I knew right away that I wanted to put “real” furniture in the RV. I wanted it to seem home-like, since you know, its going to be our home. I had picked out a couch from Ikea (the only one that was small enough to fit the space), but after reading the reviews, I decided not to get it. So then I was stuck. I could not find a couch that would fit in the small space. It had to be un-assembled so it would fit through the door. So Ikea was really my only option since their furniture comes unassembled.
I went to Ikea with an open mind. I had found a huge outdoor couch cushion on clearance at the ultimate RV store, World Market. So I picked that up, thinking I might create a couch out of it. And when I got to Ikea, it all came together.
I found a coffee table that fit the depth dimensions of the space. I measured that I would need 3 of them to fit the length. I assembled them, but when I went to add the World Market cushion it was too little. So I tried the Twin size mattress I had bought for Peyton and it fit perfect, and the couch cushion fit perfect in the bunk bed above the driver’s seat-double score.
Ta-Da! A DIY memory foam couch for $140 ($60 for 3 Ikea coffee tables, $80 for Ikea Twin size memory foam mattress). A couch by day and a bed for Conner at night. Bonus storage underneath the coffee tables.
Besides a couch/bed I need 2 chairs and a skinny dresser. I found one chair and one dresser in my parent’s shed. I saved them from certain wood rot.
This actually used to be my Granny‘s and she gave it to us when we first got married. I can’t remember how it got in the shed, but I was happy to revive it back to life.
It’s very windy at my parent’s house, so I had to set up a spray paint station in the garage
I had done a lot of internet research on painting old furniture, and found that many people prefer spray paint. They said it was easier, faster, and had a better finish. They had me at easier. I found a really pretty robin’s egg blue to paint the dresser.
first I primed it with some spray paint primer
I let it dry overnight and started with the blue the next day
I love the color, and the finish on the dresser is so smooth and soft. The only problem with this project is in the end it cost almost $30 to paint this dresser. It would have been cheaper to buy a small can of regular paint and brush, but I think I still might have gone with the “easier” route in the end of the day.
the boy’s new toy chest for the RV
while I was painting the dresser, I decided to paint my great, great grandma’s mirror frame blue with the same paint
still thinking of a fun thing to do with this, maybe a string across with little photos on it? any ideas?
While painting the dresser, I left the next paint job out in the rain to get cleaned off. It has been in the shed for years and years, and needed a good scrubbing. When it started to rain I ran and put it outside, free maid service.
the boys got cleaned off too
The next day, I started on my great-grandma’s chair (different g-ma than the mirror). I wanted it when I thought it was just a regular old chair, but when I sat in it, I realized the seat is on springs and rocks! Love, I want it even more now.
The website I read recommended Krylon brand, but I found Rustoleum went on thicker and better, its what I used on the dresser.
one coat (I added a cushion later to cover the fabric)
I did this one outside because the blue dresser was still drying in the garage
with a new gray cushion and a hand embroidered quilt from Goodwill to cushion the back
I noticed the white spray paint was for plastic too, so I decided to try it on the brown RV cup holder
it covered the brown, and has not chipped yet
my Ikea shopping buddies
For the second chair, I got this idea to make a cozy corner for the boys. I got the big round kid table from Ikea with a papasan cushion from World Market to make a mushroom chair that could convert into a table. It did not turn out quite right, so I ended up returning all the pieces. When then took a trip to ReStore and found this cute little rocking chair for $5. I left it in the sun for 2 weeks to bleach it out, and then disinfected it and covered it with a quilt to be safe (and to be cute and cozy:)
helping me pop some tags at the thrift store (we snagged this cool wood folding chair for $5 also to stow away for extra seating in the RV)
and it fit
rocking away in the RV
While waiting for the paint to dry on the furniture outside, I kept the good times rolling inside. I found a bunch of frames in my mom’s goodwill pile (I am apparently drawn to old/cheap/free stuff). I have been collecting the 50 cent clearance paint from Lowe’s for the past 2 weeks, so I had plenty to choose from.
I LOOOOVE this color
On the other side of my life, that is not so dirty and fixing things, I got a special gift from my little Conner. Conner picked me 6 roses and cut them right under the bud which made me smile, he said that there were pokies on the rest. I had no stem to work with, so on a whim I put them in my glass egg carton. It made me so happy, and was the centerpiece for our homeschool table all week long.
(p.s. can whoever sent me a surprise in my email the other day please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org? I have to tell you thank you!!!!)