Tour this 1962 Airstream Reimagined by an Artist and Textile Designer
Have you ever come across a photo and were instantly transported to another time and place? Where your body is suddenly overcome with a sense of peace and a feeling that anything is possible?
That’s how I felt when I first came across Marjorie, the renovated Airstream of Bonnie Christine. It was as though I stumbled into another world, one created by someone else I instantly felt inspired by and wanted to know more about.
So you can imagine how excited I am to share her camper tour with you today!
Not only is Bonnie a wife, mother, artist and self-taught textile designer, but she’s also an online educator who’s passionate about helping others follow their BIG dreams.
She lives in a beautiful farmhouse in North Carolina with her husband, David, and their two small children, Bear and Ollie.
Although they dreamed of owning an Airstream since they were married 10 years ago, it wasn’t until recently that they made that dream a reality. They purchased a 1962 Airstream Outlander and named her Marjorie, after the original owner. And while she had already been restored with new axles, plumbing, electrical and cabinets, she was the perfect blank slate for this family to update and make their own.
They took her out on their first month-long adventure this past summer, exploring Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon, California, and Arizona before returning home to North Carolina.
Let’s dive into the tour, but first here’s a photo showing what Marjorie looked like before the transformation took place…
What kind of Camper do you have?
1962 Airstream Overlander
Did you do everything yourself, pay a professional or do a mix of both?
The previous owner had done a complete shell-off restoration, so it already had new axles, updated plumbing and electrical, new cabinetry and several improvements. She was the perfect blank slate.
How long did it take you to remodel your RV/Camper?
Slide over the image to see the before photos.
What turned out to be your favorite project?
The tiny backsplash is perhaps my favorite addition. I think I did more research on flexible grout than I have on anything before. We ended up using Tec AccuColor Unsanded Grout mixed with Tec Acrylic Grout Additive for increase flexibility, and so far so great.
What project or piece of decor made the biggest impact in the space?
As a surface pattern designer, I wanted to give a nod to the father of surface design himself by using a William Morris wallpaper. I find it so inspiring!
What was most challenging about your renovation?
Finishing the kitchen cabinets. I initially stained the cabinets a deep walnut color but when my plan for quartz countertops fell through I decided to use real walnut for the countertops instead. I deconstructed the cabinets (again) and began the process of sanding and painting over the stain. It was tedious, but I’m so glad I did it.
What piece of advice would you give people starting an RV/Camper renovation?
I always recommend creating inspiration boards for every space before committing to anything. I usually start with a digital inspiration board, then slowly pull together samples, colors and textures to make sure it’s all working well before making any purchases. There will inevitably still be some small changes, but this helps me pull together the overall look and feel early on in the process.
Follow Bonnie Christine!
You can follow Bonnie Christine on Instagram to see what life’s like behind the scenes and to catch a glimpse of her current projects and workshops. Be sure to swing by her website for extra inspiration, including DIY ideas, a list of her Airstream decor resources. She even has her own shop and teaches online courses in pattern design!