Cathy In my bedroom of our 1976 mobile home, we removed the built-in drawer unit/vanity in the master bedroom to make use of "outdated" space.
We then covered the brown paneled walls and closet doors with inexpensive paintable textured wallpaper.
I just let it dry and sanded if areas were not smooth and I bought a heavy wallpaper (Sherwin Williams) that was discounted and wallpapered my whole living room. I hate dark paneling because I want as much of the sunlight and light as possible. I think I used about 5 to 6 gallons on a 14 x 70 trailer. I used one that was supposed to cover with one coat.
I just bought wallpaper paste and put it up as usual. For the outside, I washed with a pressure washer, which you can rent. I only put one coat on and I wished later I had put on two coats. I otherwise find decorating things at resale stores and yard sales.
We brainstormed on how to update the painted and peeling paneling and came up with this!
She used the tutorial from House of Smiths, though her method wasn't as detailed and organized as theirs.
The total cost of these items should be low enough that if performed, a homeowner retains enough equity in the home to come out ahead if the home is sold.
Determining which items to fix can be a juggling act; decisions on what to fix needs to be made based on practical considerations.
Manufactured homes typically depreciate in value over time, while stick-built homes tend to appreciate.
The older a mobile home is, the less likely that remodeling or adding upgrades makes financial sense.
You can always recover dining room chairs with fabric from the fabric store and put on heavy plastic over it to keep them looking great very inexpensively.