Airstream Kitchen Remodel | Before & After

We did a near complete remodel in the kitchen. We tore out the cabinets, counter, sink, wall oven and stove. We left the overhead cabinets and painted with a brush and latex paint. The oven hole in the wall was patched with 1/4″ plywood cut to match the entire wall on the front and back. It was finished with aluminum channel and wallpapered in a paintable pressed tin paper from Home Depot. When we started our renovation, we decided right away we wanted to get rid of propane. It scares us and I’m sure most of our fears are irrational. But still. For cooking, we use a small electric portable induction cooktop and a toaster oven. Both can easily be stowed away in the cabinet. My main tool for cooking is my vitamix. I make EVERYTHING in that sucker. Lots of smoothies, soups, salad dressings and of course, my specialty: cashew cheese. When we do cook with a stovetop, it’s mostly things like veggie burgers, tempeh for vegan tacos and nachos, etc. So because of that I wanted more counter space rather than a dedicated stovetop for making salads and vitamix foods.

This is what the underside of the kitchen looks like. It was a freak show. We knew we made the right decision to gut the kitchen after seeing what was underneath.

We sealed in the oven hole in the wall with two mirror copies of 1/4″ plywood.

All of the plumbing was redone in the kitchen area with the exception of some of the original copper pipe.

We bought this pile of pallet wood from a local company for just $6. We white washed and used it in many places in the Airstream.

We pieced together the end cap with the white washed pallet wood. It was nailed with a nail gun and distressed with the Mouse sander.

SINK // Ikea // FYNDIG // Single bowl top mount sink, stainless steel, 27 1/2×19 5/8 ” // $47

COUNTER // Ikea // EKBACKEN Countertop, dark oak effect, 74×1 1/8 ” // $79

CABINETS // Ikea // Haggeby

DRAWER PULLS // Lowe’s // Hickory Hardware 96mm Center-to-Center Satin Nickel Metropolis Arched Cabinet Pull // Item # 89226 // $3.26 ea

FAUCET // Pfister // Shelton

I wanted clean, open countertops for preparing fresh food. I didn’t want a rarely used stovetop taking up my precious space!

I made these plant pots with vintage jars and fastened with clamps from Home Depot to a piece of reclaimed wood. When we take Mavis on the road, the clamps easily unscrew to store the plants in our tow vehicle. The little dolphin bottle opener was scored at an antique shop.

Another thing I was picky on was the sink. This is the 4th sink I bought during the search. I desperately wanted a place to lay dishes to dry since we obviously no longer have a dishwasher. So far this sink is working great. And best part? It was only $40 from Ikea! The faucet was actually an extra my mom gave us that had sitting in our garage, new in the box, for years. I guess it was awaiting it’s new home in our future Airstream!

This is my prized duck I picked up at a thrift shop. Almost everything on our walls is screwed down for easy travel. The only things I have to take down when we travel is our letterboard and plants.

Our cabinets are from Ikea. They had to have some custom cutting on the underside to fit over the wheelwell and the addition of magnetic cabinet catches so they don’t flop open when we travel.

Our kitchen plumbing was completely overhauled and the cabinets cut to access the valves. We ended up with much more storage than the original cabinets.

I made the curtains from a piece of burlap fabric and attached with little metal clips. We made a wire track on the top and bottom for the curtain to slide on. They work great and open and close with ease.

I had to quickly learn that organization is key in tiny spaces. Everything in here has to be something that’s regularly used or it has to go.

Our end cap of the cabinets is made from a $6 pile of pallet wood that we bought before it became a pallet. I whitewashed them and nailed them directly onto the side the to cabinets with a nail gun. Also, there’s a piece of driftwood we found while walking the beach this weekend. I’m going to hang it over the door. ❤

My antler hook has been one of the best things. I can hang my purse here, Riley’s leashes and harnesses, keys, etc. It’s sturdy and strong and can hold anything I put on it!

HOOK // Amazon // Comfify Antler Hook // $12

5 Comment

  1. Hey there! We are finishing up our Airstream reno, looks like we picked the same kitchen sink 🙂 We purchased for the same reason-drying space. We also went with an Ikea countertop but the black stone. You have given us inspiration for decor and curtains! We hope to be done by this weekend and posted on Instagram! Love your style! Kim and Justin (NeverHome)

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, designing a rolling house is so much more challenging! Look forward to seeing how yours turns out! 😊

  2. I think you did a great job. Can you tell me what you did for the ceiling? Also can you please tell me if the paint has held up in the humid summer days? We are nervous to paint our walls as we don’t known if the paint will stick through weather challenges

    Thank you

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much! We actually used the Valspar paint and primer for the entire ceiling. The front end cap was painted with that and the rear end cap in the bathroom was sprayed with Valspar plastic spray paint. We’ve had every temperature fluctuation with humidity up and down for the past several months and not a single problem out of any of the paint!

  3. Great !!! Thank you

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