RV Kitchen Remodel Reveal

by Ashley

Remodeling An RV Kitchen – Before And After

Come on in and tour our RV kitchen remodel. The renovation features new cabinets, a beautiful copper farmhouse style sink, hexagon tile backsplash, butcher block countertops, all new appliances, and open shelving! You won’t believe we fit all this in a camper! 

RV kitchen remodel with white cabinets and wood look flooring

Welcome to our RV kitchen remodel! We’re sharing all of the details about the projects that went into this RV kitchen remodel.

If you’ve been thinking about renovating a RV, we hope that you’ll find some ideas and inspiration from our renovation.

This kitchen in this RV was 100% gutted so that we could do a clean sheet redesign. We wanted an open concept floor plan, and residential appliances to ensure that the trailer would hold to full time living.

A special thanks to Urban Floor, Sinkology and Cascade Iron Co. for providing products for this RV kitchen makeover.

I have been sharing the progress of this RV kitchen makeover on my Instagram stories (be sure to follow me over there for daily updates and to see behind the scenes), and I am SO excited to finally be revealing this RV kitchen here on the blog! Yay!

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RV Kitchen Renovation Before and After

If you can believe it, this is what the RV kitchen looked like before the remodel.

RV kitchen remodel before photo with original cabinets and carpet

The layout wasn’t very functional, especially in the kitchen. When you walked in the front door, large upper cabinets intruding into the middle of the kitchen making everything feel bulky and cramped.

New cabinets were a must because the existing cabinetry was not in good condition; only half of the drawer slides functioned properly. The kitchen sink was angled out into the middle of the room at a 45 degree angle. This make the cabinets and countertops way deeper than necessary.

And why is there a huge void under the countertops? That wasted space under the countertop originally housed an old school CRT television, which was apparently still a thing in 2005.

RV kitchen remodel before photo with original cabinets and appliances

Across from the fridge is where the floor to ceiling pantry used to be. The pantry had a single door that opened toward the kitchen area. The bottom half of the cabinet housed the furnace, and a large water heater tank, so there wasn’t very much storage space available.

Everyone hates running out of hot water in the shower after only 5 minutes, so we knew RV water heater tank needed to be removed in favor of a tankless! Unlimited hot water would be a welcome upgrade.

RV kitchen remodel before photo of original pantry with a long skinny mirror on the side

Related: Why We Chose to Live In An RV (Again!)

For an RV, this kitchen wasn’t the worst, but it was far from glamorous. We knew with a little creative design work, the layout could simplified, while adding more storage space AND making it pretty in the process.

Ready to see how we transformed this RV kitchen into a functional (and pretty!) space?

RV Kitchen Remodel (After!)

By simplifying the cabinet layout and adding open shelving, we were able to create a light and airy feel without compromising functionality. The new cabinets are much nicer, and more functional. In addition, they have much more storage space.

RV kitchen remodel with white cabinets, butcher block counter tops, open shelving and a copper sink

(Affiliate links are provided below for convenience. For more information see my disclosure, here.)

RV Kitchen Cabinets

Since we completely reworked the kitchen layout, all of the existing cabinets was removed and replaced with basic pre assembled cabinets from The Home Depot. We purchased them unfinished and painted them ourselves so they blended perfectly with our white walls.

The cabinetry is standard residential units, not RV specific. After painting, we added soft close doors and drawers to the cabinets to make the kitchen feel a little more luxurious. See the tutorial here: How to install soft close cabinet hinges

We chose Sherwin Williams Alabaster for all of the white paint used in the RV. (Checkout our tips for painting the interior of an RV here!)

Related: How to Choose the Best White Paint Color for Your Space

RV kitchen remodel with white cabinets and wood look flooring

We added some modern bronze pulls to the cabinets to give them a finished look.

Closeup of cabinet hardware and copper sink

RV Kitchen Sink

We were so excited to work with Sinkology again, and this time we decided to go with one of their signature copper sinks. (You can see the first farmhouse kitchen sink that we installed in our old house here.)

Since we chose white cabinets for our RV kitchen makeover, I was excited to add a pop of rich color to the space with a copper sink. And boy does this beauty pop! ?

RV kitchen remodel featuring am apron front copper sink

GET THE LOOK

We picked the all-in-one kit that came with a gorgeous Pfister faucet in antique bronze. The high goose-neck design makes it super easy to rinse dishes and easily spray out the sink.

RV kitchen remodel with copper accents and butcher block countertops

We have been using the sink for about a month now and are completely obsessed! This was a MAJOR upgrade from the tiny shallow RV sink.

Related: How to Install A Farmhouse Sink – A DIY Tutorial

RV kitchen with a copper sink and butcher block counter tops

It’s already starting to get a beautiful patina in some spots which I love! While some people view the natural discoloration that happens with copper as a negative thing, I love the unique one-of-a-kind story it tells.

