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Before and After: This Vintage RV Makeover Is Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen Before

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Marie M. Vlasic bought this RV in early 2019, and immediately set to work remodeling it.

Name: Marie M. Vlasic, my husband Jiva, and our pug Max
Location: Capitol Hill/Marmalade District, Salt Lake City, Utah
Type of home: Vintage RV
Size: 120 Square Feet
Do you rent or own? Own
How long have you lived here? I bought the RV in February of this year

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Less is more, but more is fabulous! Meet Miss Carmen Amaya, a 1984 vintage GMC Vandura 3500 21′ Recreational Vehicle, made over in the name of that iconic Flamenco-dancing Bad-Ass Carmen Amaya.

Max the pug.

This lady has been torn down, fixed back up, and glittered, dangled, and frocked within an inch of her life. It took about 100 glue sticks, two packages of industrial staples, three big cans of spray adhesive, four gallons of paint, five cans of spray paint, about 45 yards of fabric, 50 yards of gold trim, countless trips to thrift stores for pillows, bedding, and assorted tchotchkes and Home Depot for wood, screws, and other industrial what-nots… Not to mention a world of scrapes, bruises, bad backs, and countless hours of labor. She is worth every bit of it. This is something I’ve dreamed of doing for years and it’s been very satisfying to see her come together.

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Miss Carmen is owned by Marie Vlasic, a professional oil painter and tattoo artist and her musician husband Jiva Armetta, and is happily ridden in by their pug Max.

What is your favorite room and why? You mean I have to choose?!? Well since the RV is pretty much all one room it’s all my favorite, but I will say the most surprisingly good room is the bathroom. I didn’t intend on making it black and white, but I was running low on funds and needed to use what I already had on hand, and I had a couple yards of black embossed vinyl and half a bolt of vintage black and white floral that worked out better than expected. I love the bathroom now.

Thanks Marie! See more of this RV’s makeover on Marie’s website, The Year of Living Fabulously.