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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Project Airstream: A Shelf, Updated Bathroom, and All the Walls

We are still working on our 1977 Airstream Ambassador. Things are going slowly, but they are going. I honestly didn't think it had been so long since I had updated about our progress, but my last post was in July! Apparently last year flew by without me noticing. If you want to take a look back at where we started with this project, you can check out these posts here, here, and here

The outside of the Airstream hasn't changed much. Jason has repaired a few of the outside vents, and all the windows have been repaired and rescreened. Most of our time has been spent working on the inside though.
 This is a view of the front part of the Airstream {this will be the living room/mine and Jason's bedroom}. We actually started working from the back so this is the least completed part of the whole camper...and it has become a bit of a storage space to hold all of Jason's supplies and tools:)
 This shelf is the one big thing that has been done in the front though. There was originally a big plastic shelf here that had a few cracks and was a lovely aged yellow color. Jason pulled it out and repaired the wall around it, then built this wooden shelf in it's place. I just painted it this weekend with the green paint we picked out a few months ago. I think it adds a lot of fun color to a space that has pretty neutral so far...and it kind of reminds me of the 70's:)
 This is the space that will soon be our kitchen. Jason gutted the whole area and reworked the plumbing. We bought a big butcher block slab yesterday to make a countertop out of of and we bought a new sink and stove top. Jason is working on reassembling this section of the camper right now, and hopefully it will be done in the next few weeks.
 We bought a new fridge for the space and all of the camper walls are back in place. There was originally a big shelving unit attached to this wall. We are planning to putting a flat screen tv here with a small shelf underneath it to hold dvds and books.
 This is a view looking down the hallway towards the back of the camper. You can see that all the walls are back up. The closet is past the fridge on the right hand side, and the bathroom is on the left hand side.
 The bathroom was completely gutted, but Jason kept all the parts and refinished them. Reusing what was originally there was a lot more cost effective and a lot easier to fit into this really small space. The countertop and shower stall was repainted with a special plastics paint. We bought new fixtures and a new toilet. Jason has also been really busy spray painting all the trim pieces white {they started out a nice bronze color}. We still have to find lights and a mirror for the bathroom, but all the plumbing is fully functioning which was a big step!
 This is the refinished shower stall....if you look back at the older pictures you can see how far this space has come. I didn't even want to look at the old bathroom because it was so gross, but now everything is new and shiny white!
 This is the boys bedroom. We reused the bed bases, mostly because Jason liked the sleek almost airplane look of the original storage cabinets. Everything got a good cleaning and a couple coats of white spray paint. We have foam mattresses for the beds, but I am still working on sewing covers for them. 
 Jason rewired the old speakers and bought new covers for the electrical and 12 volt power outlets. Our plan is to add bunk beds above the two bottom twin beds, but that is still in the planning phase right now:)
 This is the view from the very back of the camper looking toward the front. It may not seem like much, but we have come a LONG way from where we started....and there is still a ton of work to do!

Next on our list of things to do is getting the kitchen completed. Then hopefully we can work on installing the vinyl wood flooring. I am going to try hard to keep you a little better updated...and be better about documenting our progress! Hopefully I can share a couple pics of the kitchen and new floor before February is over!
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Sugarplum Creations Blog said...

That is AWESOME!!! I love it! We had an older travel trailer several years ago, and loved it. It was nice to have a space for all of our camping "stuff", and to be able to up and head for the great outdoors whenever we felt like it. But, we had to get rid of it, and never have gotten another. Hopefully someday.

Your project is so wonderful because you're making it your own!

Unknown said...

WOW! What a great family project! Can't wait to hear about your route some more!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Yay!!! A camper update...I love these. :) This place is gonna look nicer than my house!!!

The Mommy Therapy said...

OK, this looks like so much fun. My husband talks about doing this all the time....which is why I can never mention this blog to him. He would never be able to handle this type of renovation...amazing.

It really does look phenomenal. Can't wait to keep seeing the progress!

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

I bet it will be awesome when it's done! A friend of ours has one they are selling, sitting on our property, so I know how yucky they can be inside!

momto8 said...

lots of progress!!
2 yrs ago our family of 10 rented an RV and took a 10 day road trip.....soooo fun. one of the top vacations yet. good luck to you!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Dee said...

So much work but it really had come so far!!

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Paula@SweetPea said...

You two are so industrious! Your family is going to enjoy this so much when it's complete.

Angie said...

I love it! You guys have done an amazing job! Seriously girl...it rocks!

Myya said...

What an amazing project you guys are working on. AMAZING!

Kelli said...

OH.MY! KELLI...this is so awesome. You guys have done a ton of work and it looks amazing. It is going to be SO nice once it's all done and how great for your trip. Now, just make sure it include an extra bed for me :)

Foursons said...

I am so impressed! Y'all are doing an incredible job restoring the Airstream. I can't wait to see the adventures you have in it!

Melissa @ LoveBugLiving said...

This is a big project, but it is going to be so fun when it is done. My husband would love to do this!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Wow - it's looking so great!! I am SO jealous!!


Rachel said...

Madly jealous... I am an Airstream fan! Loving the colors and the lines!

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

You're making great progress!

amstincan said...

This looks fantastic! I am currently fixing up a 1970 Sovereign that I will be living in full time. I love the upper shelf idea. :)

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