Here is a before picture of the door side of the beds. The fabric on the beds and the walls seem to be original along with the mattresses. This was the junkyard dogs house, so bother were thrown out right away as they smelled and looked horrible.The other twin bunk on the driver's side was just as grosse. The board you see in the the foreground is the tv tray - a much advertised inovation of the time in 1963!This was the procedure that we had for all the stripping and staining. I would put the stripper on several of the pieces at once and then go back over them and scrape them. I would used steel wool to touch up any smaller places or hard to remove paint. Believe me, it was very rewarding to see all that grey looking paint come off the cabinets!
After a washdown with paint thinner and a day of rest, I stained all the pieces with Red Mahogony stain. We knew this was a sort of risk in the "Vintage Airstream World." But we liked the look of the dark wood the best!We started getting the frames in for the cupboards and beds without the walls (they weren't finished yet, but we were excited to get things done.) It still seemed pretty big without all the furniture in, so we were really excited at this point!Here the drawers are back in with the frames. As you can see, we haven't veneered the drawer fronts that were ruined yet. That was the very last thing that we did, as the veneer was a pretty penny and hard to find.Finally, the doorside bed, with the uphostry of the couch on the back of the wall is in. I found these great blankets at a rummage sale for $2 for both! My friends that as were with me thought I was crazy with the bright color, but I knew it matched my couch perfectly! Stay tuned for the bunk beds that we installed over the top of these beds! Hope you enjoy!
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