There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get here today. Though I can’t say it was 100% worth it, I can say that I am 100% happy with every outcome and choice we made for CuzinEd – our mobile air bnb. We took our dated rv that had been through 15 years of renting and brought it back to life. Hopefully, he can give us a few more now.

A quick outline of what we changed: we replaced the driver and passenger seats with newer, modern seats that swivel and recline; we removed the love seat and added a fireplace with a coffee/charging station; we removed the banquet/booth and sofa and replaced it with a long sectional that has two queen pullout beds – the sectional also doubles as an eating area with a collapsible gate table that stores in the master closet; we tore out the cabinets over the couch and added recessed lighting and paneling; we tore out the kitchenette (except for the refrigerator) moved some cabinets around, added some Ikea sektion cabinets, a farmhouse sink and cabinet fronts from Semi-handmade, added a new cooktop with a microwave/convection oven underneath and a simple vent on top with more cabinet storage over it; we painted all the walls and trim and added new baseboards and flooring; we replaced the old toilet and shower with very realistic marble paneling made from pvc; we removed the dated window coverings and added roller black out shades and curtains; we painted the bathroom and bedroom cabinets and changed the hardware; we used marble contact paper to update the laminate counters in the bedroom; we replaced the bathroom and kitchen counters with black quartz; we removed the old tube tv in the master and built a slide out for a flat screen tv; we built a channel headboard in the master bedroom and replaced the matress with a purple mattress; and then we added art and camping/traveling books to make the space more inviting.

And we did it all in six weeks.

I don’t know why I didn’t realize we were doing 5 different mini rooms when we started but there it is…five mini make overs in under six weeks.

There were a few things going in to it that I didn’t realize would be so expensive: the new captains chairs. They were literally our entire budget which meant we had to instantly double the budget when we purchased them. The mattress. Mike really wanted a purple mattress in the master because we also have one in our home. It was expensive but we’ve already slept on it and I’m so happy he convinced me because the sleep is so good. I also had planned on re-purposing the window coverings but when I removed them I realized they were stained and couldn’t be used without the dated valences…so they were out. I am glad we repurposed lot of cabinets – even if I had to rebuild them to fit the doors from SemiHandmade.

Now, without further ado I give you CuzinEd.

Before: remember the wallpaper, the dated kitchen shape and fixtures, the worn out sofas and carpet, the gloomy wood paneling, the gross and bulky shower?

Check out the valences and bulky overhead cabinets.
Everything always seemed so dark and gloomy

And today:

New cabinets, counters and backsplash
No bulky cabinetry, instead recessed lights and coffered ceiling
Classier lighting. These are standard lights with 12v lightbulbs.
No more awkward loveseat, instead an electric fireplace to warm us up efficiently
Whimsical artwork and beautiful wallpaper
Plenty of storage
A few great books for our campers to flip through
No more gloomy views and a single towel ring
An RV shower to look forward to
I painted the existing vanity and cut some wood for legs, Mike fabricated the quartz and added the new sink and faucet and hardware
Not super exciting but we got a fresh, new toilet and I added baseboards to make all the rooms more home-like
Extra cozy linens and a black velvet channel headboard
Close up of the plush channels
Double sided wall tape keeps items in place while we are on the move
I took down the crown and added a wood valence then put the crown back up
TV that slides into the wall instead of a dated and bulky tube tv opened up space for a simple bookcase

Come back next week when I list all of our sources!

And always, a huge thank you to Linda Weinstein, the creator and director of the ORC. Click on over to the ORC blog page and see what the other challenge guest participants and featured designers are up to with their rooms.

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  1. OMG! Just beautiful! All that in 6 weeks!!!!! You guys are amazing, we just want to replace our carpet for now…lol

  2. Wow Joannie!! That looks amazing!! You guys are such a great team and do such a great job together!! The new Chip and Joanna!!?

  3. I can’t believe you did all this in 6 weeks! It does not even look like an RV! The transformation was amazing!

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