Before & After: An Uninspired RV Gets a Cheery Refresh For $5K

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By Lucy Wang
The couple behind The Arrow Anglers revamp an outdated Everest travel trailer on a tight budget, infusing modern amenities and farmhouse-inspired vibes.

Shortly after selling their first rehabbed trailer, Lauren and Van Jones of The Arrow Anglers set their sights on renovating another secondhand RV—this time a 2004 Keystone Everest.

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Opposing slides first drew the couple to the 2004 Keystone Everest. "We also knew we didn't want a bunkhouse or a rear kitchen, as we felt it was wasted space, too large, and too heavy for us," explains Lauren.

Opposing slides first drew the couple to the 2004 Keystone Everest. "We also knew we didn't want a bunkhouse or a rear kitchen, as we felt it was wasted space, too large, and too heavy for us," explains Lauren.

With a small budget of $5,000, repeat trips to Home Depot, and lots of DIY elbow grease, the couple—along with their four-month-old baby in tow—have dramatically transformed the dated 300-square-foot trailer with a modern farmhouse-inspired aesthetic. Keep scrolling for a remarkable look at the "before" and "after" images.

Before: The Living Room

The wood paneling and dark colors made the living space feel small and cramped.

The wood paneling and dark colors made the living space feel small and cramped.

After: The Living Room

"Every good RV renovation starts with a couple douses of light-colored paint," says Lauren. "We literally painted everything we could with Sherwin Williams Passive Gray. The change was dramatic, even from just some paint."

"Every good RV renovation starts with a couple douses of light-colored paint," says Lauren. "We literally painted everything we could with Sherwin Williams Passive Gray. The change was dramatic, even from just some paint."

The couple added all new furniture, from the sofas and chairs to the lighting fixtures and curtains. To stay within budget, the larger furniture finds were either gifted, or purchased at secondhand stores.

The couple added all new furniture, from the sofas and chairs to the lighting fixtures and curtains. To stay within budget, the larger furniture finds were either gifted, or purchased at secondhand stores.

Before: The Kitchen

A look at the former kitchen leading to the bedroom in the rear.

A look at the former kitchen leading to the bedroom in the rear.

A kitchen island was one of the essentials that the couple wanted when searching for their RV.

A kitchen island was one of the essentials that the couple wanted when searching for their RV.

After: The Kitchen

"When people walk into the RV, the kitchen is the first thing they notice," notes Lauren. "We added a stick-on backsplash, painted the upper and lower cabinets, added the utensil holder, knife magnet, painted the spice rack, and added the butcher block island top. We cut it a little long so there was enough overhang for our daughter’s highchair."

"When people walk into the RV, the kitchen is the first thing they notice," notes Lauren. "We added a stick-on backsplash, painted the upper and lower cabinets, added the utensil holder, knife magnet, painted the spice rack, and added the butcher block island top. We cut it a little long so there was enough overhang for our daughter’s highchair."

The kitchen counter was repainted with Giani Faux Granite paint and the lower cabinets were repainted with Sherman Williams Iron Ore.  A new butcher-block now tops the kitchen island.

The kitchen counter was repainted with Giani Faux Granite paint and the lower cabinets were repainted with Sherman Williams Iron Ore. A new butcher-block now tops the kitchen island.

The upper cabinets were repainted with Rustoleum White Chalk paint, while new stick-on subway tile (from Tic Tac Tile) was applied to the backsplash.

The upper cabinets were repainted with Rustoleum White Chalk paint, while new stick-on subway tile (from Tic Tac Tile) was applied to the backsplash.

The couple didn't cover all the walls with paint. Instead, they applied Buffalo plaid wallpaper (from Home Depot) to select areas.

The couple didn't cover all the walls with paint. Instead, they applied Buffalo plaid wallpaper (from Home Depot) to select areas.

Before: The Entertainment Center

Because many of the cabinets were various sizes, the entertainment center felt extremely cluttered, even when it was empty.

Because many of the cabinets were various sizes, the entertainment center felt extremely cluttered, even when it was empty.

After: The Entertainment Center

The couple removed the upper cabinets, repainted the lower cabinets, and inserted hardwood flooring, along with a new butch-block countertop.

The couple removed the upper cabinets, repainted the lower cabinets, and inserted hardwood flooring, along with a new butch-block countertop.

Before: The Dining Area

The original palette of the RV relied heavily on gray tones and wood.

The original palette of the RV relied heavily on gray tones and wood.

After: The Dining Room

The floors were replaced with laminate wood flooring from Home Depot.

The floors were replaced with laminate wood flooring from Home Depot.

All the trim for the slides of the RV were replaced with stained oak wood.

All the trim for the slides of the RV were replaced with stained oak wood.

Before: The Bathroom

Here is a look at the original bathroom corner with its shiny wood paneling.

Here is a look at the original bathroom corner with its shiny wood paneling.

The enclosed shower looked busy with its metal framing.

The enclosed shower looked busy with its metal framing.

Another interior look at the original bathroom.

Another interior look at the original bathroom.

After: The Bathroom

The cabinets were repainted and Giani countertop paint was applied to brighten up the corner sink and cabinetry. Stick-on subway tile from Tic Tact Tile was also applied as a backsplash.

The cabinets were repainted and Giani countertop paint was applied to brighten up the corner sink and cabinetry. Stick-on subway tile from Tic Tact Tile was also applied as a backsplash.

The creative duo tore out the glass shower and inserted a new surround built of wood (the same used in the entertainment center) and corrugated roof tin. The shower curtain is from Anthropologie.

The creative duo tore out the glass shower and inserted a new surround built of wood (the same used in the entertainment center) and corrugated roof tin. The shower curtain is from Anthropologie.

Before: The Bedroom and Closet

Dark floral drapes and bland wallpaper made for an uninspiring bedroom.

Dark floral drapes and bland wallpaper made for an uninspiring bedroom.

The original trailer was furnished with mirrors in an attempt to make the small bedroom appear larger.

The original trailer was furnished with mirrors in an attempt to make the small bedroom appear larger.

After: The Bedroom and Closet

All of the walls and cabinets in the bedroom were repainted. The blinds and cabinet pulls were replaced, while the cabinet mirrors were painted over with chalkboard paint.

All of the walls and cabinets in the bedroom were repainted. The blinds and cabinet pulls were replaced, while the cabinet mirrors were painted over with chalkboard paint.

Even before the couple bought the RV, they knew they wanted a camper with a large closet that they could convert into a crib for their daughter, Piper. The sliding mirror doors were replaced with blackout curtains.

Even before the couple bought the RV, they knew they wanted a camper with a large closet that they could convert into a crib for their daughter, Piper. The sliding mirror doors were replaced with blackout curtains.

The bedroom dresser now features a flat surface large enough to double as a changing table.

The bedroom dresser now features a flat surface large enough to double as a changing table.

To learn more about the renovation, check out the couple's website here.