Thursday, September 12, 2013

NAIL HEAD TRIMMED DINING CHAIRS


I am oh so close to "finishing" my dining room, but an extra little project popped up that I wanted to do.  I think nailhead trim is such an expensive looking touch on furniture, and adds a bit of shine and texture to make almost any piece of furniture look better. 


I've had a roll of nailhead trim for a while that I was planning to use for another project, but I decided to use it to add some detail to my dining side chairs. It only took about 20 minutes per chair, and I could do 2 chairs with each roll of trim.  I bought mine at Joann's, and it's around $12 if you use your coupon. Not a bad upgrade for about $6 per chair.


I had never used this trim before, but it was super easy. There is a hole about every fifth nail that you hammer a separate nailhead tack through to attach it to the frame. If you try this on a piece of furniture, you'll have to make sure that you're applying it where the wood frame is under the fabric so the tacks will have something secure to attach to.


I found that it looked better to tap the section of loose nails in between the tacks down with the hammer as well.  It helped them look a little more like they were really nailed into the frame also.  If you try this, you may want to use a rubber mallet for that part.  A few of my round tops got slightly dented, but I actually like them like that.  Just so you know.  It's a little hard to see in the photo, but it does make a difference.


The strip is very flexible, so at each corner I just wrapped it tightly and kept going.  


When I got all the way around the chair back to where I started, I just snipped the excess off. To secure that end, I used a small nail with the hammer to puncture a hole in the last round piece, and then inserted the nail head tack in that hole.


I know that many people prefer the look of individual nail heads installed piece by piece, but it would have taken for-ev-er to do these chairs, and I know I never would have made them perfectly straight, and that would drive me batty.  I'm happy with this look for this project.  My only drawback with this product is that the individual tacks are slightly a different color than the strip, so they stand out a little bit.  It would be perfect if they were all exactly the same.  

I have 6 of these chairs, but I only added nail head to 4 for now.  I'm considering selling the other two, because the seats are nice and wide and 3 won't fit between the legs down each side of the table.  We'll see, I'll add it later if I decide to keep those 2.


You get a sneak peek at the table too!  It's still not finished.  I'm babying the top and think it's just about ready to put the poly on.  Pretty nervous about that step after my first try went south.   Pretty sure I'm not quite finished with the legs yet either.  


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*GIVEAWAY NEWS-I'm still waiting to hear from Suzanne-comment #63, winner of the Ikat Serving pieces to contact me.  Suzanne, I don't have your e-mail and need your mailing address to send your gift to you.  Contact me at dimplesandtangles{at}att{dot}net with your info, please.  If I don't have a response by Friday evening I'll choose another winner. 

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In other news, I'm over at Cassie's today sharing my home tour as part of her wild and crazy "It's Eclectic, Boogie Oogie Oogie!" series.  Come on over to Primitive and Proper, I even slipped in a photo from a project that you won't see until next week.  See if you can find what it is...it'll be like Where's Waldo - Home Edition.  :)



If you're not familiar with Cassie's blog, you're missing out!  She is a pro at rescuing tired furniture and breathing life back into it!  She's currently working on her Dining Room, which I really, really, really love.  It's just the right mix of modern and moody and rustic and vintage.  

Primitive and Proper

You can see more pics from her dining room here, and don't forget to check out her new home tour series here.

Happy Thursday!


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23 comments:

  1. those chairs are amazing!
    and thank you so much for being my first guest! everyone loves your use of color- so refreshing!!! again, many thanks, friend! oh, and thank you so much for your kind words about me. :)

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  2. I found you over @ Primitive and Proper...love your home! I am a new bloglovin' follower!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  3. Wonderful Blog. Thanks to Cassie, I discovered it this morning. Your projects and DIY are amazing. Love your black and white with the green! So happy to meet you.
    Patty

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  4. Love that simple little upgrade. it definitely adds a little bit of glam to your chairs!

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  5. The chairs look amazing. The nail head trim made such an impact!

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  6. just popping by from cassie's blog - what a beautiful home you have, i'm full of inspiration now and happy to be your newest follower.
    keya

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  7. Love the added touch and it was fun to see you on P & P today :) xo Kristin

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  8. Nailheads are the perfect detail in my book, and those strips are SO easy to use! Your dining room just keeps getting better, I don't know if I believe you're finished! :) Great tour over at Cassie's!

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  9. Love it! I'm so doing this to my captains chairs!

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  10. I love that nailhead trim too, I don't have the patience to do each nail individually!

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  11. Love the nailhead trim!! Looks so good! I'm working on my first project with the nailhead strip instead of individual :)

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  12. It's the little details that making something stunning. I think I would have lost my mind nailling each one on two. I've been looking for these strips in my area in Canada, for a while and I can't see to find a source for them. They look great!

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  13. Great detail to the chairs. I'm such a fan of nail head trim!

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  14. What great added touch to these chairs!! Adds elegance to an already elegant piece!

    Cynthia

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  15. These look great, but the fact that the nailheads are a different color than the trim drove me crazy when I was making my upholstered headboard! I actually found a trim that you can order online, where the nailheads match the trim EXACTLY! You can see real life (close up) pictures of the trim here:
    http://cuphalffull-sf.blogspot.com/2013/05/our-new-upholstered-headboard.html

    I bought the trim online from here:
    http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat148.htm

    The color was called French Natural! Next time you're on the hunt for nailhead, I highly recommend it :-)

    Cheers!
    Becky

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  16. I'm a newcomer to your blog. Love the nailhead trim! I have the same roll and haven't done anything with it - very inspired to try them out on something now.

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  17. What a difference a little nailhead trim makes! I love it and it is just the little pop they needed. I also love your rug and I don't know why I had never seen it before...it's one that has been on my wish list for our bedroom forever, but I'm nervous about it with our two dogs. How do you like it? Does it hold up to traffic well?

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  18. Just a thought, my upholster will add nailheads to anything for about 40 dollars. It ends up looking perfect and giving a piece of furniture am expensive tweak.

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  19. The nailhead trim came out great, Jennifer. I love the little extra custom detail it adds. So pretty and I'm dying to see your table all done!!!!

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  20. I don't know why I'm so afraid of nailhead trim. I will need to tackle that in my next project. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. WOW! This is Fabulous! I have been looking for this nailhead trim everywhere,thanks so much!

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  22. Gorgeous! The nailhead trim is just the right finishing touch! :)

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