March 13

Every Day Ugly – Part 2

Posted by lori . 23 Comments


My friend, Amy, inspired this series. It started when she realized that she would buy herself something nice, like a piece of jewelry that she would wear occasionally, while every day she was drinking her coffee from a thermal travel mug with a Christmas graphic clouded by condensation…during the summer. This inspired her to look at the things she uses most and upgrade them to something special, functional and beautiful.

This is a picture of the infamous Christmas travel mug and it’s lovely replacement.

Travel Mugs

I thought this was a great idea and made a lot of sense. So, I’m on a mission to “notice” what I use the most and make sure those things are my best things. The second Wednesday of every month, I’ll tell you about something I’ve improved upon.

Last month, I told you about replacing my chipped dishes. This month, I replaced a laundry basket that was acting as a hamper with an actual hamper.

Laundry Basket

This was a nice replacement because I’d been wanting another laundry basket. Now, I have one.


This hamper is from Curver, and I picked it up at Target. It has the look of woven natural fibers, but is made from plastic. It’s also cool because you can attach the lid to open from the back or open to the side.

Want more ideas? Here are some things my friend, Amy, took from every day ugly to every day pretty.

Her old robe, with holes courtesy of her greyhound, Zonda…

Old Robe

…was replaced with a soft, fluffy robe. This is actually my robe. Amy liked her new one so much, she gave me one for Christmas.

New Robe

She also replaced her disposable plastic liquid soap dispenser with a refillable glass liquid soap dispenser. Very pretty!

Soap Dispenser

I would love to have you join me. If you have some horrible thing that you make beautiful, send me a picture or pictures and tell me about it at

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23 Responses to " Every Day Ugly – Part 2"

  • Its funny how the simplest of upgrades (ones you wouldn’t even think of really do make a difference) It’s funny because we often use the laundry basket as a hamper aswell. Time for a upgrade I guess. Loving the liquid soap dispenser!

  • houndstooth says:

    Those upgrades can be so uplifting! What a great idea!

  • Daisy says:

    Sorry, we’re just stuck in the rut of ugly…..

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  • I suspect a lot of the things I like would be considered ugly by many people 😉 I don’t have any ideas to share but strangely enough, I was just having a chat to Cush about how odd it is that we fix things around the house just before we sell. Sure it improves the selling price but we never get to enjoy the changes! It’s like buying special things that we never use because they’re special.

  • Sue says:

    Will have to have a look around, as I am sure I have loads of ‘ugly’ things:)

  • genjiscorner says:

    Now I can’t look at my plastic soap dispenser anymore. Next trip to Target, getting a nice glass replacement.

  • Madi and Mom says:

    What an excellent idea!! This is funny mom recently replaced their very first clock radio/cd player (it was trashed no picture) with a new one.
    We’ll keep this in mind over the next few weeks. Maybe she will replace something else.
    I love that soft cuddly robe I think I’d like to sleep on it.
    hugs madi and mom

    • lori says:

      Madi…The robe is a very comfortable kittie sleeping place. If I leave it on the foot of the bed, I often find Twinkie taking a nap on it.

  • Patty says:

    I love this topic! I think we just get in ruts and don’t even realize it. I am looking around to see what I can replace. LOL Jeff will not love you for this. LOL

  • Kari says:

    Can I say how much I miss Meijer? Lots thats how much

    Stop on by for a visit

  • Floor mats! Car floor mats! My car is really, really old but there’s nothing wrong with it. I’m just tired of it. So I resist the urge to buy a new one and instead I treated myself to a set of new floor mats. They make no difference to anyone else – just to me!

    • lori says:

      I think you just gave me my update for next month. I fuss with my horrible car floor mats several times a week. This would be a fabulous change!

  • Finn says:

    This is a great idea for a series! I like your new hamper too.

  • Great idea, I’ll have to look at my stuff. I don’t have room for very much, so what we carry is functional and good looking…ish.

  • Hmmm, I will have to have a look. I’m not sure if I will have a before picture.
    Lynne x

  • Woof! Woof! Mom always believes that buying the “right thing” the very first time is the right way to do. We have so many useful household goods that are old but in very good condition to the point its hard to replace (why replace if its not broken). Just like buying a good bed for your pets. Love the upgrade of your laundry basket. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  • Fern Reed says:

    LOL LOL LOL I just replaced a OLD paper-bag with a laundry basket just like yours!!!!! It is a place to keep my dirty cloths in!!! LOL What did you do with your basket??? I through out my OLD paper bag!! LOL Really enjoyed this post of yours!!!! I have much to do today!!!!
    Hope I have no BIG mistakes– can’t see what I wrote!!! Been on too much again!!! I am a bad girl!!!

    • lori says:

      I kept the laundry basket and use it to tote my clean laundry upstairs. My washer and dryer are in the basement, so I like to keep a laundry basket downstairs so I have one handy when the clothes come out of the dryer; otherwise I leave a trail of clean clothes up the stairs if I try to carry the load up in my arms.

  • stella rose says:

    this was a great post and got my moms wheels to turning in her head!
    stella rose

  • I love this idea! And that robe looks wonderfully soft and cuddly. The original made me smile though, knowing a greyhound had done it!

    I don’t have a picture, but I had an old, chipped pyrex jug with all the measurements worn off it, and which I threw out a few months back. I replaced it with a gorgeous, beautiful, Bodum borosilicate glass measuring jug, and I was very nervous, because the Bodum jug is porcelain-thin and I was afraid I’d break it very quickly. Nope! That borosilicate glass is TOUGH, and I can pour boiling water straight into it and throw it in the dishwasher and everything – it’s the same stuff laboratory glassware is made from. I LOVE that jug, and it gives me pleasure every time I use it!

    I’ll be so interested to see what other people come up with.

  • What a great idea. We get so use to living with things we forget to notice if they are ugly LOL! The small replacements may make us much happier!

  • Penelope says:

    What a great idea! I shall have to think about what I have been making do with…

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