I was so tired of the outdated, old RV dining booth. So remodel might not be the perfect word for this project. Maybe demolition is a better word for it! I’m never afraid to tackle a DIY project (that is why I annoy my DH). I never liked the dining booth. It was too tight to squeeze around, the bed that it made out to was a medievel torture device, and the cushions were ugly and outdated. With my sister coming to visit more often, I wanted to have a place where she could sleep comfortably and that could serve as extra seating in our living area.
I measured the space that the dining booth took up and it was roughly 78 inches wide and the slide-out floor was roughly 72 inches in depth. I decided to put a twin size bed in the space that could double as a “daybed” couch during the day. Since I was putting in a new piece of living area furniture, I had to look at the walls and window coverings in that space, too. I also had to think of colors and decor that would make me happy every time I saw it.
It took me about 4 hours of demo work to remove the old RV dining booth. Flip through the photos in the photo album at the end of the post to see the progression. I used an electric screwdriver and a hammer. It was basically a lot of screws and pieces of wood. After I removed the dining booth and cleaned up the area, those drab brown walls just looked hideous.I removed the ugly cornice boards from the two windows. Just a couple of screws on the underside and out they came. Now I had a blank slate to work with.
I have always loved bright colors, pictures of the ocean, and anything beach related, so this was my inspiration. I found some removable wallpaper that was a weathered, white wood pattern. This was perfect for what I had in mind. Putting up the wallpaper was very easy. I did get a little help from my DH when the pieces were a little long, but other than that, I did it by myself. Very easy!
The twin bed was the next to go in. I got a metal, foldable frame that has plenty of room underneath to hide storage containers. You do not have to have a boxspring with this frame. One less thing to bring into the RV. I purchased a hybrid firm twin mattress. I found a cute, coral color quilt with matching sham for the bedding. Hobby Lobby just happened to be having a 50% off sale on all of their “beach themed” decor and I got a few pieces to hang on the walls. I used heavy duty velcro to attach the decor to the wallpaper. I know a lot of people use command strips in their RV’s. Either would be fine.
Now we have an extra REAL bed if someone stays with us and a beautiful little daybed during the day.
The only dilemma now is that under the dining booth is where the cat litter box used to be. I did fashion a temporary litter box using a Sterlite container with a pet door on the front. This will suffice for now until I figure out what I’m going to do with it.
My next project will be to make window coverings for the two windows. I’ll let you know how that turns out! Until then, have a Happy Simple Life!
Installing a residential refrigerator
Removing built-in cabinets in the bedroom to make more usable closet space