalkboard. I've learned that you might as well cover your chalkboard surface with black or dark paint to save a little money & coats of paint. Then go after it with the chalkboard paint. It will still take 2-4 coats before it's ready for chalk & wiping.

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We're working off the GLOBAL SPICE pallet from Sherwin Williams.

  • Stonebriar - upper cabinets
  • Sealskin - lower cabinets
  • Canvas Tan - walls
  • Peppery - red in back window & bench
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My favorite Chalkboard paint is from Home Depot:

RV renovation: Day 1

I actually can't believe how much we accomplished in 1 week! But, I'm going to take you in days...at least to start. We'll see what happens. For the sake of the bigger picture, let me back up. Because this is such a big undertaking. There was a lot of discussion about the how's, when's & if's! At one point I thought we were starting the project the next weekend & Mike thought next year. HA!

We were so uncertain how to tackle the project, that we drove over to Sherwin Williams 3 times for tips & opinions.. From the renovations I was finding, we had decided to go for a total makeover and right away....But, do we go for inside or outside first?

Goal for OUTSIDE:

  • Re-seal roof (DONE!)
  • Scrub fiberglass body (DONE!)
  • Repaint & funk-ify the body. OMG that's for next year. You're gonna die!

Goal for INSIDE:

  • Paint on walls & cabinets
  • Fabrics/Upholstery
  • Flooring

Here we go!

Take everything out, like everything. Tape it & prime. Check it out.

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We started by taking out all of the cabinet fronts & flooring...

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Here's where the swivel chair was too. You have to take everything out for painting & the new floors.

At this point I also had to scuff sand the whole inside to give the primer something to adhere to.

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Primer! Crap, I'm committed now. This is about as close to a panic attack as I've had. I gave myself a serious, out loud pep-talk just before diving in. As boring as it is for me (I just wanna paint! WAH!!!) Gotta keep taping & taking things out.Wow - this is really coming along. This is all day 1! Everything is primed. Next up - color!

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[Here's the pallet I went with....]

Introducing...STELLA!

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What a dream! I've always wanted a motorhome - like always - my whole life. When I was little I'd ask my parents, "Does that one have a bathroom?" "You think that one has a bathroom?" I even have memories of walking over to people & asking them about their RV... "Do you have a bathroom in there?" LOL. So this was probably borderline obsessed. One more confession then I'll move on. As an adult 40 weeks pregnant, all I wanted to do was to go walk through all of the campers at RV America. Seriously this is a little crazy, but true.

And here I am! I'm pinching myself, living the dream!!! We are so grateful for this incredible opportunity to get this sweet RV from a wonderful couple & before I knew it, I stumbled upon people renovating them (check out my pinterest board for some of my favorites)- - - next thing we know, we're having happy hour in the driveway, naming her & making a plan!

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BEFORE PICS: She's in fabulous shape & has the cutest floor plan. IMG_6677IMG_6679 IMG_6680 IMG_6681 IMG_6682 IMG_5923 This is the first place Micah went!

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IMG_6700 And so it begins! Here we are hard at work the first night!