Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gift Wrapped Footstool

I've been adding festive touches today, and this footstool was in my path.

I picked up this footstool at an estate sale.

I really didn't mind the silvery blue fabric, but wanted to give it a little something extra for Christmas.  So, I did a silver leaf treatment on the legs.  I used the same liquid leaf I shared here.  I intentionally left untreated areas for a worn effect.  This takes a little practice with your brushwork.  You have to vary the pressure with the brush, from heavy to barely touching.  The fact that the legs had imperfections and indentations helped.

I thought about making a festive slipcover at first, but remembered this green burlap ribbon I had in my material stash.

I cut two strips, and wrapped my footstool like a gift.  The strips are held on underneath by tacks, so they can easily be removed later.

I gave my green easy chair a quick update to compliment the footstool.

Although they matched fine this way, I wanted to inject more of my silvery touches.  I just draped another garage sale find over it.  I love this champagne and blue fabric, and I think it's quite festive.

My retro throw rug is one of seven I had packed away.  More garage sale finds, they were never used, and too cheap to pass up.  I like the shaggy white texture.  I've been sprinkling them around.  I guess they're my snow.

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  1. Really pretty Rosemary. The silver is perfect for the holidays...

  2. What a festive idea, Rosemary and you didn't have to spend any money. Perfect. :)

  3. Santa better be quick at your house or he will get the villabarnes do over... and he'll be better for it.
    Great job,

  4. oh those legs are awesome- love the metallic!

  5. Love it Rosemary!!! I think Santa could use a little silver leafing... ;)

    Lou Cinda

  6. How cute!! Love how you worked the chair into the mix! I bet your home looks like a winter wonderland!!

  7. It looks like a shiny present to prop your feet on! Very nice.

  8. Very pretty! I love the silver that you put on the legs, the chair and footstool look beautiful together.
    Hugs, Cindy

  9. the little footstool is so perfect with the burlap ribbon and it's looks fabulous next to the chair with the gorgeous festive fabric!!..
    love the fabric and such a quick and easy transformation..

  10. Loved the rugs and the snow effect! Great looking stool!


  11. What a charming stool...such a creative touch you've added there! Your room does have a winter feel, crisp and cool...so pretty Rosemary!

  12. What a sweet little stool. I love it. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign's Fall into Fall party.

  13. Hi Rosemary,

    I like the foot stool and the chair is lovely with its new slip cover. I hope you have a chance to sit down and put up your feet this Holiday Season...
    All the Best,

  14. Wow You really know how to make it rock. I love the silver touches to the foot stool and that fabric on the chair is superb and all thrifted. You are a decorating wizz!!!!!

  15. What a great idea! I love all of the silver with its beautiful patina!

  16. I love the silvery details you added to the legs of the footstool, very creative! But you always are so creative! I love to see what you share with us.


  17. I am a foot stool freak of sorts so you are tugging at my heart here. Love the package look. I only have three foot stools in my small living room and always look for more. I sell them too. The chair fabric is very bling but the carpet/snow tones it down just right.

  18. How pretty! I love the silvery color you added to the legs of the stool. Seems like this is one of those pieces that you could use in any decor too. Love you green chair, but green is one of my favorite colors.

  19. Just BEAUTIFUL Rosemary as everything you do..Many Blessings my friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  20. WOW!! I love that painted ottoman~I will have to look back and see about the liquid silver. You have a great way of blending glam with rustic.

  21. Love it...quick, cheap, elegant...right up my alley!

  22. How fantastically clever of you, Rosemary!

  23. Oh the old shag rugs LOL funny how they are BACK

    love the silver legs on your foot stool also the shinny cover for your chair

    you always do it up good

    Merry Christmas

  24. Love that stool and those legs in silver yum! I'm drooling over that armchair, its gorgeous with and without that beautiful fabric.

  25. What a wonderful idea Rosemary! I too love that silvery fabric and you must have a room somewhere piled high with stuff I want to go through! lol Thanks for sharing now I'm inspired.

  26. yes ladies, I feasted my eyes on this in person!

    oh, did I say fabulo-so!

  27. What a cute idea to do to a footstool! Love all your finds.

  28. You really need your own decorating show. I'm calling HGTV right now:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  29. Another great idea girlfriend! Do you ever run out of them?......Forget I asked....I already know the answer *winks*
    Love that throw/fabric on the chair! And love the "snowy" rugs too! Vanna

  30. Hi Rosemary! Oh, that's a lovely stool and I like what you did. Love the fabric you've placed on your chair too!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  31. How festive and very chic! I love the way you tacked it for easy changes if you'd like. The colors and textures are oh so perfect! Hope you share it with us at "What's It Wednesday", we'd love to have you!

  32. Great idea - looks like a nice little Christmas package!

  33. I like how you went with silver in your colour scheme! It's festive without being blatantly "christmas" subtle and pretty! :)

  34. Wow! Such a simple change made all the difference. Love it!

  35. Wonderful idea with the foot stool. I like the rug too!

  36. Luv the way you pulled that all together, Rosemary! Very wintery and holidayish! It's certainly something you could keep out all winter long! :)

    xoxo laurie

  37. Beautiful Rosemary! You are so incredibly clever.


  38. Just a little change and it makes all the difference! Cute idea to wrap up the stool - it looks like a little present!-Jill

  39. All of your creative little touches look so festive Rosemary! ~Lili

  40. Brilliant!
    Love your snowy rug and the gift wrapped ottoman is perfection.
    Merry Christmas Rosemary!

  41. Oh, you have a wonderful eye and talent in creating beautiful things! The silver on the legs really sets this piece apart and the ribbon makes it sweet for the holidays!

  42. Rosemary,

    Your "gift wrapped" idea is wonderful and your shaggy rugs are to die for! WOW!

    Smiles from Miss Mustard Seed's linky party,
    Suzanne at WhyCuzICan in NW Illinois

  43. I love the legs!!! and the gift wrap idea is so festive!! Love it!

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  45. Such a cute idea, Rosemary! I love your chair too!

  46. Wonderful detail on the legs & so nicely wrapped!

  47. Loved how you packaged up the ottoman like a present, darling!
    Happy Holidays!
    hugs Lynn

  48. HA! This is AWESOME!!! And your "snow"?! FANTASTIC!!!

    You make me want to go home and wrap my foot stool!!!

    ;-D robelyn

  49. I pretty much love everything you do. This looks so pretty - especially with all the silver touches you've done this year!

  50. Extremly beautiful. I love the color palette you used with that silver mirror and now this.

  51. Girly you have some serious talent. Love that little footstool and how you coordinated it with your easy chair. What a pretty green too. The silvery hue compliments it well.



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  52. really beautiful Rosemary!! Love the footstool AND the chair! :) The silver leafing brings out all that great detail.

  53. Really like that rug. Great idea with the footstool, simple but festive.

  54. What a clever way to boost the festive-level in your home! I'd be thrilled if you popped by to share this post, and any others you'd like to show off at the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

  55. LOVE the fabric draped over the chair! It all looks so inviting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN


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