I'm SO glad this little kitchen makeover is finally done. It may be tiny, but renovating our camper kitchen was a bigger job than I ever imagined! Let me share with you how I took our early 90s kitchen in Our DIY Camper into this decade with some paint and simple supplies.
Here's what our RV's kitchen looked like when we first bought it:
It's your typical honey oak kitchen that was so popular in the early 90s. You can read more about our camper BEFORE right here.
Here's how our camper's kitchen looks NOW:
I think it looks quite different, don't you?
The best part about this makeover was that it didn't cost much at all.
I won't lie: it was A LOT of work, but I think the results are 100% worth all of the effort.
I think paint has made the biggest difference in this makeover.
We also had to remove & replace the entire back wall due to water damage, but thankfully my handy hubby is good at these kinds of things!
I removed all of the cabinet doors in the camper, and then sanded, primed and painted everything with paint I already had on hand. You can see more of this process in the video at the end of this post. This took the most time, but I wanted to make sure that I did a good job so that the paint lasted! A coat of poly at the end of the process helps keep my paint from chipping.
Some shiplap-look wallpaper helped give the wall by the dinette some interest (you can read about the dinette's upholstery job right here), and I spray painted some decorative aluminum in Rustoleum's Copper Rose colour to replace the dated fabric panels that were in the cupboards. I used the same Rustoleum metallic spray paint in oil rubbed bronze to paint all of the hinges and screws in the cupboard doors' hardware so that everything looked updated and refreshed.
Since I had so much of it from our own home's renovation, I decided to paint our kitchen both white and black for a fun statement.
I painted the fridge in the same way I painted the rest of the cabinets, and a rod with hanging baskets and hooks on the accent wall and the wall beneath the range hood act as decorative and functional storage.
For the walls in the kitchen, I had the pleasure of trying out Smart Tiles. These are peel & stick tiles that have the best sticking power that I've ever encountered! I tested them for a month or so on one of the walls (these are the Metro Blanco tiles for a classic subway tile look), and once I was satisfied that they'd stick to our camper's walls, I installed the rest of the tiles on the entire wall of the kitchen. You can see how I did it in the video below.
Watch Our DIY Camper kitchen makeover video:
What's next for Our DIY Camper renovation?
We still have to:
- do some paint touch-ups (on the dinette, the ceiling, the couch)
- sew a slipcover for the jack-knife sofa
- install a feature light fixture
- finish installing the vinyl plank flooring
- install some TVs
- refinish the bathroom
- clean the exterior
What do you think of our camper's kitchen makeover?