Design, DIY, my house

the one with diy nailhead trim

Today, I’m going to tell you the story of a really, easy and fun project . . . made from a really not good product. That’ll make sense later . . .


A little over a year ago, I made a delightful, upholstered headboard. It’s been to 3 houses with us, which sounds crazy since I just made it last may, and I love it more in each bedroom. In this house, I’ve finally found the perfect level to hang it so it’s not the dominate feature, but still tall enough for my husbands height. But it just needed a little something extra. It was beginning to just look like a big purple blob on the wall – not the design piece I wanted it to be. So I decided to add some nailhead trim to it.


It was a really easy process. The nailhead trim is already linked all together, with holes for nails every 4 nailheads, and the nails are provided. So it’s literally just a strip, and you put a nail in every 4 places. Here’s the step by step for anyone who needs it . . .

  1. make upholstered headboard – see link above.
  2. roll out nailhead trim – since it comes wound together you may have to flatten pieces out  and twist things into place
  3. find the spot where you want your nailhead trim to be – I chose 2 inches down.
  4. Start in one of the bottom corners (this is important), and measure whatever length you chose from the side and bottom. I chose 2 inches.
  5. to be sure things are straight, measure down 2 inches from each hole before you nail the head in.
  6. If you want your corners to be square, you’ll need to use wire cutters to cut the trim. Push the two cut sides next to each other to make a square edge and start adding nails again. If you want it to be rounded like mine, then just bend it 🙂
  7. Once you’ve made it all the way around, you’re done!


Don’t worry about the bottom line unless you really want to – it’s hidden by the bed, so why worry. With a 5 yard package, I was able to get the entire top and both sides done of a king size headboard. I even had quite a bit leftover – not enough to finish though.

So the end result . . . this nailhead trim is really cheaply made. Parts of it were already crocked, the nails to add were so hard to get in straight. But if you just want an easy, diy upholstered headboard with nailhead trim that looks nice, but is not perfect – then this is good. I’m happy with our headboard, and the change the nailhead trim brings. There are parts of it that I look at and get really frustrated about because it’s not perfect.

But then I take a step back, look at it as a whole piece, and remember I’m not a perfectionist. Do you have any projects in your house that you enjoy anyway? Before you go, check out this amazing giveaway!


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  • Reply Emily Smith

    When life gives me lemons I grab tequila and salt!

    September 1, 2015 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    Do i have any projects i enjoy in this way? haha

    September 1, 2015 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Liz @ Baby Got B.A.

    i love it! you are so handy!

    September 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm
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