Monday, July 27, 2009

Nailed it!

Update: I am linking this post to DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land. Go check out all the other great projects!

Do you make lists? I do.


On my list of things I absolutely MUST accomplish before menopause is to rehab a cool piece of furniture and adorn it with nail head trim.


I am excited about this for a couple of reasons.

Number 1: According to my calculations, menopause for me is a solid 20-25 years away. Which means I'm waaaay ahead of the game. (Right? Is that right? If I'm off, please let me know ASAP, as the rest of my lists will need to be updated, stat).

Number 2: I am in LOVE with my finished little stool! I'm going to go ahead and give myself a pat on the back! Luckily I'm flexible like that.

I had big plans to join Centsational Girl's Nail Head Trim Party, which was slated for this Friday. It was the perfect motivation for me to focus in and complete a project, since my MO is to start about 5 projects at once, wreak havoc on our entire house and nearly give hubby a coronary with all of the disarray. It's just the way I operate and hubby's cross to bear.

Here is the sad little stool I found for a whopping $2 at the thriftique store I stalk:

A tad unsightly. But I had big plans for the little guy. Some would call me a visionary... but I don't like to toot my own horn, so feel free to come up with your own synonym.

I could see that some poor soul had tried to jazz it up previously, with their misguided magenta latex paint.. this became a real pain in the rear since I ended up having to peel and scrape it off with my thumb nails. My manicurist was NOT happy.

And where's a chimp when you need one? Without any opposable thumbs, our dog was totally useless for this project.

So, after much peeling and sanding I had had enough. Out with the spray paint!

I actually liked the rope(?) top of the stool, but since it had been painted a lovely shade of gold, I didn't think it could be salvaged. Besides, I knew I wanted to try my hand at a cushioned seat with some sexy nail head trim!

I had a piece of wood cut at Home Depot and trimmed some thick foam for the cushion.

Then I covered it with my fabric and staple-gunned the heck out of it. Add some nail head detailing and we're almost done!

And here he is!

What do you think? I am pretty happy with the way it turned out!

Hmmm... what else can I trim with nail head?..


  1. Super impressed!!! You could sell this stuff!!

  2. Gorgeous transformation! and congrats for checking that off your list of to-dos ;)

  3. got it finished just in time for my inspection when i come for a visit!!!! altho it looks pretty good from here.

  4. Looks great! Need some more furniture to refurbish?

  5. Hey there - that cracks me up that you have Reasors too. Wouldn't it be nuts if we were neighbors and didn't even know it?!

    I'm wondering where you found your nailhead trim. I haven't been able to find the strips like that...I've only found individual nailheads.

    Love your bench!

  6. AnNicole: Thank you!

    I found the trim at JoAnn Fabrics. I think it was $14.99 and I had a 40% off coupon.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. DIVINE!! I love the transformation!

    I'm such a sucker for nailhead trim, I used it on our headboard & DR chairs, LOL. It's like, where's it been all my life?!


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