With proper care, copper only gets better with age! (For tips on how to care for your copper sink, I recommend this helpful article.)

RV kitchen remodel featuring an apron front copper sink

RV Butcher Block Countertops

One of my goals with this RV kitchen remodel was to step out of my comfort zone and make design choices I may not otherwise choose. Our butcher block countertops was one of these choices.

RV kitchen remodel with open shelving and stainless steel appliances

I’ve always LOVED the look of butcher block in the kitchen with it’s warm natural tones. But keeping up with the maintenance has always scared me!

So far, the maintenance hasn’t been too bad. We keep them sealed with butcher block oil and are extra mindful to use coasters and trivets whenever necessary. I plan to do a full review with my thoughts on whether or not I’d do it again after living with them for a few months.

I’ll keep you posted!

RV Appliances

Since we chose a park model RV, we were able to install full residential style appliances. We replaced the original fridge with a stainless steel french door model that also has a full freezer.

RV kitchen with full size appliances

We opted to replace the oven/range combo with a sleek induction cooktop and convection style microwave instead. This freed up space to even add a dishwasher!

Now we have the best of both worlds: no washing dishes by hand AND oven baked cookies whenever we want! Yippee!

RV Open Shelving

When we ripped out those bulky overhead cabinets, I immediately envisioned open shelves taking their place. I love that open shelving can be both stylish and functional, and really open up an entire space.

RV kitchen remodel with white cabinets wood look flooring and open shelves

The shelves are where we keep all of our every day dishes. Since our RV will be parked full time, we don’t have to worry about securing all of the items on the shelves.

I kept it simple with all white dishes and mason jars for glasses.

kitchen remodel with open shelves and hexagon tile backsplash

RV kitchen remodel with open shelving and hexagon tile backsplash

GET THE LOOK

The shelves were an easy DIY project using two 1″x12″ pine boards stained with a mixture of Minwax Early American and Minwax Golden Oak. They are mounted to the wall with black L shaped brackets from Cascade Iron Co. and lag bolts.

Open shelving with stacked bowls and cascading greenery

We also added under cabinet light bars that we adapted to mount under each of the shelves. These low profile light bars are great for areas where they are exposed. You can hardly notice they’re there!

An LED strip light runs along the top of the upper shelf to provide extra lighting at night.

RV kitchen with under cabinet lighting and open shelving

For the back splash, we chose a simple hexagon pattern in matte white and finished it with premixed grout in off-white. The hex design adds dimension to the space without being overwhelming.

RV kitchen remodel with open shelving and hexagon tile backsplash

Although the shelves are mostly filled with dishes and kitchen items, I couldn’t help but add a little reminder of Montana with one of my favorite scented candles in the scent ‘Montana Forest’.

Oh how I wish you could smell this thing through your screen! SO GOOD!

Aamber glass candle on an open shelf in the kitchen

GET THE LOOK

RV Kitchen Decor

Since we are short on space I wanted to keep the items on the countertops to a minimum. I picked out some cute soap dispensers…

kitchen remodel with butcherblock counterops and neutral decor

…and placed a roll of paper towels next to some greenery inside of an old wood crate.

RV kitchen remodel with a wood crate being used as a paper towel caddy

GET THE LOOK

RV Coffee Bar

Remember that original pantry with the long skinny mirror? We reworked that whole space and transformed it into a much needed coffee bar!

RV Kitchen remodel with a designated coffee bar that has an espresso maker

We installed matching upper and lower cabinets here that house all of our pantry items and coffee supplies.

For some added texture, we installed shiplap planks to the back wall and painted them white. Bronze cabinet pulls and a butcher block counter top helped make this corner feel cohesive with the rest of the space.

Related: How to Build A Wood Plank Accent Wall

We love our Eletta automatic espresso machine from De’Longhi and use it daily, so of course we had to make room for it in the RV! ☺️

We are thrilled with how this little coffee bar turned out!

RV kitchen remodel with an espresso machine in front of a shiplap wall

Our RV kitchen brings us so much joy. This little area is where we spend the majority of our time and it was so important to us to create a space we loved.

With a little creativity we were able to design a tiny kitchen with all of our must haves, and for that I am so grateful! I’d say we enjoy cooking in here, but Mike is the one who does most of our cooking. (I know, I hit the husband jackpot!) So instead, I’ll just say that I sure do LOVE the view. ?

See how I dressed up our small dining area for Thanksgiving here.

I’ve linked all of the sources below, but first let’s look at some before and afters!

