Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mobile Home Exterior - Before/After

When we purchased our home, the exterior looked pretty rough, but we could see passed it and knew with a few improvements, it could look almost as good as new.

This is how our house looked on the day we purchased it.
You can see why one of the first things out of my mouth was,
"We have to paint the exterior".

Painting the Exterior
It took ages to pick out the colors, but once we found them, we couldn't wait to get started.  We chose the light colors because we liked them, but also knew they wouldn't fade (or show fading) as  quickly as a darker color might have.   


You may notice that we now have shutters on all the windows.   We were thrilled to find the extras at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore Shop.  They've added much-needed character and were so easy to paint and install.

Prepping for paint:
A professional painter might have used a pressure washer to clean the exterior before painting, but that option wasn't a good one for us, so we used a large brush and washed most of it by hand.  It might not have been as clean as it should have been, but after four years we haven't noticed any problems.

We started painting by hand and switched to an airless sprayer very quickly.  What would have taken days took only hours plus we used less paint.  We were very pleased with the final result!

We used a good Satin/Semi Gloss Exterior Paint from Valspar

(The Colors - Because you've asked)
Asiago on the House
Oatlands Subtle Taupe on the Trim
Smoked Oyster for the Shutters

 New Storm Doors
We replaced the storm doors (front & back) with some really nice ones from our local big box store.  Since the doors on our mobile home are about four inches shorter than a standard door, Buzz had to cut them down before installing them.  (as seen in the pictures below)
This is the Back Door

Solar Screens
We have double windows but wanted to add solar screens (because of the Texas heat).  Buzz built a frame around each window as seen below and assembled the solar screens using kits/supplies from our big box store.   We noticed an immediate difference once the screens were installed.   

New Beginnings

If you've been following this blog for long, you know that we moved our home in March 2015.  That's another story, but I will say that the house held up great through it all.   We'll probably put a fresh coat of paint on in a couple of years, but for now, we're simply going to touch up a couple of scratches from the move.

This is the beginning stages of our new front porch.  Basically, what you see here is our 8x16 porch prepped with a base coat.  We'll finish it out with two of the colors we've used on our house.
The Front Storm Door
I had painted the storm door the bright orange color a couple of years ago.   We love the cheerfulness! 

The Roof
The steel roof over system changed everything about our house.  It not only looks great, it's also made our house energy efficient and much quieter - well worth the investment.  To learn more about our Roof Over System, Click Here.  

Our new location has given us a fresh start ... I'll be sharing updates soon.

We purchased our home in December of 2010 
and are still
Keeping Life Simple.

God Bless!

More links to our Remodel


Barbara F. said...

Wow! You really can see the difference in the two photos one on top of the either (or side by side?) lol. I love the paint names, Asiago and Smoked Oysters. Have a great Memorial Day weekend. xo

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

You have made that home into a sweet story book cottage! It looks so good!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Looks wonderful. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love the soft colors you chose! What a difference a fresh paint color makes. That's a huge project you can cross off your list!!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Wow this looks so wonderful!
The paint colors are so soothing. You didn't mention the new roof, and the porch cover...those make your house have such personality. With the recent storms this spring, it looks like we'll be getting a new roof and porch cover... I need to take some 'before' photos, so I can see what it a difference it will make when it's done!
(I love the metal roof-- but the coverage only pays for replacing the shingles)
Our new shingles will have some color to them and be lighter too... I can't wait!

You should be so proud of your paint job-- it looks fantastic!


PURA VIDA said...

I love your paint colors and the shutters are so charming. I also love your flag flying

Blondie's Journal said...

I love it! And I love the pretty landscaping in front!


Lynne said...

It looks lovely!!! Your landscaping is growing beautifully. I enjoyed seeing this update. Love your porch. A porch is on my wish list!

Geneva said...

Thank you Lynn... wish we could make the trees and shrubs grow faster, but we know it just takes time. Thankfully the porch was here when we bought the house... We did add the cover which has made it much more enjoyable. We LOVE sitting outside!
Keep me posted on your updates...I always enjoy hearing from you.

Marietta said...

