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Project: 1978 Boler After

August 12, 2017 |  by  |  Photos, Projects  |  No Comments

After racing down to Lethbridge to buy the original 1978 Boler we had a lot of time to talk about how we wanted to fix it up – what to keep (the double bunk), what to get rid of (those orange curtains) and what to add (a toilet). The process of discussing and planning is just about as much fun as the doing. All in all, we love how it turned out. Check out these photos of our 1978 Boler project. If you want to see the whole process, then click on over to Tumblr.

1978 Boler After

New paint job! We call her Sunny D. First, sunny because she’s bright yellow and D, well, that’s because we bought it off a man named Denis. So fitting. Okay, let’s check out Sunny D!

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

The door is all fixed and beautiful matching propane tanks to match her funky style.

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

Time to head inside and turn right. The dining table – new top, refinished cushions and freshly painted insulation.

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

Turn left and the Boler completely opens up – look at how fresh the grey paint looks! Everything is so lighted up and clean.

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

Details – it’s all about the details. This little shoe box keeps sandals up and out of the way.

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

The kitchen is brighter with a new white backsplash.

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

Fresh and clean.

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

More details!

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

It took a long time, yet the fridge is so good looking.

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

New, never used, toilet. It was tricky to install, yet worth it.

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

Beautiful new hardwood (not laminate) floor – we even replaced the subfloor.

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

Curtains – much better than the orange ones. The orange ones actually fell apart in the wash. It was like washing tissue paper.

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

Beautiful new fabric cushions – and jazzy yellow pillows!

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

The back end of our 1978 Boler, Sunny D.

1978 Boler After: 3ten.ca

Well, there you have it – our 1978 Boler after photos. Check out Tumblr for all the details on what we did. Thanks for visiting and happy camping!

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Project: 1978 Boler Before

August 9, 2017 |  by  |  Photos, Projects  |  No Comments

This is our 1978 Boler Project. It was a snowy Sunday morning and the plan was to hangout around the house and then head to the movies to see John Wick 2. Bryce was sitting at the counter while I was making a late breakfast, early lunch.

Ali! There’s a Boler for sale in Lethbridge and it’s awesome. Call him! What? Call him now and tell him we’ll buy it. Okay! Bryce called and within about 3 minutes it was decided, we were not going to see John Wick but rather driving to Lethbridge to buy our second Boler.

Bryce dashed to the bank (yes, we have banks open on Sundays!) and I packed up some snacks and dinner, gather Lily’s food and packed up the truck with extra hitches, chains and all the special trailer jazz. Then, we hit the road.

This is the trailer we bought that snowy February Sunday.

1978 Boler Before

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

You can see cracked windows.

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Beat up battery box and old propane tanks.

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Many rock chips.

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Just look at that door handle – how are we going to fix that!?

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Hello 1978, nice to meet you.

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

So dark and dingy.

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

There isn’t a photo here, but the bathroom has no toilet. What? I know – just a shower.

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Dusty, for sure.

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

That’s some old fabric on those cushions.

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

The floor – can you see the floor? It’s pealing up and it’s like a old fabric flooring. Yucky!

1978 Boler Before: 3ten.ca

So, these are the before and up next I’ll share the after. If you’re wanting to see the whole process, then click on over to my Tumblr blog where it’s about everything Boler; even our little 1972 13 foot Boler. Thanks for visiting and happy camping!

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Project: Pottery

June 24, 2017 |  by  |  Projects  |  No Comments

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Project pottery. Sounds fun, right? Well, it is! When I gave you some of the updates in the Summer is Here post I totally forgot to mention that Bryce and I took a pottery class this past spring. 6 classes, each 3 hours long. When we first stopped by the studio I was really curious how many pieces average students can complete in the 6 classes – the teacher’s response was a modest 3-6. Well, 6 classes and 18 hours later we’ve got 20 pieces total. Now, don’t get me wrong, working on the wheel is fun and a tad frustrating, however, it’s not about quantity. It’s about learning. It just so happens that we got lucky on a lot of our practice items. Okay, let’s get to the good stuff.

Project Pottery

These are the 6 pots and 4 plates that Bryce made. Each glazed differently and each made with care.

I should also note that we had a lot of guessing on our hands with the plates since we didn’t make them right after each pot. The trick for next time is to make them back-to-back that way they shrink together and you don’t need to guess at the shrink rate. All in all, we were impressed that each pot fit its base.

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.caPottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.caPottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.caPottery: 3ten.ca

On our table we’ve got a pot that Bryce made and a plate that I made. Oh, and my yellow cake stand.

Don’t laugh – it’s so wonky. The teachers tried to talk me out of making it since it was “too ambitious for a rookie.” Really? Watch me. I’ll admit, it’s way harder than it looks. The best part, even though the teachers (we had 3 at different times) told me it was too ambitious, they still supported me and helped with each stage. The crack? Why not highlight our flaws? They’re beautiful, too.

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.ca

This pot it awesome, yet so is the plant. He rocks.

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.ca

I made all of these dishes. A large chip bowl, a flat guacamole bowl, a tiny spice bowl and a gravy or dressing dish. The spout is just so fun.

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Okay, this is a good one. If you’ve ever taken a pottery class or tried it at all, you know it’s a bit tricky to lift the clay. Well, this is the biggest piece I made and the best part, my intention was to use it for utensils. I’m overjoyed that it worked out. Flat out fun.

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.ca

These last two little pots are ones I made, too. They’re holding delicate air plants and the last one is living in the shower. I love plants.

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Pottery: 3ten.ca

Well, thanks for visiting and I hope you learn something new or push your boundaries, you just might end up with something beautiful. Oh, and get real plants in your house, they make you feel good!

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