RV kitchen remodel before and after side by side

RV kitchen before and after side by side photo

And my favorite…

RV kitchen remodel before and after view

Below is a full source list for our RV Kitchen remodel:

And if you’ve missed any of our previous RV posts, you can catch up and get more details about each of the projects here:

Why We Chose to Live In An RV (Again!)

How to Paint RV Interior Walls

Planning An RV Makeover

RV Bathroom Reveal

Thanksgiving in the RV

Don’t Renovate An RV Before Doing These 9 Things First!

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20 comments

Cathy L CLARK November 29, 2018 - 10:28 am

WOW!!! This makeover is gorgeous! You all did an amazing job!

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Ashley December 6, 2018 - 12:22 pm

Thank you so much Cathy!

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Laura November 29, 2018 - 11:37 am

Y’all did a wonderful job!! I love this more than most peoples full size kitchens!

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Ashley December 6, 2018 - 12:23 pm

That is so sweet of you to say, thank you Laura!

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Cristin December 6, 2018 - 4:52 pm

Amazing and so beautiful!

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Ashley December 7, 2018 - 10:50 am

Thank you so much!

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Dawn Nelson January 7, 2019 - 9:33 am

Hi Ashley. I love all your design choices- they’re an inspiration to me for my park model remodel. I was wondering how you were able to tile the rv walls in the kitchen. Did you have to use a special adhesive to get them to stick to the walls?

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Ashley January 10, 2019 - 4:36 pm

Hi Dawn! Thank you for those kind words! We decided not to go with the flexible mortar options that most RVers use, since we don’t plan on moving our RV around much (being a park model). We used regular mortar in white to apply the tiles to the wall and then grouted with premixed sanded grout.

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Eileen January 21, 2019 - 4:52 am

This is such a nice makeover and a great place for a staycation.

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Ashley January 21, 2019 - 10:42 am

Thank you, I really appreciate that!

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dyanne March 16, 2019 - 5:01 pm

I just stumbled on our site and am blown away by how talented both you and your husband are. We have a TT that we are thinking about redoing and I was wondering how difficult it is to replace the old vinyl flooring. Do you lay the new floor over it or take it up? Thanks so much and I will start following you going forward.

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Ashley March 19, 2019 - 6:10 pm

Hi Dyanne! Thank you so much, you’re too kind! It probably depends on what condition your original floors are in – if they are gross, I would rip them up before installing new floors. But if they are in decent shape you could totally just lay the new floor right over top. Many RV renovators do this! Good luck!

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Barbara Jenkinson March 27, 2019 - 10:09 am

We have an RV Holiday Rambler
We need to do this (2001)
Beautiful

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Ashley March 27, 2019 - 11:05 am

Thank you! It was so fun making it our own 🙂

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Lori Crawford April 22, 2019 - 11:47 am

Hi Ashley,

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful renovation. We have a 2003 Layton Park Model TT that stays stationary on our land (similar layout to yours). We have just pulled up all the carpet and linoleum and have purchased sheet vinyl flooring that has a white/grey stone look to it. We were planning on laying the vinyl in two sections in the main living area – one on the main floor and one on the slide-out. It looks as though you ran yours all as one. I would love to do this being we are not moving the RV and want to make it one level floor all around. Can you share what you did with your flooring across the main and on to the slide-out?

Thanks so much!
Lori

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Ashley April 24, 2019 - 11:44 am

Hi Lori, thank you so much for those kind words! And yay for fellow park model owners! 🙂 We achieved the seamless floor by laying 1/2″ MDF underlayment in the main area of the trailer and the slideout to bring both floors up to where there was no longer a seam – making everything level. We then layed click-lock plank flooring right over top. Hopefully that makes sense! Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions! Good luck!

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Magda May 16, 2019 - 11:38 am

Hi Ashley, we are renovating our fifth wheel and I got to tell you that your posts helped us so much for planning certain things, especially kitchen Reno. May I ask you want did you guys use around the window as a trim?

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Ashley May 23, 2019 - 11:11 am

Thank you so much, I’m so happy to hear that! We left the existing window trim boards in place and installed the back splash tiles around them. The only thing we did was paint the wood trim white!

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Megan Van Meter July 23, 2019 - 6:20 pm

I have been thinking of purchasing an RV or camper to renovate for full time living and was really interested in how you ditched a conventional oven for the convection style microwave. Seeing that you mentioned baking cookies in it, would it work for baking other foods as well like different vegetables and meats?

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Ashley July 25, 2019 - 9:53 am

Yes, absolutely. You can bake anything that you can bake in a normal oven. The ‘convection oven’ mode uses a heating element (just like a normal oven) that produces radiant heat instead of ‘micro waves’. Using convection oven mode, you can bake with cast iron, metal cookie sheets, glass / Pyrex – anything oven safe. The only real limitation is that it is slightly smaller than a standard oven.

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