Monday, September 10, 2007

DIY Chic


When I came across The Company Store's new Casablanca Collection with metal riveted trim it reminded me of a DIY idea from Better Homes & Gardens 100 Decorating Ideas Under $100.00. It included using nailhead trim to embellish a dresser. But after seeing this new collection I think it would be awesome to take a dresser, paint it brown or black, buy some decorative individual furniture upholstery tacks and spray paint them white. Then take some flat cardboard and cut it to shape of the drawers. Using this piece of cardboard as your form, draw out a cool pattern, then place the tacks in the cardboard with even spacing, thereby tracing over the drawn pattern. Now place and tape the cardboard template over the drawers and lightly tap each tack with enough force to leave a mark. When you have removed the template your design will now be "carboned" onto the drawer and you can permanently nail the tacks into place. Think of all the awesome patterns you could make and what a dramatic piece of furniture it would be. I can think of a million and one great color combos from black furniture with turquoise nails to white with pink to green with black...the possibilities are endless. I am so going to try this out. Enjoy!


5 comments:

drey said...

looks so good, the top two photos... nice way to add inexpensive detailing to a boring ol' piece of furniture :)

Jackie Von Tobel said...

I use nail heads quite often in my designs and I use a piece of poster board as a template but instead of using the nail heads to tap holes into the surface I drill holes according the pattern design through the template. Tape the template into place over the surface that the nail heads are going to be applied to and then drill pilot through the holes in the template for the nail heads. If you hammer nail heads too hard the nails bend or you chip the finish off the top. After drilling pilot holes you just tap them in with a rubber hammer and your done.
Jackie

sheila said...

This is a very cool idea. It would be a great way to dress up and personalize some garage sale finds!

Another Shade of Grey said...

Thanks for the extra tips Jackie. :)

I agree sheila. I can't wait to try it out.

Amy said...

brilliant. love the nailhead furniture. i have seen great nailhead "paneling" on walls as well.

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