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10 Before & After Photos That Show Off What a Fresh Coat of Paint Can Do!

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Are you on the fence about whether or not it’s a good idea paint your RV walls or cabinets? Or trying to decide between buying an older RV to save some money or getting a newer one with a nicer interior?

Paint can be the cheapest way to completely transform an RV.

Take a look at these before and after photos of RVs with painted cabinets and walls to get RV paint ideas and to see what a difference fresh paint and decor can make!

1. Travel Trailer Painted White Throughout

Photo Credit: Instagram.com/inspiredcamper

When Danielle and Jason purchased this 2011 Forest River Wildwood travel trailer in 2021, they were immediately hooked on RVing.

They decided to renovate the camper to make it their own, painting the cabinets and walls white throughout for a “light and airy” look.

Danielle says, “Never in a million years did I imagine we would purchase a camper or renovate it! This project has brought joy back into my life and now we are happy campers!”

Photo Credit: Instagram.com/inspiredcamper

You can see more photos of this RV as well as the fifth wheel they upgraded to on their Instagram page, @inspiredcamper.

2. Dark RV Cabinets With White Walls

Photo Credit: Instagram.com/thesearebetterdays

If you’re not a fan of the all white look or are worried about keeping white RV cabinets clean, painting RV cabinets a darker color can look great too.

The couple who own this 1993 Jayco Eagle Series 300BH renovated it to be able to travel affordably with their three kids. Their goal is to visit every national park in the U.S. To see more photos of this RV, visit the owners’ Instagram page, @thesearebetterdays.

3. Lola RV by the Sea

Photo Credit: Instagram.com/sheenaschleicher

This 1991 Ford Dolphin 3450 named “LOLA RV by the SEA” was renovated the Schleichers, a family of five who love to take it to the beach. At first they were a bit intimidated by the idea of buying an older motorhome, but it passed a mechanical inspection, they decided to bring it home and give it some TLC.

I particularly love the custom countertops they added!

4. Replacing Faux Rock with Painted Shiplap

Photo Credit: Instagram.com/aluraroe

Alura and Wesley, the owners of this 2010 Jayco Designer 35RLTS, live full time in it in the Florida Keys.

They decided to do a bold makeover on the living area to make it exactly what they wanted, including replacing the faux rock with wood planks, turning the glass cabinets into shelves, and painting the whole thing a beautiful shade of teal.

The rest of the RV has white walls, making the teal fireplace pop even more!

5. Class C RV with Cheerful Updates

Photo Credit: Instagram.com/alivetothriverv

This Class C motorhome was renovated by its owner Kelsey Flanagan, a solo RVer and life coach living the RV dream with her dog Murph. You can follow her adventures and see a full tour of her motorhome on her Instagram page.

6. Painting Pop-Up Camper Cabinets

Photo Credit: ThePopupPrincess.com

A pop-up camper makeover is a fun project that’s a lot less work than renovating a big fifth wheel.

You can find more pop-up camper paint ideas at ThePopUpPrincess.com, which is where I came across these photos of “Poppy”, a 2003 Starcraft Gemini Constellation the owners found locally on Craigslist. You can see more photos of the whole renovation project in this blog post.

7. Rear Kitchen Transformation

Photo Credit: TikTok.com/@followingthefridells

RV owners Kaydee and Trevor decided to leave their 9-5 office jobs and become full time RVers after 2020 caused them to reevaluate their lives. After purchasing this 1999 Thor Komfort, they completely renovated it, including painting the walls and cabinets white.

In the kitchen, they added a faux brick accent wall, replaced the window treatments with bamboo shades, and removed the upper cabinets and replaced them with a shelf and some woven storage baskets. You can follow Kaydee and Trevor on TikTok at @followingthefridells.

8. RV Interior Facelift with Painted Dinette

Photo credit: Instagram.com/livethenomadiclife

The dinette shown above is in a 2010 Newmar Ventana Class A Motorhome that’s home to a family of four plus their two English bulldogs.

The owners said, “For our renovation, we wanted to work with what we had and give more of a ‘facelift’ to the outdated interior rather than completely redesign the layout. We’re not renovators by trade so this is our home to live in.”

RV interior with unpainted cabinets
Photo credit: Instagram.com/livethenomadiclife

They chose to leave much of the gorgeous maple cabinetry unpainted, but they did paint the walls white throughout. They also replaced the ornate slide-out trim with pine and gave their booth dinette a makeover. You can see more of the ways they turned this RV into a home on their Instagram page.

Read Next: Ideas for Updating RVs Without Having to Paint Your Cabinets

9. Class A Motorhome Before and After

Photo Credit: Instagram.com/takeitwithya

Sometimes painting the cabinets in a high-end Class A motorhome can feel a little scary. They are usually made of beautiful solid wood, but the full time RVers who live in this motorhome decided to renovate the interior while living in it!

Photo Credit: Instagram.com/takeitwithya

They painted the walls and cabinetry and replaced all the trim with reclaimed wood. The owners say they love all the changes they’ve made to their rig to make it feel more like a home.

10. Baby Blue RV Cabinet Makeover

Photo Credit: WaylandVentures.com

This 2015 Keystone Hideout 29BKS was renovated by Chris and Tiernee Schatz. Chris and Tiernee own Wayland Ventures, a professional RV renovation company that does client camper renovations as well as flips RVs.

You can read about the details of this renovation on their blog, and follow them on Instagram to see more of their gorgeous RV renovations.

Want more inspiration?

Check out: 22 Beautiful RV Remodel Ideas

Interested in learning how to paint your own RV? Be sure to check out our Complete Guide to Painting Your RV Interior!

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15 Comments

  1. I love the curtains in the first picture, the natural color with the fringe. Can you tell me where you found them please?

  2. Odd question… where do you park your rv when doing a renovation? My kids and I currently live in an apartment but have decided in the next year or two to move into a fifth wheel. We already are planning to do some renovating on whatever we get, if nothing else for sure new paint. But have no idea on where to park it while doing it…
    Thank you! I’ve really enjoyed reading through your blog.

    1. Thanks Heather! Most often, we see people renovating in their driveways (although I have seen someone renovating in a Walmart parking lot even!) or finding a friend/family member with property or a driveway for the reno. If you don’t have access to anything like that, you can always ask your apartment complex if you can park it there for a couple weeks. You’d want to do a reno fast in that case.

      If you’ll be in the apartment while you own the fifth wheel, you can try to find a storage place that will let you store the RV and also work on it. Might be harder to go that route, though!

  3. Can you tell me what brand/color the paint is on the cabinets in the main photo the greenish grey color. Thanks in advance 💞

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