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I’ve been struggling with keeping up with content and projects and emails, and orders, and well… everything for so long that I’ve fallen crazy behind. You may already know this and if not, welcome to my reality, although I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way.
In an ideal world, we would have been posting our RV renovation projects consistently and in some sort of organized fashion, but that hasn’t happened. I dropped the ball, many times… Woops.
Here’s the thing, before we left on our RV trip I felt like I was doggy paddling just to stay above water. And this went on for at least a year. Every time I thought I was going to get ahead some crazy wave would crash and there I was, paddling even harder.
We had a plan but as we all know, life doesn’t always go according to plan. Gotta keep it interesting, right?
However, moving from 1800 square feet into less than 300 has taught me a lot, and it’s only been two months. I’m learning to slow down, be more present, and most importantly not worry about how everyone else seems to have it all together when I’m over here feelin’ like a hot mess.
It’s funny that without a permanent address and A LOT less stuff I somehow feel more at ease, a lot less anxious, and a lot more fulfilled.
That’s not to say I don’t look forward to settling down in a year or so, but for now, I’m going to erase the prior expectations I had set up for us and focus on moving forward with a clean slate. It’s strange how taking off that type of pressure can be so liberating and energizing, isn’t it?
You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this… Eric and I had this idea of how our RV renovation was going to go, and naturally, that didn’t involve a massive water leak or generator issues, haha. We had also planned to share the projects we were working on along the way, to lead up to the final reveal of that specific space we had been working on. Well, that didn’t happen, so we’ve decided to say screw it and switch it up.
RV Kitchen Renovation
Today we’re going to share our RV kitchen renovation, and then link to the projects involved as they get posted later down the road.
We’ve been enjoying our tiny kitchen for two months now, but we still have a few projects on our to-do list. However, if I wait to share it until everything is “done” you may never see it, haha.
Here’s the before photo of our RV kitchen, just in case you need a refresher:
It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t our style, and every single person that owns a 2008 Tiffin Open Road 32La has this exact kitchen. We needed a space that felt like ours, ya know?
The plan was a rustic modern kitchen design that would also brighten up the space.
So the first thing we did was remove the cabinet doors so we could get started on the painting process, which you can read all about here.
From the beginning, I knew I wanted two-toned cabinets, but was torn between painting the lowers black or gray. To be honest, I really wanted black but everyone kept telling me I was crazy to put black cabinets in such a small space. In most circumstances, I would have done it anyway but for some reason, I was more nervous this time around with this being our first real renovation project.
So we painted the upper kitchen cabinets white and the lower cabinets in a medium gray. Two weeks later we discovered a massive water leak in the ceiling due to cracks in our skylight. The upper cabinets had to come out so we could replace the ceiling panel, and that’s when I made the decision to paint the lower cabinets black…
And I’m sooooooo glad I did!
Moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to paint the cabinets (or anything for that matter) the color you feel is right in your gut. You’re the one that’s gotta live in the space anyway, so do what’s going to make you happy.
I’ve swapped out the photos below with photos taken about a year after this post was written.
Besides, paint can always be re-painted. It may not always be the most fun task, but it isn’t permanent.
The backsplash was created from tongue and groove planks and the countertops were made out of oak wood flooring. We originally planned to do a faux shiplap but we had the leftover tongue and groove so we went that route instead.
I really wanted a single basin sink but finding one in the dimensions we needed (that wasn’t over budget) turned out to be a much bigger task than I anticipated. Luckily I scored a stainless steel sink for just $20 on eBay.
It may not be the biggest kitchen, but Eric and I spend a lot of time in here (mainly because the living room/office and kitchen are essentially one space), and we are really happy with it so far.
I’ll list the projects and sources below, but we’ll be sure to update the links as we add the projects to the blog.
So what do you think of our RV kitchen renovation? If nothing else I hope you feel inspired to create a space in your RV or sticks and bricks home that reflects your own personality and style.
Kitchen Renovation Projects:
- Updated Flooring
- Removed Wallpaper Border
- Kitchen Extension Flip-up Counter – this is already installed but we haven’t posted about it yet.
- Removing Kitchen Stove
- Removing Kitchen Sink
- Painted Cabinets
- Re-Stained Stair Railing
- Installed New Cabinet Hardware
- (Painted) Wood Planked Backsplash
- Created Wood Countertops from Flooring
- Replaced Kitchen Sink
- Replaced Kitchen Faucet
- Painted Vents
- Copper Paper Towel Holder
- Mountain Art
- Installed Roller Shades
- Cabinet Knobs/Drawer Pulls – D. Lawless Hardware with the exception of these for below the sink
- Faucet – Amazon – Don’t recommend it – Spend Good money on a Good faucet with a warranty!
- Sink – eBay
- Rug – The first rug we had was from HomeGoods (Similar one Here) but updated photos show one from Target
- Copper Canisters – HomeGoods – similar ones Here
- Wire/Rope Basket – HomeGoods
- Indigo Mugs – World Market -but in some photos, you may see Ceramic Mugs we purchased from a local artist
- Kitchen Towels – World Market and Target
- Potholders – World Market
- Magnetic Spice Containers – World Market (Honestly, not the biggest fan, they can be annoying to twist, Ikea and Amazon have similar options)
- Magnetic Spice Holder – Amazon
- Paper Towel Holder – this was a DIY
I recently shared some kitchen reno tips over on Wayfair, along with some other bloggers, which you can check out here.