Kitchen Renovation, Stove & Vent Hood

I am really excited to share with you about our kitchen improvements! It was just last year when we finished. We lived with an old dingy stove and light blue counter tops for a while. The stove had to be the original stove that came with the home, the burners were going out and oven temperature were not accurate. Purchasing a new stove is what got us in motion to start our kitchen renovation! Yay!

We renovated our kitchen in sections, starting with the pantry first. (Kitchen Pantry posted Nov. 15, 2015) Next was installing a new stove and vent hood. Do you remember when I said the “good, bad and the ugly?”  Well your about to see.

 The old dingy stove and light blue counter top.

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This vent hood was oversize, do not think this was the original vent hood.

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After new stove was installed and of course we need a new vent hood to go with the new stove.

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As you can see we have a real vent hood, one that exhaust air to the outside! The last home I lived in only had a hood that just recirculated the air. Huh! I like to think our 1987 single wide Bonnell was the cream of the crop at the time. (Smiles)

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Okay, I could not believe! Inside our vent hood was a big wasp nest and a mud dauber nest! If you have a vent hood that exhaust air to the outside you might want to check your vent pipe on the roof. To prevent flying insects to helping themselves to the vent pipe, my husband put a mesh screen over the roof vent.

Bad & Ugly

 New Vent Hood

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Installing new exhaust hood.

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After installation.

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New stove and vent hood. Purchased at Lowe’s hardware store.

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Next new counter tops and backsplash! Will post Sunday December 13th!

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” – Julia Child

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Starting to Look Like a Closet

We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Dressing room update!

We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

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This is the wall where the built in shoe rack and drawers will go.


Shoe Rack

Looking more like a closet!

Thank you for taking a peek!

“I live in a old house with no closets and no built-ins. I hate big cupboards.” (Martha Stewart)


Walls & Baseboards

Our mobile home walls had those ugly thin strips that cover the seams between the wall panels and were popping loose. There are many options on how to cover the seams, but our time and budget was limited! We did something unconventional, instead we emphasize the seams.

Dale used 3/4 BC plywood and ripped it into 3 1/2 inch strips to cover the seams. He also used the same size strips to lay the baseboards down and continued by applying the trim around all the hall doors. Much more cost effective and easier using the same measurements.

I think the walls look great! I feel by accenting them instead of hiding them gave a unique look.

The crown molding had already been installed when we purchased our home, which I thought was a big plus! The combination of the trim, crown molding and baseboards just gives it all a wonderful feel.


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Vinyl Tiles

After reviewing our options we chose Vinyl Tiles, they have held up very well!

Once we replaced the old floors with new plywood, we went over our options on what kind of floor we wanted to install. The home originally had carpet in the living room and bedrooms. The kitchen had linoleum. I wanted hardwood floors, but the expense was expensive and not a good idea for a mobile home, that moves. The area where we live, the ground seems to move a lot. Since we’ve been here, we’ve had to level our home twice. We needed something more flexible.

After reviewing we decided to install vinyl tiles. I am very happy with the tiles, they have held up very well! We live on a dirt road and have had many people go in and out the house! My daughter and her husband moved here, while their house was being built and along with them, their two cats and a big dog! I was so worried that the dog was going to scratch the floors.

When my husband ask me what kind of floors I wanted in my dressing room? I knew I wanted vinyl tiles! He thought I would choose carpet and maybe that would be a good chose, but I really like how easy it is to clean the tiles. To clean you simply use mild soap and water, that’s it! No special cleaners! Vacuuming is easy to! I use a small light weight vacuum cleaner (Dirt Devil) made for floors. It’s easier to pull out and do a quick touch up cleaning! Another reason we pick the tiles it’s affordability!

When you purchase the vinyl tiles they are ready to peel and stick! For extra bonding Dale added vinyl tile glue, which also help seal the wood. After five years the floors still look wonderful!

Installing vinyl tiles, future dining room and kitchen. (Novalis Home Fashion, Naturale Series)

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Bathroom vinyl tiles, we chose a lighter color.

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Future dressing room. (Armstrong, Terraza Grand) purchase at Lowe’s Hardware store.

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A man’s home is his wife castle. (Alexander Chase)

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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)

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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)