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Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno

RV Kitchen Renovation

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?

Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno

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:

Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno

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.

Renovating Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32LA | MountainModernLife.com

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!

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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.

Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno

Besides, paint can always be re-painted. It may not always be the most fun task, but it isn’t permanent.

Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno

If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen the mountain art I created on leftover reclaimed wood – the same kind we used for our rustic bathroom storage shelf.

Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno

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.

Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno

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.

Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno

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:

Product/Decor Sources:

I recently shared some kitchen reno tips over on Wayfair, along with some other bloggers, which you can check out here.

Are you planning to renovate the kitchen in your camper or have you already updated it? If so we would love to hear about it in the comments below!


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Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno
Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno
Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno
Thinking about updating the kitchen in your camper? Come see how we made a huge impact in our motorhome with our RV kitchen renovation! | MountainModernLife.com #RVreno

Comments

  • Carmen Heussner

    Wow, whàt a wonderful transformation! Awesome job and great ideas! Carmen

    October 4, 2016
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    • Lynsey Mcgaugh

      I want my camper kitchen to look just like this!! I am in love!!

      April 14, 2017
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  • I really enjoy the black! It looks great with the wood and copper you’ve got here!

    October 4, 2016
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  • Laurie Thurman

    Looks Amazing!!!! I would camp ever day in that!!

    October 4, 2016
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  • April

    Wow! It looks so great! It looks like a mini home kitchen!

    October 4, 2016
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  • Ardith

    Beautiful job, you two…group hug! Cheers, Ardith

    October 4, 2016
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  • Kathy ykema

    What a beautiful new kitchen!! Very well done. Can you tell us more about the paint you used on your cabinets? Was that process difficult? Does paint hold up?
    Would also love to know how you turned wood flooring into those wonderful new counters!!
    Enjoy your adventure!!

    October 4, 2016
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      • Dave

        hi Katie,

        With the cabinet paint (uppers), waht finish did you use? Eggshell, semigloss, or? I am currently redoing my 31′ Winnie and making decisions on paint. I am doing white cabinets, grey walls, which is the grey clouds color, a super light grey

        I really all the posts, love what you guys are doing.

        March 28, 2019
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  • Diane Near

    Looking great, you will be able to start your own reno business after you complete your own project. Good on you both.

    October 4, 2016
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  • You and your husband have made such a beautiful and creative space in your RV. You are both very ‘handy’ and brilliant in what you have achieved. You make a great ‘team’ 🙂 I am sorry to hear about your water leak, but to be quite honest it was obviously for the best in one way as it made you paint your cabinets in the colour which was in your first thoughts, which for me was the best way for you to go, specifically as the frames of your windows are black too and black is a ‘classic’ colour and they look just stunning. You were right when you said the grey looks ‘good’ it did, but now you have achieved ‘stunning’. Love, love, love it all and ….. of course, being on your ‘Renovation Journey’ with you both 🙂

    October 4, 2016
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  • Marlene

    Most people would keep top and bottom one color. But that is awesome. It looks …maybe not bigger… but less cramped. My SIL is on her second rv, and we have one also, so having worked in three I know the cramped feeling. We want to redecorate ours and your site has given me many ideas.

    October 4, 2016
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  • Nicki Terry

    I love this makeover!

    October 4, 2016
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  • Judy

    Never in a million years would I have imagined how great matte black would look with the white uppers. I agree with another comment that it looks less cramped. I think it’s because it is broken up, instead of feeling like one (relatively) big wall of cabinets. Also, I noticed that in the before photo, the black microwave seemed to stick out, and now it looks smaller, and an intentional part of the design process! Hats off to you!

    October 4, 2016
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  • Tess Sole

    We have been trying to use command hooks and foam double stick tape to hang things in our new trailer, but, nothing will stick!!!! Do you have any suggestions to get them to stick or alternative products? We’re going crazy over this! By the way, I love what you’ve done with your makeover!!!!

    October 4, 2016
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      • Using a dehumidifier makes a big difference! We frequently travel to humid areas and we can’t believe the amount of moisture it removes. It’s a must for all full-timers.

        March 4, 2017
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  • Gretchen

    Glad you went for the black—it’s a perfect backdrop for your wood and copper accents. The whole kitchen looks great.

    October 4, 2016
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  • Its beautiful,love the wood finish,for an RV I did think black was too dark but having seen all the light from windows it is just great.

