Laurel's Adventures in Home Repair   


These web pages are a chronicle of the home repairs, improvements, and maintenance I have done....and am continuing to do, to my house. 

A little history ...

My husband and I purchased the house in El Paso, Texas in 1998.  The home was originally built in 1976 and had not been renovated prior to us buying it. The home was stuck in the 70's, complete with orange shag carpeting!

Yep, it was a fixer upper but we chose this house because of it's central location in El Paso and the unique floor plan.  The price for this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home was also reasonable in 1998 at $85,000 for 1549 sq ft.

But did we fix it up right away?  Oh, no!!  Other than getting rid of the orange shag carpeting right away, replacing a water heater that burst, and removing the old oven which had a happy family of mice living in it, we did very little for over ten years.  We were too busy working our 9-5 jobs.

Fast forward to 2011....I took a look at the house and decided enough was enough. It was time to start fixing the house.  BUT, there never was, never will be, a lot of money to do any of it. So what you see on these pages are repairs and remodeling done with as little money as possible beginning in the summer of 2011.

I also have a few physical limitations that make some of the work difficult.  So if my work is not up to someone's standards...oh well.  You try hammering with your whole hand numb. Not easy.

The projects are listed to the right.


After my husband read most of the pages on this website he complained that I did not give detailed instructions on how I did something. OK, he got me. That is because I wrote some of these pages after the job was completed. 

As of September 26, 2013, I promise to give the detailed instructions and provide pictures while I am doing a job.  The far right column on this page will have my current updates.

We purchased a second home in Oklahoma.  Some of the repairs on that home will also be included on this website.


The Projects
Backsplash in Kitchen
Bench - 2 x 4 Basics Flip-Top Bench Table
Brick Replacement and Brick Accent Painting
Ceiling Tiles
Closet Built from Scratch
Column Wraps for 4" x 8" Posts
Curb Appealing Street Numbers
Cut Paper Artwork - Kitchen
Door Knobs and Cabinet Pulls
Dry rotted wood beam repair and paint
Doggy door installed on wrought iron screen door - Repair of door
Duct Work
Faux Brick and Tile
- Stucco wall patio and backyard stairs
    using concrete patch

- Painted tile pool deck (Oklahoma)
Fire Place Hearth Shelves
Garage Facelift - Closet, etc
Gate From Hell
Horrible Man Cave (rec room) Total Renovation
House Entrance Renovation
How to fix holes in a wrought iron screen door and replace screen
How to Make Your Own Door
- Crawl Space Door
How to Winterize a Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler
Kitchen Counter Tops - Faux Granite
Kitchen Facelift
Kitchen Light Facelift
Laundry Room Cupboards
Main Bathroom Repair / Remodel
Master Bathroom Shower Area Stripped to the Studs
Oklahoma Home Facelift -- Aluminum Siding and Paint
OMG!  The sink was leaking the whole time we were away?
Raising the Roof - Garage Roof Replacement
Rock Wall Repair
Siding - Exterior
Solar Lighting Journey
Stair Door
Stairs to the Lower Level
Stencils - How to Make Your Own Stencils for Paint Projects
Storage Shed / Closet
Storm Shelter (Oklahoma)
Stucco Wall Repair and Paint
Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler Maintenance
Wrought Iron Facelift Outside
Weather Stripping (doors)
Why is My Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler Blowing Hot Air?

June - August 16, 2016

Now that it is summer, it is now the perfect time to work on the inside of the garage, where afternoon temperatures exceed 100 degrees.  Good sweaty fun.  At least there is no direct sunlight.  See all of the storage areas I created here....

West side of garage BEFORE

West side of garage AFTER

December 2015 - May 2016

Rock wall repairs were continued. The west wall and backyard walls were completed. To see how this went, please go here...

West Wall BEFORE

West Wall AFTER

November - December 2015

I was disgusted with how my kitchen looked.  Before tackling any other projects, I gave it a dramatic facelift. 

For details about this facelift go here...



September 2015

After finishing up most of the exterior work on the El Paso home I went to Oklahoma for a "vacation" which turned into a complete facelift of that home.  For the details of this facelift, please go here...



February 23 - Aug 22, 2015

The Raising the Roof project and work on the exterior of the house, took up pretty much all of 2015.  Repairs and painting have now been completed on most of the exterior of the house.  There are no more damaged roof areas.  To see all of the details, go here...