I’m sharing our Farmhouse Style Mobile Home Bathroom Remodel today. Of course, you don’t have to own a mobile home to find plenty of inspiration in this post. Keep reading 🙂
Our guest bathroom is tiny. TINY. I’d venture to say it’s about 36-40 square feet. No joke. So why did it take me five years to finish the remodel? I have no idea. Other than possible procrastination. And to be honest, I’m still not completely done with this room. Things I still would like to do include changing the light fixture, changing sink and vanity hardware, and maybe new flooring at some point. But it has come soooo far from where it started and I couldn’t wait to share it. I wish I had more photos of the “before” but at the time I wasn’t seriously considering blogging. I do have one photo of the bathtub before. I must warn you, it’s pretty rough. It never looked this way while we used this bathroom. It wasn’t until we removed the cheap-o mobile home tub trim pieces that we discovered the super gross ring around the top of the tub. So here’s the tub before:
Yikes, right? We had some other issues with this thing other than that mildew ring. If you live in a mobile home, you know the tubs are made of plastic. Legit plastic. Not fiberglass. So over time they yellow. Ours had yellowed big time and I wanted to replace it. Regardless of the type of tub you have, if it needs a makeover you have a few options.
- Bathfitter – We did not get a quote from them so I couldn’t attest to a price range. However, I would recommend exploring this option if you need to replace your tub. It’s worth looking into and I felt it should be mentioned.
2. Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Paint – Yes, you can PAINT your tub! I have used this product in our garden tub. I followed the directions closely and also referenced this post by Shauna with beautifulmatters.com, which gives a great detailed tutorial (with pictures). It takes a lot of preparation in order to achieve a durable finish but it was definitely doable. Unfortunately, due to the weird bumpy texture on the floor of this tub, I didn’t think I could do a thorough job sanding and prepping it and I was concerned about the paint sticking long term. From my past experience with Rust-Oleum’s tub & tile paint, I would recommend it to anyone needing to give their tub a facelift. It’s also very affordable and I’ve linked it below if you’re interested.
3. Remove & Replace – This is an obvious option. But you still have a couple choices to make after deciding to totally replace your tub. You can replace just the bottom/tub part with a tub purchased from Lowe’s or Home Depot and then tile the walls, or you can replace the whole thing with a new tub and the 3 piece tub surround (walls) that are also sold at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
After considering cost, time, and our family’s needs & priorities, we chose to totally remove and replace our tub including the surround. Now if you live in a mobile home, your tub is likely not a standard size. It’s smaller. Annoying. They don’t carry the size we needed at our local home improvement stores. Luckily, there is a “manufactured home parts store” about 30 minutes away from where we live. (We thoroughly enjoy using our super redneck voices to say “going to the trailer parts store.”) If you don’t have one of these stores close by, search online for a company that offers shipping.
The removal and replacement was pretty easy for my husband and I to handle. If you are nervous about installing your own tub, I highly recommend YouTube. Watching someone else make it look easy usually kills our anxiety enough to get started on a new project. If you own a mobile home, you will have to go under your house to unscrew the drain pipe and you will have to remove the sheetrock from the wall behind your tub faucet to remove the faucet. I promise it’s easier than you probably expect. We used Gorilla heavy duty construction adhesive to glue on the tub surround (the walls) along with using the screw that came with the set. Then, from the adjacent room where he had previously removed the sheetrock, my husband drilled holes through the tub wall for the faucet to connect to the water lines. Easy peasy! And my gosh did that crisp white sure make a difference! We reused our old faucet and shower head for now. A new one will come eventually.
The next thing we did to improve this space was add beadboard to the walls. We used the 4x8ft beadboard panel boards found at home depot which are around $20 each & we needed three to do our bathroom. These aren’t meant to be used in rooms with a lot of moisture because they are merely a thin sheet of mdf. To make them work for the bathroom, I painted both sides and all the edges with two coats of oil based primer to seal everything and make it water resistant (DON’T SKIP THIS STEP!) If you have a vent in your bathroom it will also help keep the moisture down and insure your walls hold up over time. Use a nail gun & more construction adhesive to hang your beadboard. We had to cut ours down to 7.5 feet which is the height of our bathroom. Once the beadboard was up, we added pvc baseboards and ceiling trim around the room. I painted the room Ultra Pure White by Valspar in satin finish which really helps this room feel a little bit more spacious.
The vanity and sink were purchased as a combo from Home Depot when we first moved in. It was a quick purchase without a ton of thought into the future bathroom design but we needed one fast because the original was in terrible condition. The sink was yellow plastic just like the tub! I have linked a similar option below if you’re looking for an affordable and quick fix (It’s under $100!) I’m pretty happy with this choice even today. I’m glad we went with white. At some point, I plan to change out the faucet and knobs to black or maybe a vintage looking gold.
Finally! I could start the fun stuff, adding decorative touches and making it pretty. I used two drop cloths for the shower curtain. Am I the only one who thinks the standard shower curtain size is WAY too short?! That drives me nuts. I see the most beautiful shower curtains in stores but I can’t use them because they are the standard 72 inches tall. When will these people figure out that is not the appropriate size for a shower curtain?! Ugh. I could go on… Anyway, I found the chippy cabinet at a local antique shop. The mirror was made by my husband several years ago. He took an existing mirror and framed it with pallet boards. After adding some towel hooks from Hobby Lobby and a cute soap dispenser, this tiny bathroom suddenly became my favorite room in our house. What do you think of our tiny bathroom remodel? Have you done one at your house or thinking of starting one?
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