It has taken great lengths and much patience, but the once grey behemoth of a trailer has been converted into a beautiful rose thanks to the hard-work and effort put in by my significant other. Seriously guys, I couldn't have even begun to start on this thing without his help. He truly is a life saver!
With that being said, let's quickly recap what has been done since the last posting and bring you guys up to speed on all that:
|Spacing the boards and laying them down.|
We chose to go with 2 inch rough cut fir. Tough as nails
and will never rot, not in this lifetime, anyways.
|The floor boards were painted to protect them against |
moisture and rot.
|The tack room was outfitted with sheets of soft|
interlocking foam tiles (because I refuse to have my saddles
fall onto a metal floor!). The saddle rack was also
sanded down and repainted.
We took a break from the trailer over the Holidays and ramped up again in the new year with the bumper pads, as one of the local sewing shops had a sale on all fabric (50% off everything store-wide!) so we took advantage of that and bought all we needed (and more) for a whooping $65. Considering the cost of the fabric was initially priced at $26/meter, it was a good buy.
|The vinyl is also crack-proof and is good up to|
Firstly, I stripped the old pads down and separated the them by pulling each and every damn staple out (this task took me nearly four hours). Once that was finished, the BF and I numbered each old pad with the corresponding wood so that we would know which "set" went together. We laid out the old squares of vinyl over the new black fabric and "drew" them all on the fabric before cutting. Each cookie cutter shape got a number which matched the pad it was from. This way, after we were done we could ensure we had cut two of each number and would know what size wood belonged on the backing.
The task of cutting the fabric, cutting the wood, and stapling it all together took no more than four hours which was great. The pads look very clean-cut, fresh, and elegant. I will say that there is a bit of an art to folding the vinyl down on the backside so the corners are neat. The BF has that art mastered, so I let him go right ahead.
|One of the many pads.|
After the pads were completed, the Boyfriend and I finished the wiring and the remainder of the electrical.
|We have lights!|
|My friend from Calgary flew up for a visit and ended up|
helping us install some lights.
So, ladies and gentlemen.... the trailer is officially finished.
So there you have it. A complete trailer restoration done primarily by the Boyfriend. I think this guy is a keeper.