Ah....the lovely mobile home...LOL Welcome welcome pips!!! So glad you found us!!!
Floors, walls...dreaded textured ceilings, disgusting "paper" cabinet doors...i had it all!!! I'm slowly slowly renovating - loving EVERY minute of it!!!
My floors are next on my lists - so I'm reading and reading to hear what all have to say!!! My options right now are...the plywood 2x2 squares as suggested above (i'm SERIOUSLY considering that with BIG screw heads to make a more "modern" pattern) or I'm looking at the laminate. The laminate is my other sample i'm hauling around...but for me it doesn't tickle my fancy all that much. I have carpet right now and AUGH - it doesn't work so well WAY out in the country with animals!!! I was also thinking about dragging together all of my various barn wood pieces, sanding them smooth and just going for it...very randomly of course!
Now, I can't really help in the Shabby Chic or French Country dept as a whole decorating scheme - but I do throw whatever catches my attention into my house (some shabby - a lil' bit of french some places) and somehow it works!!! You know, for your brown floors - what if you did a BROAD brown and cream stripe? Maybe...a 12 - 18" stripe? That way you would get some visual interest starting at the floor - then going up and around the room! If you laid it all out right it would even make the room look larger! Then, do the candle waxing method on your cabinets with a brown base and cream distressed top coat? You could take that color combo and work it into shabby or french (or shabby french chic?)...it would be gorgeous with a brown and cream toile, then you could go nuts with whatever accent colors you wanted to use!
Yep, I'm rambling...LOL I can't wait to see what you do!!! Be sure and post pics!!!