I have always been obsessed with the idea of renovating a trailer. I specifically wanted to renovate an airstream but because budget’s are a real thing and this project needs to be completed on a tight timeline I don’t imagine an airstream is in my immediate future. Plus I have heard that renovating an air stream is a whole new level of difficult due to the compounding curves and general lack of straight lines.
So when the situation arose where my sister needed a place to live and my dad had a 27′ trailer in desperate need of a facelift, I jumped at the chance to get my hands dirty. First, I had to convince them both that tiny living was cool and that I could actually pull the project together. My sister said had she not seen my last three renovations she might have doubted my ability to do this – but because of those she had faith ;P So yesterday we drove down to my dad’s house and started tearing the old boy apart. I’m calling him “Nash” since its written across the back of the trailer – super clever right!?!?
I have been eye-ing other peoples Airstream and Trailer renovations for years. reading article after article for the best tips and tricks for restoring older trailers. So many people have used DIY to create beautiful tiny homes.
My favorite trailer inspiration photos come from
The Modern Caravan. They travel the United State transforming one airstream at a time while living in their own. The interior design of these airstreams are nothing short of stunning.
Check out this Beauty they call “June”.
While Nash is not going to look as grand or luxurious as these airstreams I am using them as a source of inspiration for our interior. I love how the designers used bright white paint and took the bulky RV shades off the windows. Another item I would like to include in Nash is some natural wood elements.
My other major source of inspiration is the trailer renovated by an adorable couple. You can check out all the details of their 1.5 years of living in a trailer with their family of 5. Ashley’s blog and Instagram feed, @arrowsandbow, touches on all the major hurdles of tiny living. She is so down to earth and realistic about it. I love her choice to focus on the positive and try something as different as moving her family into a tiny home.
They wrote a great article about 5 tips for renovating trailers. You can bet I have re-read that once or twice ðŸ˜‰ I have linked it here if you are interested, Arrows and Bow.
So there it is, we are renovating a trailer. It’s a filthy job and we have a lot of tough days of sanding, cleaning and painting ahead of us – but I am excited and can’t wait to take you along for the ride!
Here are a few more beautiful BEFORE photos!
Hope you follow along during our Trailer Renovation. I’d love to hear if you have any tips for trailer renovations.- Rocky