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.