Making Bessie the RV Great Again: The Bathroom

Bessie the RV is getting a face lift.  The renovations began with the kitchen and living area, and this article shares updates to Bessie’s bathroom. 

Bessie’s kitchen was updated with a new back splash, and the “living area” with a daybed, a new comfy reclining chair and bright, cheerful fabrics all around.

Before & After pics of the Kitchen & Living Area can be found by clicking here:

On to the bathroom, which had a worn-looking faucet, gold hardware and a faded, peeling border. Who puts a border right behind the world’s tiniest sink anyway?

Spray paint, leftover kitchen tiles, and patience were the only supplies needed to make a dramatic difference in our bathroom. Check out the results of the most recent updates to Bessie the RV…

The Border




Removing the border was tedious, but not difficult. The border paper came off the wall very easy once it was heated with the hair dryer. However, it left behind a sticky gummy glue instead of traditional wallpaper paste.

I used various things to remove the ugly and worn border and the gummy glue, but found the best results using a hair dryer, a paint scraper, a “Scotch Brite” Scour Pad, a bucket of water, Goo Gone and elbow grease. Here’s what worked for me:

  1. Heat a small section of the wallpaper with a blow dryer.
  2. Peel off the border. The paint scraper can help to peel the border without tearing it.
  3. Apply liberal amounts of Goo Gone to a rag and rub over the remaining gummy wallpaper paste. Let sit for a couple of minutes.
  4. Rub the scour pad over the remaining gummy glue on the wall. The glue will start to roll up on the pad. I removed it regularly to prevent smearing it back on wall.
  5. Add more water and Goo Gone as needed. Keep scrubbing. Repeat as needed until the glue is removed.

Goo Gone… If there was a “God of Removing Gummy Wallpaper Border Paste,” this would be his or her elixir.

The Back Splash


I used the leftover back splash tiles from the kitchen area and placed them on the wall behind the bathroom sink.  It turned out great!

The Faucet




All taped up and ready for paint.


Primer is drying.


The paint and primer that was used in this project.


The tiny bathroom faucet needed some TLC. It was worn, stained and pitted. Replacing it wasn’t really an option. I didn’t think I’d be able to physically get under the sink to install a new one. The position of the toilet and the small space just aren’t conducive for plumbing work (without first removing the toilet).

I decided to spray paint the faucet. But since I wasn’t removing it, I needed to come up with a way to minimize the overspray. I taped a plastic grocery bag to the base of the sink around the faucet. Then, I taped a second bag to the first bag, making a larger “tunnel”. After confirming the bag wasn’t coming in contact with the faucet, I placed the nozzle of the spray paint can inside the bag and gathered the edges close to the can. Then I sprayed.

The overspray was contained inside the bag. I used tape to secure the grocery bag into position so it wouldn’t touch the wet faucet, then attached the tape to the mirror on the medicine cabinet. I sprayed two coats of primer and two coats of Rustoleum (Oil Rubbed Bronze) paint to cover the faucet. I removed any remaining paint residue in the sink with Goo Gone. Easy peasy.

The Hardware






The cabinet hardware was removed, cleaned and sprayed with Rustoleum (Oil Rubbed Bronze) paint. I am so pleased with the end result! It was a super-affordable update to Bessie the RV.

Coming Soon…

The Bedroom


Check out the other articles in the “Upgrade vs. Keep RV” series:

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  • Reply Making Bessie The RV Great Again: The Kitchen & Living Area – CU On The Road September 4, 2016 at 11:02 am

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  • Reply explorvistas September 4, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Love that Rustoleum metallic paint, Chris. We’ve used it in situations like that and were really happy with the way it turned out. Your project looks great!

  • Reply Sharon Kreps September 4, 2016 at 11:21 am

    ingenious use of those bags! looks nice!

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