So a quick update with pictures!
The bathroom tiling is almost done! Uncle Dick has done a stellar job and all that is left is caulking in some spaces and clean-up.
The living room is still pretty messy, but the fireplace is painted!
And my husband has done a wonderful job tiling the kitchen counters with .40 cent tiles from Lowes. Not bad for his first tiling job. All he has left is to put the wood trim around the back and them stain and poly.
This place might not look so bad someday.