DIY Modern Deco Bar Make-over on Found Vintage Cabinet

Happy Fall All! The heater kicked on for the first time this morning, so it is officially Fall at our house. The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, and short sleeves have turned to long almost overnight. I managed to get this little project finished before the chill set in and painting outside became challenging.


Modern Deco Bar Makeover.

I found this neat little vintage cabinet a couple months ago in an alley nearby. She had definitely seen better days to be sure. Someone had made her into an audio cabinet and had cut out a hole in the bottom and the back and added a speaker holder inside. The top mount for the right-hand cabinet was broken, with the wood broken off where the bracket screws in. I knew this would be a fair amount of work to fix, but the ol’ girl had “good bones”. The instant I saw her I knew she’d make a great bar.


First thing I did was fix the broken wood with wood glue and tiny nails, then screwed the bracket back where it should be. Then I patched and repaired the wood with wood fill, let it dry, and sanded the area smooth. I then removed the old vintage hardware and patched the old holes. Then it was sanding time, just a light sanding to get it ready to paint. I also removed the wood piece inside that had been added for a speaker. I cut a new wood piece to fit over the hole in the bottom, and covered that and the ugly back pieces with a pretty Asian brocade fabric I had lying around (I think I found it at the thrift store long ago).


In Progress…

I painted the feet first with a chrome metallic spray paint, which I also used to paint the metal plate that is on the front of the bar now (This was an old door plate left over from work on the house. It covers the old hardware holes perfectly and adds some nice bling to the front of the bar). I used black gloss spray paint on the rest of the piece, 2 cans worth. The finish wasn’t quite to my liking so I added a couple more coats of gloss polyurethane on top of that.

I love this little bar! It looks great in the dining room and adds much needed bar and wine space. We have room inside to fully stock it and will add wine to the lower right-hand space inside soon.






The reckoning: I bought the pair of acrylic and chrome pulls on ebay for $17. I spent about $15 on paint, and bought the vintage Lucite tray on ebay for $22. I already had the fabric on hand and don’t recall what I paid for it, probably about $5. Not bad for a new bar! By the way, those two big awesome brass candlesticks were also found in the alley. I still can’t quite believe someone would throw them away, but I’m so glad they did! The brass candlesticks on top of the bar were found at the thrift store for a few bucks each and the decanter is one I painted about 15 years ago but still love. The Halloween “snow” globe came from the Target after-Halloween sale (50% off) about 7-8 years ago.

A State of the Blog Address…

Hello my lovelies,

I know it has been awhile since the last post, but I have a great excuse, I promise…It’s been a very eventful year to say the least, with many changes. The not-so-pretty news is that, after a year of severe anemia, I underwent surgery to correct it a month ago. I am feeling much better! My energy is starting to return and I feel like I’m getting my life back after months of having no energy. I’ll be getting back to some fun projects on the house and for the holidays very soon.

I am also now officially engaged to my man of almost ten years, and we will be tying the knot at Burning Man in 2016.

The other big change is that I have decided to add to my artistic repertoire and become a tattoo artist. I have been in training since July and it’s going great! I should be up and running professionally around February. I am very excited about this new adventure! You can follow along with my tattoo and art escapades on Instagram Needless to say it will take up most of my time and there will be less fun projects and blog posts, but I WILL continue this blog. I hope you’ll stick around as I have many delightful DIY adventures in store for the future, including some strange and bazaar Halloween spookiness coming in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for your continued support, and have a marvelous weekend,

-M Vlasic


Me and my man having a goof at the Denver County Fair in August.

When in Doubt, Paint it! A Quickie Paint Pick-Me-Up and Rearrange for the Front Porch.

The front porch has been bugging me for awhile now, so I got off my lazy duff and did something about it this weekend. I’d been meaning to paint the tables on the porch white since finding them (yes, they are both Freebee Alley Finds!) to blend them in with the other porch furniture and trim. TIP: How do you make a bunch of stuff that really doesn’t go together work? Paint them all the same color!

Here are the BEFORE Pics:

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I transformed the tables with less than 2 cans of spray paint, well under $10. I used Rustolium 2X gloss white. (I actually like the aged, worn and rusted look of the 4 folding chairs, so I didn’t paint them. They are real French antiques, not reproductions, and I love them. A fabulous yard sale find I’ve had for over a decade.)


After the paint dried, I spent some time moving all the furniture around for a new arrangement, and settled on the table and chairs being centered under the chandelier and the tall table in the corner. It feels much more welcoming now, and suits our grand old Victorian house. I also added an old (cheap) rug that was gathering dust in the garage. I do plan on fixing and painting the concrete floor of the porch eventually, but this helps for now.


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At the last minute I added a little side table from the house to the right side, and now it feels complete. Ready for Summer!


What house projects did you tackle this weekend? Tell me about it in the Leave a Reply/Comments Section.

