Kitchen Countertops ~ The Options

Previously, we updated our RV countertops with countertop paint.  That didn’t go so well, which I wrote about here.

We’re ready to do some more work on our kitchen countertops.  Today it’s about our options, which are limited to those that will be lightweight and not add too much weight to the RV.

Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen Countertops ~ The Options

Touch Up Paint.

We painted our countertops with Gianni Granite’s Countertop paint.  According to a Giani spokesperson, there is some additional steps needed for high-use counters.  We’re open to this and it’s worth a try.  We’re working out the details and will update soon.

Resurface With Sheet Laminate.

This is the most cost-effective option for resurfacing.  Here is a how-to video that shows the process.

I did some research on whether you could adhere sheet laminate to an existing countertop. Turns out you can, you just need to make sure to sand the surface well and wipe clean.

Replace the Laminate Countertops.

This one is a little more work and requires precise cutting around the cutouts. It is a relatively inexpensive option.

Tile Over Existing Countertops.

While this is a beautiful option, it adds more weight and is more work. Plus you’d have to deal with grout getting dirty.

We are still trying to decide what we will do.  If I missed an option that is suitable for an RV, I’d love to hear your recommendations!

The Easy Way to Touch Up Paint

If you’ve been following along with our blog, you’ll notice a trend.  Embarrassingly, I’ve admitted over and over again that we have some open projects to complete.  One of those projects was the need to do some touch up paint throughout our RV.

We are extremely happy with our Nuvo Cabinet paint but drawers get slammed and they rub when you’re lifting them to pull out, (which is standard for RVs).  6 people living in 300 square feet  dictates that paint WILL be scuffed and need touch up paint here and there.

Touch Up Paint Can Be Easy

The task of opening a paint can, mixing it, and getting out a brush that will need to be cleaned up is too messy.  I don’t want brush strokes and I want this touch up paint to be as painless as possible.  Enter Shur-Line touch up painter (I have no affiliation with this product or brand – just my opinion).

Touch up paint the easy way

I have to admit that Pinterest was once again my inspiration for this product.  These rubbermaid paint sticks looked promising to alleviate my issues mentioned above.  But I couldn’t find the Rubbermaid ones locally.  Instead I found the Shur-Line Touch Up Painters at our local Lowes for about $8.  The roller refills were just under $4.

To get my paint into the Paint Stick without pouring all over the counter, I used a funnel.

Now here is my word of caution.  Please listen to me friend…

You see how this painter is squeezable?

Shur Line Touch Up Painter

Pretty nifty huh?

Um…yes, it is neat.  But please proceed with caution.  I love that it is squeezable, don’t get me wrong.  It’s a great feature but you MUST practice restraint.  It is possible to be overzealous in your squeezing which WILL result in drips.  (I had to do a bit of cleanup which is an entirely different matter)

Basically, you squeeze a little and roll a little.  This little baby is very convenient and I was pleased with the results.

Now in the interest of full disclosure, Mark did NOT care for this roller.  I think it was because he squeezed too hard.  He’s strong.

And you, my friend, have been warned.

When You’re Done…

Near the roller part of the painter, you’ll see “Apply Paint”.  If you rotate the top 180 degrees it clicks to close.  This function seals the touch up painter to stop the paint from drying up.

We finally painted the plywood panel that sits behind TV we installed.  The railing for the top of our closet bunk now matches the rest of the bunks.  And last but not least our cabinets and walls are fresh and the chipped and scuffed paint is as good as new.

IF you can control yourself, this little tool is sweet and makes touch ups a breeze.

How to Install a Flat Screen TV in a Motorhome

Today I’m sharing with you how to install a flat screen TV in a Motorhome.

If you’ve followed along with our Camper Remodel, you know everything inside the camper was from the 90’s.  The box TV was no exception.

We’re not big TV watchers but we decided we wanted to upgrade to a flat screen so we could receive digital channels without a digital receiver box.

First things first, Mark took off the front plastic plate and  removed the TV.

He cut 2X4’s to build an “H” Frame that could fit into the cubby hole.  He screwed that frame to the built-in existing metal frame that was inside the cubby.
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Next he took a piece of plywood and cut it to the measurements to fit over the TV opening.  The purpose of the plywood is for it to be a mounting piece.  Since there is not a wall to attach the TV to, Mark had to build one. He used a jigsaw to cut an opening so he could run the cords through the opening for power and hookups.
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That plywood face was screwed into the “H” that Mark made.
Next, the plastic frame was re-installed over the plywood face
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The flat screen came with a mounting bracket so Mark screwed that into the “drywall” mounting piece.
stock flat screen bracket
Mark mounted the TV to the mounting bracket and it was securely attached to the cubby hole.
Now this worked great as far as stability, but the TV’s position and lack of tilt was annoying.  When anyone would sit in the side chair, the glare from the TV made it so the picture was not visible.
So we bought a swivel/tilt wall mount at Target for around $60.
swivel tilt wall mount for camper tvThe old bracket had to be removed and the new mount was screwed onto the plywood.  The position of the swivel was lowered due to that cutout for cords and because the TV would have sat too high on the cubby.
swivel tilt mount installed to replace old tv
Now we need to finally paint our plywood.  Someday.
how to install a flat screen tv in a motorhome

RV Bunk Remodel ~ Turning a Class A Master Bedroom in a Bunkroom

Today I’m going to show you how we accomplished our RV Bunk Remodel in our 96′ Winnebago.

We had to do something when we downsized and sold our 5th Wheel.  When we looked at our more frugal option of buying a Class A, we ran into a common problem.  No bunks.

Sure some Class A’s had bunks, but none that could accommodate 4 kids or that were in our price range.  So what is a frugal family to do?  Remodel.

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Deco Mirror Redo

True to 90’s fashion, our 96′ Winnebago Adventurer had some ugly brass deco mirrors.  Thankfully, there were only 2 and they were in the bathroom.  These mirrors were in desperate need of a redo.  I figured out you could scrape the frosted look off with a razor blade.  But after that, I was stuck.

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So our 2 doors sat with the faux bronze for several months.  Continue Reading

Easy Camper Table Remodel

When we did the complete remodel of our 96′ Winnebago camper, we decided to paint our dinette table.  But that didn’t turn out so well.

After our disappointment in the countertop paint, we decided to scrape the paint off and try fix the eyesore.

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How Are Those Painted Countertops Holding Up?

Funny you should ask.  They have seen better days.

I hate to be Debbie Downer but I have to retract my recommendation of the Giani Granite Countertop paint.

After less than 6 months of use, the top sealing coat is wearing away.  Because of this, the paint is peeling and chipping.Continue Reading