Laundry-Utility Room turned Kitchenette

After about a month of “building burnout”, we’re back in action!

This particular room was the kitchen when we bought the house and for the first 2.5 years we lived here, but was turned into the utility/laundry room during construction. The water heater, washer and dryer were relocated to this room.

Looking at these real estate photos makes me giggle.  Again, what were we thinking when we bought this house?



We thought it would be fun to turn this room into a dual utility/laundry room and kitchenette for when we have guests!  It also adds a ton of extra kitchen storage for us!

We bought a cheap refrigerator off of Craigslist and painted it to match the cabinets and the existing dishwasher.


On the other side of the room, we hung a curtain in front of the washer and dryer to act as a visual barrier between the “ugly” washer and dryer and the cleaner kitchenette cart.

Overall, this helped turn this room into a cleaner, more functional space- and was fun, to boot!

Where is Ugly Going?

May 5th marked our two year anniversary of the blog.  I honestly can’t believe how fast that time has gone by. I honestly can’t believe I’m still doing this, and still loving it.

As of today, we have had 34,866 blog views.  Do you know how humbling that is for us?

The house has been at a stopping point for around a month.  I think Aaron and I have enjoyed just feeling thankful.  We’ve been so thankful for the hard work and sacrifice put in by “the guys”.  We’ve been so thankful for the support from our family, friends, work friends, neighbors, etc.  There seemed to always be a listening ear when we needed to vent about our plumbing… Hah!  People inquiring and complimenting encouraged us to keep going until we got to this point.

So, the question is… what now? 

What now with Aaron and Erin?  What now with the Ugly house?  What now with the Ugly blog?

I suppose this is a turning point.

The current state of Aaron and Erin:  Broke.  We’ll be hopefully sharing how we’re becoming “un-broke”.

The current state of the Ugly house:  Great.  There are still many awesome projects to be done, especially outside.  There are also many resources from the renovation we’d like to share.

The current state of the Ugly blog:  Renewed.  With many house projects remaining, the blog is still going strong.  I’ve renewed all of our necessary memberships to keep this site up and going.

So, all that’s left is to tell you all today is…


Thank you for your support, your listening ear, your sympathy, laughing with us, crying with us.  Thanks for being you and being here with us on this wild ride of life.