05 Feb

Fugly Friday

Fugly Wallpaper

Eighties wallpaper. When it comes to F’ing Ugly, I¬†probably don’t need to say any more.

Nearly every room in our not-small house had eighties wallpaper in southwest and Laura Ashley motifs — sometimes even used together. Closets and doors were not immune. Team Deco/Reno did an absolutely amazing job removing the bulk of this now-dated eyesore last summer before we moved any of our furniture in. While wallpaper removal is not Instagram- or Pinterest-worthy, it has gone a HUGE way towards making our house on the whole look clean, contemporary, and much more us.

29 Jan

Fugly Friday

Fugly Lamps

Seen together, these light fixtures are almost NOT Fugly. However, in context, I know we can do much better. The pendant lamp hangs over our dining table, and in combination with the other lights the previous owners had in the space it was really ugly (see photo below of the kitchen end of the room with the old lights). Now, with the simplified scheme we’ve had installed, I can almost live with this. The horizontal lights are in the bathrooms and will eventually be replaced with something more streamlined.

Kit Before 2

More about our kitchen/dining room transformation tomorrow.

22 Jan

Fugly Friday

Some of our home improvement projects are too boring to blog about. You don’t really want to see our backup battery for the sump pump do you? Painting a white ceiling white? Nope. ¬†Light switches moved to make more sense? Not so blog-worthy (or photogenic).

But then other projects are so horrible, they just might be good. So, I’m going to experiment with “Fugly Friday” for a bit.

My first Fugly photo is this one which could be inspiration for a minimalist quilt, yes?

Fugly Deck 1

 

When we bought our house, the deck was 30 years old and rotting in many spots. We negotiated price so that the sellers wouldn’t try a quick fix and we could use the money to just start over. In the mean time though, the inspector wanted the sellers to paint the deck. They painted it, but they didn’t move the piles of door mats or extra wood. Nor did they remove the bird feeders for painting or bother with the spindles. Matching the existing paint? Didn’t even try! This has got to be the F’ing Ugliest paint job, and maybe deck, ever.

Fugly Deck 2

The good news is that as of last week, this deck has been removed and construction of a new, not at all ugly, deck has begun.