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This vintage Airstream is the tiny home of our dreams after a makeover

by Julie Pennell / / Source: TODAY

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Sometimes you don’t even have to hit the road to feel like you’re on an adventure. That’s the vibe of this vintage Airstream, thanks to its whimsical renovation.

A peek inside the Airstream before the renovation.Sara Essex Bradleynull

Interior designer Jill Dupre of New Orleans took on the project in 2014 after purchasing the trailer for $2,200. After six months of major work and about $4,500 worth of updates, the 160-square-foot structure (which she named “Ann” after her grandmother) is now a bright and cheery space that’s giving us serious wanderlust.

Jill Dupre with her grandmother Ann, who the Airstream was named afterJill Duprenull

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To start, Dupre gutted pretty much everything — except for the original upper cabinets, two twin bed bases, closets and shower configuration. She added new plumbing, flooring, appliances and AC/heat.

In the kitchen, she put in a white Ikea cabinet on the lower portion and painted the original upper cabinets with chalkboard paint.

The kitchen was dull and dark beforehand.Jill Duprenull
After the makeover, the kitchen looks light, bright and cheery!Sara Essex Bradleynull

The dining area has a boat hydraulic pedestal table that can move up and down. So it's not only an area to eat at, but can become a double bed when it’s lowered and covered in cushions.

The dining area can transform into a guest bed.Sara Essex Bradleynull

For the main bedroom area, Dupre covered the wall with Eskayel wallpaper which she says started the creative process for the trailer’s interior design. “Everything was added after that was chosen,” she said.

The bedroom area before the renovation was standard for a trailer.Jill Duprenull
After the renovation, the bedroom is festive and fun. (Don't miss the leather belt tying the curtain to the wall.)Sara Essex Bradleynull

The matching curtain fabric, which separates the beds from the bathroom, is tied back with a fashion belt from Target. The belt hack was also used in the bathroom to hang the toilet paper roll up above the sink. “A very inexpensive idea,” she told TODAY Home.

The bathroom before the renovation looks outdated.Jill Duprenull
Now, it's modern and sweet! (The belt makes a comeback in the form of a toilet paper holder.)Sara Essex Bradleynull

Touches of travel-themed decor are scattered throughout the trailer, including vintage Airstream postcards which Dupre’s cousin found in a storage room at the Dallas Museum.

“At the time we got the trailer we planned on traveling in it once we renovated it,” Dupre said. “Then we realized we weren’t really cut out for RV life. Not enough time, and terrified of driving it around!”

So, the trailer now sits in the backyard of a rental property that’s available on Airbnb. Not only does it provide additional guest accommodations, “It is very charming and makes the backyard a very unique space,” she said.

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