I’ve Been Busy, Part 2

by Sherry

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a great day.  I have spent the last couple of weeks trying to get through my long list of projects and get ready for a party I am hosting. There is nothing like having a party at my home to get me motivated to finish all my little projects.

The first thing I tackled was this cute little iron footstool that I purchased at a thrift shop.  It was already painted white so all I did was reupholster the top. Here is the before picture.

And here is the after.
Using blue tape I painted the stripes on the burlap to give it somewhat of the effect of a grain sack.  I love that the color goes so well with my rug and the furniture in this room.
This mirror is a Craigslist find.  It was a pretty mirror in the gold finish but didn’t really go with the room.  I painted it with leftover pale gray paint, dry brushed with a little off-white and then lightly distressed.
So much better!  The mirror now has a new home in our living room. The plates on the wall were an Ebay purchase several years ago.
I love the detail.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I always love hearing from you!
xo, Sherry

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sissie August 1, 2010 - 7:12 pm

Hi Sherry!
Wow girl, I'm loving that mirror big time!!!Turned out really nice and makes a big statement.

I had a little stool like that and sold it in my booth. I was going to ask you where you got the grain sack material and then read how you did it. What a great idea, looks wonderful with the rug.

I hope your party goes well.


Judy August 1, 2010 - 7:36 pm

You did an amazing job on that mirror and love the foot stool. I'm still up to my eyeballs in cleaning out closets, etc. so the contractors can come in and replace ceiling, paint, re-carpet, etc. so no new projects for me in the foreseeable future, unless I can count cleaning!


Jennifer August 1, 2010 - 7:53 pm

I love the footstool! It turned out so beautifully, and I didn't even realize it was burlap until you said it was! The mirror is a great find too.

Roseanna August 1, 2010 - 9:20 pm

I have never seen a cast iron footstool, I'm in love with it! Great job with the recovering.

Confessions of a Plate Addict August 1, 2010 - 10:02 pm

Hi Sherry! Fabulous foot stool and such an elegant mirror! I love your grain sack upholstery! I hope you are having a great weekend!..hugs…Debbie

Rose H (UK) August 1, 2010 - 10:14 pm

I thought the mirror was great in the first photo – then I saw it was superb after your make-over. The stools not too bad either ;o)

Vanessa August 1, 2010 - 10:49 pm

Hi! I absolutely LOVE the title of your blog! The footstool and mirror are gorgeous and I am looking forward to purusing more of your blog!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions August 1, 2010 - 11:32 pm

Love the stool and the mirror, Sherry! I thought that WAS a grain sack! Nice job with the stripes. I had hoped to hit Goodwill today, but hubby was off and he is a tagalong. Not fun for shopping and trying to spend money!

Jennifer August 1, 2010 - 11:51 pm

sherry your footstool turned out great!!!! I love your mirror too!!! You make everything look so beautiful!!

Kelee Katillac August 2, 2010 - 12:06 am

Love the mirror! Neat makeover! Nice finish!

TheSmithHotel August 2, 2010 - 12:14 am

Love both of your finds! Great redos!


mustard seeds August 2, 2010 - 12:17 am

I love your mirror, and the footstool is cute, too.

Charlene Austin August 2, 2010 - 12:35 am

OMG the mirror is to die for!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style August 2, 2010 - 12:37 am

Sherry, I love the stool with the burlap and that mirror is super. I would love to find a mirror like that to paint. Great job.

Susan August 2, 2010 - 12:42 am

I love the legs on your footstool. So ornate and painted white makes them so beautiful. And what you did to that mirror is to die for!! Great job on both items!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality August 2, 2010 - 12:46 am

Sherry, both of those are great finds. Love how you did the stool, it's really cute. And that mirror is really a wow now! Great job on that.

Thoughtfully blended hearts August 2, 2010 - 12:57 am

The foot stool is so pretty with your burlap…and that mirror is gorgeous!!!

The Tattered Cottage August 2, 2010 - 1:02 am

WOW!! That mirror is fabulous! Great make-over and it looks beautiful hanging with your plates.
Toni ♥

Terri August 2, 2010 - 1:05 am

The mirror makeover is beautiful! I will be looking for a similar mirror after seeing what magic you wrought on yours! Thanks for sharing!

Linda (Nina's Nest) August 2, 2010 - 1:06 am

Sherry, what gorgeous redos – wow – the iron base to the footstool is so pretty, and I love the way you striped the burlap. And the mirror – fabulous! Linda

Sharlotte August 2, 2010 - 1:11 am

Wow, great transformations! Your little footstool is precious, love all the detail in the legs. The mirror is amazing repainted! The finish is perfect in your room, love it's detailing too! Thanks for sharing.

The Polka Dot Closet August 2, 2010 - 1:23 am

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my publishing joy! I love the foot stool and only us thrifty gals can invision the gold mirror painted white, it looks great!


