How to Transform a Fixer-Upper

Just call Lindsey and Grayson Cheek Mr. and Mrs. DIY! They painted, tiled, woodworked and decorated their first home all while staying within budget. HGTV Magazine gives you a tour of their made-over home.

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A Labor of Love

Over the next three years, they became experts at home improvement projects. They hired pros for the work that was beyond their skill set and found many ways to economize, like painting the whole house themselves, using inexpensive materials where they could, snagging stuff at thrift stores and even rescuing a sofa from the dump. "We've invested lots of time in the house, but we saved lots of money, too," says Lindsey. "Nothing was immediate, but we appreciate everything more because we did it ourselves."

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