Mobile Home Renovation: Professional Artist Creates a Rustic Masterpiece

This mobile home renovation is awe-inspiring!

In January 2013, Scott and Connie Winebarger moved a 1981 Commodore single wide onto their property in Ronda, NC and quickly began a mobile home renovation like none we’ve ever seen.

Read this if you are Trying to Decide Whether to Buy an Older Mobile Home and Remodel It?

No Ordinary Mobile Home Renovation

This isn’t just any ordinary mobile home renovation. Connie is an extremely talented professional faux painter and Scott is a licensed electrician. Together, they have managed to create a home that puts their unique talents on display.

This mobile home renovation was an exciting time for Scott and Connie to use their unique skills. Connie states, “We feel a huge sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in knowing we are the ones who have done it.” After you see the end results, you’ll see they have plenty of reason to feel accomplished!

The creative couple gutted, renovated, and made each space their own one room at a time. They focused on updating the home’s systems first: plumbing, heating and air, and electrical were all replaced.  After that, they began creating a rustic, yet modern, western style home that is as gorgeous as it is unique.

Living Room 

The living room went from ordinary to extraordinary! Words can’t really do this mobile home renovation much justice so we’ll just show you the before and after images.

Here’s the living room before Connie:

mobile home renovation - interior before faux painting

And here it is after Connie:

living room after faux painting - mobile home renovation

Connie used a Versailles texture treatment on the long hallway wall that every single wide mobile home has (the one none of us really know what to do with):

hallway long wall mobile home renovation after faux painting and ceiling update

The old paneling along the back living room wall was replaced with real wood. The side walls were faux painted with a similar rustic Western theme. Finally, glossed corrugated steel was used on the ceiling throughout the mobile home.

Combined with the decor and furnishings, this entire home is a perfect representation of a charming rustic, old West General Store!

On the opposite side of the room is the entertainment center:

TV and entertainment center after mobile home renovation

Reclaimed lumber frames the electric fireplace and flat panel TV.


The kitchen is just as outstanding as the living room! 

Here is the kitchen before the rustic western themed mobile home renovation:

mobile home renovation -kitchen before

Here’s what the kitchen looks like now:

kitchen after mobile home renovation in rustic western country theme

The walls were done using an Italian Breakaway Plaster, which gives a look and feel of being in an old building.

The cabinets were given a beautifully raised stencil treatment and painted to match the decor:

kitchen cabinets with raised stencil treatment and faux painting

The refrigerator was moved from its original spot creating more counter and cabinet space. The old stove hood was replaced with a microwave oven. Real wood replaced the original flooring.

kitchen and dining table after mobile home renovation

Bedroom Gets Reclaimed Barn Wood 

Before the update, the room lacked a certain charm but Connie and Scott took care of that!

bedroom back wall before mobile home renovation - rustic style

The bedroom window along the back wall was removed and replaced with old barn wood.

Reclaiming old wood is becoming more and more popular. The use of reclaimed wood creates a natural and warm look while being completely eco-friendly.

Related: 16 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood in Your Home

bedroom after rustic country western themed mobile home renovation

Barn wood warms up a space as no other material can!


The walls in the bathroom had been replaced with a rough board and painted white. Connie quickly stained it to continue the rustic barn wood look. She continued the look with a painted wood-grain treatment on the remaining walls.

Below you can see the test patch for the stain Connie used:

bathroom before faux painting in rustic style

Here’s the toilet alcove after the wood was stained:

bathroom after wood stain was applied

The bathroom countertops were redone with granite and a crackling technique was applied to the bathroom cabinets:

bathroom vanity after rustic country style makeover

Bigger Plans Ahead

Connie and Scott may have finished the existing rooms but they are far from finished with their mobile home renovation.

The couple hopes to add a 14′ wide addition to the entire length of the mobile home. It will house an additional bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, dining room, and a covered deck.

After the addition, the home will be wrapped in board and baton to continue the rustic western look that she has perfectly mimicked so far.

Right now, the outside of this home currently looks like any other 1981 single wide but that’s only because Scott and Connie haven’t gotten around to the exterior yet! Could you imagine walking up to the door and then seeing the interior?

