Spring Time

We recently pressure wash the inside of the shed and metal storage building; getting rid of the dried up mud from the flood. Good riddance!!


Hello everyone! We are still around! I do apologize for not posting any blogs lately. Dale and I have been really busy doing some spring cleaning and working on the outside of our home. Taking advantage of the nice weather here before it gets hot!

Spring Time!


We recently pressure wash the inside of the shed and metal storage building; getting rid of the dried up mud from the flood. Good riddance!! We have been doing some rearranging to both buildings. The shed is going to be my garden shed/storage. The metal building will be Dale’s workshop. Originally Dale had tools in both buildings and it was a pain going between the two. What I am really trying to say is that he was hogging both buildings! Ha-ha! I am excited that I will have my very own garden shed and happy that my husband will have his own workshop! (Future projects!) Dale painted the inside of the shed with left over paint we had using a sprayer and I painted the ceiling with Walmart’s grab-n-go paint Antique White. I will show more pictures later.

Painting the future Garden Shed.


Installing a stone sidewalk.


What’s ahead? Updates coming soon!

  1. Pantry and Laundry room we have added more shelves for storage.
  2. Patio slab and side-walk installed next to the garden shed.
  3. Adding more dirt in the front yard and laying sod.
  4. Master bath and small bath decorated.

We have much work to be done and I look forward to blogging about some of these projects soon! Thank you for stopping by! Take care and stay tune till next time!

Love, The Phillips

Texas Closet

Our latest project! Updating the master closet.

Hello everyone! Our latest project! We just finished updating our master closet. Okay! The closet is not necessarily a Texas size closet, it’s not even a regular walk in closet! I would consider it a half-size walk in closet! Ha-ha! All I can say is, it wasn’t working for us. Dale and I decided to change that and make it user-friendly for us.

Originally the closet had a wire shelf with the rod attached to hang clothes. Funky! Also we could not hang any clothes within fifteen inches from the door opening, because it would interfere with the door closing, which was wasted space.

Dale took the wire shelf out and patched the holes. Afterwards, we sanded the walls to prepare for primer. Painting this small space would be a test for us to see how complicated it will be to paint the rest of the house. The walls are sheet rock with some kind of vinyl over it like wallpaper. We used Zinsser Bulls Eye primer for all projects, suggested by the painting department at Lowes Hardware. (My tip, let the primer cure twenty four hours before you paint.) The day after I primed, Dale painted the walls and it turned out better than I expected. We used Valspar Ultra 2000, High Hide White and believe or not we used one coat! Very pleased with the Valspar Ultra.

My husband made ten shelves for shoes and misc. and a shelf above for extra storage. Originally we had one single rod to hang clothes. Dale installed upper and lower rods using one inch electrical conduit. Now we have a much better closet with more storage! I am happy with the way it turned out!

Original Closet




Original Closet Wire Rack

This type of clothes rod was difficult to move/slide items.

Wire rack removed.

Patching and sanding.

Walls have been primed.


Installing shelves.

Shoe shelves and storage shelf.

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Painting the walls.

Finishing work for the shelves.



Placement for the rod brackets.

Re-using the wire rack for long ware.





Shoe shelves, extra storage space, upper and lower clothes rods.


Finish Closet


Better organize closet


The cost for this project was $100.00. Includes the wood, electrical conduit, primer and paint. By Doing It Yourself you save money!

Remember it doesn’t matter if you have a mobile home closet or not, you can update any small closet. Thank you for visiting!

The 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.


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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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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 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





Closet/Office Update

We have much more work to do, it’s all the little details that take time.

Dale’s Closet

The closet walls are up! Yay! Primed, painted shelf and clothes rods are installed!

The closet in our bedroom came with a single rod and a regular door, which made it hard to see into the corners of the closet. My husband makes me laugh because whenever he gets ready for the day he seems to wear the same shirts and pants. Ha-ha! I realize he grabs whatever he sees in front of him, the clothes at the end get ignored. Dale’s new closet will be more functional. The new closet has upper and lower clothes rods for more hanging and we plan to install a bi-fold door for a better view. Dale’s new closet is access from the hall now, instead of the bedroom.

You might be wondering why not fix the closet in the bedroom.? The closet is located at the end of the room opposite the entry. The plan is to take that closet out so that we can move our bed at the end of the room away from the entry door. Moving our bed there will give us more space for two night stands. (more storage)

Cutting out the wall for new closet.

Closet Frame


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Closet walls.

Primed and painted.

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Closet rods installed.

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Dale’s closet.

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I am excited to tell you the office walls have also been primed and painted! I am leaving one wall unpainted, I plan to paint later with an accent color. We even installed the plank walls and they look great! We still have much more work to do, it’s all the little details that take time. I am feeling good about our progress and will update you as we move along with our home renovations.

Original look.

Demolishing the closet.

Old floors.


Preparing for the subfloor.


Foam board insulation.

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New subfloor.

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New window and foam board.


Installing insulation and walls.

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Priming the ceiling.

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Priming the walls. Dale smiling for you.

Putting up the plank wall. Dale nailed and I cut the planks to size.