Shelly August 2, 2010 - 2:06 am

Oh, Sherry, Love the Mirror, turned out great!

Have fun at your party! And you are RIGHT,,,nothing makes you kick into gear more than a gathering!


Inspired by you August 2, 2010 - 2:24 am

Really love the mirror. The paint made it perfect.

Carmen August 2, 2010 - 2:44 am

The mirror is really fabulous. I love it painted gray. Lovely!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents August 2, 2010 - 3:15 am

I've got that EXACT same footstool covered in RA pink Serenity fabric! I LOVE that you striped yours! Adorable. Now that mirror is an awesome piece, and you KNOW I'm all about MIRRORS! Great job!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Becky K. August 2, 2010 - 3:40 am

I love the base of the stool. So very detailed. And the mirror turned out so well. Congrats on projects well done.

Becky K.

Blue Creek Home August 2, 2010 - 4:45 am

The little stool turned out great and I LOVE the mirror. I have always loved that style and the gray paint finish just put it over the top wonderful!

Anne - Fiona and Twig August 2, 2010 - 4:47 am

Wow, what fabulous re-do's!
Your grain sack stool is gorgeous!

Have a wonderful week!

Andrea August 2, 2010 - 4:56 am

great projects! Love the little stool!

Blue Ridge Altered Art August 2, 2010 - 2:16 pm

You did a wonderful job on both of those pieces. I am loving the footstool. The detail on the base is incredible and the burlap was a perfect choice for the cover.

Donna at The Scarlet Petticoat August 2, 2010 - 2:31 pm

you have a good eye for beautiful things and when you redo them they are just amazing. your home must be beautiful! i will be checking around the blog to see what i can see!!
all the best,

Days at Buttermilk Cottage August 2, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Absolutely love what you do with things. The little stool is perfect with the rug and the mirror is outstanding!

One Cheap B*tch August 2, 2010 - 3:11 pm

I love your burlap foot stool!


Pondside August 2, 2010 - 3:24 pm

Very clever! I have a footstool that needs to be re-upholstered, and perhaps this will be inspiration.

Tamra August 2, 2010 - 3:51 pm

That Mirror!!!!!! you know I'm sort of a mirror junkie and that is beautiful!

Debbie August 2, 2010 - 4:56 pm

That is such a gorgeous mirror!

Sue August 2, 2010 - 5:00 pm

I love the way you refinished the mirror!! It looks so classy and expensive. Really nice job!
🙂 Sue

Chandy August 2, 2010 - 6:02 pm

I love how it all turned out!

Red Door Home August 2, 2010 - 6:27 pm

You definitely have been busy. I so the same thing – seems like whenever I have something planned I need to do all kinds of projects. Love the mirror! What a great find and great update.

niartist August 2, 2010 - 6:34 pm

WOW! Don't you love craigslist!?!?!? That mirror is stunning, and I love it in the pale gray/cream color. Thanks so much for showing us how you can take something that doens't fit and make it work with the trick of paint! 🙂 I so understand the busy busy busy these days. I don't know where I am half the time! LOL! But I do appreciate that even though you're busy you take the time to leave comments on Color Outside the Lines! It means so much! 🙂 Glad you liked the Sunday Saver post.

Carrie August 2, 2010 - 8:05 pm

You updated the look of both the footstool and the mirror. They were both great designs but now relate to today's interiors!

Terrell August 2, 2010 - 8:37 pm

What amazing projects!! They look oh so wonderful and you did an amazing job!! Hugs to you on this sunny Monday!
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

Vintagesouthernlife August 3, 2010 - 1:32 am

Isn't it amazing how "company coming " can really get us moving? I like your little foot stool and your mirror is just gorgeous. It has such detail!

Jenny at Henrietta's House August 3, 2010 - 2:24 am

I love the mirror. Very pretty!

Yvonne @ StoneGable August 3, 2010 - 3:33 am

YOur project turned out to be such gems! Both beautifully done and so chic.
The burlap is perfect for that little stool and the detail on the mirror so much more noticeable with the warm white paint.
Kudos to your for a fabulous job!

Shannon August 3, 2010 - 11:36 am

This is my first time to your blog. I love it! I especially love what you did with the mirror! Simply awesome!!!

I am going to list your blog on my blog in the right hand column!

Atticmag August 3, 2010 - 3:53 pm

Two great projects. You do have terrific finds. I'd love either piece and you've done them proud. Hope you'll stop by if you have time. Jane F.

Simply Bungalow August 4, 2010 - 12:29 am

Love the stool. Simply beautiful

Ticking and Toile August 4, 2010 - 2:55 am

Hi Sherry,
What amazing transformations! Love the little footstool w/ the burlap & stripes…..did you use a special kind of paint for that or just craft paint?

That mirror is stunning…..love it!

