Dressing Room Update

Take a peek! Dressing room update!


Take a peek! We’ve been busy, busy! Well, really my husband has. Wanted to show some pictures! Dale has made the frame for the vanity and for the drawers that will go next to the vanity. He also made the closet frame.

Priming and painting

Closet Frame

This is the latest on what’s happening at the Phillips Place Renovation!

Have a wonderful blessed day!

Kitchen Pantry

I love that Dale made a shelf specifically for the microwave, he even made it so the height was comfortable for me to reach. (He’s my Superman!)

The pantry originally was a 4 x 5 dining room. (Too small) To utilize the dining space we decided to make a much needed pantry instead. The shelves were built relatively quickly. It was the doors that took some time. Dale wanted the pantry doors to match the laundry doors as much as possible. He used 24 inch 6 panel doors from the master bedroom closets. (We removed those doors because we will not need them; the master bedroom will be our future living room.)  Fortunately, Dale found a door along the side of the road in someone’s trash, which he used to make the small door above the microwave.

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Above pictures, in the process of priming and painting, ceilings and walls.

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Above picture, after laundry room was primed and painted.

Below pictures, pantry being built.

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Dale added wainscoting to the top shelf.

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He cut the doors to the correct size, which left a void in each end and on each side. Dale used solid wood to fill the hollow gap. This process was a very time consuming task.

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Mark McKinney is our painter. (Mark of Quality Painting Co) Mark primed and painted our pantry doors. He also painted the exterior of our home and has done a wonderful job!IMG_2532 (2)Even though it took some time for the pantry to be completed, it was worth the wait! The pantry looks beautiful! We chose chrome for the door knobs and hinges.


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Laundry Room

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I love that Dale made a shelf specifically for the microwave, which freed up counter space in the kitchen. He even made it so the height was comfortable for me to reach. (He’s my Superman!)

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Another custom touch, accent lighting for the decorative shelf.

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Pantry completed!

Doors and trim painted with Behr’s Cream Mist.

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Why it’s simply impassible! Alice: Why, don’t you mean impossible? Door: No, I do mean impassible. (chuckles) Nothing is impossible! (Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass)

Thank you for stopping by!

Celebrating 5 Years

We’ve been here five years! From a deer cabin to a place we now call, “Home Sweet Home.”

We’ve been here five years! As much as I would like to be done renovating; I’ve accepted it’s okay that we are not. Life happens!  We have taken some breaks from renovating due to lack of funds, illnesses, and sometimes from being plain burnt out! When it’s only two people working together it takes time.

You might be asking why take on such a big task. Well, Dale and I feel really blessed to have found this place. I was looking on the internet (dreaming) when I saw the property listed for sale. First thing I noticed was the price! It was affordable. Second, we like the idea living in a smaller community away from the city. Third, we love the space! Our lot is 5/8 of an acre, not to small, not to big, just right! This place definitely needed some tender, love and care and I believe we were the right people for the job.

A neighbor came inside our home once, he walked in, stopped, looked around and said “You know, this place is nice, feels like a real home.” His comment made me smile, because that is what we are trying to accomplish! From a deer cabin to a place we now call, “Home Sweet Home.”

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Picture above, finished replacing most of the floors. You can see walls have not been painted yet. Before standard door was installed.

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Above picture taken in the Spring.

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Fall leaves falling.

We have so much more in store. Check us out from time to time to see what’s happening at the Phillips Place!

“There’s no place like home.” (L. Frank Baum)

Shower Tranformed into a Closet

The master bathroom had a small shower that was not very comfortable to bathe in.

The master bathroom had a small shower that was not very comfortable to bathe in. We figured the space could be utilized better by making a closet instead of a shower that was not being used. (Wasted Space)

My husband took the shower out, which left the side were the water pipes are exposed. He capped the pipes and Dale used a piece of panel from the living room wall, to cover the exposed wall. The panel he took from the living room wall, he plans to replace later with a different material. We try to recycle what we can.

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He replaced the floor with new plywood and added 3 inch baseboard trim.

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Dale then painted the now new closet and the toilet area. Afterwards, we were able to put down vinyl tiles to the area and the future dressing room.

