RV Bathroom Makeover on a Budget – Our DIY Camper

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Come see how I made over our camper’s dated bathroom on a budget with a lot of paint and tons of elbow grease!

RV bathroom makeover on a budget - great ideas!

Since renovating Our DIY Camper last year (take the full renovated tour from last summer right here), we’ve had so much fun camping in it. I think it’s one of the best purchases we’ve ever made and renovations we’ve ever done! I did leave one area undone to tackle this year, and that was the RV’s tiny bathroom. I knew it would be a ton of work even though it’s so small, and I was right!

Here’s how Our DIY Camper’s bathroom looked BEFORE:

RV bathroom makeover on a budget - great ideas!

RV bathroom makeover on a budget - great ideas!

And here it is now:

RV bathroom makeover on a budget - great ideas!

RV bathroom makeover on a budget - great ideas!

RV bathroom makeover on a budget - great ideas!

For a small amount of money, I updated the bathroom this summer so that we could enjoy it in all it’s renovated glory for this year’s camping season. I used lots of items I had on hand – mostly paint! – to give our camper’s bathroom a major makeover on a budget.

RV bathroom makeover on a budget - great ideas!

You can watch the video below to see the whole process, and then you can read the steps below to learn how I did the RV bathroom makeover:

RV Bathroom Renovation Steps:

  1. I cleaned the bathroom thoroughly including all the fixtures with a degreasing cleaner.
  2. I sprayed the tub, toilet, sink, and faucets with Rustoleum Tub & Tile Epoxy. I used 3 coats and 5 cans. This product is very toxic, so use a respirator when applying. I’m really happy with the smooth, washable finish and how it’s wearing so far.
  3. I spray painted the towel bar and doorknob with Rustoleum Metallics Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.
  4. I wiped down the door, cupboard and cupboard door with Gloss-Off to roughen up the surface for painting.
  5. I painted the door, cupboard, cupboard door, walls, ceiling & counter with Killz oil based primer. This helps the latex paint to stick.
  6. I painted the door, cupboard, cupboard door, walls, ceiling & counter with black and white semi-gloss latex paint I had on hand. I used a brush and a foam roller for a smooth finish.
  7. I used some leftover SmartTiles I had on hand from the camper’s kitchen makeover and applied them as a back splash a few feet above the countertop.
  8. I sealed the cupboard, cupboard door & countertop with Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane. I love how this repels water and keeps the paint from scratching or flaking off. You could also use this to seal your shower walls – we don’t really use our camper’s shower, so I didn’t seal the walls.
  9. I hung new black hooks on the walls and a rail with cups I found at Ikea over the counter to store toothbrushes, hair brushes etc.
  10. I used a vinyl plank flooring called Allure Stayplace Quincy Oak, cut it with a ruler and utility knife, and stuck it in place to cover the old vinyl flooring.

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RV bathroom makeover on a budget - great ideas!

I’m absolutely thrilled with how our camper’s bathroom makeover turned out, and I can’t wait to keep taking our RV out to enjoy the summer together! This makeover truly goes to show how you don’t have to spend a ton of money to completely makeover a space. Paint makes a huge difference!

Now tell me: What do you think of Our DIY Camper’s bathroom makeover?


RV bathroom makeover on a budget - great ideas!


  1. What a transformation! We just bought a trailer and, although it’s new, the style of it (mostly the oatmeal walls and strange upholstery) is a bit dated. Your trailer makeover has really inspired me to tackle some updates on my own!

  2. This is awesome. A true testament to the power of paint and hard work… and a few accessories. (I have that shower curtain too and looooove the pattern.) So happy to hear that you’re enjoying your RV so much.

  3. Hi, it takes so long so there’s so much progress already! Its really helpful to me. Cause I am going to remodel my bathroom next month. Thanks for the sharing this at the right time. Keep up with good work.

  4. When you are dealing with home renovations, the choices are eventually all yours. You are the person who needs to cherish the outcomes you end up with. The sky’s the breaking point when it comes to renovations. You can accomplish something standards like updating your kitchen or bathroom, or you can accomplish something progressively unique like adding a stage for storage to a room.

  5. What a great tutorial, thank you for the links.
    We have a 93 Travel trailer that we are updating, your remodel gave us lot of ideas.
    I have a question about durability, how has it held up so far?.

    1. This is the second year for the bathroom and it’s holding up great! Third year for the rest of our trailer and again, holding up fantastic!

  6. Great transformation. The Crud Cutter was abrasive enough that you didn’t have to do any sanding? We will be updating our whole camper and if I could just use this product instead of actually sanding, I will be pretty happy!

  7. What a great reno! Thanks for the inspiration.
    If I used stick and peel on the shower walls could I seal it with the varathane you recommened?

  8. LOVE your renovation. I’m just getting started. What did you use to hang the towel hook and ikea cup thingy?

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