Backyard Update & Gratitude

The Great, Ugly Backyard Cleanup of 2015 is continuing.

We tore down the last remaining old shed!  Click Here if you’d like to watch the video (thanks to my dad and mom for the mad construction, junk hauling, and videography skills- we seriously could not have done it without you).  Here’s a small preview photo in case you can’t watch the video:


Very exciting! 

Because of the shed’s removal, I was able to plant grass seed last week, which was also very exciting (if it sprouts)!

The wood used for the framing of that old shed was super cool, so we kept it and are in the midst of using it for another project.  Headboard brainstorming is in progress and we just inherited a ton of great wood from our awesome neighbors which makes our possibilities nearly endless (Thanks, J&A!).   DSC_0669 We scored the rug on a 75% off sale and are really enjoying it so far (like, the last 3 hours of today).   As an added bonus, our kitty supervisor Splat [the Cat] is camouflaged to the rug.  Excellent.  DSC_0671 We’re kicking our debt in the booty and are really proud of the progress we’re making.  Our blog posts have slowed as we find a balance between increasing our income for faster debt payoff and budgeting for the improvements we need/want on the property. 

AKA More Work=Less Time for Projects and Blogging About Projects

Every day we feel enormous gratitude.  We feel the most gratitude toward God for providing us with employment opportunities in order to pay down the debt and “cash flow” a few fun projects.  We feel an insane amount of gratitude toward the people in our lives holding us up and saying, “Keep going!” while understanding why we’re not as present as we’d like to be right now.  We also feel so much gratitude toward the programs/teachings of those who have enabled us to “see the light” at the end of the debt tunnel (Dave Ramsey + YNAB). 

We’re making each month a productive month, and it is solely because of God and the wonderful people we share this space with (you!)!  Thank you for your love, support, and accountability.

Storage Locker Unit Shed Thing Reveal

Hello, Everyone!

So, our “Storage Locker Unit Shed Thing” has been complete for a while, but I was hoping some grass would grow next to it.

Apparently we’re going to have to figure out “Plan B” on grass, so here’s the reveal anyway!




A little more about the “shed”:

In June, we put skirting on the house.  We used reclaimed barn metal.  What material was leftover from that project went to the shed’s roof, lower “siding”, and door accents!

If you’ve been following Upcycled Ugly for a while, you may remember our Storm Window project.  After we made the [tough] decision to replace the windows, we had no need for the storm windows.  The Plexiglas was used for the windows on the shed and the storm window frames were used for door trim.

The rest of the materials on the exterior were inexpensive cedar fence posts and cedar shingles from the box store!


Anyway, we’ve been so pleased with the functional aspect of the new storage locker unit shed thing and it is so much more aesthetically pleasing than our previous setup!

We can’t wait to use it as a bouncing off point for a cool backyard design!

Thanks so much for stopping by!