How to Remodel Double-Wide Mobile Homes

Whether you have lived in your home for years or are just moving in, you may find that the desire to remodel is a powerful one. Careful planning will provide you with a pleasant environment and help preserve the value of your double-wide mobile home.

Aerial view of mobile homes in Grove Beach, Connecticut
credit: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images

If your walls are covered in a decorative paneling instead of drywall, you can instantly have a more elegant appearance in any room by refinishing the paneling to appear like finished drywall.

Cabinetry in the kitchens and baths of many double-wide mobile homes is often constructed of a compressed wood product. Unfortunately, these cabinets quickly show wear. Although the cabinets may withstand everyday use for many years, their appearance can be most annoying. A simple facelift will provide you with attractive cabinetry with easy-care qualities.

Resurfacing wall panels

Step 1

Remove all of the paneling trim work at the seams.

Step 2

Remove all protruding nails or screws in the wall panels.

Step 3

Llightly sand the surface of the paneling with a power sander.

Step 4

Cover the gaps with drywall tape and compound, following the manufacturers instructions.

Step 5

Allow 24 hours to dry.

Step 6

Apply a thin topcoat of drywall compound over the wall.

Step 7

Allow 24 hours to dry.

Step 8

Lightly sand the wall for a smooth finish.

Step 9

Paint the walls with a flat or semi-gloss wall paint using colors to work with your decorating scheme.

Resurfacing kitchen cabinetry

Step 1

Remove hardware from cabinets, doors and drawers.

Step 2

Clean all cabinet surfaces, fill in any visible pits with wood putty. Allow putty to dry.

Step 3

Sand cabinet surfaces and areas repaired with wood putty, cleaning all dust and residue from cabinet surfaces.

Step 4

Apply paint tape and newspaper or drop cloth to protect walls and floor.

Step 5

Paint cabinets, doors and drawers with a quality, oil-based enamel or epoxy paint according to manufacturers instructions. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours before re-installing hardware and doors.