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Before & After: 10 Unbelievable Trailer Transformations

by Rebekah Carey

There’s little that gives us wanderlust more than the allure of an open road calling our name — for us, and our fur-babies in tow, with an adorable trailer bringing up the back. When it comes to renovations, a trailer isn’t easy per se, but due to its relative small size it seems somehow more manageable. The other thing that makes trailer renovations so impressive is that, for the most part, the interior of a trailer is not for the design-minded. Over the years we have shared several impressive trailers that have become homes, businesses, and vacation spots. We’ve rounded up some of our D*S favorites, as well as some of our favorites from around the web. Do you feel like us, that seeing a newly refreshed trailer makes you want to break out your chisel and a bucket of paint to see what awaits you? —Rebekah

A renovated trailer becomes a business venture the before and after on Design*Sponge
This vintage Shasta camper was remodeled for a client that wanted to create a mobile bar business to bring to weddings, festivals, and other events. Having a towable business makes you really feel like you can take your business anywhere, literally!
A Creative Couple Finds A Home And Traveling Studio In Their Revamped Trailer On Design*Sponge
If you want another job to fantasize about, how about this couple who quit their jobs to travel the country pursuing their dreams and selling their crafted wares out of their revamped Airstream? We like how the design aligns with their business style, too.
A Seattle Couple Finds Everything They Were Looking For In A Revamped Airstream On Design*Sponge
While this Airstream stays put, it is also a studio in addition to this Seattle couple's home. This 200-square-foot trailer was completely gutted when the couple picked it up and they totally rebuilt it and customized every element.
A Vintage Trailer Gets A Modern Update With Before And After On Design*Sponge
We love how this tiny (and incredibly adorable) trailer via Vintage Revivals got an exterior makeover that was a little outside the box. The custom mid-century inspired wood door is one of our favorite elements!
Custom Details In This Trailer Make It Feel Modern And Sleek On Design*Sponge
This travel trailer that Breakfast At The Zemke's remodeled shows how much of a difference custom details can make to any space. By adding textiles, something that isn't as common in trailer projects, it makes the space feel that much more like home, which is exactly what you want when you're living life on the open road!
An RV Goes From Drab And Depressing To Bright And Happy On Design*Sponge
If ever you needed an example of what a difference a fresh coat of paint can make -- here it is! RVs and trailers often are wood panel-cladded, or dark, and at least drab. Taking this RV (via Today) from generic to peaceful and comforting makes us sure this family will be happy calling it home whenever they travel.
A Standard Camper Trailer Gets A Custom Upgrade On Design*Sponge
When most people are remodeling their trailers, a lot of the original features get gutted and often tossed. Here, Dusty Society created a beautiful custom tabletop from reclaimed wood. We love that it still feels subtle, while adding a personal touch to this restored trailer.
A Before And After Trailer Exterior On Design*Sponge
Vintage trailers are just that -- old -- so sometimes they need a little more TLC than a quick buff and polish. Here, a trailer gets a new paint job and a healthy dose of color and patterns to make her good as new!
Ellen Pompeo's Grey's Anatomy Trailer Gets A Makeover On Design*Sponge
My Domain collaborated with Ellen Pompeo (of Grey's Anatomy fame) to give her on-set trailer (which she had been in for 10 years!) an upgrade. Now she doesn't have to return to an uninspiring space on her breaks, and instead can feel like her trailer is a respite from work and the outside world. We love how a lot of these upgrades are budget-friendly!
Eliminating Dark Wood Paneling Makes A Small Trailer Feel Bigger On Design*Sponge
While we love original features in any type of home, wood paneling in a very small space can sometimes feel a little stifling. In this vintage trailer remodel, the couple primed and painted everything thoroughly with white paint which helps the limited natural light bounce off of the walls, making it feel bigger than it is. Creating a lighter space also makes it seem cleaner somehow.

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  • It sure does. Even to the point of renovating a business space that’s inviting and innovative. This is exactly what I did with the invention of The Finance Bar. Free free to visit thefinancebar.com for images of our mobile hub. Great article!

  • When I made cheese on a farm in washington state, I lived in an airstream from the 1970s. It was actually quite comfortable and spacious because of its ability to pull couches into beds, and fold tables up into the wall. It would have been a dream to renovate it, so that it could have become a more permanent mainstay.

  • You said that trailers are really hard to renovate. If I was going to get a trailer I would want to make sure it was in good condition. I’ll need to ask a professional about different types of trailers that I would be able to get for my needs.

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