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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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Burly Goodness: Burl Wood Furniture

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Jun 19, 2012

Before this week, I didn't know what burl wood was.  I've even seen it as a desk when I was in Washington, D.C. last year for the Solar Decathlon.  Despite it being love at first... Continue reading

landscaping

Plant Hunter

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Jun 14, 2012

As you can imagine with this week's impromptu outdoor post theme, both my interview with HGTV's Kristan Cunningham and this week's effort on the side of the house has me thinking about color I'd like... Continue reading

deck patio & porch, diy, decor

Summer DIY Ideas with Kristan Cunningham

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Jun 12, 2012

As I announced yesterday, I had a chance to speak with Kristan Cunningham last week about summer DIY projects that can be completed in a weekend or less.  You probably know Kristan's face (just like... Continue reading

decor, diy

Study-O as a Studio

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

I finally had the opportunity to use my study-o as it was intentioned... as a room for creating. I have an old, large canvas that I was hoping to reuse.  Those suckers can get expensive,... Continue reading

paint, decor

The Right White

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Jun 06, 2012

I've always heard that white paint can be a real pain when trying to paint a room.  Between the blinds, the table, and the trim, finding a shade of white that would really work on... Continue reading

decor, bedrooms

Saturday Stimuli: Daybeds

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on Jun 02, 2012

I've been giving a lot of thought of making the guest bed into a look more like a daybed.  The motivation is a little selfish (since I can turn it into a reading space when it's not... Continue reading

landscaping

It's the Pits: Handling a Backyard Sinkhole

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on May 31, 2012

It seems like such an obvious thing to have mentioned before.  And I have, but I realized I've never actually shown you the pit in my back yard. Thirty years ago, it was common practice... Continue reading

lighting

Lighting Luck

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on May 24, 2012

I find it nearly impossible to stay focused on a single task in the house.  So when I can't take the mess anymore, I let go by finding a finishing touch of some kind -... Continue reading

flooring, tile, bathroom

Easily Seal Grout Joints

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on May 18, 2012

For some reason I thought sealing my grout would be messy, time consuming, and stink.  Instead, it couldn't have been easier. When I was first shopping for tile, I learned that there are two different... Continue reading

deck patio & porch, diy

Installing a Gate Latch

By Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House on May 17, 2012

I put off easy tasks way too much. The gate to the back yard fence had a latch on the wrong side for over two years.  Even after the latch broke, and even though I... Continue reading