Rustic Chic RV Makeover

We love social media and all the great Modern Masters projects we come across during our online travels! One unique project we spied was created by decorative artist Karen Sabrsula of Artful Wanderlust. As her name suggests, she loves being creative and also loves to travel, especially in her RV. Read along as she shares how she transformed her traveling camper with the help of our Metal Effects. Take it away, Karen!

Where  does your inspiration start? I can be inspired from just about anywhere!  I find some of my best creativity comes when we are traveling in our RV.  Relaxation, the outdoors, and not a care in the world!  On a recent very rainy trip, while trapped inside, I noticed how much wood was in our RV.  Now, I love natural wood, but…this was a lot of wood cabinetry for a small space. The center island didn’t help either so it was time to break out the brushes!

RV Kitchen Makeover Project | Project by Karen Sabrsula of Artful Wanderlust | Modern Masters Blog

Sanding, priming, painting, glazing and distressing – I was starting to see the light! The lighter colors made a huge difference in the mood and feel of the RV. I transformed the multi-colored distressed cabinets using the Botanicals from Caromal Colours.

Metal Effects Rust Finish, Caromal Colours and a Royal Design Studio Stencil help transform an RV Kitchen | Project by Karen Sabrsula of Artful Wanderlust and featured in the Modern Masters Blog

Next was the island!  Once painted, the three panels stared at me like a blank canvas!  I have worked with the Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust finish before and thought it would be perfect for my ‘fun, boho, lighten up all the wood in the RV’ decorating style!  I have always loved the Arabesque Moroccan Stencil from Royal Design Studio and used it for the panels (and electrical outlets!) as well. I haven’t sealed the design.  I love how it slowly continues to rust ever so slightly.

RV Kitchen Island Update with Paint, Patina and Pattern! The Modern Masters Blog features a unique, creative project by artist Karen Sabrsula of Artful Wanderlust

It certainly makes a statement and adds the perfect pop of light, color, and pattern. Three things I love in design!

Paint, Pattern and Patina come together for a beautiful RV Kitchen Update by Karen Sabrsula of Artful Wanderlust | Modern Masters Blog

We will be spending a lot of time in our RV this summer. We’re grabbing our family for a destination wedding and taking a much needed long honeymoon to some of our national parks and spending some time in the San Juan Mountains. The debate still rages as to continuing to paint the rest of the kitchen cabinets.  What do you think?

Thank you, Karen, for sharing your Artful Wanderlust RV Kitchen Cabinet and Island Update with us! Please be sure to follow Karen’s artful travels on her Facebook page and Instagram account. We hope this has proved inspiring for your own unique projects incorparting paint, pattern and patina for a gorgeous rustic chic look! Metal Effects can be purchased via a local retailer or via our online shop. Have a creative project to share with us? Send it to – we’d love to see them!