Back splashes and wall treatments on a budget

My husband has been moved to North Dakota (he actually lives across the state line in Montana)...with my Rhuematoid Arthritis I chose to stay in Texas. 

Many of you have probably heard about the housing situation there since the oil boom.  My husband and I did the math....and buying a travel trailer and renting a spot made the most since for us. 

Our travel trailer...although fairly new...2006....still looked like a grandma's flower bed vommited in it.  There was floral wallpaper….floral couch….floral valances….and floral bedspreads.  I’ve always been kinda fond of floral….but this is too much for even me!!!  No offense Y'all....I love my flowers...and my grandma....but travel trailer designers need to get a clue!!!

I've been trying to make this a comfortable place for "men" since my husband....and now my son are really the ones having to live there....and if when this is over....I'd like it to be something I can live with too, IF we decide to keep it.

I've been posting about some of this reno on my website....but here's a project I did this last week while visiting Dave!

 

 

First thing on the list was just to tone some of it down….

First off….the super dated valances and cornice boards….had to go!  The trailer came with really pretty pleated shades….super nice, and that’s enough!  I don’t even think I’m gonna put new curtains up for the most part!

I didn’t have time to try to remove the wallpaper….so I painted right over it….and let me show you what my solution for the back splashes…and bathroom was!   Now…I really didn’t want to put much money into it….and had fairly limited resources.  So my solution came in this form!

 

I brought my craft paper….I’m not sure why….but I’m sooooo glad I did.  and the stain I had from experimenting with the wood. I realize this is an old technique….but I knew I needed something that the guys would like….and that was cheap…and easy!!! I also….just have never stopped loving this faux leather treatment!  Hopefully this will give Y’all some home decorating ideas of your own!

So…I ripped the paper into medium sized pieces….and wadded them up…..and dry brushed the stain onto the wrinkles!  Then I took water based polyurethane….and put it up!  Then I coated it a couple more times!   So….do you want to see what it turned out like?…..Hmmmm….maybe I’ll just keep you in suspense!………………………………

So….there is the kitchen….and here’s the bathroom!…..I did add curtains here….and I may redo the blinds in this room….it’s the only one that got mini blinds instead of the pleated shades.

Well….that’s my tightwad back splashes…..and the floral vomit…..is no longer!  How’s that for recycled treasures?

Love Y’all!

Tammy

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