Guest Bedroom Remodel

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! If your new to my blog we live in a single wide Clayton manufactured home. We’ve been slowly putting our stamp on it, one room at a time! Our latest DIY project is the guest bedroom! The room looks wonderful! Before I show you the reveal, I would like to show you the steps we’ve made for this room. Warning! Lots of pictures. 

Most mobile home walls have strips between the wall panels. We removed all the strips from the walls, around the doors and window. We left the ceiling strip on the upper wall.

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Above the door seams we will add two inch brown board strips.

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After removing the strips from the wall we hammered the small nails flush.

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Important step! Dale caulked between the ceiling and the upper wall strip. It’s better to do this step before you prime and paint for a seamless look.

Okay the next step is very tedious! Sanding the walls! We chose to do this step because the walls are very slick. We left the entry door and closet door closed, to keep the dust in the room. Once we finished sanding the walls we vacuum the walls and then wipe the walls with a damp cloth. 


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The white wire you see will be hidden with baseboard trim.


This wall is the long wall by the entry and I wanted this wall to be smooth with no strips. We are going to try an experiment. One way to make the wall smooth is the tape and float method. But we are going to try something different. Dale filled the gap with caulk, then used joint compound over the crack.




Dale floated the seams twice.

Once the joint compound was dry, Dale sanded then primed, hoping to fill the gap.

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We ripped 2 inch tempered brown board to cover up the seams.

What I like about this board is that it is very inexpensive and light weight. It is synthetic, we do wear a face mask when cutting this wood.

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We ripped 1/2 inch BC plywood into 3 inch strips, for the baseboards.

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We always take measurements to try to get an estimate on how many strips to rip. My husband is very good at figuring that out with accuracy.

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Dale sands the edges of the plywood and tempered board.

We find it easier to prime the plywood before we install.

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First wood trim to go up, doorway.

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Baseboard trim.


All the wood trim is installed first then the brown board strips. Here you can see the tempered board at the corner wall and above and below the window.

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We will re-install a wall shelf here.


Sanding the nail heads hit from nail gun.

Corner wall.



You can see there is a strip installed at the end of the window which makes an uneven channel, so we took the strip out and install brown board to give it a more smoother look.

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After picture, strips removed.


Brown board and wood trim installed.


Caulk has been applied and as you can see the window looks smoother.


Caulk and more caulk.

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Priming the walls.


Primer we use for painting our walls.

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Dale paints the corners and edges first.

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The paint color on the wall is Silver Tradition from Valspar.

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Officially painting the walls.

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This is the finish look of the guest bedroom!

 This wall is where Dale applied caulk and compound in the seams. We can tell slightly, but I think it looks better than having the seams there.

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The color of the wood trim, Du Jour, Valspar.

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Very happy with the baseboards.

We left the original strips on the right corner because it is screwed in, in case we need to get to our water heater.

The wood trim around the windows and doors look much better than the thin strips that were there originally.

In this picture you can see the brown board strips we installed to the corners.



Window Ledge

Last image, but I can’t wait to show you the reveal coming soon!

Stay tuned, till next time, Elizabeth

6 thoughts on “Guest Bedroom Remodel

  1. It looks fantastic!! We renovated my daughters mobile home years back and I FULLY appreciate the amount of work you’ve put into this. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when it all comes together and looks so new and fresh and beautiful! Congrats on great job.


  2. The room is looking great! We live in a manufactured home and I hate the strips on the walls too! Pictures wobble if you hang them over the strips and are off center if you try to avoid them. I like the idea of caulking the cracks and then using joint compound. I’m definitely going to try it here. It will be interesting to see if it cracks at all over time but I think it’s worth a try.


    • Hi Pam! The only reason why we did it this way is because our home is on a slab and most likely will stay level. I will show some pictures when I post the room reveal. You can see where the strips were but I don’t mind them showing. Thank you for your comment. πŸ˜‰


  3. I’m a little confused! So, you took the strips out of the wall and then filled it in with caulking and compound, then painted correct? Would you recommend that way?


    • Hi Ginger! My husband filled the cracks with caulk twice and then applied the compound, sanded smooth. I would not recommend this method. This is an experiment for us, we don’t know the long term effect. We’re hoping since our home is on a slab, will most likely stay level and this method will work. Will have to see as time goes on, how our experiment holds up. Another note, once we were done painting the wall you can see the seam but to me it’s better than the strips. So much more options you can do. I believe the tape and float method would be better, we did not want to texture the wall. I hope this helps. Thank you so much for your comment.


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