1981 Commodore mobile home renovation - exterior before

Another perfect example that you should never judge a book by its cover! 

We’ll be sure to share the exterior mobile home renovation as soon as Scott and Connie get finished. I can guarantee it will be as amazing as the interior!

A huge thank you to Scott and Connie for letting me share their awesome home (and for being patient with me)!

Be sure to visit Connie’s website, Faux Designs by Connie, for more great examples of faux painting and if you’re looking for a faux painter for your own home projects in the Ronda, NC area definitely give Connie a shout – her talent is amazing!

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Crystal Adkins created Mobile Home Living in 2011 after buying a 1978 single wide and searching online for mobile home remodeling ideas but finding very little. Today, it's the most popular resource in America for mobile home information and inspiration and has been visited over 40 million times.


  1. Hi,

    Hmm, the ducts, insulation, and belly wrap definitely need repaired before winter. Call your local manufactured home dealerships and ask for referrals. You can also call your local mobile home supply house. Last case scenario could be adding a help wanted listing on Craigslist.

    If it’s just critter damage you may not need a licensed contractor of any kind (HVAC, Electrical, etc.), just an all-around handy man could do it. As long as there are no ‘structural’ issues it isn’t too difficult to repair duct work, add insulating foam boards or the pink stuff and putting a belly wrap up (though the belly wrap will will be easier if you have a couple of helpers).

    This article about insulating under your mobile home with foam board may help you a bit. Click here.

    Best of luck!


  3. Hi, RaeAnn!

    I’m pretty sure she used a pine paneling and then stained it to give it that gorgeous rustic style. The paneling is available at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

    Thanks so much for reading MHL!

  4. Hello I am wondering what kind of wood was used in the bathroom to give it that rustic look?

  5. See, my friend, other people think you’re doing a wonderful job! It’s all about the passion! This is the first mobile I’ve seen on an incline, like ours. It’s kinda cool to look out the bedroom window and feel like you’re on a second story. I loved the faux finishes also. Probably because I’ve been texturing walls for years! It covers up a lot of blemishes and mistakes!! I wish we were a little further along with ours. I cant wait to have you feature our awe-inspiring home! Keep up the great work girl! You’re helping more people than you know! Your biggest fan, Dreama

  6. I can imagine rustic skirting and a wrap around covered deck that starts at the front door and ends at the kichen sliding doors.

    Wow what a lot of work, if only I were younger. Great job.


  7. You are more than welcome and deserving Crystal. I don’t usually take the time to write many comments unless they have a serious impact on me. I have commented on a few of your articles so far actually. And I look forward to reading so much more. Keep up the great work. And yes, I agree…..Buy a cheap one and re-model it yourself for LESS!! Have a GREAT day Crystal.

  8. Oh Wow, thank you so much Richard! It means a lot to me to hear that and I appreciate you taking the time to comment it.

    Thank you, thank you! Hope to hear from you – let me know how the home hunt goes! (I’m a big advocate buying cheaper used mobile homes and updating them. I think that’s the best bang for the buck.)

    Best of luck!

  9. Hello Crystal. I just learned of you today….(about two hours ago actually) while educating myself on mobile/manufactured homes as I am in the infant stage of possibly buying one and I have to tell you that I AM IMPRESSED with you. I can not get enough of your wisdom and passion. You are truly an inspiration and I look forward to reading much, much more about you and gaining more knowledge from you and I just thought that you should know that. Have a GREAT day Crystal.


  10. Connie has done an amazing job on her trailer, and Scott has done a great job as the
    behind the scenes worker and finisher. Together they do wonderful jobs!
    Connie has faux finished almost every room in our house and we get compliments about how warm and inviting it looks. I highly recommend and suggest Connie for any kind of finish you need done at your home. She doesn’t disappoint! =)

  11. What a fabulous home! Not only because our own master bedroom/bathroom have an Old West theme…but because Scott and Connie have the vision, and the creativity, to “build” a home that reflects their personalities without owing the bank for the rest of their lives.

    I was going to make a list of the things I liked but then I figured a list of the things I didn’t like would be shorter…and then I realized that there is NOTHING I don’t like about this!

    We have an old horse collar and I haven’t figured out where to hang it…now I have an idea.

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