My first task was an exposed wire on the threshold between the kitchen and dining area. My nephew, an electrician, came over one Saturday evening after class and crawled under the house to install a junction box. Then he rewired the area around the dishwasher and repositioned some electrical outlets. He even showed me how to move other boxes.
With the wiring done, my next chore was the floor. Friends and relatives offered advise and even left over flooring. One told me about a new method of paper bag flooring and offered help getting it started. It was labor intensive, but the results were amazing.
The next issue was the exposed studs between the dining and kitchen areas. I purchased 3 sheets of 1/2" sheetrock, cut them and screwed them into place. I had assistance with the two largest pieces, but did the rest on my own. I mudded, sanded and painted them. Trim boards were $1 a foot, so I scouted around and found some 8 ft 1 x 3 furring strips for $2 each. I stained and coated them with polyurethane. Things were beginning to look better.
The next issue was the pass-through between the family room and the downstairs bedroom. I moved the boards back and cut a panel to tack over the space. Then I mudded and painted. Walah! The bedroom was now privatized.
On to the bathroom. It was functional and some improvements (lights, mirror and lavatory) had been made, but the walls were not finished. I pulled down some old fiberglass siding and replaced it with 1/4" sheetrock. Getting the pieces in that small area was difficult, but I managed. I replaced the paper holder and shelf unit over the toilet and then put some more 1x3 furring strips at the top. Once I painted them, they looked pretty good. I still need to make a cover for those pipes beside the sink.
I'd like to clear up any ideas that this was as simple as it sounds. This took me about 3 weeks. Granted, I'm no carpenter, but everything I did seemed to get complicated.
During the last week of renovation, my work was interrupted frequently by people wanting to see the house. Now instead of facing foreclosure, I'm preparing to have a rental contract signed. All this for under $400.