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January 26, 2018

5 DIY Upgrades for Your Mobile Home: Inexpensive Ways to Add Style and Charm

DIY Upgrades–Part 2

(If you haven’t seen Part 1 of our DIY Upgrade Ideas For Your Mobile Home articles, be sure to check that page out as well.)

It can be hard to scroll through Pinterest or Instagram and not begin to feel that your home is inferior to others—especially when no one is posting beautiful photos of their immaculate manufactured home.

Don’t let that “bigger is better” and “grander is greater” mindset get you down. There are plenty of ways to add modern (or farmhouse or minimalist) style to your manufactured home that line up with both a budget and a busy schedule.

All the DIY ideas below can be completed in a weekend, the most expensive coming in at just under $300.

Kitchen Upgrade

With the coveted open-concept layout and shows like Fixer Upper on HGTV, kitchen islands are a very trendy and practical kitchen feature. Most manufactured homes come with a kitchen island, but they generally match the surrounding cabinetry and lack personality.

Check out this tutorial from Bloglovin’ and transform your kitchen island with just a little wood trim and some paint.

Bathroom Upgrade

Is your mobile home’s bathroom feeling… unfinished? It might be the mirror speaking to you. Raw edges on a mirror with those little plastic holder thingies are not the most aesthetically pleasing sight to look at.

Framing out the mirror in your bathroom could make a bigger difference than you’d think. This small project at Young House Love might be the one you need in order to build your DIYer’s confidence.

But maybe it’s not the mirror speaking to you—maybe it’s the ceiling. Ceilings can play a larger role than we realize in our perception of a room. Low, dark ceilings will cause a room to feel smaller.

Consider adding some beadboard to the ceiling, which can brighten a small room, and create interest that draws the eye higher.

Any Room Upgrade

Manufactured homes tend to have a minimal emphasis on windows. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, it’s a matter of spending money where necessary.

But, if you would like a more stately and visually appealing window, consider this tutorial on the Bless’er House blog. It’s another way trim and paint change your home’s style for the better.

Outside Upgrade

Lastly, curb appeal is often overlooked and neglected. Even though it’s the first thing we see upon arriving home, it’s the last thing we think of after we walk through the door.

Shutters are a simple way of livening up a boring home exterior. Beneath My Heart gives a great DIY tutorial for stained wooden shutters for your exterior windows.

These are just a few of the hundreds of DIY upgrades you can do to make your home more your own. Be sure to share this post and let us know if you would like to see a Part 3!

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