{ Video} AIRSTREAM HITCHED : Before & after airstream renovation …

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Do you wanderlust and live for a good adventure?  Do you dream of hitting the open road? Love airstreams!?   Want to learn more about designing small spaces with big style?!  

You’ve come to the right place!

Love tiny spaces with big style? Get hitched with an airstream. Check out the before and after photos of the airstream by Lynne Knowlton!

See more of the airstream renovation on lynneknowlton.com #HappyCamperAirstream

Love airstreams? Click on the photo to see the before and after transformation of a vintage 1976 31 ft airstream!  

This page is just the beginning of details about the airstream renovation.  I hope you get inspired to design small spaces with big style too!  I’ll show you how!

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Q.    Tell me more about your airstream renovation.   I love to see before and after photos. 

A.   I added about 643947436 photos of the airstream here on the blog… but before and after photos show the real deal.  You may need a barf bucket.  I lie. I lie.  The airstream in it’s original state was still a thing of beauty in my eyes.  I could see the potential because hey, it’s an airstream.  They are such gems!

Hawt tip:  The one thing to look for when buying an airstream is to ensure that the subfloor is dry and free of rot.  This can be a hidden problem, because hey… they can be 40 plus years old.  That is history in the making, and things age. Good to keep them in check.  Like wrinkles. Ahhem… laugh lines.

Love airstreams? Click on the photo to see the before and after transformation of a vintage 1976 31 ft airstream!    Check out the restoration of the 1976 vintage airstream with before and after photos. A real stunner!


Q.   Why did you remove the centre cabinetry of the airstream?  

A.   An airstream renovation is inspiring and harrowing all at once!  It was a scary thought to remove so many walls and cabinets.  When renovating small spaces, the goal is to try to lighten it, brighten it and make it feel open & airy.  When we removed all the brown cabinetry, it was a game changer in creating a light and airy space.

Check it out....

Check out the restoration of the 1976 vintage airstream with before and after photos. A real stunner!    The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com


Q.   Why white?  Seems like risky business for a trailer.

A.   Simple design is my jam, espesh when it comes to white. I may have a thing about white and the staggering simplicity it brings to a space.

 

 

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I don’t do brown but white paint, gold faucets & simply designed  spaces are my three amigos.

 

Everything that wasn’t moving was painted white… white… and more white. I was in a paint coma, painting the interior SIMPLY WHITE for 2 months.    White seems to be the answer to all my renovation problems. 🙂

I pop in colour with throw pillows, art and decor.  Why?  It makes the space super easy to change up with the seasons or if you get tired of the space annnnnnd white gives you a nice blank canvas to work from.

It's hard to believe from this photo.. what a transformation can happen with a vintage airstream! Click on the photo to see the before and after pics of the gorgeous airstream now!!     Love airstreams? Click on the photo to see the before and after transformation of a vintage 1976 31 ft airstream!


Q.  White?!!!!  GAH.  How do you keep it clean?!!!

A.   We have four kids, we rent the airstream to guests and it yet it all is quite easy to keep clean.  I find linen duvets and pillow cases are quite durable and easy to bleach/clean. We even use these linen tea towels in the airstream.  They get better with age. ADORE.

I use these linen curtains in my home (ohhhhh how I love them, and the Etsy seller too!) and these ones as well.

For the airstream, Tonic Living made custom white linen curtains for us.  I have a back-flipping-kind-of-LOVE for those.  I bought these online and used them as the curtain tie backs. They are stunners in real life. Legit.

The paint on the walls and cabinetry is wipeable and durable.  The floor is an easy mop clean up.

boom-done

The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com    The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com

 

Q.  What style of airstream did you buy?

A.   When we first purchased the 1976 31′ Sovereign International Land Yacht, the overall design was zactly what I was looking for.  

It has a center bath configuration, and surprisingly.. most airstreams have a bathroom at the very back.  

I consider it a super cool feature that we wouldn’t have to walk through  the bedroom to get to a bathroom.  

Priorities, sista.

The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com    The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com

 

Q.  How did you do it?   No really.  Howwwwww?!

A.   The process of renovating any small space is to maximize the minimal space with small space living ideas.

 

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The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com    Love airstreams? Click on the photo to see the before and after transformation of a vintage 1976 31 ft airstream!

The journey of looking for an airstream was a loooooooooong one.  We searched for two years for the perfect one (longer, if I’m reallllllly being truthful with myself).  We wanted an airstream that had great potential but not one that had been totally gutted.

