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Mobile Home Interior Wall Paneling Decorating Fix

June 21st, 2007 · 3 Comments ·

Are you looking for an easy decorating fix for your mobile home interior wall paneling?

Whether you’re dealing with the drabness of the darkness, suffering from damage to the paneling or you’re just ready for a change, there are several options to choose from…some are easier than others.

  1. Paint over the Paneling.
  2. Wallpaper over the Paneling.

Whichever you decide, consider first how much work you want to put into it. Either way, you’ll need to properly prep the walls first.

My Great Home, an online resource for manufactured and modular home owners, offers some wonderful insight on preparing mobile home interior wall paneling for paint or wallpaper including illustrated step-by-step instructions.

While I’ve had personal experience with wall paneling in my grandparents’ home, I discovered something new concerning manufactured home paneling (either wood or decorative gypsum board).

Don’t pre-clean the walls with a phosphorus-based detergent. This prevents the primer from properly bonding to the wall. Instead, use equal amounts of ammonia and water in a well-ventilated area.
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After cleaning the walls, you’ll need to prime the surface next and let it dry. This is where you have to make some decisions.

  • Keep the grooves or hide them.
  • Paint or Wallpaper

DECISION 1: Keep the Grooves or Cover/Hide Them

If you want to keep the grooved effect, painting is the only way to go.

To get the best coverage, you will want to paint the grooves with a paint brush first and then use a roller to paint the flat surfaces.

To cover or hide the grooves, you can either:

IMPORTANT: Another option if you want to skip both of the above is to use a wallpaper product called PaperIllusion® by Village which bridges the gap without the need for caulk, drywall compound or liners. I’ll explain more about this in a minute.

DECISION 2: Paint Over Paneling or Wallpaper It

Whichever you decide, you’ll need to prime the wall again with an appropriate primer (a paint primer for paint and a wallpaper primer for wallpaper).

Painting is often thought of as the easiest solution, but I’ve found an even easier one…PaperIllusion® by Village.

The following email was recently sent to me from Mary:

You may want to know that this product is OUTSTANDING for use in mobile homes, especially the older ones that were finished as cheaply as possible. The only other options for covering up the old, ugly “paneling” are drywalling or filling all the grooves before painting. This wallpaper is about a thousand times easier and results in a really beautiful, clean, brightening look!

Unlike regular wallpaper, with PaperIllusion®…

  1. you don’t need a wall liner to cover the grooves, and
  2. you don’t need to cut strips or match a pattern…you just tear this paper into pieces, dip it into water and apply it to your primed wall paneling.

It truly is the easiest decorating fix I’ve come across.

To learn more about this product, read my personal testimony about painting over paneling.

SOURCES:
My Great Home, a resource for manufactured & modular home owners.
Wallpaper Illusions, Paperillusion wallpaper products & information.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • Jane Gauss // Jul 25, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    PaperIllusion is an ideal solution for those tired, dark, and often very drab walls in mobile homes. Not only is little prep required, the end results are incredibly fast, inexpensive, and can be done without tearing the room apart. You can do one wall at a time! The grooves in the “paneling” are not a problem–just put the paper over them. And, as another tip, put one or two papers together to create more interest and depth in the wall. For example, the multi with an occasional bone and cream paper can create w wonderful new look to blend with most any decor. Have fun Jane Gauss

  • Pat Rush // Dec 28, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    I am so excited to find this product. I live in a moble home…17yrs, and have been waiting for a product that would allow me to cover up the tired wall coverings that came with the house. I am going to cover every wall in the place, have an open house, and then help all my friends, who will be envious, to do their homes!

  • Carrie Wigal // Dec 28, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Sounds great! Be sure to take pictures…have fun papering it. ;)

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