    October 4, 2016
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  • Mom

    You two are amazing! The black looks wonderful and I thought the grey looked great! Katie keep making the decisions! They are always the right ones! Love you?

    October 4, 2016
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  • I dearly love the renovations to your RV, it looks incredible! I have been begging my husband to do this for about 4-5 years, and he still is procrastinating. I guess I will have to just get it and get started on my own, then he will take over, because he doesn’t always like the way I do it. Hee Hee, he doesn’t know that’s how I get him to do most projects!

    I want to live an travel in it for a few years, and to continue to write my blog. I am seriously hoping that after seeing your renovations, and reading about your escapades traveling, that he will change his mind and decide to do it too! Please pray for us, so we can get going too!

    October 7, 2016
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  • You did AMAZING work!!! We have a camper not a RV, but I am wanting to make our camper “ours.” I have brought up to my husband about painting the walls. Did you paint over the wall paper and boarders or did you strip the wall paper? Maybe I can get him on board and do a winter project.

    October 25, 2016
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  • This looks amazing! My boyfriend and I are getting ready to remodel a camper of our own and posts like this make me so excited! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    November 8, 2016
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  • Ariana vera

    Hi. We did the same thing to our camper almost a year ago and love it. But we thought itr would be impossible to replace our countertops because it’s kind of a weird pattern and layout. How did u guys cut out the countertops? I’m confused about how you did that all.

    November 11, 2016
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  • Ginger Adrian

    You did an amazing job on the reno! I didn’t see you post anywhere about what flooring you used. I’m looking at options and am having a hard time deciding. I really like the look of yours.

    November 15, 2016
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  • Wow such a simple but amazing renovation! Love the way the white on black looks on your cabinetry, I guess that little surprise having to take them down worked out in the end.

    November 24, 2016
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  • Donna

    Finally, someone who knows how to take pictures of a remodel! I live in my 29 foot full-time (single lady retired) and have started planning kitchen remodel because I’m vertically challenged. MW is too high and I would like more counter space. I’m going to take out range/oven and replace with 2-burner cooktop then install MW/Convection below. Your ideas and perseverance are great. I look forward to your projects.

    December 12, 2016
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  • I love it! We just sold our remodeled camper trailer and bought a brand new much bigger one! Even though it’s brand new, I plan on glamping in out.
    Do the wood counters add a lot of weight? We are looking towards laminate/Formica… whatever they are called because of the weight. Our trailer is 6800lbs, our car can haul 9k. But we fit things for 5 kids in there!

    February 10, 2017
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  • Lana Turner

    The before was much better. Why people paint over beautiful wood grain makes no sense

    April 19, 2017
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      • Doris

        What is covering the cooktop? I have a small kitchen and would like more counterspace.

        January 2, 2019
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        • Hey Doris, it’s actually a cover that came with the cooktop. It has padding on one side and a hard surface on the top side. I think you could make one of these fairly easy or order one. Though I have to say I really like the padding on the underside for two reasons, one being that it helps hold it in place, and the other is that it eliminates noise as it sits on the stove top. Anyway I hope this helps.

          January 28, 2019
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  • This is just what I had in mind for hubby and me to live in as we get back on our feet financially and maybe do some traveling after he retires. Thank you for showing us what can be accomplished.

    June 7, 2017
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  • Black and White.. Awesome! I really like your RV kitchen, Katie. Love that colour too.
    Keep up sharing your great ideas.

    July 12, 2017
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  • Candice Lee

    Backsplash, is it the peel and stick? Love the Remodel!!!!

    November 1, 2017
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  • really awesome post

    January 21, 2018
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  • I think the oven is hanging too high up, will have difficulty in using.

    May 2, 2018
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  • Awesome! I really like your RV kitchen, Katie. Love that colour too.
    Keep up sharing your great ideas.

    June 13, 2018
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  • Just pure brilliance from you here. I have never expected something less than this from you and you have not disappointed me at all. I suppose you will keep the quality work going on. I also learn something in kitchen remodeling.

    August 30, 2018
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  • Denise Duffey

    Would love a picture showing sink side!

    September 15, 2018
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    • Hey Denise, I thought we had some in there, but I may not be understanding you correctly. Would you mind explaining for me in more detail?

      December 11, 2018
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