Asked on Jul 09, 2015

Remodeling mobile home on a budget!!

Rosie Miranda
by Rosie Miranda
Needed something quick and on a budget. Did it myself and still in the process! NEED to remodel chairs, crown molding, and outlets. Any extra ideas will help!!
q how to remodel a mobile home on a budget, home decor, home improvement, Now it looks like this Again still needs work Any suggestions I m loving it
Now it looks like this. Again still needs work. Any suggestions. I'm loving it.
q how to remodel a mobile home on a budget, home decor, home improvement, Need new outlet covers crown molding and upolster the chairs Help should I keep the chairs white
Need new outlet covers, crown molding, and upolster the chairs. Help, should I keep the chairs white?
  20 answers
  • Great progress so far! Could you do longer curtains (closer to the ceiling and to the floor)? I think an area rug would look nice under the table and you could do a pop of color you like as a slip cover on the chairs.

  • Debbie Miller Debbie Miller on Jul 09, 2015
    If they are in good condition, I would leave them original. I would brighten and double up on the curtains and maybe add some splashes of a bright color here and there. Maybe Red (for Retro) if you like that color. But....good job so far! Love the Marilyn Posters!

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    • Debbie Miller Debbie Miller on Jul 09, 2015
      @Rosie Miranda Yes, red would be great in the vase. And I agree with RCooper, slip covers would look nice in a matching design. Can't wait to see it when you're finished!

  • Sonya Johnson Sonya Johnson on Jul 09, 2015
    Definitely need to add some color. It looks like you have a mantle of sorts against the wall, you could buy some knick knacks at a thrift store and spray paint them bright colors to sit on the mantle. I would also recover the chairs.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 09, 2015
    Red, or retro aqua, orange or lime would be great pops of colour and work well with black and white.

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    • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 09, 2015
      @Rosie Miranda You could unscrew the chair pads and spray paint them with Krylon Fusion or something like that...then you can see if you like the colour and effect, before spending the money on reupholstering. :)

  • Ann Ann on Jul 09, 2015
    You've made a good start and you have a creative eye. Walmart has twin flat sheets for $5 that you could use for longer curtains and the colors and patterns are pretty neat. The design "weight" of your room is bottom heavy so draw the eye up with interesting wall displays. Add color! Most of all, have fun! Make a list of things you are looking for from thrift stores and yard sales. You'll be surprised how quickly your brain recognizes something on your list.

  • Linda Santo Linda Santo on Jul 09, 2015
    Nice job so far! I would NOT change the color of the chairs. The upholstery looks good and the whole idea of MCM was that the color of the chairs matched the table top. I'd add some bright accessories and check out for some GREAT MCM ideas! Keep posting pictures-we're loving it!

  • Janet Glabas Janet Glabas on Jul 10, 2015
    What did you do to the walls...sheetrock or paint? I lived in a mobile home for 18 can do a lot to them. I met a woman once who turned her mobile home into a log cabin. I think the curtain at your window is too short...........Christmas Tree store has lots of other options on a budget, also nice rugs,table runners, placemats

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    • Rosie Miranda Rosie Miranda on Jul 10, 2015
      I put two coats of primer then used a off white. Yes I need longer curtains thank yiu..I'll probably get them colored...??

  • Lindsey Lindsey on Jul 10, 2015
    I've remodeled my entire mobile home. I am now re-doing my bedroom into a "beach house". Take advantage of yard sales, thrift shops, curb alerts, and dollar stores. I have things I'm using, (such as mosaic wall tile for baseboard) that weren't intended to be used that way. I've also used porcelain tile (rough, darker color) for a fireplace "hearth". Just go shopping with an open mind, be creative. I put discontinued wallpaper on my living room and kitchen, if you can find it. I did it over 10 years ago and it still looks like new. The kitchen print has brightly colored fruits on white background. You can also get paintable wallpaper at WalMart for around $11.00 a roll. I put some of that on two of the office walls and just left it in white. I've gotten several things from Habitat for Humanity stores at a very good price. I used a stretchable "fence" as lower wall décor in my "beach house" and put sea grass and pods on it and the walls. Good luck!

  • Marilyn Descours Marilyn Descours on Jul 10, 2015
    I love the table and chairs. I don't like long curtains because they're dust catchers and I think they make a small room seem smaller. I would actually shorten them to the length of the window so you don't see the window sill through the sheers. Keep the chairs white; it's a great set. I also like the idea of teal and/or orangy coral accents. And I agree that thrift shops and garage sales are great places to find things. I have found the pieces I get there. Have better bones than $ store. Looks great so far!

