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Monday, July 15, 2013

Step Two: Painting the Interior

Welcome, Friends!  This is step two of my RV overhaul.  When I chose the colors for the interior, I really wanted to have a vintage-meets-modern feel.  I also wanted a pop of color in a fun shade. Both colors I chose are Valspar paints from Lowe's.  To alleviate the amount of work, choosing a paint with primer already mixed in is a sure-fire way to go.   For the walls, I opted for a light shade of blue reminiscent of the soda shops of the early doo-wop era.

Color, Valspar Signature Paint + Primer in Glass Tile

I wanted the seating to stand out, so for the cushions, I chose a very bright sunshine yellow. 

Color, Valspar Signature Paint + Primer in Light Rail


I wanted the window treatments to be a direct contrast to the paint and really stand out. To accomplish that look, I chose a vivid black and white damask pattern. Fabric, Walmart. 



Here are a couple of photos of my walls and window treatments before I went to work. 




I didn't remove the existing paper, instead opting to paint directly over it. I used a very thin angular brush. If you choose a brush like this with stiff bristle hair, and use a very steady hand, you won't need to tape most areas beforehand. 

Remove hardware from walls, paint, and replace. 


Here are my walls, completed. I will post as I continue to progress. Thank you!


                                                                         





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12 comments:

  1. Finally, someone who can share with me some really practical ideas as I begin the process of changing my plain vanilla motor home into a comfortable, homey cottage on wheels. Thank you!

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  2. Hi, what a great job! I was wondering what you do about painting over the taped seams? or did you take the tape off?

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    1. I painted right over everything, and it has held up. Hope this is helpful. :)

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  3. OMG I ruined a spot on the wall of my rv removing the wallpaper border~ I am so relieved to know I can paint the little wall!!! It's the right side of the stove, so it's a small wall. If I am brave enough I will do the entire kitchen.. I assume it takes more than one coat...You really made my day. Big relief!!

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  4. I love the way your painting came out, looks great! I am trying to find the best way to do this in my 1990 Fleetwood Fair. Unfortunately, there are a few areas of wall paper that are pulling away from the wall and haven't decided if I need to remove it or sand it and paint over it. Any ideas?

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    1. If the old wallpaper is compromised, I would definitely remove it first. You can likely do it by saturating it with warm water and using a scraping tool such as a putty knife to remove residual paper. Even with sanding, you may have a bit of uneven areas....I think your best bet would be to remove as much of the old paper as possible and then repaper it. I also did the process in the backsplash of the trailer. You can see how I did it by visiting the post in the archives. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Could you please share how many coats did you use? Although I do realize it depends on what color the wallpaper is, but to give us an idea please. Also thank you for the wonderful post.

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    1. Thank you for the inquiry...it was only one coat. The paint was pretty opaque, so I was able to cover with one attempt.

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  6. Did you do any sanding at all? My trailer walls are perfect just don't know if I should paint or sand first.

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    1. Hi, Clay! No I didn't sand...but I must again mention that the paint I used was quite opaque.

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