Introducing: The Ugly Rental

Happy Holidays, folks!

Late July, we officially lost our minds and bought an ugly rental house in our neighborhood.

I can’t wait to start cranking out posts on the renovation, but I’m going to dedicate this post to our “before photos”.  Enjoy le tour de ugly!

The home angle is not an optical illusion…

I have a better understanding of why my mom used to call my childhood un-brushed hair a “rat’s nest” now (see dishwasher slot)…

When in doubt, black it out… with spray paint.

Fan de Decapitation Part I

Fan de Decapitation Part II

“Bonus” Room

Poorly built porch that someone had tried to turn into an addition… yikes…

Coming Soon:

-Bed and Bath (with bonus room and laundry)

-Kitchen and Living


Stay tuned!

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.