When we first bought our travel trailer, I KNEW I was going to rip it apart. I couldn't handle all the brown. We slowly have renovated it over the last 6 months. I am always being asked, what we used and how we did it. So here are some pictures and links for you!
For those of you wondering this is a Heartland Mallard IDM302
Lets start in the kitchen...
This is what it looked like before we got our hands on it. So dark and.. brown. I wanted to lighten it up so I started with some tile backsplash. You can grab that here. Most people ask if it was difficult to apply and honestly, the first few were hard to get up , but then I got into the groove and went up super easy. Just take your time and measure twice before cutting.
Then we painted the cabinets. You can get that chalk paint we used here on top and this is what we used on the bottom.Then seal it with this.
Next we needed to tackle the counters. We used this DIY granite paint kit.. It was SUPER easy and turned out beautifully!
Next we tackled the main room...
It had a very uncomfortable couch with a set of recliners that always
hit the wall and were not conducive for our family. We also broke the dinette table the 3rd time we used it. The valances thankfully for me
(because my husband wanted to keep them),
ripped out of the wall and the ceiling after we traveled in it for a month.
So we said goodbye to it all!
Again, it was brown and dark. We started with the shiplap wallpaper. We used two different types of shiplap, the one you see in the main area is from Target, but I prefer this one from Amazon. I think it holds up better.
Then we started to paint the wood to match the kitchen. After we got the shiplap up in the entire main room. We ripped the valances off and headed to Lowes for the pull shades and to Target for these curtains.
Next, it was time to completely rip out that dinette and put a new couch in!
We decided to go with a Home Reserve couch, because it comes in individual boxes and the seats have storage, as well as storage in the back portion of the couch too.
We also decided we wanted to change out the light fixtures to update the space a little bit. Here are the links for the ones we used for wall and then the undermount, you just have to make sure that you are using 12 volt lightbulbs. We also ripped off the trim and went to Home Depot and got some pine wood, stained it with Classic Gray Stain and used that for around the slide.
Next up, we tackled the bathroom...
Here is how it looked before.
We threw up some of the same shiplap wallpaper that was in the main area. We grabbed these peel & stick tiles . Painted the wood with black chalk paint and finished the countertops like the kitchen.
Lastly, we finished the bedroom...
I am a total night owl and I hated having to go back in the "cave"(what we have been referring it to), we used the same wallpaper and chalkpaint as in the main cab and had this gorgeous comforter set from beddy's delivered!
Before we touched it...
We actually ended up getting it finished in one day! Check it out...
It finally happened. I have finally broke free.
For so long, I was held in your bondage of needing your approval and love. I needed you to be proud. I needed you to show me your dysfunctional version of love. But really, nothing I did would ever be enough. My words, choices and actions would never be good enough or up to your standards. Years and years of trying to earn it, all for nothing. All for a one-sided and lonely relationship full of anxiety, tears, frustration and anger that has led me to a path of no trust or respect.
Today, I decided your opinions don't matter anymore. I decided that you don't get decide what I need to do, or the choices I make and where my life goes. It doesn't matter if you think I am reck-less, irresponsible or silly. Because you.. are not me.
You see you never accepted that someone else could have a good, meaningful & full-filling life without your two-cents. That someone could be genuinely happy and not screw their life up by making a decision you didn't agree with.
It might shock you to know this but I am loved. Not only by those around me and accept my imperfections and failures for what they are, but more importantly by Jesus. I don't have to perform for him. I don't have to act a certain way for him to talk to me. I don't have to shut people out of my life just so he will love me. He just does. UnCONDITIONally. My heart is full and it doesn't matter if you look at me and see sin. You don't get to judge that. He looks at me and sees a forgiven daughter who is sinful and dirty but washed clean in his blood. So I pray someday you will see the pain you have caused. I beg you to allow him to change your cold heart to humble. To not push people away when they try and love you. To learn how to forgive and give forgiveness.
You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye. This verse continues the metaphor of a person with a plank in their own eye who criticizes someone for aspeck in that person's eye.
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I am pushing 30 years old, I have lived a lot of life in my short years here. I have been through much and seen more crap than I care to admit. I have seen relationships come and go, healthy and toxic relationships.
Something I’ve learned is how toxic most relationships are. How they literally can suck the life right out of you. You put so much into someone, especially family members and they end up overstepping their boundaries and someone always gets hurt. Someone always gets taken advantage of. We have all heard the phrase “dysfunctional” family. But I really think that problem lies within our hearts.
We are all selfish.
I hate to admit that I have always been a people-pleaser. I have tried for years to say “No” without the guilt and have got myself into trouble more than I count because of it. The problem with people-pleasers is that they put others around them on a throne and if you’re a christian like I am, thats a serious sin.
It wasn’t until recently that I realized how destructive it had become. You see, I struggle with Anxiety, real bad like. I’ve dealt with a lot in my life (like most people have) and I guess you get to a certain point where your body can’t take anymore.
“Why are you so stressed out, you need to learn how to relax.”
I can not count on my hands how many times I have heard that come from my husband or a family members mouth. I have severe anxiety, some bouts of depression and yes, I am constantly stressed out.
After my body has totally had it, I usually end up spending a good week of trying to de-stress (failing miserably) and trying to figure out what is wrong with me.
Finally, I have come to this conclusion, HECK YES I’M STRESSED, and theres nothing I can do about it.
I am normally a very happy, go with the flow, positive person… I usually can see the good in a situation and try to make the best of it. I can be faced with a problem and then figure out a solution to fix it. But I have a secret.. and I don’t think it’s talked enough about, especially among new moms. Its called Anxiety. It can be under other names like Post Partum Depression, PTSD, Hormones etc. But really is just anxious feelings. It gets your mind racing and you can’t turn it off. It creates symptoms in your body that seem so real, yet it literally is all in your mind..
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