The Ugly Rental: Beds, Bath, and Bonus Room

Hope you enjoyed Le Tour de Ugly! It’s time to show you the nitty gritty on the bedrooms and bathroom (eek!)!

Photos, In Order: Refresher course from last week’s Le Tour de Ugly, Demo-week, and Voila!

Master Bedroom (Both of the bedrooms had a similar look, so I feature just the master)

Replaced windows and trim, painted walls, refinished original floors, and replaced low-hanging fan with sleek low-profile light fixtures.

Plunger, for effect?

New Floor and door for walk-in closet!

Bonus Room

That’s not water damage.  I’m hoping pet (and not child) stain, but the ammonia smell was intense when I started cleaning it.  Blech.

New “luxury vinyl” and a substantially larger window make the room feel larger and cleaner.


Everyone loves magnolias…and mildew…

They were nice enough to leave the blind in the window behind the tile……

More demo + floor repair.  Notice that the sink drain is missing… It came out of the wall with the vanity cabinet…”Hello, plumbers?”

And, Voila!  Basically all is new here! A new frosted glass window with PVC trim is surrounded by my first (and maybe last) tile job.  New wainscotting hides the crazy sheetrock issues that were behind it.  The vanity is a wider IKEA top with custom base (reclaimed wood).  The floor is groutable vinyl tile.  Light and mirror are also from IKEA.

All we did to the bathroom closet is paint, add a cute new star light fixture (my fav!), refinish the wood floors, and trim the closet with leftover flooring that we used for repairs elsewhere in the house for a bit of character.  It’s hard to tell in this photo, but Aaron cut a sweet piece of L-shaped steel for the threshold (step down) between the luxury vinyl and the original wood.  It added just a touch of industrial!

We love how these rooms turned out!  The original floors rock and we’re loving the clean, simplistic look that this house ended up having.

Coming soon!

-Kitchen and Living


Storage Locker Unit Shed Thing

It is no secret that I’m a tree hugger.  I spend half my month in a metal tube with wings on various concrete pads across the country.  So, when I’m home, I need some greenery in my life.

I dream of demolishing of our big shed so I can see the backyard specimen of a bois d’arc tree from the master suite.  We now have great storage above the carport, so our shed needs are minimal.  And it’s just plain #ugly.

This has really been Aaron’s “baby”.  He’s had a lot of help from our friends/neighbors, as well.  I can take very little credit for the effort that has been put into this project.

The challenge for us was to find a storage solution that is (a) low profile so we can still see the trees, (b) large enough to hold the more valuable junk we want to keep, (c) in a location that functions well, and (d) designed to look custom.

What we have decided to build is a series of 3 long storage units in lieu of a tall shed.  It is tucked in next to the carport. Hence the name “Storage Locker Unit Shed Thing”.

If you think about a standard shed, you have to dedicate underutilized square footage to walking/standing/traffic areas.  We wanted the same amount of wall space without the need for “blank” space.  The final product will be about 17′ long and about 4′ high (slightly taller in the front with an angled roof line).  

The previous owner was nice enough to leave us this huge, unnecessary pile of bricks that we move around approximately twice a year so we can look at it less, so we “reclaimed” it to make a platform for our new project.   DSC_0540

We built a 2×4 platform and topped it with treated plywood (which was then too heavy to move and we had to call for backup… oops).  I also had a blogger fail and forgot to take a photo of just the plywood… probably because I was worried about getting this thing onto the brick platform.


Husband Aaron then called our friend Aaron (um… no joke) to help him frame walls.  So, quickly, this happened:


Then the front happened with friend Aaron’s help:


At this point it is looking like a super-sweet three door doghouse…errr, chicken coop… errr, ???

We then clad the structure with plywood and Aaron installed the roof rafters in the place he wanted them.  I went to work, again.



Without giving away the whole shebang, here’s a teaser photo:

The best part about this shed is that the funding has come from (a) gift cards from work/previous credit card points/gifts, (b) minimal funds from the House budget and (c) reclaimed materials.  We’re sticking to our financial plan while improving our property.  What a novel idea.

And, I can still see trees.