RV remodel series

It serves as “home away from home”, so hopefully, its still considered a “home improvement”.   We are excited to have purchased our first RV for a steal, a 1995 Class A motorhome.  Its 33′ and completely outdated.  It didn’t help that my daughter has already said it looks like Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine upon first sighting. Sure shiny brass, teal and purple may be heaven for some, but not this home improvement nerd.  I’m considering a total redo and converting to a sandy tan, chocolate brown and maybe a cranberry color scheme.  It’s all about presentation, right??

Here’s the new blank slate, what my daughter has now dubbed “Road Kill”:

Day 1: Demo of carpet, prep walls for paint

It took about 2 hours to demo the existing carpet and linoleum flooring.  Doing so, I can see how much dirt lives under carpets even with the cleanest of Mr. and Mrs. Clean’s.  Yuck!  Another bonus to doing this is that we can now see just how good of shape the sub floors are.

The interior walls have a wallpaper covering throughout.  In case you haven’t read it before, you can save yourself a lot of time and sanity by leaving a wallpaper in place and painting directly over it.  http://agirlcandoit.com/2010/04/22/paint-over-old-wallpaper/

Here’s my secret:  Using 2 1/2 cans of spray texture set to “fine”, I sprayed the texture directly over the wallpaper.

Day 2:    Painting, painting, painting

Allowing the texture to completely dry overnight, I began painting.  I use Behr’s Paint and Primer in one over wallpapers.    The painted walls instantly tone down the teal.  I’m rethinking my color scheme strategy already.  Maybe it also helps that after I have been gathering estimates for reupholstering or a replacement of furniture inside, it would run over $2,000.  Yes, the teal isn’t looking so bad after all.

Tomorrow-Flooring!

Published in: on April 16, 2011 at 9:08 am  Comments (4)  
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Quick and inexpensive makeover for your stairs

A friend of mine decided to give her stairs an update and loved the look of iron balusters, but didn’t want the big investment that goes along with it to change those out.  Her old stairs were painted in a traditional look with a stained oak railing on white baluster.  To imitate the look and feel of iron, she decided to paint them black.    See for yourself the dramatic and elegant change accomplished with some patience, a light sanding of the old finish, a can of flat black paint and a good paintbrush:

And now:

Look at how her neutral beige paint instantly warms up against the new finish!  In this example, the rails will have a glaze finish coat that will add  a slight sheen and layer of protective finish.   What a difference for a project that can be accomplished in a weekend!

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 8:46 am  Comments (3)  
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Quick and easy makeover for your front entryway for under $100

First impressions are lasting impressions.    At first glance, it may not seem like there is anything wrong with this entrance.  Upon closer inspection however, I found a rusting hollow metal door, chipped paint, brick covered with vines, mismatched door hardware and a tired light fixture.

Still have a little painting to do, but this should give you an idea of the changes you can achieve with a few simple items and a free weekend:

1)  Remove the vines-Cost $0  (time to complete: 2 days)

The vines are no doubt very attractive and give a formal look, but they are also very damaging to your mortar and are  haven for bugs. Once removed, I pressure washed the brick so the brick’s rich colors would shine through the dust and grime that had accumulated over the years.

2)  Fresh paint- Cost $15  (time to complete 1 1/2 hours)

In this instance, I decided on a color change.  I went from a forest green to a deep red rose color in a quart of Behr’s paint and primer in one.  I added some colorful plants in the pots that flank the entrance that compliment the new red.

3)  New door hardware, door knocker and kickplate-Cost $55  (time to complete: 1 hour)

Because I am trying to maintain a historical feel for this property, I decided on the oil rubbed bronze.  The kick plate concealed the rusting blemish at the bottom of the door while also adding a sense of sophistication to the entrance.

4)  New entry light-Cost $25 (time to complete: 30 minutes)

Same as the door hardware, I found a carriage style light fixture on oil rubbed bronze to place above the front door.

Welcome in!


How to give new life to old home decor for as little as $1

Wall decor found in brown but repainted in black to match new decor

Redoing a room in a new color scheme and suddenly find yourself faced with the dilemma of spending more money on decor pieces to match?  Even crazier, have you found yourself trying to find that perfect light fixture or decor piece but its the wrong color?  Don’t let a little color issue get in the way.  Worry no more, because with a can of the latest spray paints available and a little crafty work, you can give new life to that decor and re-use it.  The best part is, no one will know you just spent pennies on what will look like all new decor…what a great little secret!

Depending on what type of use the piece will get, you can find a can of spray paint for as little as $1 at most big box home improvement stores or discount stores.  Use a better quality paint for heavier use items such as exterior pieces, light fixtures, mirrors, etc.  Decor pieces that sit on a shelf or on a wall do just fine with the inexpensive paint.

Krylon’s line of spray paints come in a variety of finishes and can be applied to a variety of surfaces such as metals, plastics, wood, etc. so all is pretty much fair game! Just follow their application instructions to ensure a quality finish:

http://www.krylon.com/products/

Here’s some things recently repainted with a $1 can of spray paint for my tween/teen room project, but should give you an idea of the variety of finishes that can be painted:

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