May 31, 2011

Perfecting Nail Head Trim

I don't know if you all noticed, but some of trim was crooked on my headboard.

I bothered me- a lot. Pretty much kept me from loving the project 100 percent. But it IS totally fixable, that is if Joann's would keep their trim stocked!!! I bought trim for the THIRD time to get this project perfect.

Here is my before-remember my excitement with the finally, finally finished headboard?
Well, day after day, these areas were all I could focus on.
 Thankfully, fixing it is not all that difficult.

To fix the trim what you want to do is grab the nail head with you needle nose pliers like this:

See how I'm holding the pliers on top of the strip- so the tips of the pliers are NOT touching the fabric? This is key to protecting it from damage. You can actually pull or wiggle out the nail heads but the top of the nail will probably be damaged. Can you see it on this photo?
So after the tacks that were securing the crooked portion of your line are pulled out will will be able to move the strip into the correct place. To do this push down with the foam and fabric in one hand and move the trim to where it needs to be then secure it with new nail heads.

Easy fix and it looks so much better!

Too bad I was too lazy to make my bed and take all the pics over. Aah!
At least it's finally finished....for real this time!

Thanks for taking a look!
 - Becca -

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  1. I thought it looked fine to begin with, and I probably would have been scared I'd snag the fabric. But it looks great!

  2. Great job! I found you via It's Sew Stinkin Cute link party. I'm your newest follower and I'd love for you to link this up at Sew Woodsy

  3. Thanks for linking up at 2 ¢ Tuesdays!

  4. I used nails to do some trim on one of my dog beds and it was WAY harder than I thought it would be. Do you have a trick for hammering them in and not bending them?

    Love your headboard- I so want to do something like this!
    Here are my dog beds:

  5. Isn't it funny how the LITTLE details can bug us most?? Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  6. I just love the look of your headboard! Beautiful!!! Little details like that drive me crazy, especially when I'm the one to look at it every day. A bit of perfectionism keeps us all in check. I always try to keep in mind that it isn't if everyone else likes it, it isn't how many comments I've gotten ... it IS if it makes ME proud and happy! Now you are proud and happy ... and you can dive into your next project!

  7. What a pretty headboard, well worth the trouble of repairing the crooked trim.

  8. It looks great. I never would have thought of using all those pins to trim a headboard. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Looks fantastic- nail head trims are a lot of work but worth it- they look wonderful! Thank you for sharing at FNF :)

  11. This stuff can be infuriating to get straight! Thanks for the tips!

  12. lol, you're so funny! but I'm glad it's all straight now so you can love it 100% :)

  13. Good for you for fixing the wonky bits! You always notice things like that in your own work. Others may not - but I know how annoying it is to see something like that every day!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. That looks great! Thanks for the tip. I have never tried the decorative nails on furniture before.


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