Our Fifth Wheel Mid-Renovation Tour
Hello all and Happy Friday! I hope everyone enjoyed reading about our crazy first adventure! I thought since it will be a while before we show official Before & Afters of Lucille, I would give you a tour of progress during the renovation. Our two little DIYers, Maverik and Lennard, are here to help!
Most of the month of July was spent renovating our “new to us” fifth wheel. We did have some breaks for family time and work, but other than that, we were demoing, painting, installing flooring, and painting some more! I am really glad we had time to do all of the dirty work before moving in. I think it would have been difficult to do this level of remodel while also living full time in such a small space.
We started on the demolition of the media cabinet first. Then we moved on to removal of the PVC curtain rods and shelves the previous owners had installed, followed by removing all of the cabinet doors.
Next up was getting rid of the carpet that had definitely seen better days. From the research I have done, people who remove carpet from their RV and replace it with a hard floor never look back. I have been dreaming of the day when we would live in a house with no carpet.
Don’t let this photo fool you. Matt had to strong-arm most of the edges to get the carpet free, but I was a pretty good roller, and Lennard did his best to help.
After we got the flooring up (more on that later), I was on vacuum and staple duty to try and get the space as clean as possible, while Lennard took a break from the hard work. We could not believe the difference removing the carpet made. The space instantly felt so much bigger! I don’t know how removing carpet could make that happen (maybe some weird light reflection magic), but once that dirt trap was gone, it felt like a completely different room.
With the flooring gone, it was finally time for paint! I think the most difficult (more like, time-consuming) part of the whole process was painting. Matt may say differently since he was in charge of laying the floor, but painting the existing RV wallpaper seemed like a task that would never end. It’s hard to believe a few hundred square feet would require so much painting time! I think this was partly due to the fact that we put 4 coats on the walls to make sure it would last: two coats of Kilz Premium Primer, then two coats of Behr Premium Plus paint, plus touch ups.
Buh-bye orangey wood, hello delicious white!
Cue the sound of angels singing. 😉
We first thought about painting the trim pieces grey, but after spending some time in the RV, we decided we wanted a smooth transition without the trim creating a visual break in the walls. It’s amazing what some paint can do to open up a room!
Once all of the painting was complete, it was the moment we’d been waiting for. Flooring!
This was when we really started to see our vision come to life. It was so exciting to see the room starting to look complete!
Don’t think that the bedroom was left out of all this fun. We preferred working in the Great Room, as opposed to the bedroom, because it was much hotter “upstairs”. I guess that’s what happens when you decide to renovate during one of the hottest months of the summer. We hope to install a second a/c unit at some point, and possibly replace the emergency window with one we can open to create better airflow.
Our first step in the bedroom was to remove the front rotted wall. There was apparently a leak at some point (which we haven’t found any evidence still exists) that caused the front wall to become soft and rotten.
After the wall and insulation were removed, we got a glimpse of the pink fiberglass shell. Before long, the master carpenter (my dad) had helped us install a shiny new wall.
Then I got to work painting upstairs. We decided at the last minute to paint a few walls in the bedroom a dark grey color. I really love the moody/sleepy vibe the grey walls provide. I can’t wait to take naps in here!
We are so excited to move in soon! I am looking forward to living in a space we have put so much time and effort into making our own.
Now I’m off to pack…we only have a few weeks before our departure and I’ve barely started!!