I just became the owner of my mother's house. Having never owned a house before I am feeling at bit overwhelmed by the whole concept. As I look over the structure it seems like nothing has been done in the way of improvements since my father died. The wall paper is old and shabby looking and the woodwork needs cleaned and painted. The rugs are worn out and the house still has a original claw foot tub. I long for a shower but the bathroom area is too small and oddly shaped to install one. I have found online a shower head combination that turns regular bathroom tub fixtures into a shower. The job requires a plumber to install it and a craftsmen to add the shower curtain rod to encircle the old tub area. The cost for the unit is close to $300. Still cheaper than installing a box type shower. A friend of mine loves to put up wall paper but everything I looked at costs almost $40 a roll. And of course this house has big rooms. Some friends said I should use paneling or just paint over the wall paper, but I don't want to make things look worse then they are so this project is on hold until I can figure out the best approach. The kitchen arrangement is from the 50's & 60's, all white steel cupboards at floor level, including the sink and wood cupboards on the top. The counters are stained or worn from years of use and the flooring surface is wore and uneven, which requires ripping it out and finding a replacement type of flooring. I hope to be able to solve these problems without spending too much of my savings. So far the good news is everything works; the furnace and the electric wiring, the plumbing and kitchen & laundry have working appliances. Starting from scratch I hope to clean up one room at a time, keeping my tight budget yet making a home I can be proud of and something that looks nice. Any ideas would be wonderful. Did you do any repairs to improve the looks of the inside of your home and did it cost a lot of money?