Almost moved in…

I haven’t posted in a while, since we’ve been packing up and moving, but I promise I’ll get to the kitchen counter tile soon! It turned out wonderfully.

I’ll have to post in future about our experience of moving with a “PODS” (portable on-demand storage) container. Word to the wise: make sure you keep the spare set of keys to your padlocks in a safe place. I made the mistake of putting the keys AND the spares on the same key ring–which we now cannot find (went missing yesterday). Since we can keep the POD until August 3, we’re not at the panic stage yet, but I’m not exactly the type to sit around and wait for something to happen, so tomorrow will be “Treasure Hunt Day” for the whole family until those keys turn up!!!

Off to rest before we dig for gold…

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4 Responses to “Almost moved in…”


  1. 1 4horseman May 4, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Amanda:
    I love your site. When I moved into our mobile home I was so discouraged, carrying the illusion that nothing can be done to update these trailers. Thanks to you, I feel better. I am going to tackle my kitchen cabinets and my husband is tackling the guest bath. Not many people, (we sure were not) are aware that mobile homes are a whole different ballgame when it comes to remodeling. Plumbing, air conditioning, walls, flooring, etc., vary in comparision to a house. I just want to let others know to not get discouraged, you can do it yourself.
    Avid reader

  2. 2 queenofmytrailer May 5, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for this great note! Believe me, there have been some projects I’ve looked at and thought, “No WAY!” But after the initial reservations, I just roll up my sleeves and tackle whatever needs doing. Today I bought some supplies to patch a hole the kids banged into the wall of one of the bedrooms when the door opened too far — guess that will be a new “how to” post! LOL! Have fun tackling your trailer! Warmly, Amanda

  3. 3 Jayme March 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Do you have any advice on paneling? We bought an old trailer for at a lake and there is paneling everywhere. I want to brighten it up.
    Thanks, Jayme

  4. 4 queenofmytrailer April 13, 2010 at 3:47 am

    I’ve painted over paneling many a time, Jayme! Fake paneling is way easier to cover than real wood paneling. The real wood will soak up four or five coats of paint. I recommend using Kilz as your primer. Use Zinssser 1-2-3 for fake paneling. It works great, and painted paneling really brightens a room! Have fun!


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Amanda Livenwell is the pen name of a stay-at-home mom who shares the adventure of living large on one income in, yes, a double-wide trailer! Join our family as we say goodbye to suburbia, trim down, and start saving to build our own home. We're going to talk about doing it yourself, living beautifully on less, making do or doing without, and counting it all joy in the process. We'll cover prep-work and painting, refacing kitchen cabinets, flooring on the cheap, tiling over laminate, upholstering furniture, and just rolling up our sleeves in general. If you love home improvement, this is the place for you. Let's get cracking!

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