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com August 4, 2010 - 6:05 am

You are an amazing craigslist shopper. Where do you find these gorgeous items? I completely love your stool and mirror. All that delicious detail!

btw if you have any craft/diy tutorials for projects, then do come join us; Current party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-8/ . Future parties can be found at the home page.

[email protected] August 4, 2010 - 7:23 am

Great makeovers. I love the fabric you choose for the little stool.

Melanie August 4, 2010 - 4:58 pm

Love the footstool!!!!

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog!

The water color paper is from Michael's. You can get an entire pad of paper for 9.00… I just trim it to fit my printer.:)

Hope you have a wonderful party!


Mélanie A. August 4, 2010 - 5:40 pm

I love the job you did on the mirror and the footstool . it looks fabulous

June August 5, 2010 - 5:58 am

Sherry that mirror turned out so stunning! I LOVE it! I have that little footstool too. I recovered it once, but it needs it again. You have almost motivated me to do it. I love yours.
It is always wonderful to come over and get inspiration here!!!

French-Kissed August 5, 2010 - 7:46 am

Love the mirror transformation and the stool looks wonderful. Guess what…I have the same stool that I also found at a thrift shop but I repurposed mine as something other than a foot stool and then repurposed it to a thrid use. When I do my post on it I will link back to your post to give the full range of possibilities. Sure wish I could find a mirror as fabulous as yours!

Lisa August 5, 2010 - 2:27 pm

Both pieces are amazing! I just love the footstool! I've never come across one as nice as that.

Entertaining Women August 5, 2010 - 3:57 pm

Particularly fond of the treatment for the mirror. Great choice. Thank y ou for sharing your designs. Cherry Kay

Nancy August 6, 2010 - 6:36 am

Sherry, I know exactly what you mean when you say you've got to finish up a bunch of projects in time for a party. It seems I get most things done around here when I know I've got a crown coming over! Great motivation it is!

Love the fabric on the footstool…what a HUGE improvement. The mirror is breathtaking. I like it either way but agree the white is stunning on your living room wall. Cute blue plates too…they look like they've got a French saying??? Really pretty!


[email protected] Charm August 6, 2010 - 9:08 pm

Both of your finds are outstanding…that makeover on the mirror is sooooo PRETTY…luv it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Miss Mustard Seed August 7, 2010 - 1:40 am

Oh, I love that mirror! And the foot stool! Both projects and pieces are right up my alley.

Willow Decor August 7, 2010 - 11:24 am

I am so behind on my commenting, but I wanted let you know how incredibly impressed I am with your stunning mirror!! Absolutely fabulous!! LOVE it!! Great job – now be careful because I might need to steal that beauty!! Really fabulous job!!

Denise Marie August 7, 2010 - 3:27 pm

love both projects! I smile every time I remember your blog title because we got the same thing here.

freckled laundry August 7, 2010 - 6:13 pm

Both turned out gorgeous. I LOVE that burlap footstool. I'm so happy you appreciate the detail that went into that mirror. I tend to go for more simple lines and love it when someone goes for the ornate…someone worked pretty darn hard on carving those flowers, etc. I love the new finish.

Thanks for stopping by & commenting on my blog, Sherry!


(P.S. We need to see more of that rug…gorgeous colors!)

Debbie August 8, 2010 - 3:39 am

It is motivating for me to have company and or have a party to get things done too. Your stool is fantastic…I just love how versatile burlap is. So glad you found my giveaway and entered….it ends next week Wednesday….

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia August 8, 2010 - 6:55 pm

I love it! What a wonderful transformation and I love how you used the tape and paint, I never would have known!!!

LV August 10, 2010 - 1:37 am

When you throw a party, you do it in grand style. All these things you redid are fablous. I am sure your entire home looks just like that. You do good work.

Sherry August 11, 2010 - 2:39 pm

I love what you did with the footstool. I have one to cover and hadn't thought of burlap but that would go well with my livingroom as I start it's transformation. I also have a gold mirror that could use white paint. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sarah August 11, 2010 - 5:34 pm

Great little footstool, and the mirror is exquisite. I've been away from my computer so am spending some time scrolling through some previous posts I've missed. Your son's home is truly special. Thank you for sharing the photos. ~ Sarah

bj August 11, 2010 - 5:46 pm

OMGosh…I love you blog. I think this is my first time here.

I would LOVE to win this generous giftcard.
Thanks so much…

I am so in love with that mirror, I don't know what to do. You did an awesome job on it.
xo bj

bj August 11, 2010 - 5:46 pm

Oh, and I just became your newest follower. :))

Brittany Ruth April 25, 2013 - 10:32 am

I love the mirror! I've been really into mirrors right now. Great finds, where do you hunt out of? I am currently hunting mostly in Bavaria. New Follower!

-Brittany Ruth

[email protected] October 23, 2013 - 10:58 pm

I LOVE this mirror!!!


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