On the coldest, dreariest days of winter, the summer RV season may seem hopelessly far away. Still, a shift in perspective can do wonders for your state of mind as you endure the quintessential Canadian chill.
If you’re not in the mood for a winter RV trip, take this opportunity to renovate your vehicle. With a few simple projects, you can freshen up your space and prepare for your next big adventure. Once the warm weather returns, you’ll be ready to head out in a stylish RV that feels downright indulgent.
Not sure where to start? Give these top DIY RV renovation projects a try:
1. Upgrade the Upholstery
On the hunt for a simple RV project that will instantly improve the vehicle’s interior aesthetic? The upholstery may be the most impactful option to pursue when your timeline and budget are limited. Whether your current upholstery is damaged or simply boring, an upgrade can do wonders for the space’s overarching appearance.
Don’t worry if you’re not a sewing aficionado — improved upholstery is still within reach. In fact, this project can be completed without the use of a sewing machine. Velcro or staples are common solutions that even DIY novices can depend on to produce a trendy look. To further simplify the process, use the previous fabric as a template for cutting and marking purposes.
Strategic upholstery selection is critical. When in doubt, opt for a design that is as durable as it is stylish. Beyond this, chief considerations will include colour and pattern. This is your opportunity to go bold without making your RV‘s interior look too busy. If other stylistic elements are neutral-heavy, feel free to add a pop of colour.
2. Paint the Tables or Chairs
Furniture replacements can improve the look and function of your RV‘s interior, but this isn’t always a viable solution. Another great option? Painting the tables or chairs. This easy project can instantly freshen up your RV, especially if these features seem out of date.
Not sure which colour to try? The all-white look has been a top trend in kitchens for years, but it’s even better in the RV environment, where it can instantly make the tiniest camper seem spacious. Bright hues such as blue or yellow are far more daring, but they can add a burst of energy to your RV, along with some much-needed personality.
As you select a colour, consider whether you’ll eventually swap out the upholstery or paint the walls, as certain shades will naturally limit your options for future projects.
3. Install Backsplash in the Bathroom or Kitchen
If you desire a quick dose of sophistication, consider installing tile backsplash. This project can give your RV‘s kitchen or bathroom a delightfully upscale look — and the installation process is not as complicated as you might think.
A variety of visually impressive looks are available, although, with an RV, you’ll need to place greater emphasis on lightweight options than you might for a conventional kitchen. When in doubt, avoid large-format designs, and instead, opt for ceramic or glass mosaics featuring small tiles with impactful colours and patterns. Resin mosaic is also a wide choice.
4. Add Storage With Open Shelves
Storage solutions can be difficult to implement in an RV, but one of the most classic options is also the most effective and the easiest to handle on your own: open shelving. Depending on where it’s located and why it’s needed, your new shelves can be used to store kitchen items, books, plants, or decor.
Many RV enthusiasts prefer open shelves over traditional cabinets, as they can create a more spacious feel while placing prized possessions on display. They’re also easier to install than typical cabinets.
If you’re short on wall space, try corner shelves. These versatile solutions are great for kitchens, bedrooms, and especially bathrooms with limited storage space.
5. Change the Window Trimmings
Are you sick of the outdated, dusty blinds in your RV? Maybe you’re not fond of the original valances or the worn curtains. Either way, you’ll love the transformation that occurs when you swap out your window trimmings for a modern alternative. Depending on the scope of the remodel project, you may need to pry away old valances, install curtain rods, or use a drill to add blinds or shades.
Your curtains, blinds, or shades may largely serve an aesthetic purpose, but remember: practicality should dominate the selection process. If you’re primarily concerned about establishing a serene environment, opt for blackout curtains. These will block out all light and noise to ensure you get a restful night’s sleep in any environment.
From backsplash to curtains or even a fresh coat of paint, there’s plenty you can do this winter to get your RV ready for your best expedition yet. Don’t waste this opportunity to transform your vehicle.