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1976 Vintage Airstream Renovation : Week 9

May 9, 2016

This week we chose to focus on the lighting and window screens for the entire trailer. If you missed last week’s airstream renovation update, you can read it here. We ordered bulbs for ceiling lights, LED puck lights and an adorable little lamp shade for the bathroom. It’s so exciting to see it turning into a real tiny home!

1976 Vintage Airstream Renovation : Week 9

We cleaned up the old metal with a stainless steel wool pad, which worked great! Then, my Grandpa wired in the new bulbs to replace the old, dirty and corroded ones. They new lights give off a nice warm color, that should look nice when the white diffuser is bolted up.

1976 Vintage Airstream Renovation : Week 9

Here’s our new tiny bathroom light. We love it! The black nob on the bottom is the switch that turns the light on and off again. This is a 12V light that will turn on provided the battery has sufficient juice.

1976 Vintage Airstream Renovation : Week 9

My Grandpa also installed these LED puck lights we ordered from Vintage Trailer Supply. They will be for additional lighting in the dining area. We screwed them in so that the switch is in the back, that way, all anyone will see from the front is the nicely polished metal.

1976 Vintage Airstream Renovation : Week 9

Josh worked tirelessly to scrub, sand and spray paint our screen frames for the entire trailer. It was very difficult to sand them down past the pitting in the aluminum. Even after all of the sanding, the paint seemed to bead up a little bit. However after the second coat, it barely noticeable. Then, my Grandma and I replaced the screen material and sealed them with new gauges.

1976 Vintage Airstream Renovation : Week 9

They look so clean and pretty now! Installing the screen was a two person job. One person had to make sure that the screen was pulled taught and didn’t wrinkle as it was installed.

1976 Vintage Airstream Renovation : Week 9

As you can see, we are pretty proud of how much we have accomplished so far! Every day seems like we have to teach ourselves how to do something new. We didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into but it certainly has been a lot of fun so far!

1976 Vintage Airstream Renovation : Week 9

There is still so much to do, but all in good time! Next week we will be sourcing foam for the back window to create our bedroom headboard. You can see in the photo above a bunch of grey patches. The foam will cover those up, and you won’t ever see them again! We plan to cover the foam in an outdoor white fabric, and create a pin-button design so it can be easily cleaned, yet still look stylish.

If you are interested in seeing our past airstream renovation posts, check them all out here.

Catch ya next week!

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  1. Gram Brown says:

    You are doing a great job and will appreciate the trailer so much more for having done all the work yourselves with help from your family. Looking good and can’t wait to see it when it’s all done.
    Keep up the good work.

    Love Gram

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