This double wide makeover is what MMHL is all about.
Shannon Olson, the publisher of Southern Belle with Northern Roots, is an amazingly talented woman. She calls a 1979 double wide home and has transformed it into a shabby chic paradise, and I am so honored to get to feature it today!
The home was a typical late 70’s double wide with wood paneling, semi-shag carpet and cathedral ceilings with wooden beams that became so trendy in that era. The floor plan is well laid out, and the home is spacious. While it was a fine place to call home, Shannon was able to see the promise and potential. Her creativity and can-do attitude soared, and she ended up with a double wide makeover that is fit for the cover of any home decor magazine out there. It’s a fresh country, shabby-chic blend, and it is gorgeous.
Kitchen in Double Wide Makeover
Kitchens with curved counters and plenty of storage space is a mark of the late 70’s. Kitchens are hard to makeover though.
Shannon took on the feat with no problem, and the end result is amazing.
Here is the kitchen now. The style could best be described as country charming, flea market fabulous and shabby chic.
A white and cream base allow the warm oak trim and colorful tin tiles to make a statement. Distressing details throughout the room lends to the farmhouse look as well. Pops of color make a grand statement as well.
Dining Room in a Double Wide Makeover
The dining room extends from the kitchen. Did I mention how spacious the home is? The prominent feature of this room is the fireplace. Imagine getting to look at such a beautiful feature while cooking! Here’s the room before Shannon made her mark.
The dining room after the transformation. The white walls with details in warm colors is a great combination.
Shannon transformed a salvaged door into a shelf feature that holds her collection of antique scales. She removed the glass in the cabinets facing the dining room and replaced it with chicken wire. Smart storage solutions are used throughout the home. Here, the wine rack holds several bottles within a space that was previously unused. The small details in this house are remarkable!
The fireplace is a gorgeous example of the country primitive style. Shannon’s antique collection is vastand her use of different textures and materials is a perfect compliment to the style. I absolutely love the metal sink holding the wood, the antique pulley and the baby chair! By grouping like (and even different) items within a setting you can make a large focal point that will make a stylish statement in any room.
Living Room – Double Wide Makeover
Next, we’ll visit the living room. The high cathedral ceilings are a prominent feature, but they can make decorating difficult. Here’s the area before the transformation:
Shannon removed the large wooden beams attached to the ceilings. That’s a great idea to modernize a manufactured home. Those beams are usually just hollow, 3 sided boxes attached to the ceiling to cover up the seams of the panels and have no structural integrity at all. The dark color and angled lines have a tendency to make the ceiling seem daunting and lower than they truly are. Removing them is hard work but as you can see, the end result is well worth it. Here’s what the room looks like now:
Master Bedroom – Double Wide Makeover
The new master bedroom is a place of pure tranquility. The clean white of the walls matched with light linens and soothing decor makes this room scream relaxation. Colorful details add a dramatic effect. Here’s both the before and after.
Guest Bathrooms and Bedrooms
The double wide has 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms besides the master bedroom. Her children have flown the cope so she was able to turn one of the bedrooms into a man cave and the other into a beautiful guest bedroom. First, we’ll take a look at the before and after of each bathroom:
The second bedroom is a show-stopper and is a very popular pin on Pinterest. The clean white is featured again but with a splash of dark blue that makes a statement. The before and after:
This room is one of my favorites. The black chalkboard paint is a perfect contrast to the crisp white. The frames, the antique dresser and the muted decor is all a perfect combination!
Shannon extends her decor talents to the garden as well. She is an avid gardener with a green thumb to be envious of. There’s so many gorgeous photosbut I’ll only share a couple of my favorites. You should definitely go and check it all out properly here’s the link directly to the gardening section of her blog: Southern Belle with Northern Roots / Gardening.
Interior Door Project
Before we close, I wanted to share one of Shannon’s projects. This is one of the most creative and easy ways to transform an interior door. She took small trim and used it to create 2 rectangles on the top of the door and then painted over it. It instantly adds depth and makes a typical manufactured home interior door (that is usually hollow and unappealing) into a great feature.
Shannon’s blog has many more details about the transformations. It is very popular and for good reason; it is entertaining and well-written. It covers home decor, gardening, scrap-booking and everything in between. She speaks honestly of the issues she encountered and the lessons she learned during her home transformation, too. She shares the products she used and gives honest reviews which is always appreciated. I think you’ll enjoy everything about it!
Double Wide Makeover – The Interview
She was also kind enough to answer a few questions about this marvelous makeover for us. Interviews are a great way to get insider tips and advice!
1. In your opinion, what are the benefits and advantages of manufactured homes? The disadvantages?
The benefits of mobile home living in our particular area are taxes. We pay a fraction of what even small homes pay in our community. I also like that we “split” the repair deal, so to speak. If a water main breaks it is the courts to fix, we just deal with what is above ground and in our home, a potential major expense.
Disadvantages- repairs, often older homes used less than standard pvc, screws, and hardware, which can mean several trips to the hardware store.
2. What was the most difficult issue you’ve faced during the makeover?
3. If you had to chose only 3 projects to transform a home what would they be?
4. What are your favorite rooms in your home?
5. Any insider tips or tricks you can share about updating a manufactured home?
6. How do you get ideas for your projects?
7. What tools do you use most often?
8. What’s the best advice you can give to someone that’s about to tackle their first project?
9. Any future plans for the home?
10. How would you describe what living in a manufactured home is like to someone that’s never been in or around one?
All photos are property of A Southern Belle with Northern Roots. There’s plenty more photos and in-depth details of this marvelous double wide update so be sure to go check them all out.
Thank you, Shannon, for allowing MMHL to feature your wonderful home. It is a true inspiration!
As always, thank you for reading Mobile and Manufactured Home Living!