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The holidays certainly put the RV reno on hold but I wanted to update you on the progress we’ve made so far.

Renovation Progress: RV Kitchen Cabinets – PART ONE

For those of you that are new here, my husband and I purchased an RV that we are updating, which we will move into in a few months. The plan is to travel the US for a year in search of the perfect mountain town to call home.

Although our RV was in pretty good condition when we bought it (used), it certainly wasn’t our taste. We are all about making a space feel personal so we are transforming the coach into our rustic-modern motorhome. You can read more of our RV backstory here.


UPDATED Post: How to paint RV kitchen cabinets!


We have also been asking our readers to help narrow down some of the design decisions along the way. I really wanted a two-toned kitchen but wasn’t sure how it would work in such a small, open space. I decided to take the risk and put the lower cabinets paint color up for a vote.  I would have been happy with either but the winning paint color was BEHR Mined Coal. It’s a medium/dark gray and I think it looks amazing next to white and all of the rustic wood touches we plan to incorporate.

Favorite Options for Painting the RV Kitchen Cabinets

We also asked for your help in deciding which flooring to use and I’m really excited that the warmer flooring won out in the end. Update: You can read about our new RV flooring installation HERE.

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We still have a ridiculously long list of items to update and with only a few months left before we hit the road, we have our work cut out for us.

RV Reno Setbacks

Of course what reno would be complete without hiccups? We recently discovered a really bad ceiling leak in the bathroom (boooooooo), which isn’t covered under our crazy extensive warranty because it wasn’t caused by plumbing. We had our insurance company come out to take a look at it last week but the holidays have certainly slowed everything down, and we are still waiting to hear back as to whether it’s covered or not.

If not, it looks like we will have to figure out how to fix that too which may push back our original time frame for installing the flooring. And of course, it’s been raining almost every day here for the past few weeks. We are staying positive though and realize that every opportunity (both good and bad) is a learning experience.

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Anyway,  I wanted to share a few photos of the kitchen area so that you can see the progress that’s been made. We still need to paint the vents/registers, do a few touchups, paint or change some of the screws, update the counters, the backsplash, make the wood window frames and I could go on and on and on. We also haven’t installed the microwave/convection oven back because we need to do the backsplash.

I’ll admit that it’s sometimes tough for me to share progress photos because I’m a perfectionist that can never have anything perfect and progress photos are well…not perfect. Haha.

I’m learning to let go of that, especially because it’s really fun to look back and see the changes that have been made. And of course, our goal is to inspire you to personalize your own home, and as we all know… things are not always perfect along the way. 🙂

The BEFORE:

Here is what the kitchen area originally looked like in our 2008 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32LA:

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In Progress…

I plan to share a more in-depth post in the future about how we painted the RV kitchen cabinets, but for now here are some photos of how they look in our tiny RV kitchen. And yes we plan to paint the vents/registers, just haven’t gotten to it yet.

Planning to update the kitchen in your camper or motorhome? Come check out the progress of our painted RV kitchen cabinets! MountainModernLife.com

Updated Hardware:

Let me also say that I LOVE the hardware we added to the RV kitchen cabinets. They completely change the look and feel of the space, don’t you think?

We used a combination of the bar pulls and the tab pulls from DLawless Hardware. We originally planned to spray paint the tab pulls rubbed oil bronze to match the bar pulls, but in the end, we decided to spray paint the bar pulls black to match the tabs.

Planning to update the kitchen in your camper or motorhome? Come check out the progress of our painted RV kitchen cabinets! MountainModernLife.com

Planning to update the kitchen in your camper or motorhome? Come check out the progress of our painted RV kitchen cabinets! MountainModernLife.com

Planning to update the kitchen in your camper or motorhome? Come check out the progress of our painted RV kitchen cabinets! MountainModernLife.com

Planning to update the kitchen in your camper or motorhome? Come check out the progress of our painted RV kitchen cabinets! MountainModernLife.com

UPDATE: Water Damage

Our biggest RV enemy (water) showed up within a few weeks of painting these cabinets and set things back a bit, or A LOT a bit.

Set back in our RV renovation

A girl’s allowed to change her mind…

You can read all about the water damage we found in our RV and how you can avoid the same mistake we did in this post. Since we had to remove the kitchen cabinets I decided to go with my first gut instinct and paint the lower cabinets black the second time around. Here’s a semi-updated photo. This photo isn’t perfect, you can obviously see that we have a few projects to complete and items to put away, but hey that’s real life, eh?

Planning to update the kitchen in your camper or motorhome? Come check out the progress of our painted RV kitchen cabinets! MountainModernLife.com

If you are planning to update your camper or RV, or even the kitchen in your stick and bricks home I hope you will feel inspired. What color do you plan to paint your RV cabinets?

Thank you so much to D Lawless Hardware for supplying the hardware for our RV Kitchen Cabinets!

additional resources

 

How to Paint RV Kitchen Cabinets

Our RV Kitchen Renovation

Rustic Modern RV Tour

Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinet Inspiration