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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.   

After



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.

Painting:
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!

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More links to our Remodel




42 comments:

  1. 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

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

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  3. 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!!

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  4. 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!

    Pat

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

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

    XO,
    Jane

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

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  8. 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.
    Blessings!
    Geneva

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

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  10. 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.

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    1. 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(

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  11. 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..

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

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

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    2. I wish you had a tutorial on the solar screens !

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  13. 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!

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  14. 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.

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    1. 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.

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  15. 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

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

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

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  18. 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

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  19. 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

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  20. Geneva,
    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.

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    1. 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.

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  21. How is the paint on the exterior holding up?

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

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  22. 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.

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  23. 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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  24. 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. lawrence

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  25. I love what you did with your home. It is so Beautiful! Your landscaping is growing beautifully.

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  27. Congratulations! You did a really good job. I love the color. These are all good improvements that will reap good return on investment when you sell your home.

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  28. Hi Geneva, love looking at all the updates. When you remodeled, did you add any insulation to walls since you have the metal siding? I know it must be hotter than here in NC but the metal can be a pain for utilities..Thanks

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    1. Hi Connie ... We didn't add insulation to our walls when we were remodeling. Fortunately, it hasn't been a big issue so far...but we've thought it might be good to do at some point. If we decide to do it, we would work from the outside by removing the tin, adding insulation and putting it back. Our utilities are pretty modest and I think our roof has helped more than anything. Thanks for stopping by ... always good to hear from you!

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    2. thanks for answering. We are considering the plastic wrapped fiberglass bats since they provide the moisture barrier as well..and then putting the tin back. Your home is beautiful and so inspiring..Makes it so much easier to keep our commitment to debt free living when we see others wonderful ideas..:)

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  29. Nice to read this article will be very helpful in the future, share more info with us. Good job!

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  30. What airless spray gun did you purchase for this?

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    1. We purchased it at Harbor Freight ... not sure what brand it is.

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  31. After painting the Exterior, your home is so Beautiful. Light colors make it so bright and cozy, i love it.

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  32. Great idea! I will repair my house according to your ideas. Thank you for sharing!

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