Happy Independence Day

Hello and happy fourth of July! I hope you are enjoying your holiday! Dale and I are enjoying some time off from work and projects. Saturday we celebrated at our place with friends and family; we had a Forth of July Concert Jam! We have family members that are musicians and they were excited to come jam together! Wow! What a great way to celebrate! Dale and I love listening to live music and has been a dream for us, having a live band play here at the Phillips Place. We can check that off our bucket list! Ha-ha! Next on our bucket list, movie night! I think that would be great! Will see!

Fourth of July Concert Jam at the Phillips Place

This picture was taken by my daughter Mary Hatton. She took some awesome pictures of our jam! I think she gets her photography from me. Ha-ha! Actually she has exceeded me with her photography! Mary is a blogger too! Check her out! The Cake Chica Thank you Mary!

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Phillips Place Home

This is my dining room wall. I purchased this clock at Hobby Lobby, it was on sale for 50% off. Wonderful! The wall sconces I purchased at an antique shop for under $20.00. My mother gave me the vintage coffee pot and the tea kettle I found at another antique store and scored a great deal on sale! The green pitcher was a gift and the books were purchased at a thrift store. Cotton stems I bought at Magnolia Silos. Of course it took some time to gather all these items. I always look for great deals and through patience’s can somehow put things together.

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Kitchen

 For summer I wanted to change this part of my kitchen, so I placed my small collection of these beautiful crocks. I always put a picture above my stove but did not have anything that went well with my décor. I took care of that by painting an abstract art piece, using similar colors of my crocks. My abstract art I’ve named, “Sand & Water.” This was my small DIY project and had fun painting it!

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Fourth of July Home decor.

This is my fourth of July home decorating. I cut some fresh flowers from my garden and put them in a small vase and placed them on top of a red white and blue runner. That’s it! I really don’t go all out, I think a little goes a long way.

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Outdoor, Red, White and Blue

I kept it simple even outdoors. I found this star garland at Target, in the dollar section and placed it on my vintage window on my porch.

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My garden shed vintage window I purchased the red, white and blue flower bouquet at Wal-Mart for under $10.00 and the garland at Target in the dollar section.

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Have a Happy Fourth of July and wishing you all a wonderful summer!

Dale & Elizabeth Phillips

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Kitchen Pantry

I am happy our mobile home has a separate pantry! You know an enclosed space with a regular interior door.

I am so happy our mobile home has a separate pantry! You know, an enclosed space with a regular interior door. My last mobile home did not have a pantry and some manufactured homes you will have to use your kitchen cabinets for pantry space. Originally our pantry came with 3 wire racks that were only 12 inches in depth, not very user-friendly. But that’s okay we can fix that!

Pantry Before

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Dale used 3/4 plywood to make 5 shelves, 16 inches deep. This is a pretty simple solution for adding more storage to any pantry. In addition, a wire spice rack was installed on the inside pantry door for more storage and organizing. Extra bonus! Dale added an electrical outlet to the inside of the pantry so we can place our microwave and Keurig inside the pantry to save counter space. I love having my kitchen counters free from clutter and love having that extra work space when needed.

Special note: We were able to add an electrical outlet to our pantry due to easy access to an outlet next to the pantry. A certified electrician can do the job for you.

Removing wire racks.

Dale locating studs.

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Working on the last two shelves.

 The Keurig and microwave were placed on the second shelf, which is eye level.

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Pantry shelves complete.

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Installing spice rack and foil rack.

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Pantry is now much more user-friendly!

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I am loving my pantry! Adding the extra two shelves has made a big difference!

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Pantry Complete

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Kitchen Pantry

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We spent $77.00 customizing the pantry, which includes plywood, spice rack and foil rack. We used leftover paint from a previous project.

Earlier I mentioned that my last mobile home did not have a pantry. My husband made a pantry though, he used the breakfast nook area that was not being used and made an awesome food storage space! I would like to end this blog by showing pictures of the work he did. Just to prove that anything is possible! Ha-ha!

Breakfast nook.

