How to Spruce Up Mobile Home Tongues

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Mobile homes are connected to trucks when transporting them via the tongue, a metal triangle that protrudes from the front of the home. Painting the tongue on your mobile home before you decorate it up prevents you from having to remove items in the future to hide possible rust or chipping paint. You do not need any special skills or tools to decorate or camouflage your mobile home’s tongue.

Things You'll Need

  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Small brush
  • Exterior paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Flowers
  • Mulch
  • Small fence
  • Rocks

Sand the tongue of your mobile home with fine-grit sandpaper to remove all rust. Sweep any debris caused by sanding from the tongue with a small brush.

Paint the tongue with exterior paint. Allow the paint to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions and apply a second coat of paint. Use a paint color that complements the color of the siding on your mobile home.

Plant a variety of flowers in front, under and around the tongue. Plant flowers of the same color for an elegant look, or use a variety of colors to create a dramatic look.

Lay mulch around the base of the flowers and on top of the sod. This adds an extra decorative look to the landscaping around the tongue of your mobile home.

Install a small decorative fence around the tongue, the flowers and the mulch. use a fence that is easily installed with a hammer. Do not use a fence taller than your flowers, or you will not be able to see the flowers.

Place a variety of rocks of different sizes and colors in front the fence, or place rocks only at each end of the fence. Using rocks only at the ends of the fence creates a dimensional look and draws the eyes to the landscaping and not the mobile home’s tongue.

References

  • “Ortho’s: Home Repair Problem Solver”; Robert J. Beckstrom and Sally W. Smith; 1995
  • “Black and Decker: Complete Home Improvement”; Creative Publishing International; 2007
  • “Reader’s Digest: 1001 Do-It-Yourself Hints and Tips”; Reader’s Digest Association; 1998
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