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More Redecorating

April 15, 2015

At Rio Bonito RV Park, Liberty Hill, TX

(2008 36 foot Montana Mountaineer Fifth Wheel)

montana redo livng area1We moved ahead with redecorating the living area. We continued with the light blue paint and ditched the old-style scalloped valances. The day/night shades were getting to be in bad shape, so we removed them as well. While Nell made curtains for the nine (9) windows in this space, I installed mini-blinds and curtain rods. Once the windows coverings were done, we re-covered the dining chairs.

montana redo livng area6Since this rig is now stationary, we removed the screws holding the table in place, and turned it. The fourth dining chair works well at the “studio” space in the back right corner. Just this simple move really opened up the view into the living room and provides more walking room. It’s easy enough to reconfigure when we have guests for lunch or dinner.

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The corner desk is actually my art studio. Nell prefers working at the dining table, where she can spread out more. Since I often draw sitting in my easy chair, the work space is used more for watercolor and small acrylic work. And, as Nell would tell you, it quite often is a place for me to stack art stuff. Since I do work with color in this area, I chose to keep the surrounding wall and ceiling color a light neutral to avoid too much reflected blue onto the work surface. (You can click on the photos for a larger image.)

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The view from the living room, looking back past the kitchen and door, up the stairs to the bathroom and bedroom. I was originally a bit unsure about so much blue wall color, but once the window coverings were up, I’ve found that it’s a very comfortable environment. At some point in the future, we will most likely change the flooring, but for now, extra rugs help cover a few bad spots in the carpet. Re-covering the chair cushions and backs, along with a form-fitting cover on the sofa, removed the original not-so-attractive greenish colors.

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We installed Smart Tiles in the kitchen alcove. Smart Tiles are a peel-and-stick product that resemble glass tiles both in appearance and to the touch. They come in 10″x10″ sheets, and are available in a variety of colors and styles. While cooking on the stovetop, Nell will set an aluminum tray or cookie sheet against the far wall to provide a buffer from the burners. She did this in both the motorhomes as well, because we have concerns about the closeness to the stovetop. The plan is for just about all the cooking to be done using the Nu-Wave Oven (that round R2D2-looking thing on the stove). Future plans call for replacing the fridge with a residential model, and removing the oven to provide more kitchen storage space. The RV propane oven requires one to get down on all fours and reach back with a fireplace lighter to light the pilot light. Most people don’t leave their pilot light lit because of the very definite propane smell, so using the oven becomes a bit of an exercise, especially with this kitchen island arrangement.

With this work done, what remains are those things I’ve mentioned, plus some kind of updating of the bathroom. As I’ve stated before, this is now our home base. We love the location and the surroundings, and it already provides a welcome retreat to come home to after traveling. The search is on for a Class C motorhome, and we continue to discuss and sort out exactly what we’re looking for.

Safe Travels,

Ralph and Nell

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Marcie permalink
    April 15, 2015 3:41 pm

    Looks really nice. I like the colors.

  2. April 15, 2015 3:59 pm

    You have lots of space now Ralph. Careful with that acrylic paint!

  3. April 16, 2015 2:10 pm

    Love it….I have been thinking about using the smart tiles in ours, and now that I see them up close, I am sure I will do it!! My only fear is that they get too hot. I don’t use the stove top often, but it would be a worry. Everything looks great, you both have done a great job!

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