Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hello we are......

Let me introduce ourselves to you...  we are Mark and Nancy.  We live in Northwestern Illinois near the Mississippi River in a small town.

Mark grew up camping with his grandparents in their Airstream and his parents who started out with a Merry Miler and worked their way up to Class A's.  He had camping in his blood, me... not so much.  My idea of camping was a super nice hotel.  :)

Recently we got the awesome idea of finding a used motor home and remodeling to my specifications.... if I was going to camp it was going to be in style!  I love to diy and not afraid of trying anything and my hubby just goes along with me and helps out in all of my projects!

The Fleetwood Tioga is a 2005 and only had 12,000 miles on it.  The only thing we knew it had going against it was the dated interior!  We purchased it the end of March and took off the same day for our first adventure to New Orleans.  The entire trip I searched the web on "what I could do to this beast"  I had it all planned out by the time we got home 9 days later.

Here is the "Before" tour.....

The first thing we did was rip out the carpet and linoleum and pull all the staples.  I removed the cushions and reupholstered all of them myself.  I painted the walls with a light gray latex paint Valspar Signature from Lowe's.

I then removed all the cabinet doors and replaced all the hinges.  I took off the handles and spray painted them with metallic paint.  I painted the cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Pain in WHITE.  The beauty of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is that you do not have to sand and normally I would not have.  I did have to roughen up some of the areas on the cabinets as I went along if the paint was not adhering well.  If I were to do this again I would have painted primer on the cabinets first.  Only because it would have saved some money on the ASCP.  It isn't cheap and I had to do several coats.  I would not have had to do so many if I had primed them first.  I did use the ASCP wax and buffed it to a sheen.  Next time I think I would just use Minwax Polyacrylic.  The wax holds up great!  I did my kitchen cabinets 3 1/2 years ago and they still look awesome.

So here are the after pictures.

For our backsplash we put the stainless steel look rectangular tiles that stick on from Menards but we used the Lockite grabber glue to install them so they wouldn't pop off down the road.  YAY the ugly border is gone!!!   I know someone is going to ask what I did to the counter tops.  For now I used marble contact paper and later we plan to put new counter tops in..  It suits me well for now... I would not cut on them anyway so we will see how they hold up... nothing lost if they don't it was not expensive.   We put some under cabinet lighting in that I purchased from IKEA.

I am not good at panoramic shots but here is one of the front area.

and another view..........

WE my hubby laid the new flooring.... we chose Lumber Liquidators Grizzly Oak Tranquility flooring.  It is vinyl planks that click together.  We chose a floating floor after reading reviews of people who had laid the stick on kind and they complained about in the heat of summer they popped up.  I hope we love these for the life of the camper!

One of my favorite transformations in the camper was the bathroom!  On one wall I put stick on wallpaper from Lowe's.  I had enough to do the entire room but thought it would be a bit much.  (the shelf the toilet paper is on is from IKEA)

We did take out the swivel seat with a seat belt and put in a cute chair I found at TJ Maxx.... I made the pillow as well as all of the curtains.  I couldn't wait to rip out all of the ugly (my opinion) upholstered drapery stuff and rip out those hard to get up and down window shades.  I replaced the window shades with room darkening roll up blinds!

Hope you enjoyed our little tour.  I am absolutely thrilled with how light and bright it all turned out! Our project we are working on now is replacing the carpet in the cab and I am reupholstering the seats.

Stay tuned for our next update!

Nancy and Mark