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Old 05-09-2013, 02:55 AM   #1
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1986 Itasca Windcruiser Remodel

My wife and I have been helping my mother in law remodel her 1986 Itasca Windcruiser. We remodeled our 1984 Chieftain about a year and half ago and she really liked what we did, so she decided to implement some of the upgrades we did on her own motorhome. We have gained a lot of knowledge by looking at projects that others have posted, so I figured I would share some of the photos of what we had accomplished. Last year me, my wife and my mother in law replaced the furniture, flooring, ceiling and some tile on the floor in the bathroom. Here are a few photos of the work we have already done.


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Here is the tile on the floor of the bathroom area.


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This is the floor with the toilet back in and a view of the soon to be replaced counter tops.


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In this photo you can see the bulk of our work. It shows the new furniture, laminate flooring, new white vinyl ceiling and carpet that was replaced in the drivers area. You can also see a small glimpse of the kitchen counter which will be getting replaced soon with tile to match what was install in the bathroom.


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I got the kitchen (forgot to take a photo), bathroom and nightstand countertops removed.


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Here I cut out the new countertops. In the photos I am gluing and clamping all the side and braces to the new counter tops.

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New nightstand countertop.


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I had to recess the counter so the sink will set flush with the wood.

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All the countertops going in, in the bathroom. Im the bottom photo you can see the new under mount sink installed.


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Kitchen counter on.


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Here is the tile that we will be using.


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Got the stove cut out.


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Sink is in.


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Kitchen Plumbing

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Bathroom Plumbing

The new sinks are a lot deeper than the old sink, so I had to redo the plumbing.


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The tile is done on the top of the nightstand.



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Tile is done on the top of the bathroom counter top.

Well that is everything I've done so far. I am working on it everyday, so I will post more photos of my progress as I go. I finished cutting all the pieces of tile for the sides of the nightstand and bathroom counter tonight and I will be installing them tomorrow. If everything goes smooth I will start tiling the kitchen counter tomorrow or Friday.
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Nice job! I'd like a good picture of the ceiling.Maybe your next post? You do REALY nice work! Thanks for shareing.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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Nice job! I'd like a good picture of the ceiling.Maybe your next post? You do REALY nice work! Thanks for shareing.


yes me too i would like to replace mine. do you think if I removed the paper could I spray a textured ceiling?
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Here are some close-ups of the vinyl ceiling. It is an automotive grade vinyl that we adhered with an industrial grade spray contact adhesive via an HVLP spray gun.


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I don't know if this photo does it any justice.


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More of a broad shot of the whole ceiling from the front to the back.

As far as stripping the wallpaper and texturing I wouldn't recommend it. Mainly because the paneling will get chips a nicks in it while removing the wallpaper and the grain of the wood panel will be visible through the paint. You can get wallpaper that looks like a textured wall that would IMHO yield a better finished result.


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All the soon to be installed tiles that I precut last night.



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I was able to get most of the tiles installed on the sides of the counter this morning.


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I was able to get the first tile installed on the kitchen counter too. Tonight the adhesive should be dry on this and I can start cutting, bullnosing and polishing, then installing the other tiles to the front of the countertop.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:42 PM   #5
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Looks great! You are quite a craftsman.
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Thanks, mystery! I was able to get two more tiles cut, bullnosed and install this evening.


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Tomorrow I get to cut out the tiles around the sink. Definitely not looking forward to this!
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You do excellent work!! Your mother in law is lucky to have you. I can appreciate all the hard work as we had extensive wall restoration. Just a thought for someone not as handy. H.D. sells a paint kit for counter tops it is made by rustoloeum.
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How much weight do you think you have added with the tile?

I looked at redoing ours with granite tile but I was worried about the additional weight that it would add.

Nice work tho!!
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How much weight do you think you have added with the tile?

I looked at redoing ours with granite tile but I was worried about the additional weight that it would add.

Nice work tho!!
Not as much as you would think. We bought 40 tiles to do the job which weighs in at about 240lbs., but we will literally cut out about half of it for the sinks and stove. The new sink and wood portion of the counter top are slightly lighter so we've added about 100-130lbs. total.
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Here are some close-ups of the vinyl ceiling. It is an automotive grade vinyl that we adhered with an industrial grade spray contact adhesive via an HVLP spray gun.


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I don't know if this photo does it any justice.


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More of a broad shot of the whole ceiling from the front to the back.

As far as stripping the wallpaper and texturing I wouldn't recommend it. Mainly because the paneling will get chips a nicks in it while removing the wallpaper and the grain of the wood panel will be visible through the paint. You can get wallpaper that looks like a textured wall that would IMHO yield a better finished result.


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I was able to get most of the tiles installed on the sides of the counter this morning.


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I was able to get the first tile installed on the kitchen counter too. Tonight the adhesive should be dry on this and I can start cutting, bullnosing and polishing, then installing the other tiles to the front of the countertop.

Nice work! ... what are you using to do the bullnosing and polishing?
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I'm using a wet grinder with a 3/8" round bullnose wheel and wet polishing pads 50 grit to 8000 grit (50,100,200,400,800,1500,3000,5000,8000).



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I dread cutting the sinks out! It takes forever, but I was able to get four more tiles cut out, polished and installed.


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I'm using a wet grinder with a 3/8" round bullnose wheel and wet polishing pads 50 grit to 8000 grit (50,100,200,400,800,1500,3000,5000,8000).



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Again my compliments! Great job !
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