Beautifully executed finishes and varied textures turn a tired 1960s Airstream into a vibrant home.

Finishing the kitchen cabinets was Bonnie's biggest challenge.

When Bonnie Christine and her husband, David, decided to take their two young kids on a long cross-country road trip, they began hunting for a pre-owned Airstream they could renovate and make their own.

Having spent nearly a decade casually leafing through the classifieds for a trailer, the couple developed a keen eye that quickly led them to the perfect purchase—a 1962 Airstream Overlander for $18,000.

The family of four recently completed their 8,000-mile, one-month road trip. Starting from their home in North Carolina, they visited Colorado, Wyoming, Yellowstone, Oregon, California and Arizona.

The family of four recently completed their 8,000-mile, one-month road trip. Starting from their home in North Carolina, they visited Colorado, Wyoming, Yellowstone, Oregon, California and Arizona.

Bonnie Christine

“We weren’t quite up for a full renovation,” explains Bonnie of why she and David were drawn to the 150-square-foot trailer. “The previous owner had down a complete shell-off restoration, so we knew it had great bones. She was the perfect blank slate!”

She adds, “We scooped her up, and while looking through the original paperwork, found that a ‘Miss Marjorie’ was the original owner and had bought her in 1962. So in honor of her beginnings, we decided to name her Marjorie.”

Before:

Before: Despite the 1962 Airstream's initial appearance, Bonnie saw great potential in the 26-foot-long trailer.

Before: Despite the 1962 Airstream’s initial appearance, Bonnie saw great potential in the 26-foot-long trailer.

Bonnie Christine

Before: A look at the original state of the trailer towards the rear bathroom. Bonnie notes,

Before: A look at the original state of the trailer towards the rear bathroom. Bonnie notes, “I believe that the 26′ Airstream is the shortest camper that comes with a full bathroom, and it’s possibly my favorite part! Aside from being incredibly functional and helpful, I love that it’s in the back of the camper (many are in the middle, now).”

Bonnie Christine

See the full story on Dwell.com: Before & After: Bold Wallpaper Brings Dreamy Vibes to a Dated Airstream

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