Give Your RV a Little Facelift

I made a fun "dream catcher" with some items I had at home.  It is lightweight and adds some color.  

It's no secret that I love a good project.  This is true both at home in our RV.  Plus, a little bit of  TLC here and there can go a long way in a small space.  It is also a lot easier than you think.  Today, I'm talking about giving your RV a little facelift with some simple fun items!
The little tray is a Dollar Tree item that has been painted.  I added a couple of labels I downloaded and used Mod Podge to adhere them.  Easy and lightweight.

Give your RV a Little Facelift

Before you start to tell me how you are just into camping and not decorating, I feel you.  And, there is a balance between the two.  But, I like the feeling of a homey and inviting space to return to at the end of the day.  This means different things to different people.  

My peel and stick tile was a early project that I still love.

Peel and Stick Tile

A popular trend with RV owners is to put in a peel and stick backsplash in their bathrooms or kitchens.  This is an easy and inexpensive project to do.  I started with the area around our kitchen sink using a plain white "tile".  I love the clean lines.  It is easy to wipe and stays put pretty well.

For any peel and stick project, you need:
  • Clean and dry walls!  Wipe the surface with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue or items that might hinder the adhesive.  Let it dry complexly.
  • Have a sharp blade for trimming tile.  I would also get a sharp pair of scissors to cut pieces. 
  • Use a measuring tape to measure spaces and help you mark and plan.
  • Use a scrapper or smoothing tool to press the adhesive onto the walls and remove any bubbling.   
Take your time.  Don't get in a rush.  And skip cheap products that won't yield good results!  Ask me how I know!

The wallpaper in my bathroom has been an ordeal because I tried to do this on the cheap.  I finally got the results I wanted with a higher quality product!

Peel and Stick Wallpaper

I have completed several projects over the years with peel and stick wallpaper.  These projects can provide a lot of bang for your buck!  And, you don't have to wallpaper your whole interior.  Add it to spaces that will be seen.  Choose spaces like a focal wall in the bathroom, behind the stove or sink, behind a bed or around bunk ends.  

I did a wallpaper background on our popup camper interior door years ago.  I loved how it looked, and it was such a quick project!  If you are a popup camper owner, this is simple way to add color and a personal touch.

I love this pop of color and pattern that I see anytime I walk in.  Its refreshing and brightens the interior!

When we bought our travel trailer, I took the same concept and added it to our murphy bed wall.  Again, it was quick, afternoon project.  The finished results were immediate and looked stunning.  We have owned our RV for nearly 5 years now.  That wallpaper is still in place and in good shape.

I recently added some wallpaper to our bathroom wall behind the toilet and also around our bunk ends.  I think the impact is tremendous.  It was a small amount of work, but the results look amazing.  These touches make our space feel like home.

Here are some tips for using peel and stick wall paper in your RV with any project:
  1. Start with a clean surface.  Wipe everything down thoroughly with a generic cleaner that will remove residue.  Then, follow with alcohol to take anything off the wall and surface that would prohibit the adhesive from sticking.  Let it DRY THOROUGHLY!
  2. Next, you will want to have a nice clean blade to cut with and a little scraper to get everything smooth and into every crevice.  
  3. Get a good wallpaper!
  4. Measure your space ahead and purchase accordingly.  Make sure to account for matching patterns.  So, you will want to purchase some overage to account for this.
So, about number 3.  I went through more than one failed attempt at wallpapering our bathroom wall.  I could have saved a lot of time, frustration and money if I had bought good, solid wallpaper from the start.  This most recent time, I used wallpaper from Lowes so that I could just go and pick it out!  

However, I have purchased wallpaper from Amazon.  The farm style wallpaper around our murphy bed is from Amazon.  It still looks good.  But, thin, cheap wallpaper will yield cheap and poor results that are just annoying to be quite honest.  Spoonflower has some great designs that I see lots of RV owners use. Read the reviews and go from there.  But for roughly $45, my bathroom walls and bunk walls look amazing!  I used one roll per space and LOVE the results.  

I use Velcro strips to hang many things in our RV with good results.  These are all lightweight flat items that I bought at Dollar General and Buc-ees.

RV Décor

Your overall RV décor will also greatly impact your space.  It doesn't have to be complicated or expensive.  I keep a few things in a plastic container that I put out on our trips.  Some things hang permanently on our walls using Velcro strips.  

These are more Dollar General finds.  You can find items like this any time of year.  They don't cost much and are really light weight.

I made this pillow with left over fabric from different projects.  I added a patch that I bought in Marfa to complete the look.

I like these camping pictures.  I bought one at Target and one came in a subscription box one summer.

Tips for RV Décor:
  1. Choose things that are lightweight and easy to hang, store and display.   Don't overcomplicate things.
  2. Use adhesive Velcro strips and hooks to hang things.  These are easy to remove and won't damage your walls.
  3. There are lots of stores that have fun décor regularly that I use.  Dollar General is a personal favorite.  But I know that Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Dollar Tree and other places see items that are fun to use.  
  4. Bedding and throw pillows also jazz up a space easily and don't weigh you down.  Use these things to add color in fun ways.
I made this magnet board with a pizza pan from Dollar Tree and a few other random items.  It only cost a few dollars to make and allows me to put things on my fridge!

Finally, take your time decorating your space.  It doesn't have to be done over night.  Find out what works for you.  And, sometimes the décor is an extension of the places you love and where you travel.  I have incorporated things like fun fabrics, a patch I found at a shop from Marfa, and even stickers from the places we have gone or the RV Sticker Exchange.  It all reflects who we are as RV travelers and where we love to go as a family!

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