this renovated keystone montana is filled with luxurious touches (and it’s for sale!)
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about this RV renovation
Type of RV: 2008 3000RK Keystone Montana
Renovated by: @openroadrenovations / Budget: 12k / Timeline: 4 Months
Today we’re taking a peek inside a renovated Keystone Montana filled with luxurious touches and clever storage solutions. This renovation comes from Open Road Renovations, a husband and wife team based out of Georgia with artistic vision and over 20 years of residential remodeling experience.
Not only is the interior of this RV beautiful and luxurious, but the use of space was well-thought-out. It’s pretty and practical and also for sale, though I can’t imagine it will last long! (The link to the listing is at the bottom of this post).
What inspired you to renovate RV’s?
Long story short, I grew up with a mom that was obsessed with home plans and building the ultimate tiny home (before that was even a mainstream concept). So, I had a healthy dose of that from her. Later in my adult life, my husband, Kirk, and I talked seriously about full-timing with our two young sons. We learned a ton about RV life then. But ultimately, my love of designing our homes spilled into a dream – to utilize Kirk’s 20 + years in residential remodeling and my eye for design and take it to the open road by creating one-of-a-kind, custom renovated RVs!
What made you choose this specific RV to renovate?
Three words: Keystone + rear kitchen. Rear kitchens allow the living space to become a natural conversion area. Some RV layouts just don’t make sense. And Keystone – we renovated another RV brand before this, and the quality of Keystone, even at this age, is mindblowing. She’s SOLID!
Was this rv renovation inspired by anything specific?
There is a woman I follow on Instagram @thesmittencollective who captures my style perfectly. In her home, she showcased a sideboard from Arhaus – it became my muse and inspired the living room entertainment system.
How would you describe your decorating style?
It doesn’t really have a definition, but I have heard “modern collective,” and that fits. Personally, I mix modern and thrifted on a neutral pallet with lots of black, tans, and olive. I love unique pieces that create interest. Lots of mood lighting as well. You don’t just sit in a bright room full of sunshine every day.
What project made the most difference?
Maybe the kitchen? We removed so much bulk but installed a pull out pantry so no storage was lost. We hand painted the soapstone epoxy counters and honed them for a matte finish (I say we but it was all me! Kirk is the carpenter but I’m the artist). Under-cabinet lights, a deep sink, floating shelves – all of it added to the look of the entire room. We even bumped the oven surround out and gave it feet (and a drawer) to give it a residential feel.
What’s your favorite aspect of interior design?
It can be whatever you want! There are no rules, only what speaks to you. My style has changed over the years and I expect it will continue to evolve. My first RV was very Scandi-Chic – white, black, with warm cedar. Sleek, with clean lines. And it made me just as happy as my current remodel with warmer tones, creamy white, and green.
What’s the most meaningful or splurge-worthy item you incorporated into the interior?
Splurge worthy: the Dreamline shower – hands down. It is an incredible piece that elevates the space so much.
Meaningful: definitely the entertainment center. Pictures don’t show how the doors retract (so cool) or how the mantle drops down to reveal the receiver (with soft close hinges), or the hidden storage compartment at the bottom, or that we made a hidden panel to access the shower without ripping it apart.
What was most challenging about this RV renovation?
The entertainment center! So many things to figure out to get function AND beauty. The shelves had to be configured in a way that allowed the doors to slide in but we were keeping TV size in mind as well. Finding the right kind of hinges. Dealing with caning for the first time ever! Oh! And we made the area behind the fireplace accessible as well – it pulls out and pivots (we secured it with locks obviously, so its safe when traveling).
What are your favorite places to source products and decor?
Amazon (fixtures; lighting, faucets, hardware), Overstock (rugs), Target (decor), Wayfair (furniture), Ikea (curtains, kitchenware, furniture).
Do you take on custom renovation projects or offer design consulting?
We do consider renovating RV’s for owners but it would have to be a good match and we would need a great deal of creative control once the design is decided.
What piece of advice would you give someone about to start an RV renovation?
Do your research. We researched for years before we started. It’s not for the faint of heart. It can take a lot longer than you think to sell your finished product because people see the year and automatically think, “I could get a brand new blah-blah-blah for that price.” They don’t consider the YEARS of experience, time, blood, sweat, and sometimes tears that went into it. Its art. It’s your art and not everyone will appreciate it. If you can get past that, you’re golden. My favorite thought is, “its FOR sale, not ON sale.” Know your worth.
How can someone inquire about buying this renovated Keystone Montana?
You can see the for sale listing here. Or send a DM on Instagram.
Most asked about product sources:
Entertainment Center Paint Color: SW Rockbottom // Kitchen Lower Cabinets: SW Shade-Grown // Walls, Upper Cabinets, Trim: SW Alabaster
My favorite paint hack is Behr scuff dense in Matte and you can use whatever color in whatever line to have it mixed. Tricorn Black (Sherwin Williams but again – use this hack) is my favorite black. The walls are SW Alabaster. The rugs are Loloi – hides dirt and stains and they’re so beautiful. Again, I search and search for products to use and check and recheck dimensions and weight (wt is very important in an RV and we work hard not to add any). What works in this space may not work in someone else’s.