Some are like time capsules, still stuck in the era that they were born in.  I love that.  It gives you a chance to save vintage elements and yet modernize the important things like faucets and toilets.  Keeping it real.. keeping it real… toilet talk and all.


Champagne gold faucets
are like jewelry.

ART.

{and one of my fave fave fave elements in the airstream}

The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com

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Q.   How did you find the airstream?

A.  I told every single soul that I knew that I had a dream of buying an airstream!!  Airstreams have such character and 60% of them are still on the road today.  They’ve been making Airstreams since 1931!  Holy batman,right??!!  Impressive!

One day, a friend called me and said… “You’ll never guess what I just saw for sale.  Never guess. Nevah evahhh

It was love at first sight.  Boom.  I was sold.

PS.  If you are going to invest in a trailer, have an end in mind.  Mine end in mind was obvs.

White.

 

Love airstreams? Click on the photo to see the before and after transformation of a vintage 1976 31 ft airstream!

Q.   With all the choices on the market, why an airstream?  

A.  I’m a big wuss when it comes to sleeping outdoors but I could imagine hitting the open road in an airstream .. no public washrooms… board games…soft fluffy linens…essential oils diffusing lightly in the air…. hours of nothing sprinkled with good conversations and kickass music.  These things are my jam.

 It’s the little things in life that really get my motor running.  Candles.  Playing Cards.   Airstream vibes.  Sorry I said vibes.  Was that awkward?  Don’t leave.  Airstreams are a good boho love fest.  Weirder?  Okay. Stopping now.

Youre Rad

See the before & after transformation of this vintage airstream by @lynneknowlton !

Q.  How long did it take to renovate the airstream?   Where did you spend money, save money? 

A.   I imagined it would take a month for our dream to take shape.  It took 6 months.  Maybe longer.  Definitely longer.  It’s still happening. LOL…. annnnnd some things were extraordinarily expensive! Barf.  Like polishing.  Holy smokes, expensive.

Some things were really cost efficient too.   Like paint.  Paint is a small price to pay for a big change.   We primed every surface with a primer that is meant for metal, glass, wood, everything and anything.   Be sure to pick a primer that is a top drawer, high quality primer that sticks to everything.  The base/adhesion is super important for durability. Do it.

The big bananas were spent on polishing ( it takes 200-400 hours to polish an airstream exterior to a mirror like finish.  First, you have to strip the entire surface of the original clear coat.

Yes.  We hired strippers.

Then, after 44574573454056 hours of polishing… it was finally polished to a mirror like finish. We parked it on the pond and napped for 47347 hours to recuperate.    This is actually the home where we park our airstream for most of the year.

~  In our backyard ~

PS.  There are frogs in there.  We aren’t talking about that. 😂

The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com


Q.  How do we see the photos with the inside scoop and deets?

A.    You can see the airstream renovation process from start to finish here on Instagram #HappyCamperAirstream .

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 Champagne Bronze Trinsic Faucet c/o Delta Faucet Canada  ||   Wallpaper // Gold Knots  c/o Hygge and West  ||  Flock circa throw pillows  White linen curtains  Turkish towels by Tonic Living || Flooring by  Ecolay EZlay vinyl flooring… no glue required for installation ||  Countertops are Formica in glossy white.   We made them by cutting MDF to size, and gluing glossy white formica on top || Brass plated drawer hardware is from Lee Valley

 

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Happy glamping!!

Lynne

Over to you!  Any questions about glamping/airstream life?   Ask away… xoxox….  I’m here to help and SIP wine.  Wait.  Did I mention the sipping part?  SIP.

 

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21 Responses

  1. Sisi says:

    Love all the detail in your post. I’m curious about how much of the original interior you had to replace (kitchen cabinets, etc). Or, were you able to keep most of it and just repaint it to give it a new look? What was the most expensive part of refurbishing the interior? I have a relative who is giving us their old camper and I didnt want it, but after reading your post, I’m completely rethinking my decision. Amazing transformation and what woman doesn’t want her own space to play in?

  2. farmkiti says:

    Lynne, I absolutely LOVE it! And I love that you were able to keep the blue 60s couches in there. Or are they new? They look new, anyway. Except that they have that 60s feel. And the blue really goes with that airy feel that you captured.

    And LINEN: I know, right? My hubby is terrible on anything made of cloth; he gets it dirty, every time, all the time. I finally bought a linen comforter cover, and it washes clean every time. What a lifesaver! I’m seriously gonna think about getting more stuff made of linen. Did you know that linen is actually stronger when it’s wet? I’m just full of useless factoids like that.

