Alright, here's PART 2 of the RV renovations!
We used peel and stick tiles from Home Depot. The adhesive was not strong enough to hold the tiles so we used extra to make sure they stayed up. For the caulking we used a silicone rubber grout and a waterproof paint for the ceiling. Originally the tub was a disgusting yellow, we used a tub resurfacing kit which so far has held up great! No scratches!
The divider for the bathroom used to be an accordion door but it was in bad shape. We kept the ceiling track in ran on and ordered new glides with hooks so we could hang a curtain… Not much privacy in the Winnebago!
We also bought a new ceiling fan and Tim installed it, there was a leak coming in from the old one that caused some ceiling damage.
We had a custom mattress made from Brentwood home and it was the best decision. Having a comfortable bed makes such a difference and really makes the RV feel like home and a place we look forward to staying in. We brought in our favorite bedding to help as well. The blanket is from Shop Viariaz, the large pillow from ShopFleaMarketFab, one from Swoon Rugs and three from dkrenewal.
We added the sconce in the bedroom from Rejuvenation as well, it’s the only new light we added but helps in making the space feel more like a home and less like an RV.
The beautiful wall hanging is from Wanderlux Jewelry and looks like it was custom made for the space but it wasn’t, it’s just perfect that’s all!
The wall behind the bed we used another wallpaper I found on Amazon, it adds a nice texture to the space.
We installed a wall mount to hang our computer monitor which acts as our TV and a small shelf to hold the sound bar and cell phones for charging. We stream all of our shows from Tim’s phone using an adapter.
Another pull out drawer was added under the bed to create more storage without having to remove the entire mattress!
We didn’t need to do much to the exterior, just freshened up the stripes using a paint called 1shot.
We have been planning this journey since August 2016 and thought we would save a ton of money but as per usual we really didn’t. Fortunately we made it work in different ways. This year we had a tax return so all of that was set aside (about $2,000), my grandparents had left me $3,000 that I’ve been holding on to for a special occasion and this seemed like the perfect thing to use it on. We also sold almost everything in our house and made around $3,500.
So, the day we left (June 1st 2017) we had $8,500 set aside.
While we’re on the road I will be working with companies as an influencer and expect to make some extra money doing that. I think having that opportunity is such a gift, I get to choose brands that I love and want to help grow their businesses while supporting our journey.
Cost of renovation: (this is an estimate, I didn’t save receipts) I was also sponsored by several companies to make this renovation possible. The prices I’m listing below are what it would cost to buy everything:
Flooring (carpet and vinyl) $650
Wallpaper (I have a ton of leftover paper) $400
Window coverings $70
Cabinet Hardware $240
Dining Table and Hardware $140
Bed and Bedding $1,200
Shower tiles and paint $160
New countertops $55
Exterior paint $30
Door Lock $260
Speakers and Stereo $90
Backup camera $50
New fan $120
Engine tune up $400
2 new tires $300
Sealant on roof $120
Total in renovations: $6,805
Cost of RV: $5,000
Grand Total: $11,805
Cost of living on the road will be written in the next post! It's not pretty but good to know how much you can expect to pay for living and repairs.