A lot of you have been waiting a LONG time to finally see the new and improved Vie. Can you say #extremehome(onwheels)makeover?
I’ll take you through the whole tour. But first, let’s reminisce for a moment about the old Vie… Lovely.
Here she is folks… the new and improved Vie! Welcome to our home.
Basically, without tearing down the structure of the interior like the cabinets, over-cab bed, benches, kitchen…etc, we ripped apart everything else. We painted the walls with a random bucket of whitish paint that we found in our house. Cees made all of the cupboard doors out of barn wood that came from an old barn in Idaho Falls. With the same wood, Cees and his friends did all the paneling on the walls and the floor of the RV. We love it because it feels like a little cabin on wheels now.
In these cabinets we keep all of our personal things, like crafts, books, journals, ukulele, games, tiny vacuums, essential oil diffuser…etc (can you tell I dominate this storage?)
We went to Deseret Industries (our local thrift shop) and got a bunch of cool old leather belts and cut them up to make handle pulls. We actually spent a good amount of time at DI planing and browsing to see what we could use!
The curtains are painters’ drop cloths that were actually the table cloths at our wedding! I just hung them up with some paracord that I had at home. The BYU Geology department was throwing away a bunch of old topo maps, so Cees rescued them and we Mod Podged them to the ceiling. This project really brought out my craft-rage. It’s a real thing.
The lights are little mason jars that we drilled to fit the light bulbs. We love them because they are really bright, but don’t hurt your eyes to look at and they don’t get too hot at all after being on for a long time!
The table and all the countertops were refurbished with sheet metal we scored from our Uncle Dave. They are durable, we can cut and set hot things right on them, and they cleans easily and look cool.
We also painted the fridge door with chalkboard paint for fun!
Like we mentioned in earlier posts, the only thing that we couldn’t tackle on our own, was the reupholstery job. We had a guy in Provo handle that for us. At first we tried to sew new cushion covers ourselves, but we realized really quickly that woven saddle blankets unravel when you cut them wrong and are heinous to work with. So, we decided to pick our battles and let the nice upholstery man work his magic. The saddle blankets, pillows, and rugs we got at elpasosaddleblanket.com. (Prepare yourselves for a nightmare of 90’s website design, but rad stuff nonetheless).
The American flag was rescued at some point by Cees, but we can’t remember when or where. On our bed we have a Rumpl synthetic down quilt, that we LOVE and highly recommend. On top of that we have a Pendleton blanket that my mom gave us. With the two of these blankets combined, we stay super cozy and warm at night.
There used to be that hideous blue carpet by the cab area, and we didn’t want to rip it out and deal with contouring new carpet around those tricky edges, so we took the easy route and custom cut a large cork board and screwed it right on top. Also, here you can see Vladimir’s home #Catagonia
The wallpaper in the kitchen area is the last dying remnant of the old Vie. We kinda dig the 80’s pattern and it makes it feel like a separate area from the rest of the RV, so we kept it.
We are so happy that our kitchen is fully functioning, complete with a 4-burner stove top, oven, 2-sectioned sink, fridge, and freezer.
Our cute little kettle from UCO that we use everyday.
A little organization helps us stay sane and maximize our small living space.
We keep all of our shoes in the cabinet right by the door for easy access.
These under bench storage cabinets are home to the batteries, inverter, and all the fun stuff that our solar panels use to power the coach. The water tanks are also under there somewhere, along with Vladimir’s bulk food bag and kitty litter.
I am so glad that we have a bathroom on board! I’m not a super fan of gas station bathrooms and if you know me well, you know I like my showers. We live a plush life here on the road.
The shower is on the right (this is where we store the kitty’s box) and our closet is on the left above the toilet. All of our toiletries and cleaning supplies fit nicely in the cabinets above and below the sink.
Yay for tiny bathrooms with running water!
I think that pretty much wraps up the grand tour! We have been renovating and creating this dream for the past year now and we couldn’t have done it without the help from our incredible friends and family. We pulled WAY too many all nighters and ate WAY too many Little Caesar’s pizzas. But, in the end, it was all worth it and we couldn’t be happier!
There’s our adventure kitty in his favorite spot, soaking up the sun.
Thanks for touring Our Vie with us!