Jeff and Felicia French are no strangers to remodeling. As owners of a construction company in Southeast Louisiana, they’ve done many home improvements for others but this was the first time they’d conquered their own mobile home renovation.
Their experience shows in this mobile home renovation. Every room in the French’s 1997 Buccaneer single wide is gorgeous!
The handy couple bought the single wide in July and quickly got to work. The first step in the French’s mobile home renovation was to paint the walls in Sea Salt from Sherwin Williams.
Felicia and Jeff created their gorgeous French cottage mobile home without spending a fortune.
Secondhand finds and smart buys have helped the French’s create this fabulous French Cottage style home.
The brand new slipcovered sofa was found on Facebook’s marketplace. Most of Felicia’s decor items come from places like Hobby Lobby, Target, and T.J. Maxx.
This looks like a $15,000 remodel, not a $1,500 one.
Here’s the before and after images of the French’s $1500 kitchen remodel:
They gutted the lower cabinetry in the kitchen and installed new pre-made cabinetry and hardware from Home Depot.
They also replaced the countertops with a solid surface prefabbed laminate. New appliances and a custom island complete the mobile home kitchen remodel.
The couple saved money during the mobile home renovation in a couple different ways. Buying home improvement products from big box stores is often cheaper than buying mobile home specific products. Buying bathtubs and faucets from Lowe’s or Home Depot often require retrofitting.
Another challenge during the couple’s remodel was with the plumbing under the kitchen sink and the two vanities in the bathroom. They were used to plumbing in site-built homes where pipes are tucked into the walls and not just up through the floors like a mobile home.
The master bathroom got its own affordable transformation. They ripped out both vanities and replaced them with vanities from Home Depot.
It’s amazing what paint and new vanity can do for a bathroom.
Paint, new cabinets, and the right decor freshened up the bathroom without costing too much.
They also installed barn doors to close off the master bathroom from the bedroom. When we asked Felicia what her proudest DIY moment was she had a hard time choosing but ultimately chose the barn door project in her master suite. It lends perfectly to the modern farmhouse style that she has mastered so well in this single wide.
The barn doors separate the bathroom from this cozy bedroom.
The second bedroom is just as cozy and stylish as the rest of the home.
We like to ask all our featured homeowners a few questions about their experiences buying, living in, and remodeling a mobile home. Felicia kindly answered every question.
Her first tip is to ensure the mobile home is as level as possible before you begin your own mobile home remodel. Even with a water level, you’ll likely encounter issues where the home may not be completely square.
She stresses the importance of taking your time and being patient with the mobile home renovation process.
Of course, the home is as decorated on the outside as it is on the inside. Read our mobile home door guide here.
Reflecting on her Instagram photo, Felicia writes, “I was on the phone with a friend and we started talking about homes and places that we have lived and I told her that we had moved out of our brick home and bought some land and a mobile home…We got to talking about how it doesn’t matter where you lay your head at night as long as you wake up in the morning feeling at peace. That was the jest of our conversation, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a brick home, apartment, or mobile home. It’s what you make of it. It’s the love that fills the four walls that matters.”
We couldn’t agree more!
Felicia shares her home on her gorgeous Instagram account which is how we found her. I’m sure she was a bit suspicious when I messaged her asking if I could feature her home on Mobile Home Living. I’m so glad she decided to reply! Thank you, Felicia! You have a gorgeous home that proves we can live stylishly in a more affordable home.
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