Last year, we were ecstatic to watch and participate in the moving of a 1987 single wide mobile home we're soon to be living in. It doesn't look like much, and I've never lived in a mobile home before, but this is a chance for us to have a new experience...and to get our family of five out of our current two bedroom apartment!
I love taking on new projects and getting a chance to do things myself. When you do it yourself, you get to make all of your own choices, and I was very excited about getting to paint and make decisions about remodeling! In all of my adult life, I've never had a chance to participate in either, not for my own home anyway.
Before we got started, I didn't realize how much work I was in for, or how much damage this trailer had endured over the years. Before I realized the extent of repair we would have to undergo, my concern was focused, mostly, on cosmetic! My first project? This thing was covered, every wall in every room...with wooden paneling. Not the nice kind, either! It was a plywood and particle board nightmare!
Particle board- an engineered wood product that's made from wood chips and particles that are combined with an adhesive and fused together into boards and panels. Particle board makes up a large percentage of the materials used in today's cabinetry, from the panels that make up the boxes to shelving.
Plywood- yet another engineered wood product but one that's probably most familiar to people. It's made up of thin wood "plies" or layers of wood that are glued together in a sandwich form. Usually the plies are oriented with their grain direction at varying angles with respect to each other to give the board or panel more rigidity and stability. Plywood is used for shelving, doors and cabinet boxes.
This photo is of the living room area, and the doors behind Matt and Lexi are to the master bedroom. I love the double doors! There's also a step that leads up to the bedroom, which I found to be enchanting.
The wooden beams, seen here, were a major part of the initial appeal of this particular model. Even though everything is paneled, I love the beams and seen a great deal of potential in them!
However, the damage you see on those cabinets underneath the bar, was a great concern. At first, we thought we would have to replace all of the cabinets. After doing extensive research, I found that we could sand them down and paint them, which was a cheaper option, so that's what we did! I'm going to post more articles about each project, with more details. I just wanted to give an introduction about what to expect from this part of the website!
I hope to see you soon, and let me know if there are any topics you would like me to write about!