Adding Nail-Head Trim to Upholstered Furniture
I did a guest post over at Renewed Upon A Dream a few weeks ago and I thought I would share it with you here today:
I took a break from all the work on the basement project to tackle a fun furniture update I had been thinking about for a while. Last summer we purchased this chaise to give us more seating in the living room.
It replaced a small french upholstered chair, and is a great place for lounging and movie watching since it seats two. Have you ever lived with a piece of furniture for a while before you realized that it needed a little bit of tweaking to really blend into your decor? That’s exactly what happened with this piece. It served it’s purpose perfectly, but was missing the details that the rest of the furniture in the room has:
Nail-head trim on the sofa:
Brocade print and gimp on the settee:
I tried spicing it up with a custom bolster pillow in fabrics that coordinate with the room, but it still didn’t feel personalized enough. If you check out my blog, you will see that I have been sewing since I was a child, and I have been reupholstering antiques since college. Some of you may not like this – so I’m sorry if I offend you, but I don’t spray paint and staple fabric to antiques – I actually restore them, and use traditional tools and materials (tacks, hand-tied springs etc..) to bring them back to their original glory. I’m not a fan of altering antique furniture because the new fad is to spray paint everything white, in fact that’s one of my pet peeves. I am a fan of updating new pieces though (furniture that isn’t solid wood or hand-made), and so I decided to add a nail-head trim to the chaise.
- Tack hammer (or a hammer with a small head, around the size of the tack)
- Tacks/Nails (They sell these at JoAnn’s or at a reupholstery supply store)
- Optional: Helper cat
I hammered in each tack by free-hand, but you could use a pencil to dry a light line on the fabric and then a ruler to make a dot where each tack will be placed. This would create a very uniform look with equal spacing. I lined each tack, right next to the last one with minimal spacing. I choose the placement by following the natural lines of the piece, and the adding additional arm detailing.
This is such a simple project that took me a few hours and only cost $20 in supplies. What do you think?