I am trying to remodel an older (1977) trailer to look modern, fresh and newer. How can I make my trailer look really nice inside and outside without spending too much?
How can I paint the ugly dark brown doors and dark paneling? Usually you need to use something that keeps the background from bleeding through.
After a coat of paint and an inexpensive carpet remnant, the room was brand spanking new! Use lemon or tungsten oil to moisturize and brighten the paneling.
I know from experience that this is a lot of work but painter's caulk is inexpensive and so is sand paper and paint.
It is also a lot less expensive then replacing the paneling.
If you are into the country look why not try filling only some of the cracks maybe every third one or so and leaving the wider spaces on the board and it will look like that expensive colonial paneling.
Or only do half the wall and use a chair rail to divide the smooth from the regular paneling. Take them down and sand lightly, coat with Kilz then paint your choice of color.
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.
Right now, I am doing some landscape in my backyard with ferns from the woods and other greenery that is perennial.
A neighbor of my grandparents sided their old double wide with cedar siding and it looks so wonderful now.
The least expensive way to make the outside look really neat is to pressure wash it to remove any old flakes and then paint it. Then add flowers and voila, you have a fairly inexpensive makeover.
To get rid of the paneling you need to get some tubes of painter's caulk and fill in the grooves on the panels.