I am renovating my 1972 airstream 23 ft land yact to live in full-time. I have found your blog an inspiration. Although I can’t afford to do things as finely as you have done, I really like these uncluttered spaces. How are the upper cabinets given a more modern look? I hate mine and have been struggling to find an affordable solution. The other thing I am wondering was how did you get the super clean and finished walls? I can’t really see any rivets or blemishes in the photos. Lastly, the shower… How did you seal the original panels so water wouldn’t run behind the wall? Thanks for the information. I am an novice when it comes to these things but need a place to live and happen to own an airstream so I am going to try it. Any and all advice is helpful. I have to get into it by 9/1 so I have been rushing it. Thank you!
Good to hear you’re embarking on the renovation journey. Let’s see. The overhead cabinets are a common thread that are reused time and time again in my renovations. Removing the plastic that covers the metal, and using a high quality, latex based paint on the remaining plastic material can give the cabinets a very nice look. I often remove everything, clean it up, and reinstall in select ways to clean up/ modernize the look. Depending on the year, the evolution of these cabinets show a beautiful design at every stage. You needn’t spend much, if any on materials. Just labor for reconditioning and repainting as required.
For walls, I generally clean the surface thoroughly then use a 220 sandpaper to all surfaces. I apply an adhesion primer to the surface, then use a zero VOC paint (usually satin or semigloss depending on the trailer and location.)
The shower is a complex series of parts and pieces that come together to produce a relatively lightweight, flexible and secure solution. Take a look through the “Airstream Renovation Blog” – There is at least one post there that documents this.
I get a lot of questions about this, so I’ve written a blog about how we deal with this process. Click here to check it out. Sounds like a fun project and a “right-sized” Airstream for some enjoyable travel. Send me some photos of your completed project from somewhere stunning!
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