From the moment we bought our Gateway, I have contemplated making changes in order to make it more homey feeling. I’ve never been a fan of wallpaper walls and I hate carpet, especially with pets in the house all the time. However, when we first moved in back in November I was still working full-time and from there we were traveling full-time, so the opportunity to make drastic changes never presented itself. The only change I made right away was getting rid of the balloon valances that came with the RV. There was some differences in the furniture in what the stock photos show and what we actually had, but not much. We had two recliners with a console in between on the same side as the dining room table and then the other side had a couch that included a lounge chair on one end. All the seats had recliners, but wasn’t the most comfortable or well-built.
Being that we had to totally remodel our sticks and bricks before we could sell, you would think I would have had enough painting and redecorating, but I get bored easily and the best way to fill the boredom was to start a big remodel on our new home. After a little persuasion with my hubby, I got the go ahead to paint and install new flooring. It’s funny what a few coats of paint and a few personal touches can do to make a place feel like home.
As for the furniture, we exchanged the loveseat recliner and console for two Euro chairs and ottomans along with a side table with built-in charging ports for phones and computers. The couch was exchanged for a single chair, side table and an area for the doggy crate. I do not like clutter and needed a place for the furbabies to have their house as well. We left the dining room table as is. We removed all the carpet in the living room and installed Allure flooring from Home Depot in both our slides, living room, dining room and kitchen area. In addition, I painted all the walls in this area as well. I did not want to paint any of the wood as I like the dark wood. My idea was to paint a lighter color that would help brighten up the place. I chose Cafe Cream for all the rooms except the bathroom. The curtains I had changed out when we first moved in were also updated with sheers that include a color design that brings out all the colors in the home: brown, green and cream.The shears allow light to come in when the shades are raised. I’m not sure which was worse in this area: installing the floor or painting the walls.
In the bathroom I chose the color: Simply Sage. The Allure floor was also installed and I changed out the towels and rug to balance out all the changes.
We kept the carpet on the steps that lead up to the bath and bedroom area, but the section outside the bath was painted and new floor installed.
In addition to the paint and new flooring in the bedroom, I also purchased new bedding. I left the curtains that I had originally updated when we first moved in, but I’m not happy with them and will probably change these out to. I don’t think the blue in the bed cover matches the blue curtains.
All of the changes took about two weeks to complete, but we are very pleased with the outcome and if I had to do it over again I would have done it sooner. I have added little touches here and there, with flowers that can be changed seasonally, as well as a few more photos than what was originally hanging. With all the changes, it really does feel more like home.
The biggest downside to removing the carpet is having to clean the floor more often, but with two puppies that are still being trained, removing carpet has been a life saver.
Please share your remodel tips and ideas as well as suggestions. If you want more information about our changes, please feel free to ask.
Until we meet down the road…