If you’ve been following along at all on Facebook, you’ve probably seen some of the latest updates on the Airstream. If not, here’s the summary:
Holy crap, this is hard work!
Okay, now I feel better. I’ve been working on the Airstream and home renovation full time since I quit my job back in June, so going on two months now. Much like what happened when we purchased our first two houses and said we’d make some updates, we’ve now turned it into a full gut job. The bad news is we still have a long way to go… but the good news is we’re at least starting to build back up now!
Also, Jocelyn quit her job last week so she’s full time on it which helps a ton. Let’s start with the outside.
I’ve replaced all of the window gaskets and cleaned all of the hardware. I’ve also taken a first pass on nearly 60% of the buffing… but I still have three more “passes” even after I finish this one. This will probably be the one thing I won’t complete before the end of August (when we want to leave). It’s getting shinier, but the pictures are always deceiving as it’s not that good in person.
The inside is a whole other animal. Our renovation took the Airstream down to the internal shell and included the nastiest job yet – removing the vinyl covering to expose the inside aluminum. It’s turning out great, but I’ve cursed Jocelyn many times as she wanted to do it (in the end, she’s probably right).
I’m also replacing all of the plumbing, we’re redoing all of the cabinets with new paint, adding new flooring, countertops and fixtures. We’re pretty much redoing the entire inside. It will look great, but we have a lot of work left.
As I mentioned earlier, the best part is Jocelyn is now off work so she can help too! It’s pretty nasty working with all of the chemicals, so here she is masked:
She’s also getting all of the colors picked out for cushions, curtains, etc. I think it’ll look pretty good, and here’s the palette:
We hope to put the floors in next week along with starting the bathroom. Once we get the floors installed, it will go pretty fast because all of the couches, chairs and counters will go on top of it… and it’s already assembled. Hopefully, we’ll be able to leave by the end of August or first week of September… so I better get back to work now!