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Old 02-11-2015, 06:39 AM   #15
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Do you have pictures of the trailer finished up with the paint and floor done, I'd love to see how it turned out. I do like that backsplash material you used. I put up a sheet of aluminum for that already, but I still have the side wall with the oven to contend with.


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Old 02-11-2015, 06:41 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by barts View Post
We converted our 1971 to all birch plywood as detailed in our blog, Tin Pickle Adventures. I've included a picture...

-= Bart
I like that look. It's not that I'm opposed to the look of wood in the trailer, Im actually converting much of it over to naturally finished cherry, I just dont want all the dark fake looking wood print in there anymore. I may go with covering it with the thin veneer plywood I have stored. Will have to see about that once I get done with the floor and painting the ceiling and walls.


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Old 02-11-2015, 10:23 AM   #17
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Morning Bob!
I will eventually be changing out the flimsy fake wood panels, just not yet. The only panel getting changed is where the fridge (once I find one!)will go so I can put a flat screen TV on it. After a lot of back and forth on how my finished interior will look, I've decided to keep the darker wood as I think it looks better with my wall color. Plus once I get the rest of my window surrounds back from the chrome shop, all the accents should make it pop. The floor color came out better than I hoped and made me see that I liked the darker color, just not the drab, dull fake wood color that I started with.
As for the wall tiles, make sure your utility knife has a sharp blade and I found pliers helped a lot snapping the pieces. Especially the smaller one. You are cutting through a thin top piece and a thicker bottom piece that you don't see at first. Only stabbed myself once and that was cutting open a package! What's a job in the Airstream if you don't bleed a little?
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Old 02-23-2015, 09:27 PM   #18
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Did you salvage the tambour doors? Are they for sale?
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Old 03-05-2015, 10:51 AM   #19
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1970's dark walnut paneling

I am just finishing replacing 98% of the dark interior of our 1972/73 23 foot Safari. If you are a do it yourselfer, here is what I have done over the last 2-3 winters (outside in the driveway).
1. I replaced all the wall panels with 1/4 inch birch plywood that I applied 2 to 3 coats of spar varnish.
2. I had a cabinet person install kitchen base and wall cabinets in a light wood finish (expensive).
3. I have ordered new, maple tambour and will coat it with spar varnish before installing it for the over the bunk cabinets. I just finished painting the underside white.
4. The floor is a hickory (light color) laminate.
5. Also removed the strips of laminate (they slide out) on all the cabinet fronts. The bronze color of the aluminum extrusions is much nicer than the walnut.
Just doing the two front wall/separators and the laminate flooring made a huge visual difference.
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Old 03-14-2015, 03:32 PM   #20
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What did you use for your backsplash? It looks great.
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Old 05-06-2015, 02:58 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by spencerhut View Post
I also finally found the back splash I wanted online since they took it out of the big box store I had been keeping my eye on. It went on and is staying on better than I had hoped. The fact it was easy to cut and install made it well worth the wait. Hope this helps since we have such a similar trailer!
Monique - That is so funny - I was just looking at this same back splash and was wondering how it would look! Thank you so much, this turned out beautiful!
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:51 AM   #22
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Just to follow up this thread since I completed the painting about a month ago and the trailer got used for a couple of weeks in the interim. Here are a few photos of the interior colors:

I'll try and take a few more this weekend to better show the end product. I like the colors much more than the old woodgrain. We used oil based paint and rolled it on with a foam roller. I thought the texture came out fairly well, especially on the smooth surfaces.


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