Affordable Mobile Home Kitchen Remodel

This budget kitchen makeover in a mobile home will surely inspire you! This home is a late 70’s model had an original kitchen with a curved counter and harvest gold was everywhere.

The homeowner's sister didn't let it stay harvest gold for long though! Mimi, a talented and creative soul, turned this old mobile home kitchen into a gorgeous and modern kitchen fit for a queen.

I found this on a wonderful site called Blue Roof Cabin. Mimi and she is a re-purposing, crafting and creative maven that puts Martha Stewart to shame. Yes, I’m being serious! Of course, I’m the type that would rather see someone re-purpose salvaged items than using $55 ribbon spools any day, but that’s just me.

Budget Kitchen Makeover Step 1: Demolition

Here's the home before the budget kitchen makeover.

The curved bar is very indicative of the 1970s era mobile home. I absolutely love curved counters because they remind me so much of The Spartan carousel kitchen.

The mid to late '70s was a time where the mid-century modern style (a cleaner more colorful style) of the '60s was easing into the warmer and darker style of the '70s and eventually the 1980s.

Some higher-end mobile homes were still produced with real wood in the cabinetry though petrochemical products had taken over the home construction industry. Many manufacturers used a glued wood product that was much sturdier and longer lasting than the later model's chipboard. Since they used ‘glued' wood, demolition was usually a bit difficult. Mimi noticed that as well.

original counters in budget mobile home kitchen makeover
1970s style mobile home

Removing the cabinets in the kitchen proved a bit more difficult because everything was so heavily glued.

gutting the 1970s mobile home kitchen
1970s mobile home kitchen before makeover

Designing the Budget Kitchen Makeover in Mobile Home

Once the demolition was finished Mimi began to design and rebuild. She built a custom pantry cabinet that went from floor to ceiling out of 24″ plywood. By using a 24″ measurement she only had to cut the vertical lines on the 8′ x 4′ plywood panel. She trimmed it with wide crown molding.

black pantry in budget kitchen makeover on mobile home
Mimi build this cabinet from plywood.

Using the floor to ceiling ‘built-ins' adds height and gives the illusion of taller ceilings which is important in mobile homes with 7′ ceilings. It's a great trick for low ceilings so typical in mobile homes you can read about more great tricks for low ceilings in mobile homes here.

Using Free Cabinets to Create Kitchen Island

The next piece to be built was the island. Mimi states that she initially had plans to just build the diameter and add a counter. Luckily, she happened upon a few free cabinets and was able to retrofit them into a complete L-shaped island. Since their budget for this remodel was very low (she wrote it was non-existent). With a little customizing she was able to build a beautiful island that actually looks just like the ones that are sold for thousands of dollars. It's an exceptionally well thought out and well-executed design. Pine boarding that was stained and sealed completes the island.

using free cabinets to make kitchen island in mobile home
Mimi used 3 free kitchen cabinet bases to create this kitchen island.
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using free cabinets to create a kitchen island
free cabinets create kitchen island in mobile home

New flooring and paint finished the budget kitchen makeover in a mobile home. 

The shelf above the sink is made from an old hollow door. Since the area was already wired for a light, the door allowed Mimi to hide the wiring in the back.

window shelf in mobile home kitchen after budget makeover

The width of the door made the shelf seem like a built in as well. This is the kind of ingenuity that blows me away. Who would think to use a door as a shelf? I love it!

See another great kitchen makeover here.

before and after images of budget kitchen makeover

The before and after images shows some of the smaller changes Mimi did for her sister's budget kitchen makeover in a mobile home.

beofre and after cabinetry in mobile home kitchen

The Reveal of the Budget Kitchen Makeover in a Mobile Home

The finished results of Mimi's budget kitchen remodel in a mobile home is gorgeous.

using free cabinets to make kitchen island in mobile home
black and white kitchen remodel in mobile home

Summary

This is exactly the kind of budget makeovers I appreciate the most.

Using creativity and ingenious ideas to get the look you're going for is much more fun than just buying everything.

Anyone can pay $20,000 to a contractor and get a gorgeous kitchen but not everyone can take a few hundred dollars (if that) and make it look as if it cost 20 grand.  This talented lady deserves applause and medals for this budget kitchen makeover.

ALL photos are the property of The Blue Roof Cabin a great blog about re-purposing, re-using and creating beautiful things from salvage.  You can find it at www.blueroofcabin.com. Go check it out!

Related:  2 More Great Kitchen Ideas!

3 Remodeling Ideas To Transform Your Mobile Home Kitchen.

As always, thank you so much for reading Mobile Home Living. I appreciate you being here.

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12 Comments
  1. Avatar of Salllee Keller Hannon
    Salllee Keller Hannon says

    I have just purchased a 20 year old mobile home in a beautiful part of the Florida Panhandle. While we were hit hard by hurricaine Michael, thankfully I just had a few downed trees. I am starting with the flooring and redoing the entire home. Thank you for the great ideas. I do not want to spend $$ on cabinets so I will have to be very resourseful. I will be looking for ideas and you have some very good ones. I will be looking at Mimi’s as well. Thank you!!

    1. Avatar of Crystal Adkins
      Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Salllee!

      So glad to hear you fared OK during the hurricane! Man those things are scary! The ReSale shop is great place to find used cabinets! Best of luck!

  2. Avatar of Deidra
    Deidra says

    So glad I found this site, I am slowly remodeling my 2006 double wide mobile home! Working on the kitchen now and living room next!!

  3. Avatar of Addie
    Addie says

    Love that I found this site! In the next few weeks I’ll begin my own manufactored home remodle and will be referencing this site often!!!

    1. Avatar of Crystal Adkins
      Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Addie! So glad you like it! Please considering sharing your home changes – I’d love to feature it here on MHL!

      Thank you!!

  4. Avatar of Ramiro
    Ramiro says

    Fantastic kitchen remodeling in here! I saw a very good combination before and after remodeling and without any question I just want to say that it’s totally outstanding service and definitely I will look forward to get this service for my own kitchen.

  5. Avatar of Natalie Diaz
    Natalie Diaz says

    Really liked the kitchen remodel and the most important thing that I liked the storage cabinets those they have created in the kitchen. This makes the kitchen clutter free.

  6. Avatar of Pamela
    Pamela says

    This is wonderful, I was searching some tips for my kitchen remodeling and I am really glad to have everything here in this bog. Thank you very much for your help and useful tips.

  7. Avatar of Shirlee
    Shirlee says

    I've been reading Mimi's blog for quite some time but I must have missed the final result of her sis's kitchen. Love the two tone cabinets and black and white scheme, I could move right in and not change a thing. Mimi always takes on a great project with amazing results.

    1. Avatar of CrystalMHL
      CrystalMHL says

      Hi Shirley! I had somehow missed her amazing blog. I've made up for lost time though and have been reading every page. I hope she doesn't mind that I shared it. I usually try to contact everyone for whole home transformations but if it's just a single room or project I post with proper credit. She is one mean tool welding machine 😉

  8. Avatar of Suzanne
    Suzanne says

    Congratulations, Mimi! I love seeing owners of manufactured homes pick up a hammer and saw with no fear.

    Love the pantry cabinet and what a great idea for over the window!

  9. Avatar of Anita
    Anita says

    No kidding…anyone can pay lots and get something nice, but I really love and appreciate this kind of creativity! Gorgeous makeover, and the island is just fablulous!
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