Tips & inspiration for application, spacing and design.
Decorative nails and nailhead trim accents are everywhere! If you’re in the market for new furniture, you’ve seen decorative nails and trim adorning chairs, ottomans, headboards, couches and more. But did you know you can purchase the nails and trim and try adding them to projects yourself? You can! The Dritz® Home line includes a variety of nails, trims and application tools that you can use to DIY unique furniture or other accent pieces. Before you get started, consider these tips and inspiration.
|You need to determine if you want to use individual nails or nailhead trim. Individual nails come in a wider range of sizes/finishes and can be spaced out as desired. Nailhead trim is less time consuming to apply because you only apply a nail into every 5th hole. Spacing is also a bit easier with the trim. Let your project, personal taste and determination dictate which is right for you.|
|Choose the right hammer for the job! For best results, use a tack hammer or a rubber mallet. Tack hammers are best for upholstery; the small head is precise when driving a nail into a padded surface. When applying decorative nails to a wooden surface, it’s best to use a rubber mallet as it won’t damage the surrounding wood. If all you have is a household hammer, protect the nail and wood surface by putting a piece of cloth or felt between the nail and hammer.|
|Spacing is critical and varies with each project. Get an idea of how you want nails spaced by inserting them into a piece of paper or felt, and measuring from center to center. Using this measurement, make placement marks on painter’s tape and position the tape on your project. This will let you see if you like where the last nail falls. Adjust placement marks as desired.|
|Before you begin inserting nails, you can use an awl to create a hole first. This is particularly helpful if you are working on a wooden surface.|
|Needlenose pliers are helpful! If you have some on hand, you can use them to hold the nails in place and hammer at the same time. After the first few taps of the hammer, remove the pliers.|
|If you used painter’s tape, peel it off before driving your nails completely into the wood.|
|Mistakes happen! If you happen to bend a nail during application, a tack remover comes in handy. Just slide the prongs under the unwanted tack and lift to remove it.|
|We used decorative nails and nailhead trim to jazz up some basic wooden picture frames. We filled the frames with coordinating fabrics that we mounted to foam core. It’s a clever way to create a unique art collage.|
|Play around with nails! There are many sizes, shapes and finishes available and they can be mixed and matched to create a truly unique look. Braided trims and twill tapes work nicely with the nails for an added punch of texture and detail.|
It was fun working on this post, because we came across so many great ideas out there for using and designing with the nails. Check out our nailheads Pinterest board and get inspired by some truly ambitious home projects. You’ll find placement and design ideas for a variety of end uses.
Got tips to share? We’d love to hear about them!