Marked studs.

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Painted the ceiling and walls with Wal-Mart Glidden High Endurance Grab-N-Go Semi Gloss White.

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We used 3/8 BC Plywood for the plank walls.

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“If you want to improve your life immediately clean out a closet. Often it’s what we hold onto that holds us back.”-Cheryl Richardson

Thank you so much for stopping by the Phillips Place.

Red Geranium Gate

I wanted to have fun with this! I posted the color samples on my Facebook and requested my friends and family to vote.

From time to time you will see my red gate pop up in some of my outdoor pictures, usually in the background. I wanted to bring it to the forefront today! There is a fun story about our gate.

After we finished the siding on the shed we had plenty of fence boards left. I had an idea! I mentioned to my husband, I thought it would be nice to have a gate next to the shed. You see we have red tip shrubs all along the front yard and for some reason there was an open space between the shrubs right next to the shed, begging for a gate. Ha-ha!  To my surprise Mr. Phillips built the gate while I was away one day! Absolutely love it!

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NOW this is the fun part of the story! I noticed this wonderful gate blended in with the shed. Needs paint to pop!  Two colors were chosen, cool cobalt and red geranium. I wanted to have fun with this! I posted the color samples along with a deadline on my Facebook and requested my friends and family to vote for the color they thought the gate should be painted! I wrote a simple message on my chalkboard and wondered if anyone would understand. I will never forget the first person to vote was an old neighborhood friend of mine, he voted red! Soon after everyone started to put in their vote. It was close! Many voted for the Cobalt Blue but in the end Red Geranium won!




Color Red Geranium, exterior Walmart paint.

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 I am very happy with my red geranium gate!

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Much better! The gate really pops!

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We had such fun with my Facebook friends! Thank you for all who voted!

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 Dale and I appreciate you stopping by!

Elizabeth’s Boudoir

We thought we would be done in a month! It took us four months to complete!

I would like to introduce to you my private dressing room. Before it came to be, originally it was the master bathroom with a big garden tub. This room was open to the master bedroom. My husband and my dad took the big garden tub out and then Dale put up a wall. For a short time this room was my grand daughter’s bedroom. Once she moved out we decided to make this room my boudoir. The room also had a small stand up shower, which was not comfortable to bathe in, we took that out and made it into a closet.

We started this project in October and we thought we would be done in a month! Ha-ha! Funny! It took us four months to complete! We laugh at ourselves because it always takes longer then we want it to. The cost for this project cost $1500.00. Not bad huh! This amount includes wood, paint, nails, screws, hardware, pull handles, Formica and my beautiful light fixtures and faucet. This amount does not include the labor and that is why we do it ourselves. “Without further ado”, as Chip would say on Fixer Upper, enjoy looking through the pictures of my Boudoir!

Entry Way

We plank the entry side of the wall. I did not want any crown molding in this room, I like the raw look.

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Immediately to the right is the toilet area and closet to hang long ware.

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Shower into a Closet.

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Immediately to the left of the entry is the built in dresser with upper shelves which are adjustable and below is a shoe rack.

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Dale custom built the dresser to accommodate the air vent below.

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The end wall, high and low clothes rods, built in drawers and shelves with a door to hide clutter.

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Install drapes to keep clothes dust free.

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Wainscoting left from our kitchen renovation was used to make the bottom of the drawers.


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Opposite of the entry is the vanity side plank walls.

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Beautiful scallop mirror purchased at Lowe’s Hardware.

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Love the plank walls.

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In order for me to get this shot I had to be in the picture. Me at work.

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Purchased lighting and faucet at Ferguson’s in Katy, Texas.

Carnations and Hydrangeas

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I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I love everything about this room! My husband did a wonderful job! Many hugs and kisses to my superman! Dale has done an awesome job with all the custom built ins. I now have much more closet space and more shelves for storage.

Walls painted, Behr’s eggshell pure white, Built ins, Behr’s satin Silver Swordplay.

Special thanks to Judy with Ferguson’s. She was so helpful to us, choosing the light fixture and faucet. Special thanks to my sister in law Lyn Phillips she provided the beautiful ceramic sink.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.

Painted House

A few years into our renovation, we couldn’t help but notice the outside of our home. Not very appealing, after all the house is 28 years old! The original color at one time was probably pretty nice but since has faded to a grayish looking color. My husband and I would cringe driving up our driveway. “Poor girl she just needs a facelift.”

Dale suggested we should go ahead and have the house painted. He notified me, that it would be several years before we could replace the siding. (Hmm) You see in my world, I thought we would be done renovating by now! Once my husband informed me, reality set in.

We had to ask ourselves do we want to spend the money. Can we live with the way it looks for several years. We both agreed to have it painted. I am so glad we did! We hired a painter and he got the job done. We do sometimes get help, but not very often! The outside of our home looks much better now and we don’t cringe anymore driving up our driveway.

Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need. (Sarah Ban Breathnach)

Before pictures

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Phillips Place


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We painted the exterior with Behr Ultra PP, Satin, color Gallery Taupe

After we replaced the shutters.

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Thank you so much for visiting Phillips Place!