Inside My Airstream Trailer Remodel

Categories:Airstream, Travel
Jessica Peterson

Inside an Airstream trailer remodel before and after pics photosJessica and Tim Peterson of Global Girl Travels Airstream trailer

A few months ago, I showed you my beautiful, remodeled Airstream Excellabut what did it look like before?

Before the Airstream Remodel

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What We Remodeled in the Airstream

It was in good shape for a 31-year-old RV, but it was dark — way too dark. It also had original kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures, which were tarnished or just ugly.

We ended up remodeling and replacing just about everything (you can shop my links).

Remodeled or Replaced:

  • New kitchen sink and faucet
  • New two-burner cooktop
  • New custom-made aluminum countertop
  • New single washer/dryer unit where oven was
  • Refaced kitchen cabinets (this was one of my grueling projects that saved us thousands of dollars) with reflective white acrylic
  • New floor throughout
  • Gutted bathroom, removed vanity, sink, shower, and toilet and converted black water tank to gray water
  • New bathroom floor, seat, and walls
  • Replaced bathroom lighting with LED lights
  • New bathroom fan
  • Painted medicine chest
  • Painted bedroom and removed two storage cabinets
  • Added custom lounge seating with storage (again, one of my grueling projects wherein I pretended to understand upholstering!)
  • New ceiling fans (brand A & brand B)
  • Added storage drawer to existing memory foam bed
  • New top-down blinds to replace dark, metal ones

Appliances & Housewares for the Kitchen:

Furnishings for the Bedroom:

Furnishings for the Living Room:

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In the Bathroom:

For Kitty Girl:

After the Airstream Remodel

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The Great American Roadtrip in an Airstream

Wondering why we did this in the first place? Read my post.

Since we embarked on our new life in the Airstream, we’ve hit up Cincinnati, Asheville, Washington, D.C., Charleston, Savannah, Dallas, West Texas, and New Mexico. As I write this, we’re driving through dusty southern Arizona.

Want to see more of my Airstream?

Checkout a video I filmed inside the Airstream and stay tuned because I will have more pictures as we travel. I’m posting Instagram stories during our Great American Roadtrip, so follow me on Instagram.

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island.
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26 Comments

  1. Punita Malhotra
    Punita MalhotraReply
    January 6, 2017 at 8:09 am

    The interiors are so sleek. Looks like you managed to find a place for everything you could ever need. Really amazing how a small space like that can hold so much.

    • Global Girl Travels
      January 30, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Punita. It’s definitely work in progress to fit all my clothes and gear!

  2. Aryane @ Valises & Gourmandise
    January 6, 2017 at 8:55 am

    This is amazing! It’s a really good way to live a more minimalist lifestyle and reduct your impact on the environment too!
    I actually kind of liked the before, but I can see how much brighter and lively it is now that you’ve renovated the whole thing. You did a truely great job!

    • Global Girl Travels
      January 30, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Yeah, the before wasn’t bad. The Airstream was in great shape, but I like it so much better with white cabinets and lighter floors. Thanks for reading.

  3. Matt Hulland
    Matt HullandReply
    January 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    That is awesome! I can’t believe you have a washing machine in your Airstream. Complete with cat as well. Great work, looks comfy and a perfect mobile office. I hope you have many great adventures in there!

  4. TheSoulofSeoul
    January 6, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    It looks gorgeous. Definitely was NOT in bad shape to begin with but I’m sure painting it white has made it feel a bit more spacious and open. It really came out stunning. I’d sure love to travel in it. ^^

  5. James Smith
    James SmithReply
    January 7, 2017 at 6:05 am

    It looks a lot more open with light. The sofa bed looks comfy too, I could spend hours there! I hope you’ve got some good movies!

    • Global Girl Travels
      January 30, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      I’m a movie addict, so yes, many hours spent in the “living room.”

  6. Rhiannon
    January 7, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Oh my gosh what a transformation! It looks absolutely gorgeous and soo homely! I have to say the casual pair of legs making an appearance in one of the before shots gave me a bit of a giggle. Absolutely love the idea of you exploring more of the US, hope it’s a blast!

    • Global Girl Travels
      January 30, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Ha ha. I didn’t even notice the legs! That’s from the previous owner. Thanks for reading, Rhiannon.

  7. Sonia Sahni
    Sonia SahniReply
    January 7, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Everything looks so swanky! I have never seen a trailer in real life…we dont have them in India. I would love to explore the countryside in one someday! Good luck to you!

  8. Claire Summers
    Claire SummersReply
    January 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    This is my dream! I love what you have done to it with the remodel! The colours are fab. I also love the crockery, all ties in so well. Really looking forward to seeing more of your adventures in it!

    • Global Girl Travels
      January 30, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks, Claire. I will be sharing more adventures and video soon!

  9. Smidge
    SmidgeReply
    January 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Ahhh this is so cute. I’m on the verge of packing up my life and buying a van. I’d love an airstream. Great job with the remodel!

  10. Diana C
    Diana CReply
    January 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    This looks so awesome!! Do you have a home base still or the Airstream your home for the next year or however long you decide to road trip for? And how did you decide to get an RV in the first place? Can’t wait to read more about your adventure!

    • Global Girl Travels
      January 30, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Hi Diana. No home base yet. We’re giving it a year on the road before we commit to a place. We got an RV because we wanted to explore U.S. National Parks and not be tied down to one city.

  11. SydneyFashionHunter
    January 10, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    This is seriously the coolest motor home on the planet! I love that you have added lots of personal touches. Great to see that you have already started exploring!

  12. Faith Coates
    January 16, 2017 at 6:02 am

    OMG this is absolutely brilliant great work and I adore this Airstream. Would love to have an idea of what the cost was from start to finish. I know Airstreams are expensive but they are beautiful. Oh and can I say I just LOVE your logo.

    • Global Girl Travels
      January 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Faith. As we are budget travelers, we did a lot of the labor ourselves and saved money. I will publish a post about the costs in the next few months.

  13. Em
    January 18, 2017 at 6:49 am

    well now i want to go blow all my savings on an airstream and get you to do it up for me. I have so been wanting a camper van lately and this post doesn’t do anything to make that longing go away!

    • Global Girl Travels
      January 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Em. It can be quite economical depending on your current expenses!

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