TIDBITS ON WHEELS is finally ready for it’s big debut! I’ve cleaned, fluffed and decorated it all, so come on into our tiny house, and let me show you around!
I am so excited to finally be here sharing the full reveal of our Fifth Wheel RV renovation, which we have lovingly named “TIDBITS ON WHEELS”. If you’ve been following along, you know we are living here with our 4 kiddos while we build a home and a dream on our 25 acres of dream Utah country land.
Eye on the prize. Eye on the prize.
I just recently shared a look at the RV in the “pre-decor” state, but now after hours of shopping, sewing, building, and dreaming – I am ready to show you what it looks like after my favorite phase . . . decorating!
I’ve decided to make this post as if you were to step into our tiny house for a look around. I’ll show you some of the cool features, how we are making this work for 6 people, and share some of the challenges we are already facing.
Please note, there is only so much detail I can share in one big reveal post, so for those of you interested in more details, I’m geared up to film and blog about it all. Details on the lighting, flooring, kitchen, bedding, blinds, organization, challenges, solutions . . . I want to share it all, just be patient with me.
Fair warning though – this reveal has a lot of pictures, as it goes with reveal type of posts. So sit back, relax, and let’s tour! If video is your thing, I’ve filmed the tour as well.
The best tours always start with a “before”, so let’s get a quick reminder of what the RV looked like when we bought it.
It was in a horrendous condition, but we got it for a steal. It was super dark and unsanitary. Mouse droppings, mold, stains, and not to mention – super ugly. My kids were very very concerned when we brought it home and said we would live here. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure what we had got ourselves into either.
But the RV fit the bill, literally, it was the only one we could afford for the size, and had the sleeping space that we needed for a family of 6. We pushed up our sleeves, dreamed the dreams, and worked tirelessly through the coldest months of the year, with a tight moving deadline. Discovering water damage set us weeks back, but we managed to get it done in the knick of time and at the end of our rental lease.
I count my blessings and feel extremely grateful to have been able to complete this project with the help of many wonderful sponsors, whom I reached out to because I love their products. I will be sure to mention them and link to their products in the descriptions as well as write some follow up posts going into further detail of each space. You can also find all my sources in my RV shop page, also linked below.
Now if you would like to come on in, I’ll show you around our completely transformed RV, designed and decorated true to my light and bright cottage romance TIDBITS style.
Standing at the front end of the RV, you get a nice view of the kitchen, the living/slash dining area, the kids bunks, and bathroom.
If you move over to the back end, you catch a glimpse of what I call, “the entertainment center” and the master suite. Suite makes it sound way more spacious than it is.
Let’s talk a bit about the kitchen!
Mr. TIDBITS custom built new cabinetry and countertops. I wanted a touch of open shelving, because I love the charm of displaying my favorite dishes and the convenience.
We will have the building plans for those clever plate risers soon! They are so great for adding some vertical storage without stacking everything on top of each other.
I wondered if I would regret having such a big sink, but I haven’t for a second! It perfectly hides a tub under the made to fit cutting board and I place all the dirty dishes right in that.
When it is full, it is time for a wash. Per one of my readers suggestions, if I wish, I can wash in the tub and toss the water outside instead of filling up the gray tank faster. I can also see many sink baths for my littlest little, and it is the perfect place for a foot bath when the kiddos play outside all day.
We used a peel and stick faux marble tile for the backsplash.
Here we built a slide out garbage, which is wonderful for not having to shove a garbage can in some corner.
With the help of my friends from Dyers Online, they helped me source great prices on a new range and microwave that also doubles as a convection oven.
The fridge is the original, and we covered it with paintable beadboard wallpaper, to go with most of the other walls in the space. It was in good enough condition to keep, but needed hours of scrubbing. It was not fun.
THE RV BUNKS
The bunks! I can’t imagine doing these bunks without the help from my sponsor, Beddy’s Beds! (affiliate links)
I asked my IG followers what they suggested for bunk bedding, and I received hundreds of responses for Beddys.
Yes, these bunks are more narrow than a standard twin size, but I am going to make a post and video with a detailed tutorial on how we made this work.
They are so cozy, absolutely beautiful, and my kids can easily make them themselves and we avoid the messy bunk bed look. Beddy’s Beds. LIFE SAVORS!
If you are shopping for your own Beddy’s, feel free to use the code “TIDBITS20” to get 20% off your purchase.
I made us some small mini linen curtains for each bunk window. You can also catch all the details of the wallpaper and wall treatment in my previous post all about our RV Walls.
We rebuilt the kids closet to look more like a vintage hutch, and I felt like a super hero fitting 4 kids wardrobes into one tiny closet.
