This is actually a "reblog" if you will. I get a lot of questions about our RV Remodel. I decided to use Tuesdays to do a new series, "Tiny Tuesdays" where I will go over different parts of the RV and talk about how we remodeled them and give sources. I thought I would start off with a space that I blogged about over a year ago. I have a lot of new readers here, so rather than have you dig through the "archives" I've undearthed the post for you! So here it is:
If you have spent any time looking into RV bedroom remodels, you know that there's not much you can with them. They kind of are what they are. There's not a lot of space to change up the layout, so you have to use decor and design to make a tiny room feel spacious and functional. When we bought Tippy: The Tiny Beach House, everything was brown. Yucky, ugly brown. I set out to change that.
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The before of this room is just very, "brown." It's funny because I always say that I don't understand why RV manufacturers make everything brown, and yet the person we bought Tippy from had painted everything brown...so go figure. Also, why is there a TV mount behind the bed? No idea. That obviously got removed.
The bedroom wasn't the worst part of the camper (that would be the bathroom, or maybe the mouse eaten kitchen...its a toss up). However it wasn't really aesthetically pleasing to me. I knew I wanted a calm, sea side oasis.
I actually primed the room white before my dad came in and offered to spray the whole camper. I'm thankful because it had already soaked up a whole gallon of primer and looked like it was going to need a few coats of paint. He sprayed all of the walls and the four cabinets white as part of his whole camper paint job. I love how it came out and it really made the room feel much bigger.
Next up were the floors. The person that we bought it from had started replacing the flooring in the main living area with wood, but planned on carpeting the bedroom. This meant that the floor was a plywood one. For a brief second I thought about carpet, but then I remembered that I was going to be camping...at the beach...with dirt...and sand...and suddenly white carpet, any carpet really, sounded like a terrible idea.
It took me quite a few internet and in person searches to match the flooring to the living room. While I was never able to get the exact same floor, I did find something very close and when all is said and done, I don't think you can notice. In fact, I prefer the floor I bought and some day (you know years from now) we may replace whats in the main area with the same floor I bought. I found it at Lowes. It was from the Lowe's Style Selections line and the color was Ginger Hickory. You can find it here. I have no affiliation with Lowes at this time, it was just really awesome flooring for a really awesome price.
I couldn't believe how affordable it was, $.99 a square foot, and it took us no time at all to put down (at least in the bedroom, the slide is another story). A lot of RV's have this weird boxlike thing in the bedroom where the "night stands" and the bed sit. It's actually the external pass through storage, but it makes for a weird bedroom set up. It's usually covered in carpet, but again ours was plywood. We decided to cover it with leftover flooring on the top and then Shiplap down the sides. Even though technically no one will see it, I'm glad we did because it really made it feel like a "finished" room. (My dad who helped me renovate, is fond of reminding me that just because you don't see it, you'll know it's there and that's what matters. We are very different in our DIY philosophies in this respect. I'm more of the if you don't see it then save the paint mindset, but he was right on this one).
So that was really it in terms of the physical changes, we swapped out the light for a new LED one and I finally got to decorating.
We decided right away that we wanted a comfortable bed. I'm tall, full size mattresses just don't do it for me. Bf doesn't like them either. Most RV's have what's called a "short queen." It's a little bigger than a full, a little smaller than a queen mattress. We opted to go for a regular sized queen and a 12 inch memory foam mattress at that (seriously the right choice, it's so comfortable that I want to replace my bed at home with it). This is the one we got and I love it so much that I want to swap my mattress at home for it. What all this meant was the bed was going to basically take up the whole room, so I knew that the bedspread was going to be really important in terms of decor.
I found the comforter at TJ Maxx so its always a toss up if you can find it at yours. What I liked was that it had both navy blue and sea green colors. I was on the fence with which "blue" I was going to incorporate into the camper. I really wanted a steel blue, but I kept finding sea green. Once I found this comforter, I knew it was the one for me. It opened up the idea of mixing blues (duh) and set the perfect tone for the other rooms. While I can't find that exact one, I LOVE this one (although its a little more that I spent on mine). This one at Walmart has similar colors, though its a bit bolder than mine and is priced similarly.
Unfortunately when we bought the camper one of the night stands had been removed. I originally planned to remove the second one because I like symmetry, but I'm glad I kept it. It's great to have a beautifully designed room, but let's be honest, bf doesn't really care if his nightstand is well curated, he just needs a place for a glass of water should he wake up in the middle of the night.
I'm planning on building out another nightstand for the other side in the near future, but for now we have one to work with. It was painted white along with the rest of the cabinets, and I used a marble contact paper to cover the top. Easy-peasy.
I'm a fan of the "rule of three" in decor so I challenged myself to find three and only three things to put on the night stand. I didn't want it to be overwhelmed with "stuff" as my decorating can sometimes become. I found a sea foam green piece of coral and it a sparkly "rope" frame next to each other at The Christmas Tree Shops, they were $3 and $4 respectively. I then saw this little sign that I originally planned to hang over the door in the bedroom, but I decided it balances out the night stand. "The Beach is My Happy Place." I like the idea of waking up to it every morning and it was under $5 so that was a no brainer as well. I also bought a cute macrame wall hanger that will cover the cable crank. Your Christmas Tree Shop may have different stock available, but you can also try their website! They also don't have my throw on their website, but I did see it last time I went to the store (cough, yesterday, cough). So you may have luck still!
I had originally bought two prints at CTS that I loved, but am a super clutz and broke one of them. This left me with one, "Seas the Day" print, but I love it. I'm still trying to decide where to hang it. I'll show you when I do.
There's still a few things left to do, I have to get knobs for the cabinets and some kind of rug. We mounted a TV in the corner and I want to get a plant hanger for under it. I also think we need some hooks for sweatshirts and we added a sliding door that broke in transport so we need to fix that. All in time! For now, it's livable and calm and I can hear the waves when I sleep!
What are some tips that you have for decorating small spaces? Do you ever use the rule of 3?