1.08.2013

DIY Nailhead Trim Headboard


Remember my DIY upholstered headboard tutorial? In true slow poke fashion, John and I finally got around to adding the nailhead trim that took our headboard out of plain Jane vanilla territory into the "ohmygoshwhydidn'twedothisearlier?" arena. I looooove how it turned out.


I bought this easy nailhead trim kit in antique gold since I didn't want to deal with the hassle of evenly spacing and hammering each nail in. It was super easy since the nailheads come coiled up on a long string, and you just hammer a nail cap over the ones with a hole on top to secure it all in. I think it took about 20 minutes total to add the trim. A cheap way to amp up the 'wow' factor, don't you think?

It would be a great idea to tack these on to mass-market chairs, headboards, sofas, and even Ikea 'Lack' tables, to give them a more customized look. John definitely agrees - he was darting around the house trying to figure out what else we could trim with the extra roll I had on hand. Think I might save it for our vintage sofa we just moved into our bedroom- it desperately needs to be recovered, and I'm still drooling over navy blue velvet upholstery.  Velvet + nailhead trim = one happy Kirsten.

11 comments:

  1. Looks so good!!!!! Why wasn't I born with the DIY or the home décor talent gene??? Mehhhhhh...

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  2. that is totally gorgeous! great work!!

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  3. gorgeous! i never would have thought about doing this. it looks great

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  4. LOVE this! We made a similar headboard, but ours has about 2 inches of high-density foam padding beneath the fabric and batting. Before I order some trim for our bed, I am curious how long the nails that you hammer in actually are. Did they go through your foam ok?

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    1. Thanks! 2" of super thick foam might cause some problems when hammering the nailheads in since they are only 7/16" long and are placed every 4 or 5 spots on the trim kit version. I'd be afraid that the pressure from the foam would push the nails out, and they'd rocket across the room. I'd make it a law that you had to wear saftey goggles to bed, haha! I'd go buy a pack of nailheads at the craft store and do a test in the corner to see if they will go in before spending any dough on the kit version. Hope that helps!

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  5. Did you use the 1 inch foam on yours, and nail thru that? In your directions, it said either buy 1/2 inch or 1 inch, and it looks like your foam was 1 inch..I am wanting to do the same thing, without leaving a border to nail into so I was wondering..

    Thanks!

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    1. Yes, I used 1" foam and didn't have any problem nailing the trim in. Just be sure to use a mallet, not a hammer. A hammer will dent the trim.

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  6. When you nail in the first nail and then there are some nail heads before the next one is nailed in, how do you get the foam pushed in. I can understand the nailed ones pushing it in, but how about the ones that are just heads. Did you staple a line before putting in the line of nailheads.

    I staple a line all the way around and then hot glue piping I made out of matching fabric...but would like to try the nailhead version.

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    1. It just goes in when the next nail is hammered in - I think the tension between the two pushes it down in between the gaps.

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  7. I have a headboard ready to be recovered. I am hoping to do a natural linen and nailhead just like yours! Thanks for the inspiration and for the link as to where you purchased the kit. I love the soft hump in the center of yours. Ours is squared off, but yours looks more custom with the "hump"!

    www.lifelovelarson.blogspot.com

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