You have been busy! It looks so nice - I love the colours! Shutters make a home look so cozy.

carla said...

It looks great!

Ever since I was a girl, I've wanted a pale yellow house with white trim. But after moving out here to the country, I've been thinking about pale green. We don't have any plans yet, except to probably wait until after Joe's 65. The ratty appraiser for the county tax office raises taxes after any improvement.

Now there's an incentive from the government to improve one's property (she said sarcastically).

Anyway, that's why I think we'll wait so it won't affect our taxes.

Geneva said...

I think pale green sounds wonderful... when you get ready you'll have to borrow our sprayer. Maybe we could even help you out...it would only take a couple of hours. Understand what you mean about the tax appraiser though... ":o(

Crystal Adkins said...

WOW! Geneva, you have just made your home look beautiful in so little time..I must admit I am envious but my happiness for you completely outweighs the envy..lol..you are so talented! I'm always in awe..

Anonymous said...

Hi I am curious about the windows. Did you install new or frame the original ones? Is the black look screen?

Geneva said...

We framed the original windows and made solar screens to fit inside the frame. The solar screens are WONDERFUL!

carrieallen84 said...

I love what you did with your home. It is so Beautiful! I was curious about the solar screens. I live in South Arkansas and can relate to the heat. Could you give me some more info on it. Where to buy and maybe a little more info on what it is. Thank you so much!

Jessica W said...

How did you attach the window framing to the house? Our exterior is pretty similar, and i'm curious about the best way to attach things to the metal without causing small leaks.

Geneva said...

Hi Jessica,
We screwed the wood directly to the metal siding of our home, then caulked around the outside edges. So far we haven't had any problems.


You use a heavy sand paper, and then a light, and then refinish. I would talk to the people at the rental store to get some ideas. Also, be careful about which stain you use. If there are some preeixisiting stains you will need a little darker stain to blend them in.
Contractors General Ridgewood

lipsa herry said...

I found this article to be very informative and helpful. Very well written and executed :) Thank You!Sarasota Roofing


Now following, so glad I happened to see this on Pinterest! You've done WONDERS! Love it!

LemonLumpen said...

I wish you had a tutorial on the solar screens !

isaiah Snell said...

Omg!!! I♥u!! Seriously!! Lol....I have had in my head that it just wouldn't look right painting the metal outside of ours but I can see those colors work awesome!! 1$ did your house have any dents on the outside??? The front of mine has big dents where my dad had (intoxicated again) had threw a fit kiucking it & I wonder how badly they would show up?? I'm sure it still be better than currently anyhow!! LolMy dad just has a lot of vproblems & let this place ruin before I got it.. The sad thing is it is in such a beautiful spot & as much as I can make the yard pretty you can't hide the ugly house...lol

Toni said...

Very inspiring! We are just starting our journey with our 1970 Crown, which is 10.5 x 65. I am documenting this on my blog www.ourvintagevilla.wordpress.com.

Hailing from Maine

Kathy said...

I cried while reading "whispers". You see, my husband & I due to unfortunate circumstances, have been living in our travel trailer for 3 years. We have truly prayed for guidance concerning a home. A long story short. God opened doors and we too will have a16X80 home in May. God bless you for your blog and the encouragement it has given me while I wait for my home to get here.

Geneva said...

Kathy, I really appreciate your comment. Your story is going to have a happy ending ... I'm so excited for you.
Blessings sweet friend and enjoy your beautiful new home.

mguidry said...

How is the paint on the exterior holding up?

Geneva H said...

Our paint is holding up well ... other than a few scrapes from our move. We're very pleased!

Marietta said...

It must have been a hard move - you worked so hard to make the garden look nice, but no doubt your new garden will be beautiful too. My mother moved from the family home to a mobile home, when the family home became too much to care for. She make it so cozy and the memories of spending time there are wonderful memories.

Deb said...

Love your home and history. Looking forward to seeing where you moved it to. You did such a bang up job on it!!! We too are retired and in a 16' X 90' on ten acres that we are always doing things to. It's a lot of fun and such a very economical way to live in retirement.


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