Dale was picturing in his mind how he was going to make a pantry that we really needed.

We make a good team! But he is the mastermind.

You can see even then Dale made a special place for the microwave. It’s not on the kitchen counter.

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Pantry next to the laundry room.

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Remember if you are willing to DIY you can save money!

Kitchen and Dining Room

It’s okay to think out of the box when it comes to your home! Use your space to your advantage!

Dale and I have settled into our new home and are enjoying it very much! We are slowly but surely getting the place organize. Let me tell you about a few things we have done. When we purchased our home the kitchen came with black appliances. We exchanged the stove, air vent and dishwasher with the white appliances we already had. We haven’t replaced the refrigerator yet.

In the kitchen area you will see a beautiful white island that Dale and I found while on a road trip to Wimberley, Texas over the summer! We put this beautiful piece in the breakfast area. I wanted to have an extra serving space and an area I could work on projects.

We also found a beautiful rosewood dining room table on our road trip! We both love the rustic, farmhouse style and scored a good deal! We purchased the chairs from Hermann Furniture in Brenham Texas, one of my favorite places to shop because they have a wonderful antique mall!

Okay now when you see the pictures of the dining room, keep in mind the room was intended to be the living room. Ha-ha! Yes! We are using that space for the dining room! Dale and I really don’t watch much television, but do watch movies. Dale is using the third bedroom for his little media room. I plan to show pictures at a later date.

It’s okay to think out of the box when it comes to your home! Use your space to your advantage! When we have company over they don’t even miss the living room. The kitchen, dining room has become our gathering place. I do plan to make a little sitting area behind the bar later, but for now we are enjoying our space.

We don’t want to do any major projects to our home at this time. I feel we need to live in our home for a while to get a feel for it first. We are working on a small project which I will share later. I hope this was fun! Enjoy the pictures of the kitchen and dining room, till next time!

Before

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Dining Room

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Before Breakfast Area and Buffet

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After

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White appliances looks better with the white farmhouse sink.

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Home Sweet Home

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View from the dining room.

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Rosewood Farmhouse Table

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Originally for the TV, using this space for shelving.

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Built in shelves.

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Handmade ceramic pitcher housewarming gift.

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Before Transom Windows

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After

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Anniversary

Dale and I just celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniversary!

Dale and I just celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniversary this summer! We took a little road trip and stayed at a bed and breakfast in Wimberley, Texas and had a wonderful time! Believe me, a much needed break! We have more to celebrate!

We found a home! It’s a single wide mobile home, 3 bedrooms 2 baths. Ironically the Model is the “Anniversary”! The make is Clayton Homes and the “Anniversary” is in honor of Clayton Homes 60th anniversary in business. Happy 60th Anniversary to Clayton Homes!

So let me tell you, there are so many things I love about this floor plan! The master bedroom has a separate shower and tub, plus a double sink vanity. The utility room is its own room. Yay! Love that! The kitchen has recessed lighting, a nice farmhouse sink and cabinets that go all the up to the ceiling and a patio door! The windows in the living room are the transom style windows which I really like. The living room also has built in shelves! When Dale and I first viewed the Anniversary we noticed right away the nice touches this floor plan had to offer! We both knew right away this was the home for us!

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Take a peek! Kitchen.

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Special note, Dale and I have been so busy working on getting our lives back together after the flood. It’s been really hard for me to keep up with my blog. So much more I would like to share but for now I wanted to give you an update on what’s happening at the Phillips Place. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

Sincerely, Elizabeth Phillips

Last blog, 1987 Bonnell Mobile Home

Dale and I are closing this chapter of our lives and look forward to the next chapter!

 

 

Hello everyone!  This will be my last blog about our 1987 Bonnell mobile home renovation!  For the past 5 years we have been remodeling a single wide mobile home and I was amazed how it was turning out!  I’ve learned through this whole process that you can do just about anything to a mobile home as you can with a home on a foundation!  For example, we’ve added walls, moved walls, added floor baseboards and trim!  We’ve replaced floors, kitchen counters, bathroom vanities, toilets, updated all light fixtures, etc.  Dale even replaced the front and back doors with a standard size door.  Did I mentioned paint?  We have definitely done our share of painting!

