DIY RV Update: Dressing Up The Front Door


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If you have been in an RV, then you know that although the industry is constantly updating the newer models…there is still much to be desired in RV decor. In the case of our Open Range Fifth Wheel, the decor was fine…just a bit generic for us.

In the process of updating our RV decor and repainting the interior…after traveling around for two years in our fifth wheel (you can find out more about our story HERE)…we decided to change up the decor a bit. We were searching for a more rustic vibe.

In the midst of painting, I found myself staring at the not-so-lovely padded headboard that frames the front door.


I would have absolutely loved to just remove the padded doorway-valance…however, our door is not very tall. Since my husband hits his head every so often, the padding is a necessity!

In my search for fabric, I found this faux-leather looking beauty at Hobby Lobby…popped off the buttons and unscrewed the valance.

I then cut the fabric a couple of inches larger than my “headboard” so that there was room to wrap the sides and staple it. I felt super crafty as I used my kids chalk to mark the felt-like backing on the fabric…and it worked great, giving me an outline to cut along.


I then stapled the new “hide” looking fabric over the valance board and screwed it back into the wall. I did not have a staple gun in the RV, so my “stapling job” leaves much to be desired:


Using scissors, you can make some cuts around the edges (think of cutting jack-o-lantern teeth) to help with gathering the fabric. This also removes some of the extra fabric so it will not “bunch” as much along the backside.


I then screwed the valance back on the wall, simply poking the original screws through the holes in the board and the new fabric.


The one problem we had were those darn, little fabric buttons…the ones that cover up the screws. I could not find a replacement anywhere. My smarty-pants daughter found a brilliant solution…she colored them with our furniture touch-up markers. You can find the set we use HERE…they are the perfect solution for the ugh-oh moments of RV life…as well as re-coloring your faux-leather fabrics!


So this is my new entry way. What do you think? A few minimal changes was all it took to change up the feel of this tiny space. You can also see my new wooden window valance that I made to cover up those tacky window blinds when they are raised.

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