There’s something about fall that calls for home improvement projects, especially as we draw closer to the holidays and a new year. Doing some simple renovations to your mobile home is the perfect way to scratch that itch.
Today we have a few DIY updates to share with you that we think are absolutely perfect for fall. And, admit it, your home probably deserves a little attention!
#1 Paint or stencil a floor
Painting or stenciling a floor is a great way to freshen up a room. It’s also an ideal way to cover up worn hardwood or ugly tile. Not only is it a much cheaper option than replacing flooring, it’s so much simpler. We love this DIY tutorial on Liz Marie Blog for checkered floors. And here’s a step by step guide to stenciling floors.
Don’t forget that painted flooring is a great option for bathrooms, entryways, and porch floors too! Don’t spend time and money ripping out old flooring – just give it a quick face-lift!
#2 Update your front door
Fall is a great time to paint your front door. It’s surprising how much a freshly painted door adds to curb appeal, even if the job technically didn’t need to be done. Unbeknownst to us, our front doors fade and sustain damage from the elements. So whether you’re picking a bright new shade, or simply giving your door a touch-up, we promise you’ll be thrilled with the results. We’re willing to bet that this is at least one renovation your mobile home definitely deserves this fall.
#3 Play with planks
Turns out that shiplap everything is still a trend, even though Fixer Upper has had its heyday. But shiplap is pretty expensive (and not that easy to install). So instead, save money and time and grab some plank paneling from your local hardware store. You can create a faux-plank wall or do something even braver, like cover up your popcorn ceiling. All you’ll need to do is cut the planks to size, glue them to the wall, and paint! Or go with a “wood look” option to make your job easier.
#4 Re-caulk your mobile home
So maybe this isn’t technically a renovation project, but it’s definitely something your should consider doing around this time of year. The days are getting colder fast, and caulking around windows and exterior doors will ward off the chilly weather.
And don’t forget the interior! Caulking around sinks, bathtubs, and showers will keep moisture from seeping through cracks and prevent mold from developing. While you’re at it, you can caulk around interior and exterior air vents and where your countertop meets the wall or backsplash.
#5 Install warmer flooring
Have you ever gotten out of bed in the winter and walked into the kitchen with bare feet? Then you probably know how cold tile can be. Even hardwood flooring is cold in the winter. If you like toasty warm floors, why not lay some carpet this year? Or, in the kitchen, switch to vinyl, laminate, or cork. And don’t forget, you can go the whole way and install radiant heating under your tile for something extra-toasty.
#6 Upgrade light fixtures
With long evenings and stormy weather ahead, cheerful lighting is all-important. Consider updating your exterior and interior light fixtures (or maybe stick with updates to just one or the other). Updating and adding exterior lighting is a great way to prepare for the holidays when your guests will inevitably be leaving after dark.
You can update your fixtures the easy way and buy all new light fixtures, but if you want to save money with some DIY options, here are some ideas:
- Repaint ceiling fans and swap outdated light covers for new ones.
- Spray paint a light fixture black for a modern look.
- Cover a lampshade with fabric.
- Create a DIY statement piece, like this sunburst light fixture.
- Use a rattan or wire basket to DIY yourself to trendy perfection.
- Cover a lamp base with twine or rope for a beachy look.
Your mobile home deserves a little TLC
This fall, give your mobile home the love it deserves. Adding a little “oomph” to your home with one or two of these simple projects will make you feel great about inviting people over for holiday parties. Speaking of the holidays, are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Christmas parties? Whatever your plans are, take a look at our guide to transforming your mobile home dining room for holidays for some great hosting inspiration.