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RV Owners Who Painted Their Cabinets

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Before embarking on your own cabinet painting project, read about how these RV owners painted their campers and motorhomes and got results they love.

1. Felicia’s chalk paint project

This adorable pop-up camper’s owners painted the laminate cabinets with green chalk paint – no stripping, sanding, or priming.  Read the story of their camper makeover here.

by Felicia via thepopupprincess.com

2. Leanne’s laminate transformation

These fake wood cabinets in this RV had been damaged in a fire.  Read here about how the owners transformed them with aerosol canned spray paint.

by Leanneja via organizeyourstuffnow.com

3. Sarah’s RV remodel

This beautiful cabinet transformation was done with almost zero prep work.  Click here to see more pictures and read about how the owners used a brand of paint called Beyond Paint to paint both the oak and laminate in their RV.

by Sarah via musthavemom.com

Related article: 12 Painting Mistakes Made by RV Owners (and How to Avoid Them)

4. Julie’s no-fuss makeover

Another easy-prep cabinet makeover, these owners used a brand of paint called Nuvo cabinet paint for their wood and laminate cabinets.  You can read more about their experience at their blog.

5. Eric & Katie’s two-tone cabinets

If you’re skeptical about the “no-prep” methods and prefer a more traditional approach, you can read the extremely detailed step-by-step description of how the owners of this motorhome sanded, primed, painted, and sealed their wood cabinets.

Modern Mountain Life Kitchen

by Eric & Katie via mountainmodernlife.com

Related article: 9 Tips for Painting RV Walls and Cabinets

6. Meseidy’s camper overhaul

The owners of this fifth wheel achieved a similar look by using a paint sprayer to prime both their walls and cabinets before using a brush and roller to paint their cabinets.  Instead of sanding, they rubbed all wood and faux wood surfaces with an acetone solvent.  You can read the whole story here.

by Meseidy via thenoshery.com

7. Heather’s kitchen makeover

In addition to painting the cabinets, this RV owner removed a dining booth and built a bar from some wood and a piece of countertop.  B-I-N brand primer was used to help the paint adhere.

by Heather Roehl

8. Tiffany’s two-tone cabinets

A deglosser was applied to these faux wood cabinets before they were primed and painted in Steely Gray by Sherwin Williams.  Additionally, the owners painted the countertops using this countertop paint kit.  Follow their blog to read more about their RV and get ideas for coastal decor.

Undecided about painting?  Check out my blog post “7 Ideas for Updating Wood Cabinets Without Painting Them”.

If you have decided to go ahead and paint, I have written a free guide that outlines and describes the most common techniques used by other RV owners to prep and paint walls, cabinets and other interior surfaces.

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3 comments

  1. 6 RV Refrigerator Makeover Ideas | RV Inspiration 11 October, 2017 at 02:29 Reply

    […] might enjoy my blog post about backsplash ideas.  Do your cabinets need a makeover?  Check out this blog post about RV owners who painted their cabinets, or this one about ways you can update cabinets without […]

  2. Janet Hustek 14 May, 2018 at 05:52 Reply

    How should I repair all the holes left by screws when removing elements of the windows and the dinette? The vinyl creates a bump around the holes which will always show unless properly dealt with. I don’t really know what to do with them. Thank you.

    • Ashley Mann 14 May, 2018 at 08:49 Reply

      Hi Janet, I am planning on (finally!) getting around to this very project myself soon! I plan to do a blog post about it actually, but what I suggest is using a tool or kitchen utensil with a blunt, rounded end (maybe the handle end of a screwdriver) to push the vinyl into the hole until there’s nothing sticking out farther than the wall, then fill it with spackling and sand it smooth after the spackling dries. Then you should be able to paint over it using the same painting tool you used on the surrounding area (for example, if you used a roller on that area, go over it with a roller) and it should blend in pretty well.

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