Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 39

House front view

Painting, painting and more painting this week.  David painted walls, trim, doors and put a coat of primer on the outside of the house.  Remember that peeling paint violation we got from the city? I believe the deadline is this Thursday.  I’m in the process of getting an extension but we did get a coat of primer on the house so we may be out of trouble now. So let’s take a look at our … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 38

House front

I wanted to mention that the purpose of these weekly remodeling updates isn’t just to show off our hard work.  There are a couple of other purposes: To show you what you can do to your own house; To show you how you can complete projects even if you don’t have much time. To give you ideas. To share good and bad products and ideas. In the past, we worked much faster than we’re working … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 37

House front

Well, we had a slight complication to our progress this week.  David spent the last two days in the hospital for a possible TIA (mini stroke).  After tons of tests, they concluded it was not a TIA but was instead a complicated migraine. This unusual type of migraine, also called a familial hemiplegic migraine, generally includes headaches, but not always (David doesn't have headaches).  But he … [Read more...]

How To Fix A Wobbly Table

Wobbly table

My four-year-old granddaughter is a bit OCD and her nightstand was bothering her because it wobbled.  Actually both of her nightstands wobbled and they were driving her crazy. She mentioned the wobbly tables to me several times so I told her I would show her how to fix them.  After she had reminded me multiple times (yes, she’s persistent), we stopped what we were doing and fixed the … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 36

House exterior

Busy week at the Gardner household – progress, progress, progress! Living Room Painted trim.  The trim requires three coats of paint since we are painting stained wood instead of painted wood.  He’s nearly done with the trim in the living room. One coat of paint on the walls.  Yay!  It’s looking so much better. Calvie’s Room Painted trim.  Again, three coats … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 35


I have discovered three luxury items I want in every house I own: 1.      Slow close toilet seat.  When we first purchased the new toilet seat for the main bathroom, it just happened to be a slow close seat.  I really thought it was dumb and it took me a few weeks to get used to it.  Now – I LOVE it and I want one for the master bathroom toilet, too.  In fact, I would suggest that if you get … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 34

House front

Lots of progress on the fixer upper this week but not as dramatic as the last two weeks.  I guess every week can’t be dramatic. Outside David spent several sessions scraping paint outside.  He said two more days and it should be done.  But this week he finished the garage doors.  Take a look: In addition, he took a little time to scrape off some tinting that was on the garage door … [Read more...]