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Relish Interiors was recently asked to work on a very special project by Tourism Powell River. They had the idea of creating a "Mobile Visitor Kiosk" that they could bring to local events within Powell River, as well as to other communities to promote our beautiful town. They purchased a 10' boler trailer and invited Relish Interiors to completely re-furbish the interior. Although I have never renovated or even decorated a trailer before, I jumped at the opportunity.
As a kid we had a boler trailer just like this one, so I was familiar with the "cozy" egg-shaped coccoon. There aren't too many options as far as changing the configuration, but the goal here was to create something that would be a great converstion piece and would represent Powell River. I wanted it to be welcoming, comfortable and casual, and incorporate both a west coast feel and a nod to the vintage.
I started by creating a concept of how I wanted the trailer to look and feel. And then created a plan.
The trailer was in pretty good shape so I didn't have to do any major fixes, but I wanted to clean up the caulking that had been just slopped-on previously. So I removed it all and re-caulked all of the seams. I used a flexible acrylic caulk and smoothed it on with a plastic spatula, then dabbed it with a wet sponge to try to match the "elephant skin" texure that covers the interiors of these boler trailers.
I also removed all of the cupboard doors and anything else that wasn't going to remain in the new and improved trailer. Then I washed, primed and painted all of the walls/ceilings.
Since this boler is being used as a mobile kiosk to promote our lovely little town, and not a place for someone to eat & sleep, I decided to cover over the sink and cook top with a new fir countertop. We left the fixtures in place so it could easily be converted back into a usable kitchen in the future, but this would provide much more display an work surface. The new countertop now extends all the way to the front of the trailer across the bench. A new partnership between Relish Interiors and Trish Markvoort, owner of Spring Tied Upholstery, turned out to be the perfect fit. Trish is not only a talented upholsterer, she is also a very capable furniture builder. So I asked her to help out with this project. She built the new countertop including the bump-out to conceal the faucets and new power receptacles, as well as the new facade for the lower cabinets which I then distressed in a turquoise antiqued finish.
Although the flooring was in pretty good shape, it didn't evoke quite the right feel, so I replaced it with a gray rustic vinyl plank flooring. It is very durable and flexible so it can move with the trailer, and it was easy to install with a utility knife and double sided flooring tape.
Some of the other details of the project included a countertop brochure rack and cupboard door magazine rack both made from re-claimed wood from one of the outbuidings on my property. And a light fixture from drift wood and postcards of Powell River.
I also collaged the entire closet with maps and photos of Powell River and surrounding areas. And turned the fridge into a chalkboard sign.
This project would not have been accomplished without the generous donations from Pat Hull at Rona Powell River and Jim Agius at Relay Rentals. The box cushions were also re-covered by Trish Markvoort from Spring Tied Upholstery and the new electrical was done by Henri Newport at Newport Electric. Thank you again for all of your help!
Overall I think the transformation was a huge success and I hope that many people across BC and beyond get a chance to see it and learn a little more about what Powell River has to offer to travelers.
Image courtesy of Trish Markvoort
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