Bertha: From Bomb-shelter to Bombshell (and other updates)

Hello Everyone!

We’ve had a strange and busy few weeks at the Upcycled Ugly house!

Bertha got a MAJOR update and she is lookin’ fine!!



Dare I say she’s on her way from “bombshelter” to “bombshell”????


But she’s not quite there yet… Don’t tell her I said so!

We hit a major debt payoff goal and gave ol’ Sallie Mae the boot! 

Hit the road, Sallie, and don’t you come back no mo’, no mo’, no mo’, no mo’!!!!

We celebrated in typical A&E fashion by staining and sealing the fence and adding a section of fencing around the tree!  We used Ready Seal’s Natural Cedar Stain/Sealant and we are pumped with the results.  Not to mention Ready Seal is a family owned business from the great state of Texas!




Something about the fence staining even brought Bertha’s beauty to the next level- a neighbor even stopped by to say he thought the trailer was a piece of “art”! I’m laughing so hard I’m crying!

And, because that wasn’t exciting enough, the city not only poured a curb where our old driveway was in the front yard, but then brought a whole truckload of dirt and the guys to spread the dirt!   Our tax dollars at work (*wink)…  Aaron said, “I’ve never been so excited about dirt!”  It was definitely like Christmas morning.  Aaron and I were in our PJ’s (with the Airbnb guests.. haha!), drinking coffee, and watching the city guys spread dirt instead of doing it ourselves.  I could get used to this!

Coming soon, GRASS!

We know our Upcycled Ugly followers love to watch grass grow (yeah, right), so, as always, we’ll keep you posted!

Great, Ugly Backyard Cleanup of 2015- The Fence

Happy December, Everyone!

We have a fun Great, Ugly Backyard Cleanup of 2015 update to share with you all! We’ll soon have to change our Ugly Backyard Cleanup of 2015 to Ugly Backyard Cleanup of 2016- Hah!  It’s a process, for sure.

A few weeks ago, my dad came up for a working visit.  He has incredible vision when it comes to landscaping.  We don’t have any vision at all when it comes to the yard, so we’re grateful for any help.

Here is the backyard before- the view toward the back of our property:


So, as you can see, the property behind us is… not exactly what we want to wake up to in the morning.  It was time to regain our privacy.

As luck would have it, a monsoon (exaggerating) arrived with my dad, so we dug post holes in the rain.  Woohoo!


The rain passed overnight and we were able to put the 2×6 headers and a trim piece on top of the posts.


We took a day and a half to install the horizontal slats…DSC_0701DSC_0699

…and hid the seams with trim boards. IMG_3128IMG_3122DSC_0702

We also began a project in the back corner of the property that will tie in to the new fence’s style.  Hopefully, we will be able to continue work on the new project soon!


This yard is shaping up and, most importantly, we have a plan!  Thanks for following along!