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I finally completed skim coating the walls in the kitchen and sanding them.  They are now painted.  It's not perfect but it looks 100% better than it did.  I can live with it.

I started work on the stairs.  I stringer and banister are metal and the steps are wood and bolted to the stringers.  I removed the bolts and nuts and did clean everything.  I now plan to paint the metal and put in new steps.  I will have Home Depot cut me 13 steps from of 2 X 12's.  The length of the steps is 31 11/16" but think to be on the safe side will have them cut to 31 5/8".  I will place them and mark where the holes need to be drilled.  I will get my son to show me how to use the power drill and will drill holes in them before I stain them and then finish with a polyurethane top coat.


I still have several projects to do and will take pictures of the before and after of each one as I start it.  It feels good to be able to do these things by muself as I am learning and realzing I can do them without having to hire someone to do it.  Major repairs such as redoing the upstairs bathroom and replacing the kitchen cabinets will be done by an individual other than me as I do know I cannot even begin to do those.  Also will have to have electrical work done in the kitchen when I start work on the cabinets.

Kitchen walls after painting them.


Stairs Before painting and putting in new steps.

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Comment by Morgana (Janet) on August 20, 2013 at 5:09am

Thank you Marti and Phyllis.  It is definitely a learning experience.  

Phyllis, I do understand.  It has taken me a while to remember what some of the tools in the toolbox are since they haven't been used in a while by anyone. 

Marti, you will get there.  It's taken me a while to get to this point and there are days I really don't feel like doing much of anything.  When those days come, I don't work on the house but spend time taking care of me and just relaxing.


Comment by Phyllis on August 20, 2013 at 4:41am

I am really impressed!  You are doing a great job.  I was proud of myself for just having a basic toolbox and knowing what all the tools are for.  Congratulations!  

Comment by Marti on August 15, 2013 at 4:26pm

Looks like you did an awesome job, the walls look so smooth. It must feel great to accomplish such a big job on your own!! Wish I could find the "umph" to tackle some home repair projects. Be sure to share pictures of the new steps when completed. Take care and go easy ~Marti

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