RETRO REDNECK RENO





A Blast from the Past
This week we revisit one of our first Redneck Renovations, Tiger Lily II. She is a 1968 two bedroom/ one bath mobile home with a 360 sq. ft. addition which includes a master bedroom, living room and Florida room. She is vacant once again and about to get a KearceCrafted facelift.

At less than 800 sq. ft., Lily II is an efficient, comfortable home just six miles from Mossy Head Elementary School.
In the bathroom we replaced the subfloor and reinforced the tub.

When we started, she didn’t need much. But by the time the renovation was over, we had gutted the bathroom down to the studs in order to reinforce the tub and subfloor.

After many hours of work and much love, the bathroom shines with a custom tile floor, tub skirt, shower surround and toilet.

The bathroom got a new custom shower surround, tub skirt, floor and toilet.

In the kitchen, we found four layers of old linoleum. Between two of them was a newspaper article about the Watergate Hearings. Ironically enough, it was election day 2016 (absolutely no judgment intended).

We took down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, creating an open concept for the small space. I cleaned the original cabinets with a mixture of mineral spirits and Old English Oil to bring out the natural patina and seal them for future use.

We used Durock brand cement board to provide a clean, smooth surface for the tile.

We removed all the old floor covering, used Durock brand cement board to strengthen the floor and provide a clean, smooth surface for the 18″X18″ glazed ceramic tile. It gives the small space a clean, airy appearance.

The light colored tile and open concept give the kitchen and dining area a clean, airy appearance.

Because of past water damage, we also wainscoted the walls with Luan plywood, which is a tropical hardwood plywood product. At $22.48 for a 4’x8′ sheet, it is a durable, attractive and inexpensive option.

Unfortunately, we stained the wainscot a color that doesn’t match very well. So this time, we are going to give it a coat of bright white paint with a decorative chair-rail and trim to lighten and brighten the walls. We are also going to pull the carpet out of the addition and replace it with matching ceramic tile, remove the ancient gas heating unit  and build a coat closet in the hall.

Again, we are telling each other, “She doesn’t need much.”

We’ll see…

🙂 Tk