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!


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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 ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/121680037360?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l26490 )


Nanette Lepore Silk Top ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/121679981503?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 )


Nanette Lepore Silk Top ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/121679987303?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 )


Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Cocktail Dress ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/121680022659?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 )


Tori Burch Ballet Flats (sold)


Tori Burch Flats ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/121679890893?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 )