Friday, September 20, 2013

5th Wheel RV Remodel






Love Camping? Love your trailer, just wish it didn't look so outdated? You might consider remodeling a few things.  It doesn't have to be expensive .  Here is what I did with our 5th Wheel Travel Trailer. 

To begin with my husband and I do not like brass, light pink, flower curtains, and the lack of personality in our trailer. 

Here is a few BEFORE pictures ...
This is a before shot of the trailer. The floors were a white linoleum, and I put down "Slate Looking"  linoleum squares down.




Our trailer is in great condition just needed to be updated.

The first thing I always do when I start to remodel anything is ..... PAINT!  It is very inexpensive and changes the look very quickly.  I had a gallon of my favorite BEHR RED Paint at home.  It has primer already in it.  I chose a couple accent walls, and started painting.  It took 3 coats before reaching the desired color. 
I applied a silhouette sticker on top of the paint once it was fully dried. You could also paint a silhouette of anything to get the same effect. 
MOD PODGE (found at any craft store) is very important in a travel trailer.  The paint will get bumped and this helps keep the paint from chipping off the wall.  I took MOD PODGE and painted over the paint.  It has a white milky look, but trust me it will dry clear.  I like seeing the paint brush marks, so I purposely left the brush marks showing.  If you don't like this look just take a little bit more time and smooth out the MOD PODGE before it dries.




I used self-adhesive linoleum tiles to cover the old white linoleum. White flooring in a trailer is not a good idea. It shows every spec of dirt and isn't very appealing. There is no need to remove the old linoleum unless it's in very bad disrepair. Start at the door and remove the threshold. Without removing the adhesive backing lay the tile down. Using scissors trim any areas on the tile. Do so before you remove the backing. After you lay the first tile dry fit the next one and so on. For best results, apply each tile as close together as you can.

Next I removed the hideous light pink carpet from under the Master Bed, and stairs. 


Then I purchased grey colored indoor/outdoor carpet. Instead of using the adhesive meant for this type of carpeting, I used a staple gun.  I wanted to make it easy to replace when needed.



I then removed the pink floral detail from the valences.  Once I pulled them off I used the same red paint. Yes, PAINT and put a little on the brush and started painting in a circular motion onto the material. You don't need to remove the valences as long as you use Blue Painters Tape between the wall and valence.  Keep adding more paint until you reach the color you are trying to achieve.  Once dried the paint does not come off.  It looks and feels like the original material.  GREAT MONEY SAVING TIP DON'T YOU THINK?

Notice I also painted the sconce shades. I removed them, took them outside, and spray painted them with red paint we already had. Remove any old dingy curtains. In this case, ugly pink curtains. Curtains are so easy to sew. I found a light brown faux leather material, and sewed new curtains. Just use the old curtains as your pattern for sewing. Using the matching black material from the couch I sewed curtain tie-backs.

Notice behind the stove is just plain boring wallpaper.  This is  a great space to add color. I found these tile sheets at Home Depots clearance section for $5.00 a sheet. I needed four sheets behind the stove so I purchased Five sheets. This way I could use this inexpensive product here-and-there for accents.



Small glass Mosaic tiles are best when tiling in a trailer. The smaller tiles holdup great for trailers that are bouncing around. Hold your sheet of tile on the wall where you need it to go. If you need to cut any tiles use scissors and cut tiles off sheet as needed.

I used Construction adhesive for the back of tile. I applied to the entire back and press on the wall. For best results, use the adhesive that dries clear. It is better to use Construction Adhesive than tile Thin Set. Due to the movement of the trailer this helps keep the tiles from breaking.

For the bathroom:


 

Utilize wall space whenever possible. I found this cute wire rack at Ross for $12.99. It holds our towels leaving room for bathroom supplies under the sink.


  Purchased red sheets, and sewed a pillow that matched the wall, and we are almost done. :)

Chalkboard Refrigerator:
Before:

Notice the refrigerator.... it's okay but a coat of chalkboard paint would look much better. And it keeps the kids entertained when we are camping in the rain.  Plus, I like being able to write out the trips Menu on it too.

After Picture of Refrigerator coming :) 


Handles and Drawer Pulls:
Super simple! Just remove all handles, spray paint with black metal spray paint. Once dried turn over and spray the other side.
Before:


After:


Thank you for checking out my 5th Wheel Trailer Remodel.

Stay tuned for my Motor home Remodel (which I just started). And please share your project pictures, I'd love to see them.

~ Jeannine