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Gone are the days of renovating RVs with all-white walls and cabinets! Renovators are no longer afraid of bold colors and developing their own unexpected design methods.
Meet Jute, a toy hauler renovation with bold patterns and natural wood accents that make it like a one-of-a-kind studio. (It even has a bathtub!)
Amelia and Dave of @BBandtheRV tackled the complete transformation of this 2006 Thor Vortex toy hauler. The husband and wife duo started doing custom renovations on RVs during the pandemic and this is their 11th remodel.
Check out the before on Instagram:
A Backsplash You Won’t Believe
Love the tile backsplash? Despite the appearance, it isn’t tile, or even peel-and-stick!
“The backsplash and shower are actually a wallpaper that was imported from London that I was in love with,” says Amelia.
“I waterproofed the wallpaper with a double-sided adhesive mat and waterproofing seam strips behind it, and I painted the top of it with a boat varnish. This is a method I invented and has stood the test of time in our fifth wheel for the last year, showering daily.”
Wallpaper is a great alternative backsplash idea since it’s essentially weightless and can be much more affordable than tile. But using it as a shower surround is a interesting new design development we’ve never seen before!
This particular wallpaper is already sold out, but you can shop more patterns by Anna Hayman Designs here.
Also, check out how huge that bathtub is!
- ✨【3-Function Antique Brass Shower Fixture】8" rainfall shower head covers your whole body, handheld shower with 59" shower hose, and waterfall tub swivel spout quickly fills your tub in a few minutes. Two cross handles to control hot and cold water respectively.
Read Next: How to Fix an Old Yellow Camper Shower (without replacing it!)
DIY Wood Accents Anyone Can Do
In addition to continuing the wallpaper from the kitchen to the bathroom, the renovators also made custom countertops in each room.
“We did the countertops out of edge glued pine, we sanded them down, wood conditioned, stained, and poly top-coated them,” said Amelia.
The countertops aren’t the only wood accent in this RV. The drop-down bed was given a ceiling makeover.
Stained wood planks were nailed to the underside of the bed to create a wood plank ceiling effect. “We used liquid nails and Brad nailed it on,” Amelia explained.
Wait, Is That A Swing?!
Just when you think you’ve seen everything that can be done in an RV renovation, you see this:
After adding the wood ceiling to the bed, the renovators added this fun swing as extra seating when the deck is lowered.
- SAFE & STURDY : Firmly woven Thick cotton rope and excellent metal frame make the swing chair sturdy and support up to 330 pounds, suitable for adults and children.
This small addition is a great way to connect the outside patio and the interior living room, expanding your floor space in this tiny trailer.
Tips for Renovating a Toy Hauler
Renovating a toy hauler isn’t too unlike renovating other trailers. Many toy haulers already have the drop-down bed installed. Since the tracks and bed are already installed, it’s important to diligently choose any furniture that will go under the bed.
Most importantly, make “sure the couch sits low enough that the bed doesn’t crush it” when lowered.
With the fold-out deck and transformable living room, a toy hauler trailer floorplan like this is great for giving you more square footage than you have on paper.
“We’ve always wanted to do a mini studio apartment on wheels. I’ve had this vision for years of a bed that comes down from the ceiling and it becomes this cozy space where you can lay and look out at the beach or mountains, or wherever you’re parked and have an open-air concept,” Amelia said of the renovation.
“Then, when the bed is up, you have a super cozy living room with a view. We’ve also always wanted to have a deck or patio seamlessly part of the design, Jute turned out exactly like we had envisioned.”
Love Jute as much as we do? Check out the specs on this rig and reach out to the sellers here.
Recreate This Style
Amelia and Dave are professional renovators who know how to make an RV look as polished and perfect as a home renovation. But DIYers can recreate this look too! Here are some of the products they use and recommend:
- “Hopsack” by Sherwin Williams for the wall color
- “Black Magic” by Sherwin Williams for the cabinets
- Antique Brass Rainfall Shower Head
- Above Counter Bathroom Sink
- Moravian Star Light Fixtures (seen in the bathroom)
- Gold Bathroom Faucet
Toy Hauler Renovation Ideas
Most renovations we see are vans and fifth wheels, but toy haulers are uniquely poised to be the most innovative remodels because of their transformable garage. We love the living room-patio setup in this toy hauler, but there are endless ideas for transforming your toy hauler!
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