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The Ugly Duckling House

Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House

I'm not going gray; that's just paint in my hair! A Georgia girl tries to turn an old lady's house into a young modern home.

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landscaping, deck patio & porch, products

Outdoor Deck Tiles

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Aug 22, 2012

It's no secret that my back yard has a lot of issues.  I also don't have the time to send it to a shrink.  So whenever possible, and especially when I'm doing things that require... Continue reading

bathroom, walls, remodeling

A Makeunder

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Aug 20, 2012

My Sunday night wasn't the least bit glamorous. Before... After... I learned a long time ago not to shower on Saturday night if I plan to get this messy on Sunday.  There's really no point.... Continue reading

diy, woodworking

Things I Can't Wait to Build

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Aug 09, 2012

It's no surprise that the very nanosecond I tell myself to limit the projects I'm doing (so I can get something done and then do more projects, of course), I then get the urge to... Continue reading

diy, safety

5 Tips for Doing DIY Alone (Safely)

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Aug 07, 2012

I'm five foot two, not particularly strong (in my defense, I'm still stronger than I look - which now that I'm writing this down, is still an insult), and do most of my DIY home improvement... Continue reading

repurposing, decor

An Old Find for the Living Room

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Jul 30, 2012

For the most part, I like modern pieces.  But every now and then, I find an old treasure I can't wait to take home. This old basket is an antique Chinese rice bucket.  I found... Continue reading

bathroom

All Lit Up Again

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Jul 22, 2012

I have a little bit of a light fixture frustration.  I bought the same fixture for all three bathrooms before realizing that the electrical box in the guest bath would force the fixture to hang... Continue reading

decor

Saturday Stimuli: Pixelated

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Jul 21, 2012

In honor of my new pixel office rug, here are a few more pixelated pics to inspire you! Source: nanimarquina.com via xsie on Pinterest Source: denydesigns.com via Megan on Pinterest Source: cb2.com via Ben on... Continue reading

bathroom

Narrow Gaps

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Jul 03, 2012

There are a number of narrow gaps at the house that I've been trying to take care of (in the narrow gaps I can eke out each week for home improvement). I was a little... Continue reading

storage, decor

Saturday Stimuli: Closet as Office Nook

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Jun 30, 2012

When space is tight, you sometimes have to get creative.  Need an office?  Why not utilize an unused closet?  Check out these inventive closet-turned-office spaces! Source: au.lifestyle.yahoo.com via Amy on Pinterest Source: apartmenttherapy.com via Amy... Continue reading

landscaping

Learning and Growing

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Jun 28, 2012

There are two things I want you to notice with this picture. For one; this photo marks my very first day having the guts to take my camera off of Auto (all thanks to a... Continue reading