Friday, February 9, 2018

Living Large, Small Motorhome

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Living Large in Small Spaces
RV Decorator Hacks:

Loving the RV life and the travel freedoms it provides, we all sometimes need to renew, re-do or punch up the RV’s decor without spending a fortune. Here are some ideas.

* To make new curtains, buy a duvet cover. It’s a lot of fabric for the money and it’s already double to give you extra privacy and insulation. Most are white or a drab color but   This brand comes in many  decorative colors, most of them reversible.

* Replace a bothersome wood door with a shower curtain? They are a lot of fabric for the price, lightweight,  and they are available in many colors, textures and patterns to go with the RV color scheme

* A wood-like wall covering called Belbein is a thin film that is easy to apply and give a rich new look to walls, cupboards, furniture. Just be sure to prepare the substrate perfectly smooth or any defects will show through.

* Instead of a hodgepodge of colored spines glaring out of a book case, put books in backwards. Your eyes see only a pleasing expanse of neutral white and beige pages. 

* If the vinyl floor in the RV has lost its shine and it looks worn, paint it. Get advice at a good paint store about surface preparation, primer and what paints to use. If you’re creative, use tape to make graphics or stencils to create a pattern. 

*Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors are an inexpensive and attractive way to make small spaces lighter and looking larger. However, glass mirrors are heavy. These reflective stick-ons go up easy, reflect light and weigh almost nothing. Use one or a pattern in any area of the RV.  Acrylic mirrors come in many sizes and qualities, allowing endless possibilities for placements and arrangements. 

* In the bathroom use a clear shower curtain. It lets light through, doesn’t divide the small space and makes the room larger, brighter. Pay more to get a better quality, mildew-proof curtain.

* Although it has to be well secured, many RV’s have some freestanding furniture. If yours does, replace it with clear lucite pieces that are light, bright, and see-through to make the room seem larger.

Here’s a party idea: Buy a package of inexpensive ponytail rings in many colors. Put them around glasses, mugs, paper cups at a campground party to color code them and guests won’t lose track of their own drinks. 

Do you dream of living the full-time RV life someday? I did for ten years, making a living along the way as a travel writer. More and more temp and portable job opportunities are popping up every day, so why wait for retirement age when you can go on the road now? My book tells how. 

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