I am so excited to finally show you the remaining spaces in our fifth wheel this month. Here is the before of the dining space:
We immediately replaced the table with an Ikea one we had previously used as a desk in our townhouse. It is light weight and can seat all six of us comfortably. At first we would pull the table out from the window and put one person on each end, but after a few times of that we stopped eating at the table all together because it was so much work. Now, we just add two people to the corners at the open end.
Instead of just painting the walls in this slide out, I decided to wall paper them. I found a paintable paper that looked like bead board. I describe my style as modern cottage and this wall paper definitely added some wonderful texture and a cottage vibe. I painted it Muslin White by Glidden. I cut up some Ikea curtains (can’t remember which ones they were) and made drapes for the big window and a valance for the small one. I love floor to ceiling drapes, they just look so luxurious, and this window was my one chance to add that feel in the fifth wheel. We also have a black out roller shade on each window.
The cubbies on either side of the cabinets used to hold speakers. After removing those I decided to use the space for some decorative boxes I had. The black and white one holds small tools that we use more regularly so we don’t have to go outside and get into the big toolbox. The bottom one holds light bulbs.
I also love a little sparkle in my fashion and my decor so when I saw this pendant light at Lowe’s I knew it was just what I wanted for over the dining table. RC installed it for me and when we travel I simply remove the bulb and the “shade” and pack those away until we get to where we are going. We haven’t had any problems.
If you noticed in the before picture, the cabinet doors had glass fronts. I tried living with them, but it was so unfortunate to see all my ugly stuff that was usually hidden in the cabinets. I considered removing the glass and replacing it with a piece of wood before painting, but I really liked the added interest of the leaded details. So I simply painted over the glass and have been super pleased with the results. I still get the interest of the leaded details, but now you can’t see what’s in the cabinets. Win-win. I painted the cabinets in the same Peppercorn by Sherwin-Williams as the master bedroom.
These cabinets hold our toaster, hand mixer, crock pot, magic bullet, napkins, and a pair of candlesticks. The two boxes on the left hold our cds and cd-roms (yes, we still have some of those and they’re in the top box) and extra chargers (in the black and white box).
For years now I have kept a small tray on our table with our salt and pepper shakers, coasters, and a plant or flowers. It used to hold napkins as well, but I’ve found a different place for those in this RV. I found the tray at Hobby Lobby during a sale and used some chalk paint I had on hand to paint the sides. The salt and pepper shakers came from Target and the coasters came from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. They are for outdoor use and are super light weight. Perfect for RV living. I love buying fresh cut flowers when I can, but since they aren’t something I can always have, I keep some silk flowers from Hobby Lobby in a soda bottle for filling in during other times.
The chairs are also from Ikea. They are great, but I didn’t really like their appearance. I used some of my fabric and sewed simple covers for the backs and cushions for the seats.
I still love this fabric. It doesn’t photograph very well, looks more gold and brown than it really is, but the blues and corals in the fabric are much more apparent and beautiful in person. It is called Flourish Clay by Waverly if you are interested.
So there it is. Our new and much improved dining room.
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