Monday, February 27, 2012

D.I.Y. Nailhead Side Table

I am so excited to show you this amazing tutorial on nailhead furniture I found at Mad in Crafts!  I love the way this side table turned out, imagine the possiblities!  This "nailhead" side table cost just under $10.00 to remake from an old outdated nightstand.  The nighstand lacked any kind of pizzazz at it's original state.  After adding new paint and some determination Jessica Hill from Mad in Crafts turned this table into gorgeous and stylish piece of furniture.  This can even rival the inspired piece from Bernhardt!

To get started you will need:

Piece of furniture
Sanding block
Primer paint
Paint (color of your choice)
Thumb tacks

I am sure we all have or have access to one of these old nightstands… 

Remove the hardware and sand down the piece to get the shine off so that the paint can adhere to it.

After sanding, prime the whole piece using Gripper primer.  Gripper is an excellent primer, less expensive than the other brands and it covers great. Paint the furniture with your choice of paint color.

Once the paint is dry, figure out the nailhead design you desire.  Being that this piece of furniture was oak, pushing the tacks into the wood is not an option.  If the wood is a soft wood, you may able to lightly hammer on the tacks.  In this case, small holes were drilled using the smallest drill bit (1/32) at 1 cm apart for a continuous line of tacks, being that the tacks are 1 cm in diameter.  Be careful to only drill deep enough for the tack to stay steady in the hole.  You want to be able to hammer the tack into the wood itself, otherwise the tack will fall right back out.

Gently hammer the tacks into the pre-drilled holes.

For a repeated flower design, cut out a simple template out of cardstock junk mail.  Mark the dots around the template at 1 cm intervals.

Drill, hammer, repeat.

This process could be used to jazz up headboards, mirrors, 
cheap IKEA furniture; the possibilities really are endless.

What do you think?
What are you up to lately?  I love to know!


  1. This is awesome! You must have a great deal of patience!! Great makeover! New follower ~Lori

  2. What do I think! I think you're a genius!!! That pattern looks so hard, and you NAILED it (haha couldn't help it!!)

  3. Love it, what a transformation, well done. G

  4. Love it! Nail head trim is such a great detail on soft furnishings, so why not on a side table? :-) And I just happen to have an old beat up side table that's crying out to be made over... you've inspired me, thank you! :-)

  5. Oh I love this!!! So pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I am so amazed, the transformation is incredible creative. I am so excited to find and follow new special places. I have no doubt I will enjoy engaging and supporting this wonderful space you have created. Thank you for sharing, I am so glad to meet you. I hope you will find some time to come visit me soon. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  7. Wow! You nailed it! This is a fantastic project!!!!

  8. You did an amazing job transforming the end table. It looks great!


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