Controlled Chaos: RV Renovation Part 1
Just when life on the road was finding it’s routine, we felt a subconscious need to create controlled chaos.
While camper shopping, we walked through many different models. Having never actually spent the night in a camper made any purchase a shot in the dark. However, we were up for the challenge. We wanted a fifth wheel camper for better stability while driving and taller ceilings, and eventually went with a 2014 Keystone Mountaineer. It had very little wear and tear and the floor plan that best suited our lifestyle.
This particular camper smelled good. Trust me, after walking through several used models…well, they just smelled.
We didn’t LOVE the decor package, but it was better than most. I’m surprised at how little the options have changed over the years. Many RVs still have what I call “the swirl” design on the exterior, and the interiors are often made with dark-colored fabrics and wood veneers. While our camper was less than 2 years old, it felt dark and the furniture was camper-esque.
After two months living in our home on wheels, it’s time to take the plunge and begin making it feel like home. It all started with one of the recliners breaking and gouging the wall behind it. We noticed the damage when we arrived to San Antonio and knew that the recliners were going to have to go. This past weekend we decided to replace all the furniture in the living space.
In addition, we’re sanding and painting the walls and the cabinets. We’ve been hard at work for 4 days now and still have quite a bit of work to go. I’m questioning whether it will all be worth it. Would we have enjoyed things as they were? Will living in a dust-encrusted home for several days be worth the results? We thought we’d share the before pictures to give you a glimpse into our humble abode. Once we’re finished you can help us decide if it’s better or worse.
The view of the rear entertainment center and living space. Super bright and cheery right?!?
The floor design is kind of fun. It’s linoleum, but has a more updated look. Check out those valances. Saucy!!! The sink and the stove both come with inserts that allow for full countertops. We typically only place these on when we’re traveling, but it’s a nice feature!
Don’t get jealous, I know you want a mountain scene depicted in the woodwork of your home. C’mon… it’s all the rage. You can see here the true color of the cabinetry is a rich wood, not as dark as in some previous pics. And yes, this model comes with our very own throw pillows that match the valances!
This set of recliners is what started all the renovation madness. Now that I’m looking at this photo, the right recliner even looks broken here. I actually enjoyed kicking back putting my wine glass in the cup holder and relaxing. However, these guys and the sleeper sofa took a trip to the Goodwill and we won’t be seeing them again.
The entertainment center had a few modifications before we left in order to fit a bigger TV. Under the TV is an electric fireplace. Which is a nice source of electric heat vs. our propane heating system. To the right of the television is (was) the sleeper sofa. When moving it out, we realized that the sofa frame lays flat and there was an attached air mattress that was the mattress for the bed. Interesting concept.
The opposite wall from the TV is more storage and the stairs up to the bedroom and bathroom. That’s a work in progress as well. Can’t wait to show you those pics in another post.
Well, that concludes the before images. Once we dig our way out of the dust and debris, we will give you a complete tour of the after.