I am finally sitting down to share the “after” photos of our renovated RV trailer! I cannot believe how absolutely different this space looks from the original. I am truly so happy and proud of this place. I literally put blood, sweat, and tears (and more blood and more tears) into gutting and renovating this to represent my family’s style while staying on a very small budget. (find the before photos here and some progress photos here. I have a lot of videos of the process saved in my instagram highlights). Now, here’s a little tour of the completed tiny home!
Here is the view when you enter the front door of the trailer. You immediately have the kitchen to your left and the master bedroom to your right. I am SO glad we removed the shallow shelves and TV and replaced them with this cabinet and mirror. It made it feel like a real entryway immediately.
The master bedroom is really simple, and the smallest space in the trailer. We have plenty of clothing storage in the closets and the cabinets above the bed, as well as in the six drawers we installed under the bed. We sacrificed the small amount of walking space that was in here for a queen bed vs the RV full that was in here before. The tv that was visible from the living room was on a swivel stand that switched over to the bedroom. It was clunky, outdated, and ugly so we removed it and installed a wall panel, put a small shelf with plants up, and it looks a million times more calm. That, combined with no more carpeted side tables (ewwww) made a big difference!
Our kitchen is tiny but we are able to cook all of our meals in it without a problem! I kept our pots, pans, and dishes to a bare minimum, but brought in our blender, food processor, and instant pot and have had no issue storing it all. The flip-up counter gives us a lot of extra prep space, and it’s where we set our dishes to dry when we wash them. You can’t quite tell from the photos, but the uppers are painted white, and the lower cabinet and fridge/freezer are painted the same light blue as the kids’ room and the bathroom cabinet. I wanted something light, but still colorful. The brass handles are an inexpensive find from Amazon (link here, I chose the 5-inch ones). They are not incredible quality, but they look good, have not broken or rusted, and were within our budget.
Here’s our living space where we spend most of our time indoors. The couch is a another complete DIY (see the post here), and we can all fit on it if we need to. We store a huge, under-the-bed plastic tub that’s full of thousands of little LEGO pieces under the couch, as well as floor pillows.
The dining bench is a kitchen cabinet from IKEA with a cushion I sewed for it with leftover fabric from the couch. Our dining light is a North Mount, RV ready light from Lucent Lightshop. It’s beautiful and our customer service experience with them was wonderful. I highly recommend them and their quality products. It is the only thing we splurged on in the trailer, and it was worth every penny. It made our dining space feel complete. The table base was a very dirty and rusted $30 craigslist find that I scrubbed and spray-painted, the table top is a repurposed desk top. The vintage chairs were $20 for the pair from a friend and I used vintage barkcloth from my fabric stash to re-cover these.
When we purchased the trailer, there was a cabinet door covering the top half of the pantry area, and the bottom half was left open. I tore that out, painted it all white, and made the new pantry door out of finished pine from Home Depot, used the same paint I used for the DIY hair pin leg shelf, and used a leftover brass handle that matches the bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors. The top two shelves are open for plants, cloth napkins, and our prettier storage items that don’t make the space look cluttered.
Just past the dining area is the kids’ room. It’s one of the cutest places in our trailer because it’s so colorful and full of cute kid things! The two blue storage cabinets (same DIY treatment to them as the one in our entry way) hold their clothing and a big portion of their toys, and there is a long shelf above that that has LEGO creations, books, clock, and plants. We built bumpers for the bunk beds since they didn’t have any, and added a short ladder.
The bathroom is, of course, tiny but has everything we need. It has a small bathtub, too, which the boys were very grateful for. I swapped out the original cabinet for a mirrored medicine cabinet from IKEA, painted the lower cabinet with leftover paint, and hung up a pretty shower curtain I got on major sale from Schoolhouse Electric and it’s a collaboration with Justina Blakeney so it has a lot of bright and bold colors! I love it with the small shelf full of plants we have in here. The bathroom has two skylights and it’s the perfect place for our plants to thrive. We are all really low maintenance about beauty/hair products, so one medicine cabinet and one basket holds all our medicine, toothbrushes, lotions, etc. I don’t have a hair dryer or styling tools in here, but if I did, I’d hang them on hooks just next to the mirror. Towels are hung on hooks on the inside of the bathroom door.
We are so thankful to have the opportunity to CHOOSE to live in a tiny house, as well as have the opportunity to remodel it extensively. It will be a time our family will remember forever, I just know it! Thank you to Christa Fowles for the photos that capture this space way better than my phone camera ever could! If you are in the Portland area and need interior or portrait photos done, I highly recommend Christa!
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