Replacing That Old Carpet

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Ok. We’re just jumping right into the heavy blog renovations here because… well… thats kind of how Q and I do things in real life! I showed you guys all those lovely before pics in the tiny tour post and now Im going to show you the crazy mess we made. I promise there’s a good ending to this story(fantastic faux hard wood!) but lets start with the guts. Purging the fifth wheel carpet!

Replacing fifth wheel carpet.

The majority of the fifth wheel was covered in this bland beige carpet. It was fine. It was also used. Which made my brain start thinking about how many spills, layers of dirt, pet funk, and other scary things happened in its short lifetime… the answer: too many! Besides the germ factor carpet is also not our style.

Replacing fifth wheel carpet.

So I took to Pinterest and google and read as much as I could handle about ripping the stuff out. The basics were all the same. Get a utility blade, cut along the edges, use super strength to tear that sucker out! And to be honest, thats really what this part of the demo consisted of. Luckily, I had my Pops(with his 30 yrs of construction experience) and cousin(with teenage muscles and stamina) to help out since Q was gone for this portion.

Replacing fifth wheel carpet.

There were only a few places we had to take special care. One was the edges of the slides. The corners are actually just small pieces of plastic that extend the visual line of the slide. They’re not strong enough to hold any weight but we wanted to floor to extend in the same fashion so we were careful to leave them in place. Getting around all the corners and tucked edges was not the easiest job! We found a pair of needle nose pliers and a nail puller worked wonders!

Replacing fifthwheel carpet

In addition to the carpet, we also took out all the tile print linoleum. This was only in a small part of the kitchen, hallway, and bathroom. Removing this was a cinch compared to the carpet! It came up in big sheets and was so easy to cut with the utility blade.

Once everything was out I removed about a billion staples and all the remnants I could get a hold of along the edges. This detail work took a lot longer than the initial demo. But the prep work here was so important it was a non-negotiable job!

Replacing fifthwheel carpet

Now to the fun stuff! New Floors! We read so many articles, reviews, and posts about which flooring to install. The two things we were most concerned with were weight and durability. Weight… well thats obvious. Nobody wants to add unnecessary weight to their trailer. Durability is a little more complicated. Whatever floor we put down needed to withstand the weight and wear of 2 huge slides rolling over it. Frequently! In the end we went with NuCore from Floor & Decor.

Replacing fifthwheel carpet

Its a floating floor that snaps together in planks. Its waterproof, has an anti-microbial finish, cork backing and can be cut with a simple utility blade. There are over 30 colors to choose from and TBH I think its really well priced! *And no, we are not affiliates!

16 boxes, 3 helpers, and several hours later our fifthwheel subfloor was completely covered! We were under a bit of a time crunch so we were happy so find how easily this came together.Just measure, cut, and snap in place. The fact we did the whole thing with just a utility blade ended up being a huge perk! The floor of the fifth wheel had so many odd angles and tight spaces I just cant imagine how crazy the cuts would have been on a saw. It was also great to skip nails/hardware all together on a project!

Replacing fifthwheel carpet

When it came to finishing out the slides we used 2 different trims. At first I wanted everything to match but as you can see the slides are very different so that wasn’t going to work.

The small area in front of the fireplace was a continuation of the kitchen which has a thick white base. After seeing both options in person it was clear white was best. This one is a small 90 degree pvc wall trim we found at Lowes.

For the living room slide we went with an unfinished oak stair trim from Home Depot. At first we thought we’d stain it to match but it turned out to be the same color as our furniture legs(more on that soon!) so its most likely going to be left as-is.

One tip we used(several times!) while putting this all together: test as you go. Throughout the whole process we pulled the slides in an out many times. Its better to make sure everything is going to work before you’ve laid the entire thing. We’d lay a chunk and then test a slide, lay & test, lay & test… you get the point! Our slides glide right over these without any problems. No buckling, shifting, or scratching. All of which we were worried about!

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One major project DONE! We’ve been to a handful of places and temps and we couldn’t be happier with this flooring. It was a big project but we knew it was essential to this renovation.

So tell me about your fifthwheel, rv, tiny home, etc flooring. Do you love it? Hate it? Considered replacing it? You know Id love to hear all about it in the comments!

Replacing that old fifthwheel carpet with fantastic faux hardwood!
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Tiny tour!

Its a new year and we are in full swing DIY mode with our new “tiny project”. In my last post I shared about our newest purchase and living space. A used Big Horn fifth wheel we demoed and are now renovating. There are stacks of projects and to-do lists lined up for this new space but I thought I’d share a simple “before” tour first.

Tiny tour

The all-in-one floor plan completely sold us on this model! We loved the “feel” and all the possibilities the open concept gave us. And can you say pop-out?! We’ve got 2 LARGE slides on the main floor and an additional one in the bedroom.

Tiny tour

The kitchen is packed with cabinets and storage which is a major plus. It even has a full size pantry and extra storage in the island. For foodies like us these are major wins!

Tiny tour

Throughout the space there are “residential” features like the solid countertops and pendant lights. Its not our style(at all! ha!) but it still makes a difference. Most of these features will probably be altered or replaced but having the “bones” set up in a way we like is one less step on our to-do lists.

The petite dining room and sofa space may feel small in comparison to standard furniture but its plenty for the two of us. And more importantly it will be easy to redesign!

The bathroom is pretty basic and by now you should see a theme… beige walls + brown wood. Cant wait to rectify that sitch! This little space is no different. We did appreciate the 3 full cabinets and walk in shower. Q is 6ft tall and asking him to cram into those tiny corner showers would have been a joke.

And finally the bedroom! Which had our one basic requirement: space for a king bed! We absolutely LOVE our bed/mattress and neither of us was willing to give it up. We also loved all the cabinet space and full walk around access.

Clearly we are starting out with a great unit and if we were simply using this for travel/camping it would be great as-is. But, calling this home for the next chapter means we are happily putting in some major DIY hours to make the space better suited to our tastes. I cannot wait to share these plans and projects with you guys! We’ve got some big ones coming!

So tell me about your camper, trailer, and RV experiences! Have you ever been a ‘full-timer’? Did you redecorate? Remodel? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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We’re going tiny!

I know I mentioned a move in my last post but now its official: we’re going tiny! Tiny living that is! We purged and packed and purchased our little 300-something sqft on wheels.

We’ve lived in so many different types of spaces over the years. Single family homes, town homes, barracks, apartments, lofts, single rooms and even a few couches have made the list. It was really only a matter of time before we tried tiny living right? Right! Ha!

Going Tiny

So the new space is a 36ft Bighorn Fifth wheel we demoed and have begun renovating to fit our style. It has already been sooooo different from any other project and space we’ve previously taken on and we’re LOVIN it! Over the next few months I’ll be sharing all the dirty behind the scenes and DIY projects as we transform this space.

I know people join the #tinymovement for all sorts of reasons. Some want to save money, live debt free, travel the country, go off grid, go completely minimalist and a myriad of other reasons. And all those reasons are fantastic. But I cant say we have one single reason in mind. Honestly, its more of a list. Ha!

I’m sure I’ll share more deets on the why, when, and how but the majority of content here on the blog will stay all about that #DIYlife! We have so many projects to change this space from top to bottom and I cant wait to share with you guys!

So have you considered going tiny? Could you do 300 square feet? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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