We were in the last stages of replacing bedroom floors when our home flooded.  We live near the Brazos river and on May 28, 2016 the river went over it’s banks.  The river was already high due to one of the wettest seasons ever, which made it the perfect storm for this historical event to take place.  Most homes in our neighborhood flooded along with many more homes near the Brazos river.

We wish very much that we could finish our renovation.  After evaluating the damages we would have to start all over again!  We cannot physically or financially do that!  Dale and I agreed that we don’t want to go backwards.  You might be wondering like most of our friends and family, “what are we going to do?”  Well, after going over all options we feel the best step is to purchase another mobile home.  We feel this would be the most affordable path to take.  There is a particular model we are looking at and if your willing to stick with us, I will reveal that information later.  You know I gotta keep you in suspense! Ha-ha!

Dale and I are closing this chapter of our lives and we look forward to the next chapter!  I want to take this time to thank everyone for all your words of encouragement and prayers sent our way!  We so appreciate it very much!  Please know that we are doing well.  Throughout this whole situation we have done a lot of soul searching and know that God has a plan for us.  I leave you with pictures of our home and I hope we have inspired you to make your home your own.

Bathroom

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Front Door

Standard size doors installed.

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Curb Appeal

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Light Fixtures

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Hall

Installed baseboards and trim around doors.

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Chair Rail

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Elizabeth’s dressing room/closet.

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Kitchen Pantry

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Kitchen

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Kitchen Island

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1987 Bonnell Mobile Home

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Till next time!

“My sun sets to rise again.”- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

 

 

The Kitchen

We’ve had friends and family over for dinner and we literally gather around the kitchen island!

This is what the kitchen used to look like! We have worked hard to make it our beautiful gathering place.

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Kitchen Now!

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Breakfast Bar

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We do not have a dining room, so we eat our meals at the breakfast bar! We’ve had friends and family over for dinner and we literally gather around the kitchen island! It’s been fun! The living room will eventually be our dining room.

My mother gave me the milk pitcher and cups years ago.

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Opposite of the breakfast bar.

Paint color is Valspar Signature Satin, Montpelier Olive.

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Love my curtains! Thanks mom! She made these for me.

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 The glass lantern use to belong to Dale’s grandmother. She shared with us, in her youth, she would use this lantern while doing her school work.

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One of my hand made signs.

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The wall color is Sandstone Cove, by Behr.

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Our Kitchen

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Thank you for stopping by for a visit!

“The best of times are always found when Friends & Family gather around.”

Kitchen Island Part 3

 

The Plan

  1. Install dishwasher
  2. Install garbage disposal.
  3. Replace and extend counter for a breakfast bar.
  4. Install new sink and faucet.
  5. Add wainscoting and trim to the outside of the island.
  6. Paint.

Finally the last stages for the kitchen island!

We chose a White Single Basin Acrylic drop in sink, 8 1/2 inches deep, deep enough to wash a big pot.

 When I came across the acrylic sinks, I gave the chicken eye!  I have never heard of an acrylic sink!  What was attractive was the advantages! Acrylic sinks are light weight, which makes it easier to install, resist stains, resist chipping and less expensive then a stainless steel and ceramic sinks. Also, looks pretty! I am very happy with our choice!

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We chose brushed chrome, single handle pull out faucet, which matches our cabinet handles and light fixtures.

Garbage disposal installed.

Adding the wainscoting and trim makes the kitchen island look so beautiful!

For some reason Whataburger is our go to renovation food!

Now ready for paint!

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Decker Acrylic Kitchen sink, purchased at Lowe’s. Single handle Chrome Faucet and Garbage Disposal purchased at Lowes.

Our kitchen reveal scheduled for January 31, 2016, hope to see you back!

Thank you for visiting!

 “A pinch of patience, a dash of kindness, a spoonful of laughter and a heap of love.”