Time for an update on our 1971 Airstream Renovation of Ruby Jane The Airstream!

I should use the term “our” lightly, I honestly have been so busy with GCP that my only contribution has been design decisions and spending a little too much at Anthropologie on knobs and hooks, lol. I could not be more proud of Tom and the blood, sweat, and tears that he has been putting into the renovation. He has been spending majority of his days off working on Ruby Jane and researching so much about Airstreams. His multi talents amazes me more everyday and his dedication to making our vision come to life for our family travel dreams. He is so proud when he comes home every day on what he accomplished, as he should be, his work is perfection. Which as we all know, when your heart is in something, it radiates through your work.

Moving on now to what he has been working on the last couple weeks! He got Project Source unfinished cabinets from Lowes Home Improvement. 

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Used a stain he made

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Used the Valspar Chalky Finish paint from Lowes.  Then the Amy Howard at Home Light Antique Wax from Ace Hardware.

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Some distressing, knocking, and sanding, and we have the exact look we wanted! our goal is for Ruby Jane to have character, and we felt new cabinets did not give us that feel.

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We chose a butcher block counter top from Ikea.1971-airstream-renovation_0152P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0153P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0154P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0155P I N this to pinterest

Remember all that pallet wood Tom was working on? Well he made doors for the storage above the beds, and below the beds!1971-airstream-renovation_0156P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0157P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0158P I N this to pinterest

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Soon those lovely knobs I picked up from Anthro will be adorning all these cabinets and storage doors 🙂 1971-airstream-renovation_0160P I N this to pinterest

Now that the cabinets are locked down, Tom has started ship lapping. Just call him Chip Gaines.  All this beautiful shiplap is from Lowes. We still have to paint it white, but it is looking great! Every piece he spaced out with nickels. I ask him why and he said because he wanted to. So there you go! 1971-airstream-renovation_0161P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0162P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0163P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0164P I N this to pinterest

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Thanks for following along! We love how many of you are interested and have been asking 🙂 Follow past posts here.

Wheaton, IL

Arrowhead Golf Club Wedding

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Kaitlyn and Trent both spent their summers working at the Centennial Beach in Naperville as well as many other friends and family.  Everyone knew they would be a perfect match before they even did. After a little time they found their way together, and realized for themselves how perfect they were together as well.

Kaitlyn and Trent have a huge support system of family and friends, and there is no wonder why. They are two of the most kindest people you will ever meet, and role models of true love. Being is the presence of Kaitlyn and Trent is being in the presence of the definition of soul mates.

The wedding day was gorgously filled with lovely flowers, candles, shades of blush,  a little glam, a little vintage, and a whole lot of meaning. Kaitlyn used her grandmother’s purse and the amazing table card display was made by their talented bother in law Tim (also a past GCP Groom 😉 )

Kaitlyn and Trent, Tom and I were so honored to have photographed your wedding day. We truly wish you nothing but your very own happily ever after!

So much love, Gina and Tom xoxo

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This beautiful day was extra special thanks to the following creative team:

Ceremony: St. Peter and Paul

Reception: Arrowhead Golf Club

Flowers: Bob from Rosemary’s Garden

Bakery: Oakmill Bakery

DJ: David from Sounds Abound

Photography: Gina Cristine Photography

Hey there! First of all Tom and I want to give a big welcome to all the new followers we have, and a thank you for all the support we have received with this renovation. We had no idea so many people loved following Ruby Jane’s progress!

This past couple weeks Tom washed the walls, we painted them a nice crisp white, installed the floors (yay!), and started painting and installing the walls and beds back in.

Amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint makes.

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Teamwork is the best work and thanks again to Kevin, the floors were installed precisely and swiftly.  We chose the Stillwater Oak vinyl floors by Smartcore from Lowe’s.1971-airstream-renovation_0011P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0012P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0013P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0014P I N this to pinterest1971-airstream-renovation_0015P I N this to pinterest

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True artist always sign their work.

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Tom brought the walls home and painted them a crisp white as well.

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Tom installed the walls back in, started working on the kids beds, and we brainstormed what we want to do with the underneath storage of their beds. 1971-airstream-renovation_0023P I N this to pinterest

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If you follow my Instagram, you know my obsession with my new Writer Letterfolk board. As soon as it arrived, I had to get the smaller Letterfolk (The Poet) for the airstream. I can not wait until the day our Letterfolk is hung on one of Ruby Jane’s walls!1971-airstream-renovation_0030P I N this to pinterest

Someone is excited that the original fan still works!

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Something else exciting happened this week, we received our numbers and they are the SAME as the original! So we can research the history of Ruby Jane and keep her in the club she has always been a part of. 1971-airstream-renovation_0034P I N this to pinterest

Just a little look back to when the demo was complete, the walls were being painted, and then to today when the floors are in!1971-airstream-renovation_0036P I N this to pinterest

After installing the walls, we have decided that the interior of the beds (head board and foot board) should be wallpapered due to how much they will become scratched. Below are some of our choices and ONE of these is our final decision. But you will have to wait and see which one we decided!

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