If you’ve followed this blog for very long, you already know that we had an unexpected move in March 2015. That’s another story, but I will say, that our home held up great through it all, and we learned the true meaning of Mobile Home.
When we purchased our home in 2010, the exterior looked pretty rough, but we could see past 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
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.
Our Porch Before We Moved
We Retired and
purchased our home in
December of 2010.
We’ve Never Looked Back
and are still
Keeping Life Simple.
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