    And finally: can I rent that Airstream as my apartment? Oh, I know, you’ve got much better uses for it than that. Plus I’d have to sell my house, and I really like my house! But I’ve lived in apartments that were much smaller and weren’t painted white. Talk about feeling like the walls are closing in on ya! You really did an AWESOME job on your Airstream. Hope you and your hubby and your kiddos have the best time ever using it!

  3. Kristina says:

    Duuude!! I randomly just stumbled across your page. & I am in <3. You might be my design soul sister. Seriously.

    Your adorably renovated Airstream?-A-ma,-zing.
    Your treehouse?- freakin' rocks.

    These are both things I have dreamt to do myself someday.. So Im kinda living vicariously through you & your oage now:D

    I also love your witty style! I can't wait to read more!! Keep 'em coming puh-lease!

    -.I meybe your new #1 fan if that isnt already obvious;)

  4. Mackenzie Knowlton says:

    Congratulations Mamma! It looks beautiful! You finally got your hands dirty and it turned out alright! JK it turned out perfectly! Whats the next project?

    • I rolled up my sleeves and got me hands dirty. 😂 Thanks for the love sweetie!

      Next project…. your bedroom. You may not recognize it when you come home. 😂

      Love you sweet cheeks,
      Momma xx

  5. lisa thomson says:

    Nicely done, Lynn!! I love the vintage look (I know it’s legit). I have a question that’s probably dumb. I know nothing about travelling in an airstream so, do you park anywhere for overnight sleeps? Do you have to book at a RV park for extended visits? How does that work?

    I love the all white theme! And so nice you were able to keep the original stove. The video was really fun. thanks for sharing this and your design tips. Cheers! Oops,. I forgot, you DON’T drink. Neither do I (lies).

    • Hi Lisa!

      Thanks for the airstream love! Yes, you can park airstreams in RV parks, provincial parks, even a Walmart parking lot for overnight stays. We have not taken ours on a road trip yet (other than to display it at the Toronto Home show).

      Yes, RV parks can be booked for extended visits too. The cool thing about Airstreams is that they have their own club/forums/followings and you can meet up with other airstreamers along the way.

      Hiccup, 😂
      Lynne xx

  6. Meg says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful.

  7. Alex says:

    Oh.
    My.
    GOODNESS!!

    I will glamp in your Airstream any day! Lynne, seriously, you make Martha Stewart look like a rookie. YAY AIRSTREAM!!!!

    Ps. I love your scripty fonts! would you mind sharing the name? I have a Christmas wedding invitation I’m designing at the moment, this would be purrfect.

    XO

    • Hahahahahaa.. you crack me up Alex. THANKS for the belly laugh.

      The scripty fonts on my blog are my own handwriting. I swear, I could write all.day.long… I love writing words. Anyhoo, a fab alternative is Creative Market! Just search “script fonts’ and you will see so many pretty ones! Some are free, and most are really reasonably priced.

      I’m actually writing about them in my Friday newsletter next week, I luv ’em so much. If you sign up for their weekly newsletter, they send 6 free downloads every week. OMG. Mind.Blown.

      Drops the mic. Walks off the stage.

      Lynne xx

      • Alex says:

        Oh, well….
        Martha Stewart is REALLy f*cking doomed now! HA HA

        I’m pretty damn amazed you do all of your own fonts – I didn’t think you could get any cooler, seriously. #goals

        Thank you so much!!!!
        XO

  8. Debbie M says:

    So many good memories came back to me. I travelled in a 76′ Airstream for over a year, way back when.
    Jump ahead 30 some years and since last year I’ve had this must have one again. I have the perfect spot by my house, and after seeing yours redone, it’s jumped to the top of my list . Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Debbie!

      That’s so flipping cool that you travelled in a 76′ airstream! I’m jelly! LOL. I love your idea of having one at your house too. They are great for guest ‘cabins’ and for parties and even as a work studio. We’ve used our airstream for all of the above…and I’m crossing my fingers for a road trip in the spring.

      I LOVE how the airstreams are actually so gorgeous even after all these years.

      Vintage…in a good way!

      Happy trails!
      Lynne xx

  9. I love it so much. So, so much. It makes my belly ache.

    • One of these days, we have to get our butts in gear and drive it STRAIGHT TO YOU! East coast bucket list!!!! Look out.. you may see us peeking in your windows next spring. And that didn’t sound creepy at all. 🙂

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