Sunday, May 5, 2013

RV Remodel on a Budget - Floor Update

As promised from last week's post we have our pop-up camper floor remodel to show you!  It makes such a huge difference in the look of the camper.  We love how it turned out!
We went from the 80s to 2013 in just about 5 hours.  It actually took a lot longer than we expected, but it was well worth it.
Our camper is 11' x 6' but the floor of course is much smaller than that, so we purchased 2 boxes of the peel and stick flooring just to be sure we had enough.  It's the cheapest brand at Lowe's and it cost about $30 per box.  We used one full box and a quarter of the second one.
We simply followed the package instructions to install the flooring.  First of all you need to clean the floor really well.  Vacuum first.
Using a handheld sander, remove the shine from the original flooring.  This helps the new flooring to adhere better.  Of course you'll need to vacuum again to remove the dust.
Next we used a mixture of vinegar, original dawn dish soap and water to clean the floor before we started applying the new flooring.  Mix 2 cups warm water, 1 cup vinegar and 1 teaspoon of original dawn dish soap.  Let the floor dry well before starting your installation.
First find the center of your "room" and mark it for your starting point.  We used a laser level to mark our starting line so the floor would start out straight and end up straight.
The back of your tiles will have an arrow marked on them.  Make sure you keep your arrows all going in the same direction when laying your tiles.  If they don't all go in the same direction, it will cause the flooring to have noticeable variations in the overall "look".  We used a sharpie and wrote directly on the old floor to mark the direction of our arrows to remind us.
We chose to stagger the tiles to give it a more natural look.  This caused the job to take much longer due to the fact of having to measure and cut tiles and make sure the butted lines were not all going to end up exactly the same.  Also, as I've said before, my honey is a perfectionist and it HAS to be perfect!  I love that about him!
Cutting the tiles are easy.  Simply mark your straight line in pencil and cut with your kitchen scissors.  NOTE: You will need to clean your scissors with alcohol to remove the adhesive when you're finished.
Here are a few before and after pictures showing the awesome difference a little peel and stick tile made in our tiny little pop-up camper!
We love, love, love how it turned out!  There was lots of tricky curvy parts that took some crafty planning to cut the tiles and get them laid just so, but in the end it was very rewarding to see the final look!
My honey finished off the floor by installing some trim around the floor/walls to complete our little RV floor update.  Now we are contemplating recovering the seat cushions.....what do you think?

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. It looks fabulous!!!
    Well done :)

  2. What a great transformation!! Thanks for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Hope to see you again next party ;)
    Jamie @

  3. Great work! What a transformation. What fabric will you pick for re-uphostering?
    Thanks for linking up at the Creative HomeAcre hop. See you again soon!

  4. It looks amazing with the new flooring!
    Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist at Back to the Basics. Hope to see you again tomorrow!

  5. I love DIY projects like this. My husband has remodeled an RV before, which we wound up selling for a profit. Thank you so much for sharing this with Saturday Spotlight. Hope to see you at this weeks party!

    Angels Homestead

  6. How many square feet do think that was. It looks beautiful great job.

  7. Wow floor turned out amazing. How may square feet do you think that was? Great job.

    1. The box of tile said 30 sq ft and we used one full box and a 1/4 of another, so close to 32 maybe? I hope that helps! Thanks for visiting our blog! :)

  8. Very nice! I want to do this in our 1988 RV but it has a carpet. I'll have to check what under this carpet and go from there. Thanks for sharing.

  9. It's LOVELY! I wish I could borrow your perfectionist! I'm a perfectionist as well, but, not as good at laying adhesive planks.. lol! I want do to this SO BAD in my apartment that it's not even funny.. lol!

  10. Replies
    1. No, not the cabinets, just the doors. I just taped everything off and painted.

  11. @Amy Overton.....No, we just tapped off what we didnt want painted and went from there!

  12. How durable has this flooring been with weather changes (i.e. summer heat then winter cold?)

    1. Hi there! We no longer have the camper, but while we had it, it was all good. The only trouble we had was the door area right at the threshold, there was one piece of flooring that I don't believe got a good tight hold to begin with. It would lift up in one corner.


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