The Happiest Happy Hours in Denver, a Series: Searching for the Best Deals in Town. Part 1: City O’ City

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Happy Hour. Especially quality Happy Hour, where you get actual FOOD, not some little sample bite on a tiny plate, and serious drink specials, not just on crappy beer and well drinks. Today is the start of a New Series on the Year of Living Fabulously, this one just for Denverites, where I will attempt to ferret out the Best Happy Hours in Town ( the Best in my opinion, anyway ;-) )

Part 1: City O’ City


Photo courtesy of Pure Presence Photography


Being a vegetarian (ok, a Pescatarian if I’m being totally honest) I’ve always been a big fan of City O’ City. Seriously delicious food, fresh and creative, in a fun, artsy-hipster atmosphere. But where they really get me is Happy Hour. A very generous Happy Hour indeed (2-6pm & 11pm-1am Every Day!) where actual plates of real food are on special (not microscopic mouthfuls that just leave you hungry) and everything behind the bar is $2 off. There may not be a lot of food on special, but some of my all-time favorites are (the Buffalo seitan wings are good enough to convert a hard-core carnivore, and the poutine is a big plateful of melt-y gravy goodness on fresh french fries…ok now I’m drooling). Because every possible libation in the place is discounted, you can have whatever you want! Bonus: the well liqueur here is definitely decent. I can get my favorite Summer-time cocktail, a vodka tonic, for $2. Yes, you read that right, $2! My man and I try to come for happy hour once a week. We can both stuff our faces and each enjoy a cocktail for about $16 total. You can’t beat that with a stick.

City O’ City

206 e 13th ave

Denver, co 80203

Tel: 303.831.6443

It’s time for FABULOUS FINDS! It’s been a Great Summer for Designer Thrift Store Finds so far…

I’ve been having a blast trolling for labels at the thrift store this Summer! Last week I scored a gorgeous Tadashi gown ($8.99), 2 silk Nanette Lepore tops ($4.99 each), a Diane Von Furstenberg cocktail dress ($8.99), and 2 pairs of Tori Burch flats ($6.99 each)! How do I pay for all my thrifting fun you ask? Well I sell many of my finds on Ebay to support my habit. I’ve added the links to the pictures below.

tadashifront2Tadashi Shimmering Black Gown ( )


Nanette Lepore Silk Top ( )


Nanette Lepore Silk Top ( )


Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Cocktail Dress ( )


Tori Burch Ballet Flats (sold)


Tori Burch Flats ( )

It’s All About Style, a Shout-out to the Irrepressible New York Times Street-Style Photographer Bill Cunningham (Ie: Where I Get Much of My Style Inspiration)

Many of you may have heard of the delightfully humble style icon (and one of my personal heroes) Bill Cunningham. He’s not an icon because of his own style, but because of his uniquely talented eye. Mr Cunningham has been honing that skilled eye since 1978 as a now legendary NY Times fashion photographer. Bill is unique in that he takes photographs of ordinary people, socialites and fashion personalities every day on the streets of Manhattan (no pictures of celebrities here!), capturing the ever-changing trends and personal styles of the people of New York. This is the heart of style, showing what real people, not celebrities or paid stylists, are actually wearing on the streets. He has a way of uncovering and distilling the best of this street-style into a few well-curated images that capture perfectly the feeling and mood of the season and the people week by week. These stylish photos are printed up in the New York Times every Sunday, and much to my delight, they are also collected in a short and charming (and FREE) video, which is narrated by Bill himself, available to everyone online. See it HERE. I look forward to these charming slices of New York style every week, and they make for great inspiration! I’ve gotten some great ideas here and they always put a smile on my face. Do yourself a favor and watch a couple videos today.

Remember, you don’t have to have a lot of money to have great personal style! It’s all about finding what you love, what looks great on you, and having fun.

At 86, Bill Cunningham is still going strong, and I hope he will continue capturing style for many years to come. There is also a documentary on Mr. Cunningham called “Bill Cunningham New York”, available to watch on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

Bill Cunningham== ARTS CONNECTION 2012 Benefit Celebration Honoring MARK WAHLBERG and RICHARD KIRSHENBAUM== Skylight West, NYC== June 11, 2012== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - CLINT SPAULDING/ ==

Bill Cunningham

It’s time for FABULOUS FINDS! Featuring Dolce & Gabbana, Vivienne Westwood and Nanette Lepore!

It’s time for another edition of Fabulous Finds! I’ve unearthed more delightful treasures from my favorite thrift store over the last couple of weeks. First off is this lovely pair of gold metallic heels in very good condition from Dolce and Gabbana! For $8.99! Yee haw, what a steal. Since I already possess a beautiful pair of gold metallic heels (Jimmy Choo! But that’s for another exciting episode ;-) I am selling this pair on ebay to help pay for my other treasures. You can see the listing here:


Next up are these super-fun metallic gunmetal-color rubber heels by Vivienne Westwood. They are so funky, I love them! And surprisingly very comfortable. Only $9.95!


Last but not least is this darling silver rain coat from Nanette Lepore. So cute, and a mere $8.99! This new addition to my wardrobe is getting lots of use with all the rain we’ve been having lately…


I’d love to hear about your great designer thrifting finds! Tell me about them in the “Reply/Leave a Comment” section.