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: www.cuontheroad.net/RVrenovations.

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

Before

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

The Back Splash

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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

Before

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During
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All taped up and ready for paint.

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Primer is drying.

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The paint and primer that was used in this project.

After

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

Before

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After

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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

 

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3 Comments

  • 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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