There’s no shortage of RV interior painting ideas that can make your living space beautiful and expressive. However, painting a house and an RV differ. We suggest watching some RV YouTubers before venturing into this endeavor to understand different experiences. Hopefully, this article can offer insight into which approach you want to take with your RV makeover.
Table of Contents
- Can You Paint the Interior of an RV?
- What Kind of Paint Do You Use on an RV Interior?
- 5 Easy Ways to Update Your RV Interior with Paint
- How to Prepare Your RV Walls for Painting
- Planning Your Project
Can You Paint the Interior of an RV?
You can paint the walls of your RV, just as you would your house. Just make sure you have paintable surfaces. Some RVs have silicone caulk used to edge the walls and counters to help seal the paint, which you will need to remove before painting.
You should also check for any uneven spots on the walls from crooked lines, peeling wallpaper, or wonky screws. This adds to the prep that you need to do before painting, so everything looks smooth.
What Kind of Paint Do You Use on an RV Interior?
Just like painting the inside of a house, you can use latex paint for an RV interior. Using paint with primer in it will save you time. Use a cut-in brush first to get the edges, then finish with a roller to smooth out those paint strokes.
5 Easy Ways to Update Your RV Interior with Paint
You may want to paint your entire RV, but that doesn’t mean every room needs a different color and style. For example, if most of your RV has neutral tones, you could try using a bright color for a few kitchen cabinets or paint a fun design on the doors. It’s important to be selective in using bright colors, especially for a small interior, so it doesn’t overwhelm the decor.
Accent walls, two-toned cupboards, and artfully placed designs are all fun ways to spruce up the space without feeling like you’re going overboard with the paint. Here are some RV interior painting ideas to help you get started.
1. Paint Your Medicine Cabinet
Sometimes the medicine cabinet in your RV bathroom gets rusty, or the paint starts peeling off. In this case, scrub that cabinet clean and sand it before using an oil-based primer and paint to get it nice and shiny again.
2. Brighten Up Your Kitchen
Darker colors make a space look smaller, so lightening up your kitchen with some white paint can make it stand out. You can also use brighter colors or darker tones to create a fun accent wall to show a little more personality.
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If you want to create a clear divide between the kitchen and the rest of the living space, you can use different paint colors or techniques. You could have white walls throughout the RV, but sponge on some metallic blue in the kitchen to add some zest. It’s a colorful RV interior painting idea that combines personality and practicality.
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3. Go Bold with Your Lower Cabinets
Paint isn’t just limited to walls, don’t hesitate to bring your cabinets to the party! Not all the cabinets need to be the same color. Try using the two-tone color method for an elegant style, especially if you like more color but don’t want to overwhelm the small space. And if you worry about a dark or bold color making the space seem too crowded, use a light color on the upper cabinets and a dark color on the lower cabinets for a classy compromise.
4. Paint Your Sliding Door
If you don’t want to do an accent wall, add a pop of color to a sliding door. You could have it match the windowsills or even your furniture. If you don’t want to deal with the tape, or getting perfectly crisp edges, try sponging on the paint.
Here’s another RV interior painting idea: use multiple colors and use the flick paint technique to layer the colors in a fun but artful way. Just keep in mind this painting style can be a little messy. You can usually remove sliding doors easily, so you could do this outside on a painting tarp for easy clean-up. Kids can help if you want them to contribute to your renovations.
5. Update Your Slide-Out Trim
You can replace your slide-out trim or just paint it or sand and stain it. They might have attached older trim with anything from staples and screws to heavy-duty velcro. You can also cover the old molding with the new molding, no need to remove anything. Just use a nail gun to attach the new trim and enjoy a simple but effective makeover.
How to Prepare Your RV Walls for Painting
Take a close look at the walls as you prepare for painting. Most older RVs have drywall with wallpaper glued to it. It might even have uneven corners and odd textures. You’ll need to sand the surfaces scrub (we recommend using TSP) first and then prime and paint.
Instead of tape, try using an edging brush to accommodate the flowing corners of the RV. Houses have sharp corners, but RVs tend to have round edges. You can use wipes as you paint in case you make mistakes. If you feel more confident having things taped off before painting, make sure to remove the tape before the paint has dried, so it doesn’t leave uneven lines.
Planning Your Project
You can experiment with many fun RV interior painting ideas, whether you use stencils or go bold with stripes or metallic paint. Put your stamp on your RV. It may be a home on wheels, but it should feel like yours and not just another vehicle you drove off the lot.
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Painting can elevate your RV to a classier level. Plus, you can have so much fun looking through aisles of paint samples, planning your next big project for your next big trip.
Have you ever painted your RV’s interior? Drop your advice in the comments below!
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