Laurel's Adventures in Home Repair   


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

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.  No renovations were done until 2011. Many of the pages on this website are for the El Paso house.

We purchased another smaller home in Oklahoma in 2010 when my husband's employer moved the company there.

As of April 2018 we have sold the home in El Paso and are looking for a larger house in Oklahoma.  After eight years, the two house - two state thing was exhausting.

The decision to sell the El Paso home was a difficult one.  Many of the additions I had made to this house, were done to satisfy my tastes and needs.  I had planned to stay in this home until I died.  Fortunately, the improvements I made, made the house desirable to others.  We had an offer for the house at full price two days after it went on the market.  We of course accepted.

In June 2018 we bought a larger house in Oklahoma.  This home is new construction therefore, there are no repairs to do at this time. However.....there is always room for improvement. 

I spent a year fixing up the smaller home in Lawton, OK.  The entire house was painted, repairs done to dog damaged doors and woodwork.  New tile mounted properly on cement boards in upstairs bathrooms was done along with replacing the 1980 era toilets.  The entire house was re-carpeted.  I even painted the counter tops in the master bath and kitchen. 

When done, we contacted our Real Estate agent in June 2019.  As with the El Paso house, it sold quickly.  Within 6 hours of the listing going live, we had an offer close to the asking price and we accepted it.  We closed on the house mid July 2019 with no problems.  Thank goodness!  We were tired of paying two mortgages.




The Projects
Backsplash in Kitchen
Bench - 2 x 4 Basics Flip-Top Bench Table
Brick Replacement and Brick Accent Painting
Casper Mattress
Ceiling Tiles
Closet Built from Scratch
Column Wraps for 4" x 8" Posts
Concrete Slabs
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
End Table / Cabinet - Vintage / Industrial Look
Faux Brick and Tile
- Stucco wall patio and backyard stairs
    using concrete patch

- Painted tile pool deck (Oklahoma)
File Cabinet - Vintage / Industrial Look
Fire Place Hearth Shelves
Furniture Assembly
Garage Closet - Oklahoma
Garage Facelift - Closet, etc
Gate From Hell
GoNanas - Failed Order Attempt
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
Mirror Frames
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
Rolling Cabinet - Vintage /  Industrial Look
Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum - Review
Siding - Exterior
Signage for Pine Ridge Estates
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 (Elgin, OK 2021)
Storm Shelter (Lawton, OK 2014)
Stucco Wall Repair and Paint
Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler Maintenance
Treadmill Table - Vintage Style
Tuff Shed
Wrought Iron Facelift Outside
Weather Stripping (doors)
Why is My Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler Blowing Hot Air?
  Laurel Lynn Productions 2003 - 2023

June 2020

Signage - Making Lemonade out of a Lemon - An old barrier on a corner of our property that I turned into a sign.

To see how this was done go here...



July 2019

Garage Cabinets, Workbench, and Stealth Corner Closet - Now that all of the gardening equipment and tools were placed in our new Tuff Shed, it was time to build the garage workbench.

To see the new cabinets, workbench, and closet go here...



April 20, 2019

Painted Counter Top and Mirror Frame - Master bath smaller Oklahoma home.  The sink area of this bathroom was given a facelift.

For the counter top, go here...
For the mirror frame, go here...



April 10, 2019

Tuff Shed Purchase and Installation - Purchased a Tuff Shed for our backyard.  See how this went here...



April 1 - 3, 2019

Concrete Slabs for Patio and Storage Shed - Big yard no patio.... So we needed a patio and a foundation for a storage shed.  See how this went here...



January - March 2019

Vintage Look Industrial Style Rolling DVD  and File Cabinets - Unlike the ready-made furniture shown below, I am able to make my own furniture when I get a burst of creative energy.  See the rolling DVD, file cabinet, and end tables I designed and made:
- Rolling DVD Cabinet
- File Cabinet

- End Table / Cabinet

October 2018

Got rid of my furniture in El Paso before I moved.  I needed to buy new furniture for the new house to store items. To cut costs and because I get lazy sometimes, I bought inexpensive "assemble it yourself furniture".  I have some tips on where to buy items and assembly tips for the novice.... See this furniture here....

July - August 2018

Even new houses do not have enough storage space.  See the closet I built for the garage in our new home in Oklahoma.  See how this went here....