We displayed some treasure art over here for them to look at. One framed image is one my daughter created when we were having a hard time finding land. It beautifully depicts our dreams and hopes, in her tender imagination.
A relative sketched this image of Jesus Christ, and gave it to my daughter on her baptism.
Another daughter did this canvas painting of an RV, and how perfect to place it in our RV.
THE BATHROOM and VANITY AREA
The bathroom needed everything new. It was so nasty. We got a new tub and much improved faux marble shower surround from Dyers Online.
Our biggest challenge so far has been dealing with smells. This trailer sat for a long time and I think fresh use is kicking up some nasty gunk. We’ve tried several DIY solutions, but finally called the pros and they are coming to help us out. Sometimes, that is what it takes.
We are squeezing as much beauty and function into the small vanity area as possible.
With a shelved mirror, a place for hot styling tools, and a beautiful vessel sink.
LIVING ROOM AREA
Moving to the living area – it was one of my biggest priorities to be able to all sit together and eat together.
These slide outs only have room for a small sofa and a small dining table. So we built a very long bench topped with cushions and pillows, allowing all of us to sit at once.
Then we have this long mobile table my husband built to eat, draw, and work at. It moves closer to the kitchen when I need more surface prep area and also when it is sleeping time and the 4th kids rolls out her bed, also covered with Beddy’s. In the morning it is a simple zip up and roll back in. It’s worked pretty great.
That’s one adjustment to tiny living we’ve had to learn. Every task usually requires moving and adjusting something, or someone.
The other end could potentially fit a toddler mattress, but we use it for storage since we opted to remove the space hogging, head bonking upper storage cabinets.
I’ve added a mix of creamy white large pillows (some I made, some I bought), to offer back support while sitting on the large couch/bench.
All our roller blinds were provided to us, in partnership with my sponsor, Blindgalore.com. I’ve used their blinds so many times and swear by the quality, selection and service.
We actually chose a variety of roller blinds to give you an idea of some great upgraded options you can have in an RV.
There is no need to settle for the standard manufacturer blinds that often come with RV’s. There are some much better options!
I’ll be back with a detailed post on the exact selections we picked and more about our blinds with Blindsgalore.com
THE ENTERTAINMENT/TECHNOLOGY CENTER
The entertainment wall – for lack of a better phrase. I wanted to keep it very clean and minimalistic looking. But it also needed to function well.
I have hung my absolute favorite piece of art I found antiquing. Then in the “hidden” built in cupboards is where we can push open to watch TV and work on the computer. Very handy! The lower cupboards holds reading material, printer, etc.
Over here, I have some baskets for storage.
This used to be one deep coat closet, but we thought it over and decided to split it in half, giving us storage both in the front and back end – which opened up some much needed master bedroom storage.
THE MASTER BEDROOM
The master bedroom – first of all – I’ve had some readers ask – yes, we are getting a door and waiting on some special sliding track that we will need.
In the meantime, we get to look right at that this incredible bedding from another one of my favorite companies and sponsors, Piper Classics. This creamy white ruffled bedspread and pillow covers are what my French Farmhouse dreams are made of, and comes from the Annabelle line.
It is so soft, flowy, and is backed with batting on the main section for extra cozy. I love that it hides the box the mattress is sitting on.
I made a linen curtain to hide our clothes, hooks from Piper Classics to hand dressing items, and I have some farmhouse ticking linen storage boxes over on the other side.
Hubs made some custom nightstands and this faux beam that we use to store books, cell phones, and other things to help us relax at night. I framed it in with some flowy sheer curtains.
The last thing I want to show you is this really beautiful and wipeable vinyl entry mat, also from Piper Classics. I’ve learned the floors get dirty fast, and I need something that wipes down easily.
Ok! That wraps up the tour! I’d love to hear what you think! Could you do it? What burning questions do you have for me? What did I not cover enough? Let me know so I can plan out my future content.
I’ll be back to show more footage and details of our process for each space, so hang tight, follow me along, and I would be so flattered and appreciative if you would share this renovation with your friends or on your social channels. It really helps me out and allows me to be able to take the time to continue to share inspiration for do-it-yourself living. Be sure to catch the photo tour on my blog, because truth be told – photography is my jam.
Thank you so much for watching and touring!
Discover more about our RV adventures in the following posts:
- TIDBITS ON WHEELS big reveal
- RV Renovation Pre Decor Tour
- RV Art | Home is where you park it FREE printable
- RV Renovation Process | Walls
- Our Next Crazy DIY Adventure
- 20 Inspiring RV Makeovers
- RV Renovation | Kitchen Details
- Easy DIY Cabinet Shelf Risers
- The Best RV Bunk Bedding