This family-friendly Toy Hauler renovation is filled with thrifted finds
Family-Friendly Toy Hauler renovation
TYPE OF RV
2015 Grand Design Momentum 380 TH
5 months (on and off)
What inspired you to experience #RVlife?
When my husband was going to be a travel nurse we wanted the consistency and comfort of a home to take with us. At first we wanted a tiny house, but then we saw people were remodeling RVs, we knew that would be way more affordable and easier to move. We’ve always liked the idea of creating something to feel like a home. We gathered a lot of inspiration from Pinterest.
What made you choose your specific Toy Hauler?
We really liked the idea of a toy hauler and having extra living space vs more bedrooms. I had seen this floorplan and knew right away I wanted to open up the doors and make it one big open floorplan. I didn’t think my husband would like the idea of having everything open so I never showed him this one. One day he was looking for rvs online and asked what I thought about this one and I was like I love it!! I’ve had it on my Pinterest board for awhile! That’s how I knew this was the right one!
How would you describe your decorating style?
Vintage and thrifty. I love anything old and beautiful! I try to always paint before we replace. I painted our whole bathroom (sink, counter, floor and faucet too) and only replaced the vanity and we love how it turned out!
Was your Toy Hauler renovation inspired by anything or anyone specific?
Before we had Instagram, we just had Pinterest and that’s where I saw Autumn’s toy hauler from @theasphaltgypsy. That’s when we knew we wanted a toy hauler. We loved how she made the main bedroom into the kids’ room. Her home is so beautiful! We were also inspired by Karlee and Weston Marsh from @karleeandweston. Not only are their renovations gorgeous, but they give so many tips on RV remodeling!!
What’s your favorite aspect of interior design?
I just love all the endless possibilities! If you don’t like something, you can always change it! I like changing one little thing at a time instead of tearing everything out and starting fresh. I always try to paint first before I replace. There’s paint out there for everything now!! We used appliance epoxy on our fridge, oven, countertops and bathroom and it saved us from having to replace all that because it was all totally functional.
What are your favorite places to shop for decor?
I always like to check thrift stores first. Most of the decor in our RV is either from a thrift store, Ikea, etsy or my mom’s attic. I also love World Market!
What was most challenging about this Toy Hauler renovation?
The hardest part for us was finding a piece of trim for the slide out transition. We bought and returned so many different pieces. Finally, a family friend made us a trim piece out of oak that fits perfect!
What’s your favorite piece of decor or splurge-worthy item that was incorporated into the interior?
We really love our green couch from Ikea! The material is like a dark green velvet and it has held up so well with three kids and a dog. I don’t have to worry about it getting dirty or rather seeing the dirt like I would a lighter color couch. It’s also really wide when you take off the back cushions so it can double as an extra sleeping space. We didn’t want an uncomfortable sleeper sofa so this was perfect for us!
What project made the most difference?
Probably when we opened up the toy hauler garage section to the main living section. When we removed those doors, it made the whole RV feel so much bigger!
What piece of advice would you give someone about to embark on an RV remodel?
Take it slow! Don’t be in a rush to tear everything out and buy all new. Everything in our grand design was built so well we really tried to do more changing rather than replacing. Also, remember to design or decorate to what you like and what works best for your family. I almost took down our blinds, but decided to keep them because they were so functional and small you barely notice them once the awnings above were gone. I can’t imagine trying to find all new blinds for the different sized windows!
Do you have a favorite RV destination or camping spot?
We are currently in between the Blue Ridge Parkway, VA and Shenandoah National Park and it’s beautiful!
Most asked about product sources:
We have been asked about our green paint color in our kitchen. We mixed Sherwin Williams pewter green and ripe olive together to get the right shade.