Saturday, November 19, 2011

Weekend DIY: Furniture Nails

Furniture nails are a great way to update your old furniture pieces to make them look more sophisticated and classic. This is a great DIY project that is inexpensive and easy to do. Most hardware stores carry them in a variety of finishes (bronze, brushed or polished nickel). The most popular size is 7/16" but you can find lots of specialty websites that carry an ever broader range of finishes and sizes. Select a finish that matches your d├ęcor and find a chair, ottoman or even a table that needs a little updating. If you don’t seem to have anything on hand, visit a thrift store or ask friends/family if they have any interesting pieces they want to get rid of. Trust me, a little paint and some furniture nails can yield amazing results.

The key to making your new furniture piece look professional is S-P-A-C-I-N-G! You want to make sure that each nail is equidistant to the next. To make this process much easier, I created a quick template that will help you space these perfectly . Simply print, cut out and place over the piece of furniture. Hammer each of the nails in the designated space. Once you have a row, pull the template away and start over with your next row. Add as many or as few nails as you would like!

Looking for ideas? Check out the images I collected as inspiration. You can accomplish many of these looks on your own.

image from left to right: Restoration Hardware Chair, Marco Cabinet, Pottery Barn chair detail, Visconti storage ottoman, Marco side table, Restoration Chair, West Elm headboard.
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