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We have been throwing around ideas for how to renovate an airstream, long before we actually bought one. We first thought we would gut the interior and start from scratch. That would be the easiest way to get a fresh modern-looking interior. However, we don’t want to sink $5,000+ into the airstream, if we don’t have to. We figured out that we are going to try to salvage any of the walnut finishes throughout and work off that wood tone for decorating. I’m sure we’ll think of more work that needs to be done, but these are our priority items for the renovation:

Kitchen

-Paint walls and ceilings white (done)

-Clean the cooktop, sink and stove (sink and stove done)

-Clean the inside of all cabinets

-Replace ceiling light panel with new white one

-Replace the worn and broken tambour fronts on the kitchen cabinetry

-Replace the cracked countertop with a white, orange or green laminate

-Install new drapery

-Replace receptacles and covers with decora white ones

-Install a new RV refrigerator

-Install new dark wood laminate flooring

Living Area

-Paint walls and ceilings white (done)

-Clean the inside of all cabinets

-Install new dark wood laminate flooring

-Replace ceiling light panel with new white one

-Replace the front reading lights with silver ‘bullet-style’ sconce covers

-Install new drapery

-Replace receptacles and covers with decora white ones

-Replace the 8 track player with a stereo and aux jack (we’ll keep the 8 track player, in case we decide to ever use it again)

-Install a wall mounted long countertop with a pull out dining table (Matt will make this piece)

-Install a sofa bed (one that can be turned into a lounger, sofa and bed)

-Get a couple comfy chairs for lounging or dining

-Spray paint the speaker surrounds white to match the new white paint throughout

Bedroom Area

-Paint walls and ceilings white (done)

-Install new beds (done)

-Clean the inside of all cabinets

-Replace ceiling light panel with new white one

-Replace missing window screens

-Get new pull trim piece for tamboured cabinet door

-Install new center support beams for twin to queen mattress conversion

-Get bedding and pillows for the new beds

-Replace receptacles and covers with decora white ones

-Install new drapery

-Install new dark wood laminate flooring

Bathroom

-Paint walls and ceiling white (done)

-Epoxy bathtub, sink and counters (done)

-Install new large pebble, mosaic tile or retro thick linoleum flooring

-Install matchstick bath and sink skirting

-Change out the cracked amber plexiglass in shower door for new opaque plexiglass and paint brass frame silver

-Change out bathtub fixture

-Change out sink faucet

-Install new RV toilet (just arrived today from Amazon)

Mechanicals/Systems

-Remove evaporative cooler from roof and patch roof with riveted metal (hopefully happening tomorrow)

-Set up a battery charger

-Re-key the door and all outside storage bins (done)

-Install a 30 amp receptacle in our garage to provide enough power to test the AC (currently the 15 amp one doesn’t provide enough power)

-Install a missing black water tank

-Install a missing gray water tank

-Install 2 new propane tanks

-Get the old suburban heater, stove and cooktop checked out professional

-Install a new water heater

-Install new window and door seals (ordered from out of doors mart online)

-Replace burnt out light bulbs inside and out

-Check all plumbing

-Check all electrical

-Replace the awning

-Buff and polish the exterior

We’re making good progress in the short 8 days we’ve owned it.

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From my previous posts, you’ve probably seen that plastic from the 1970s doesn’t age well. It turns yellow and stains really easily. After watching a rad tutorial online from the show Classic Rides, I learned how I could transform my tub, sink and counters with epoxy paint. We went to Lowes to find epoxy and came across one that didn’t say it was suitable for plastic, but we took a risk with it and bought it. The results are nothing short of amazing. The new finish was applied with a 6″ foam roller and a 2″ foam paint brush. 3 hours of applying two coats of epoxy and it’s ready for some pretty new fixtures.

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After everything was primed throughout, we painted with Olympic no voc paint in a natural white. It is amazing what a difference paint makes!

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The nastiest room in the airstream was the bathroom. I become slightly less offended by it, as I paint over the aged plastic surfaces. Check out the before photos of the bathrooms. I had to remove a bunch of broken inserts for the metal trim and also remove contact paper from the counters, which revealed a lot of staining. We are going to be epoxying the tub, sink and counters to breathe in new life to the bathroom. We had to remove the toilet, as it wasn’t an RV toilet. We are going to replace the plexiglass in the shower door and spray paint the icky brass silver. We are also going to switch out plumbing fixtures. We haven’t done a full test of the plumbing yet because we don’t have a black water tank. Apparently, if you live in an airstream full-time and have it parked, you remove essential systems for a traveling trailer…boo! We also have plans to do a mosaic or pebble rock floor in the bathroom. I bought some dark matchstick bamboo for the bath skirt, but I might try to find something better to line it.

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