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  1. Hi!! We bought a double wide 2001 portable school room. My question is it has a 7 ft by 28 ft hall directly in the middle half has a bath the other half empty. Is there anywhere I can get ideas on redo. There is door is both ends and high windows We have added a 12 X 20 covered porch and new metal roof, a few long windows and new doors. This thing is build solid plywood floors and under roof. Sire would like to have done ideas. Thanks enjoy your answers.

  2. I need to replace cabinet doors in a kitchen in a 1978 mobile home. Can I use solid wood doors or are they too heavy for existing cabinets? And if so, how do I reinforce cabinets to hold the weight? I have searched everywhere I could find for mobil home kitchen cabinet doors and cannot find them to am looking a at custom made wood doors. Would appreciate a response. Thanks.

    1. Hi Donna,

      You should be fine with pine (I rhymed!) if you reinforce the built-in cabinets at the hinges. To be honest, buy the time you buy new doors and reinforce the original ‘built in’ structure you could probably install real cabinets but that’s a huge job. If you are reinforcing you could use a 1×1 right behind the hinges. Best of luck!

  3. Hi I just came onto this page from a google search. I have a single wide kitchen that has a similar setup to the last set of pictures above. I like how they were able to place a dishwasher and sink more towards the living room. My sink is currently where their stove is, and my stove is where the blender is on the counter (next to the fridge). I was curious though, with extending the counters/cabinets this way where can you place the kitchen table? Currently there’s a broom closet in the spot where the sink is. My home is an older manufactured home built in 1966. I have a feeling it would be costly to move the plumbing.

    1. Hi Rachel,

      It kinda sounds like you may have a Homette like mine! I have a small pantry beside my refrigerator. Space is the biggest issue for smaller single wides. It seems like every design choice you make creates an issue. I would look at those tables that collapse into a small cafe table but can become a larger dining table when you need it (Ikea has one). We ended up just putting a small island in our dining space and using it as a dining table with stools. We aren’t formal people though.
      Best of luck!

    1. It’s an excellent idea to reinforce, especially if you have the particle board cabinets. Better safe than sorry! I wouldn’t go too thick on that granite either.

      Best of luck!

  4. Hi, I too have the same problem with my cabinets, though our trailer was bought new in 2007 and we’ve taken care of it, the cabinets we use most have been rubbed till the paper has come off. I want to paint them, to update them..would you advise paint and if so what’s the best way to approach that?

    1. Hi Christina,

      If you can lightly sand that paper down so that it isn’t lose you should be able to use paint. Use a good primer (make sure it doesn’t soak into the paper) and use several light coats till you’re happy with the base and then paint.

      Best of luck! If you can, please take some photos so I can get an article up about the process. Thank you!

    2. This is my exact same problem! Our home is newer and the cabinets are as cheap as can be. They look nice for now, but I noticed a tiny grease speck from cooking and how quickly and stubbornly it soaked into the MDF. There are also some minor nicks in the paper that I know will cause problems someday. I want to paint them ASAP to seal them from further wear. I was thinking a light sanding, XIM primer, then paint with Sherwin Williams ProClassic and seal with polycrylic. Wish I could just chalk paint them like I do everything else but my research so far says this would be the best technique. If there is an article about this process on this blog, please link! Otherwise I’ll take pics and submit them for a write-up!

  5. I have 2 questions, well I think only two. How do you repair the wood grain paper covering on the kitchen cabinets. Mine are bubbling and parts are scratched. Secondly, any ideas or know-how to's on the kitchen cabinet doors with etched mirrors?

    1. Hi there! Your 2 questions are 2 of the most frustrating aspects of mobile homes (along with the vinyl coated walls). Anyone living in an older home can relate to the cheap veneer covered cabinets and the etching from the early 80'

      Those paper covered cabinets are a nightmare! Peeling and bubbling usually happen with heat, age or if the manufacture of the doors just didn't use a quality adhesive in the manufacturing process. To be honest, I would recommend installing all new doors made of real wood with no veneer. It's a bit expensive but it will improve the entire look of the room. I've seen some people make their own doors and it looked great. One lady I know took pallets and made country doors out of them (imagine 4-5 vertical pieces of wood all in a shabby chic, unfinished look), it was gorgeous!! You can also buy veneer to attach to the front of the doors, it's just a really thin paneling and there's also a wall-paper like material. You'd simply sand the top to get rid of the paper and attach it with a really good adhesive. You can also purchase edging to run around it to give it a more finished look. Google cabinet re-facing and it should give you a lot of great products and ideas.

      The etched mirrors and glass in some doors can be easily replaced with regular glass or wood but each is made differently so you'd have to look at how the mirror/glass is setting in the door to see just how easy it would be. (is it in a groove with a clips or just in the groove with no clips? If there are clips you should be able to replace them a bit easier than if there are no clips)The really cheap fake etching (it's really just a sticker like material) can be scraped off with a razor blade. I did my dining room glass doors like that and it came right off. It was a gold scroll in each corner and I put some WD-40 on it and scraped it right off.

      Hope this helps. Good luck!