In the beginning.....Big Bamboo told Miss Bamboo he had found a bargain and on taking her to view had asked her to keep an open mind as it just needed 'a little TLC', she was met with this........
However, while Miss Bamboo daydreams of tropical barkcloth soft furnishings, mid century styling, all important details like chevron cupboard handles and vintage parchment shade cone lights, there are more pressing matters at hand. Big Bamboo insisted on having the boring mechanical and structural work completed first....(it's good to know we're safe though and a girl can dream in the meantime!)
Ok enough of the boring stuff and on to the interior...
Miss Bamboo has always grappled with the dilemma of mid century modern styling versus tiki. Her home, Casa Bamboo is what she would class as 1950s mid century with tropical and tiki influences and this is what we would try to replicate in the airstream. At first, Miss Bamboo (by name and by nature) had the idea of an actual bamboo cocktail bar in the corner. As small as this bar was, (the second smallest of her 4 bamboo bars), realistically this was going to mean no bed for Big Bamboo and she reluctantly conceded this was not a feasible option! A 'Cocktail corner' would have to suffice!
On to the Dinette area. While some airstreams had Dinettes, Globetrotters only had end bench beds. Miss Bamboo far prefers a cute dinette area and this was created to convert nicely into her bed at night! An original chrome dinette pole was salvaged from another airstream. Miss Bamboo had already bought her coral coloured 'bird of paradise' tropical barkcloth from Honolulu a couple of years back.
Big Bamboo, being 'Big' needs his own spacious bed so the bench seat converts nicely into one for him, everyone is happy!!! This will of course sleep two if the mood takes ;-)
So on to the bathroom...
Miss Bamboo has a 'thing' about 50s pink bathrooms. Have you seen some of those bathrooms in the time capsule houses in the States, wow!! There is even a group in the USA called 'Save the Pink Bathroom'. While the airstream walls are a pale green, she decided to keep these within the bathroom for consistency but had the original bath remoulded in, yes you've guessed it 'pink' - hurrah! The pink sink is then placed into a cream vanity, again with boomerang handles. Pin up girl shower curtains give a sweet retro feel.
The toilet is another story - the search for the cream coloured 'thetford excellence', one of the only 'round' and better quality porta loos . Miss Bamboo discovered you could only get boring white in the UK. After much perserverance she eventually found a random cream one that had been wrongly delivered to a UK company, phew result!! The central section was a nasty brown but this was no worry, she had it sprayed pink!
Other details of the interior included sourcing original vintage airstream interior lights from ebay, decorative pieces such as the Hawaii pictures. Double wardrobes for Big Bamboo's shirts and Miss Bamboo's dresses, a vintage 50s folding table for guests to enjoy a cocktail, recovered in red sparkle gloss laminate to name but a few...
In terms of the exterior an extensive polish brought up our gorgeous Globetrotter almost as good as new. Custom made gas bottle cover disguised what would otherwise be an unsightly vision and we finally got to place our 'Rhythm Riot' tag topper in its intended place.
The restoration team brought in a professional photographer Paul of 'Visual Impact Photography', here are some of his lovely pictures at the end of this journey but the start of many adventures to come.....
And with accessories added.....
Miss Bamboo will be found at many 40s/50s events over the coming year including Atomic Vintage Festival, Twinwood 1940s Festival, Rockabilly Rave, Rhythm Riot and more! Why don't you pop along to check out her pop up boutique and enjoy a cocktail or two in the airstream! In the meantime have a peek at www.missbamboo.co.uk for more mid century and tropical styling, clothing wise of course!!
A massive thank you to everyone involved in the project.
Restoration Team and Companies
Howard Barnett Leisure Vehicle Maintenance - Team Leader and Engineer
Colin Heyes CNA Servicing - Engineer
Miss Bamboo - Interior Design and Chief Mitherer!
Big Bamboo - Head of technical and safety 'requirements'
Tag Topper - Rhythm Riot
Photography - Visual Impact Photography
Boomerang handles and atomic starburst bathroom accessories - Rejuvenation