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)

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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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!

Front and Back Exterior Doors

Originally the exterior doors were smaller than a standard size door, which is common for a mobile home. They were pretty flimsy and needed to be replaced.


Front and back

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My husband is the kind of guy if he is going to fix something, then he is going to do the job right! Dale purchased standard size steel doors. Thirty two inches for the back and thirty six inches for the front.

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After my husband installed the doors, I had a bright idea! I suggested that maybe he could put wider trim around the doors and he thought that was a good idea too! Not only did Dale place wider trim, he added crown molding on top, which gave it a more custom look. I am not sure the proper name for the trim above, but if you know please let me know.

Because our home is small, I wanted the doorways to look grand. I think going with the standard size and adding the wider trim gives our place a more welcoming appeal.

A very dear friend of mine once told me, “It doesn’t matter where you live, your home is what you make it.” I’ve always remembered that statement and I believe she is right!


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Inside back door, you can also see the new floors.

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Inside front door

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Inside finished front door.


After new front door installed.

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Bathroom Storage

Our home has 1064 sq. feet of living space but lacks storage. The main bathroom is a small one! It originally had a pedestal sink and a small medicine cabinet above the sink. We removed the pedestal sink and replaced it with a vanity for extra storage. Dale also made a cabinet to go above the new toilet. Speaking about the toilet, he moved it over about 6 inches so we could have a decent size vanity. He did a wonderful job! Now we have extra storage that we did not have before.

I am happy how it turned out! I like the extra touches that make it feel shabby chic. I love the trim around the window and the ceilings. My husband came up with the trim idea due to some ceiling damage. Creative thinking on his part.

I wanted the bathroom to feel light and airy, so I chose light colors. We painted the walls with Behr’s Silver Tradition. The vanity, cabinet and trim we painted with Behr’s Cream Mist.



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