The Light Life Blog RV Remodel


Back when we lived a more normal life in an actual house, I was known for changing the paint color on my walls every other year or so because everyone who knows me knows that I get bored easily and love to change things up! Now here we are, about to enter year two of our journey to full time RV life. So naturally, we I, felt it was high time to give our little home a facelift too! And somehow I got lucky and managed to talk my husband into the insanity of it all.

We went all in and decided to do a marathon remodel session on the last weekend before summer cranked up to hot as hell status! *We own the Open Range Light (LT308BHS) model camper.

For now, we have completely revamped everything with the exception of the master bedroom and half of the kid’s bunkhouse area. We will finish those up soon..but we just couldn’t wait to share it with you anyways.

And of course it was just too much to wait until next spring when the entire thing was done to show you all how turned out. So here is snapshots of our face-lifted, personalized, a bit more cozy RV home! We hope you are inspired to make whatever space is you live in, your very own!

(Be sure to click here to view the before pics)

11311543_1603387973269899_189322981_nAs you can see, we had quit a job ahead of us…and we made quite a mess! Since our camper is only two years old, we didn’t really need or want to change a whole lot structurally except for the living/dining room slide-out area (which used to be a huge u-lounge area) and the bathroom sink (which was entirely too small).

I’m a huge fan of bright and fresh spaces. And since we homeschool and spend much of our time in our RV, we decided we wanted to get rid of all the dark and use lots of white and grey to lighten and open up the space as much as possible!


We began the process by taking down every cabinet door and hardware. We kilzed every wall once then painted them with two coats of a light grey premium grade satin finish paint. The dark wood cabinets were also kilzed and painted with two coats of a premium grade antique white in satin finish. We didn’t really worry about 100% perfect coverage on all the cabinetry since we wanted them to have an aged feel and everybody knows that aged things aren’t perfect and definitely don’t look new!

We used a medium/coarse grit sandpaper to distress the cabinets once the paint was dry to give them their aged, shabby chic look. I love the way they turned out!

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We decided to go ahead and completely re-do Olivia’s side of the bunk house area of the camper, so Olivia got to work and helped her dad build her new bed area and mommy did the painting. It was definitely a team effort. We think it turned out so lovely and Olivia absolutely LOVES her new space! She says it feels so cozy…I agree!    (Jackson’s side will be revamped soon!)11905751_10153697338327847_4035993158962612862_n11951968_10153712451262847_5831649625826629152_n11892012_10153712464292847_4331026778324875532_n        11215704_10153613252677847_5702014323835840354_n


We still have a bit more remodeling left to do (in between dad’s work schedule and school) and will definitely show you when we’re 100% finished. But for now, we sure have loved giving you a mini tour of our tiny home on wheels and we hope you’ve enjoyed the peek into our freshly remodeled camper home!  Please feel free to leave us questions and comments below in the comments and then click right here to follow us on Instagram @thelightlifeblog!

About Rachel Rowell

A true southern gal at heart, Rachel was raised and lives in the deep south and spends her days raising her own babies, writing, making music, reading out on the front porch, and cooking supper for her family to sit around the table and enjoy together at nights! Her ultimate girlhood dream was to raise a family in a house just like "Anne of Green Gables" and now she is living her dream and inspiring others along the way.

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12 Responses to The Light Life Blog RV Remodel

  1. Melissa September 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

    beautiful!!! great job… that had to be insane remodeling such a small space when you’re also living in it!

  2. John L. September 3, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    Before and after is incredible! I know a lot of people living full time in an RV, including myself, but you are the FIRST I have seen to do a remodel!! The daughters new space is beautiful!

  3. cbdoctessTess September 3, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    I love it! We are in the planning stages of a remodel. We are going to go on a long weekend to the Big Birthday bash for St. Augustine Florida’s 450th. Our plan is to have it done by Thanksgiving for the big family camping trip. Love the way you are living. You’ve inspired me.

  4. Jeannie September 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    What a beautiful renovation! This should be featured in an RV magazine. You should submit it for publication. Really!

  5. richard September 4, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    great job!?

  6. Amanda September 7, 2015 at 3:47 am #

    I love what you’ve done here! I just have a question for you. My family was considering getting that same rv for our family of four because I really liked the concept of the u-lounge. What made you decide to remodel that area?

  7. Laura September 20, 2015 at 2:35 am #

    Gorgeous! I’ve read several pages on your blog while doing research on moving into our 5th wheel with our 4 young kids. I love the beautiful home you have made out of yours and hope you don’t mind me stealing a few decor/organization ideas. 😉 (No way my hubby will want to help me kilz and paint the whole thing though…but I love it!)

  8. Jessica December 17, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    Great, classy remodel! Can you do ours next? 😉 I would love to know how the paint has been holding up? We have seen a few remodels and the paint always goes south after a few months. I’ve been wanting to paint our rig but I’m hesitant. I would love to know your experience!

  9. Michael Karlik March 19, 2016 at 3:50 am #

    Can you please send me a message at msk5n AT I am interested in doing an interview with you for a book I am writing.

  10. rnglh1 April 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

    oh wow! I’ve been looking at RVs, considering that as a possibility for the future but hate that even in newer rvs, most of them don’t look homey. You did an amazing job! Thank you for sharing.

  11. Diana November 2, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

    BEAUTIFUL!!! I have a question my hubby & I r remodeling our 33ft 5th wheel toyhauler. We are struggling with what type of flooring do we use besides carpet.. We live in hot hot sunny southern California. 3 months out of the year we have extreme heat it can get up to 126 degrees.. I NOW HOW DO WE STAND IT!!! LOL We know peel & stick flooring may come up with the heat. if we lay wood or laminate floating floor, how would that stand up to the traveling? Just trying to find the best flooring for heat and traveling…

  12. Brittany o November 6, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

    Hi – are you traveling long distances in your travel trailer? We’ve heard towing the travel trailers vs a fifth wheel can be nerve wrecking. How has your experience been? We’ve never towed before.

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