Photo Credit: Chantal Keller-Ward

We’re obsessed with the custom woodwork that turned this RV into a cabin on wheels!

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This RVer got a little carried away when she decided to turn her trailer into an RV cabin. She put her woodworking skills to good use and made this trailer nearly unrecognizable!

Take a Look Inside:

Photo Credit: Chantal Keller-Ward

This remodel kept the floorplan of the RV intact, but added enough custom elements to make this old RV feel like new.

Let’s start in the kitchen!

We’ve never seen this in an RV kitchen before!

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In the kitchen, Chantal painted the cabinets pewter green. “It’s definitely a chameleon color. It looks blue, green, or gray in different lighting,” she said. You’ll notice the cabinets look slightly different in color in each photo!

But the most unique aspect of this RV kitchen is the wood backsplash.

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“The backsplash is underlayment cut it to 3 1/2” stops. We use this a lot since it’s lightweight and cheap.” When adding a custom backsplash like this, it’s good to remember the old adage: “Measure twice, cut once!”

You can seal the wood with a few coats of polyacrylic to keep it protected from water damage.

Recreate this look:

Loving this kitchen? Here is what Chantal used:

Wall paint: Warm Putty by Valspar

Cabinet paint: Pewter Green

And new, modern drawer pulls:

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Custom Window Frames Give Cabin Vibes

Keeping with her desire to turn her trailer into a cabin, Chantal added wood accents throughout the RV, like these DIY valances.

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She removed the ugly old factory valances but kept the original metal brackets that attached them to the wall. New valances were made out of cedar and reinstalled using the old brackets.

RV windows have a very distinctive look, and these sharp new valances cover the curves on the windows and make the rig feel a little more like home.

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The same cedar wood was used to create cabinet inserts in the living room as well.

“There was originally glass in them so we just removed that and used it as a template to cut out the wood pieces,” Chantal said. She then attached the wood with gorilla glue and finish nails.

Recreate this look:

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Bring in the Wallpaper!

Wallpaper is back in style, and Chantal opted to use two patterns in her RV!

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The black and white wallpaper is from Etsy, but was a pain to install according to Chantal. The green plaid wallpaper used in the bunk room, bathroom, and bedroom was found on Amazon.

Wallpaper, paint, and updates to the windows make a big difference in any space. But Chantal also paid attention to the small details, like replacing the light fixtures.

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We love the impact of these small brass wall sconces added to each bunk!

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The Bathroom of Your Cabin-in-the-Woods Dreams

RV bathrooms are known for…nothing really. They are generally unremarkable.

Chantal remodeled her RV bathroom with DIY board-and-batten. She used underlayment—just like in her kitchen—and “ripped it down to the width” needed.

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The underlayment was painted warm putty to match the walls in the rest of the house.

Check out this tutorial to make your own board and batten walls in your RV.

Another major upgrade to this bathroom was to the countertops!

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Chantal ripped out the old sink and countertops and used a 20″ wide piece of wood from Lowes to make her own counter. She custom-cut the edges to make it easy to navigate through the doors and around the toilet.

“I used 4 coats of polyacrylic to seal it,” she noted.

Where can I order this headboard?

Let’s head to the bedroom for some of the most beautiful woodwork I’ve seen in an RV.

Photo Credit: Chantal Keller-Ward

I adore this headboard and (of course!) Chantal made it herself. She said it wasn’t difficult to build, once she figured out the right angle for the pattern.

Photo Credit: Chantal Keller-Ward

Ever resourceful, the curtains in the bedroom were made from a shower curtain found at Target. To recreate the look, you can follow this simple tutorial for roll-up RV curtains.

What do you think?

When it comes to DIY, it’s easy for a renovation to look a little homemade. But the custom woodwork Chantal completed on this RV looks flawless.

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