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Prepping the floors. Cement Based Patching Compound was used to even the floor and correct surface flaws.

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I chose Armstrong, Terraza Grand vinyl tiles, we purchased from Lowe’s hardware store.

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Dale used a True Headlight to stay focus, when cutting the tile. Vinyl Tile Tip: For some of the tricky cutting he used a poster board to make templates for a perfect fit.


We are so happy with the floors! The dark vinyl tiles gives the room a fresh look and complements the white walls.

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Thank you for visiting.

“some people dream of having a big swimming pool, with me, it’s closets” (Audrey Hepburn)

Front Door Curb Appeal

Newly painted front door, topped off with nice house numbers.

“I feel so adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.” (Elizabeth Taylor)

I don’t watch much television, but if I do, it’s usually the DIY shows! One of my favorites is Curb Appeal. Most of their episodes presents a nice entry way, by installing a new or painted door and they top it off with nice house numbers. I really wanted to do something to give our front door some curb appeal.

First I painted the door inside and out. Afterwards I searched and found house numbers at our local hardware store. The problem was I wanted to put the numbers above the door, but the trim wasn’t wide enough. I asked my carpenter (husband) if there was anyway he could put wider trim above the door. When my husband installed the standard size door he worked around the siding of the house. Originally the home had a smaller door and he didn’t want to cut the siding above the door. Dale put his thinking cap on and figured a way to install the trim without disturbing the siding. He is smart like that. (Smiles)

The trim was cut to size, little screwing and some paint. It was ready! The house numbers came with a template which made it easier to apply the numbers.

The door definitely has curb appeal. It’s the little things that make a big difference! Don’t you think? We already had some spare wood for the trim and paint. I spent less than $55.00 for the numbers and paint. The time and effort was worth it!

The door paint color, Behr Estate Vineyard, Trim, Behr Ultra Pure White.

Thank you so much for stopping by the Phillips Place!

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Before the wider trim.

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Louie the Cat

“I wouldn’t mind having a cat for the rats.”

Happy Birthday Louie!

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Louie is 3 years old this month! We call him our Halloween cat. It was a wet dreary day, a day like today, when we first saw him. A dog was after him and he was wet and scrawny looking with his back hunched up! I mentioned to my husband, “I wouldn’t mind having a cat for the rats.”  Next thing I know my husband is sitting on the front lawn, petting the kitten we had just seen with his back hunched up! My granddaughter was living with us at the time and wanted to name the cat Louie. We did not know at the time if the cat was a male or female. Thank goodness Louie was a male or we would be calling Louie, Lulu.

None of us wanted to get attached to him right away. Past experience, most cats here are wild and will not come near you. We left food on the porch and made him a little bed. Our attitude was if he left he left, if he stayed he stayed. I think he knew we were the perfect family for him, because he decided to stay here at the Phillips Place.

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Louie made Dale his master. Funny my husband is not a cat person. My husband treats Louie like a dog and he acts like a dog! Ha-ha! When Dale is working, Louie is right there with him and when he calls Louie, he obeys his commands. Louie is an outdoor cat, which makes him the perfect cat for us because we all prefer to be outdoors here at the Phillips Place!

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Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Dressing Room

The room looks so fresh. It’s like a new canvas ready to be brought to life!

Our latest project! We accomplished a lot during our three day weekend. This is what we have done so far!

The plan: Put up plank walls on the side were the vanity will go and the wall by the doorway.

First, we put up tar paper for extra sound barrier and insulation. We ripped 1/2 inch plywood into 5 inch planks. We could of used 3/8 inch plywood, but since the wall is an exterior wall we wanted extra insulation, which in our home we lack. Then we sanded the edges to smooth them a little. Dale used the nail gun to put the planks on the wall and I used the meter saw to cut the planks to their proper size. It helps when you have two people working together, it makes the job much easier. My husband also put up new trim around the entry doorway. It took us two days to finish the walls. The third day, I sanded the plank walls and primed and painted.

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Dale made a template to mark the place for the updated electrical box .

Pennies were used for spacers.

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After primed and painted.

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The room looks so fresh. It’s like a new canvas ready to be brought to life!

 Appreciate you stopping by the Phillips Place!

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There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. (Jane Austen)