  • Jane Medders Jane Medders on Jul 10, 2015
    the place looks wonderful, white is such a crisp color i plan on doing my mobile in different shades of white, tan, beige with different textures.

  • Pap1868489 Pap1868489 on Jul 10, 2015
    Good idea. I live in a Mobile {way do they still say mobile} aren't going to move mine are you? Love your idea.

  • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Jul 10, 2015
    Does anyone know a reliable piece advising how to go about redoing an ancient trailer into four season use up here in the North of Canada????? Disabled but willing to go slow and steady with extremely limited budget. As in food is tough once in a while, lol, but I always find a way….

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    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Jul 10, 2015
      @Rosie Miranda Hello Rosie, your work is looking fantastic so far. Damn good job and I know the hard work involved. What I am wondering is could it handle minus 35 degrees without the windchill, bwahahhaha. AND keep the treacherous wee beasties aka mice out????

  • Sam Sam on Jul 10, 2015
    I've been remodeling a 30 yr old single wide in Montana for the last year. Paint has been my best friend. Everything was brown--I opted for bright colors, everywhere. For the windows I got pleated shades from Amazon--cut to size, stick-on, $25. I hung colorful tapestries from DENY ($49) with clip on rings. I painted my outlets (plug the holes) and cover plates with stainless steel spray paint. I've had so much fun transforming a sad old trailer that I bought a vintage Shasta travel trailer to refurbish--all trailer all the time. Have fun!

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    • Marylou Marylou on Jun 06, 2017
      mine is mostly brown, too. it is 5 years old double wide. Starting to redocorate on a minimal budget.

  • BR BR on Jul 11, 2015
    Hi Rosie, hubby and I bought a 1968 40ft. trailer last year in very sad condition. We're literally taking it down to the studs and floor joists a room at a time, then upgrading to current standards, including new windows. We're also on a fixed income but youtube has tons of videos that have taught us how to DIY and save money. Craigslist is a great resourse if you keep an open mind and don't mind cleaning and painting your finds!

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    • Granny52 Granny52 on Jul 11, 2015
      @Rosie Miranda I recently painted my bathroom counter top. I used Rustoleum textured spray paint. Also spray painted the sink with Walmart brand white enamel. They look awesome!

  • Jordan Le Bouton Jordan Le Bouton on Jul 11, 2015
    A lady I just saw her blog put floor tiles on walls and back splash. It is really pretty neat. I lived in 3 mobile homes. The best part was outside. I hope to never have to live in one again. Best of luck. Google is your friend as well as UTube.

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    • Norma king Norma king on Oct 02, 2016
      Steel wool around pipes and holes works great. Make sure it's in tight so they don't pull it out. They love Molassas put it in a big jar or fish bowl they can't get out of. Add something to outside so they can get into but can't get out. Some herbs and spices work too.

  • Marla Marla on Jul 11, 2015
    Scrub those walls with a detergent to remove any oily residue. Then paint the paneling with a good primer. You now can paint the walls any light color you want. The paneling lines make the walls look like beautiful wainscotting. Light colors will make the rooms look larger and more inviting.

  • Teresa C Teresa C on Jul 16, 2015
    I would find some waterproof fabric in a vintage motif, maybe a little red. Crown molding high gloss white, spray paint outlet covers or use fabric to cover outlets.

  • Mlc7138105 Mlc7138105 on Jul 11, 2016
    When my Hubby died I lost my 2000 sq. ft. house & ended up in a 30+ yr. old 590sq ft. single wide with plywood floors, bare studs, & no kitchen & no finished bath. Only one room had paneling intact - Painted kiles overall then painted lower part a very pale blue with semi gloss white on top of wall. Bought some 3" floor molding & nailed over paint seam. Like wainscoting. The rest of my place took more vigorous renovation. 99% completed & super proud of myself as I am 70 yrs. young.

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    • Marylou Marylou on Jun 06, 2017
      my husband passed and lost house etc. I live in a double wide that i own. Just starting to remodel it too. it is nice to see people posting items for mobile homes

  • DJP53 DJP53 on Oct 09, 2017
    Is there an address for mobile home re-modeling? I've been working on my 1968 since 1993 redoing walls and floors. Front bath has been re done and finished as has the kitchen. Have replaced all windows and outside doors! Love my house!

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    • DJP53 DJP53 on Jul 15, 2018

      Thank you, Susie!