Nailhead Trim Upholstered Table

A simple tutorial for creating a Nailhead Trim Upholstered Table

I have a reputation.

It is true.

A reputation for being willing to take in long forgotten items with a little wear, maybe even some rust.

In fact, just this Sunday, as we went to leave the church parking lot – a friend stopped her car and waved me down so her husband could give me the old metal bucket he had saved for me.

It was one of the sweetest things someone had done for me in a long time.

So, when this table didn’t sell at my friend’s yard sale, it showed up at my door step.

She had something really funky going on the top.  All bubbled and sad.  Sorry, I didn’t take a picture.  Never before have I had to sand something down more.  But sand I did, and then I coated her with a fresh coat of white spray paint.

A simple tutorial for creating a Nailhead Trim Upholstered Table

But I wasn’t sure where to go from there.  All along I kept thinking Mod Podging some sheet music, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  But then, I was at the fabric store having some very expensive foam cut for another project (which as a side note, didn’t go very well).  As I stood at the counter, my eye wandered to the remnant bins, and there she was.  A beautiful turquoise roll of nautical vinyl and I knew just what I would do with her.

Now I don’t know if it is technically correct, but I did iron the fabric from the back side to get the creases out.  I kept the iron moving really quickly so as to not cause any damage.  Do be careful and test it first!

Step 1:

Trace the perimeter of the table with a pencil from the back side.  This table had a ridge to it made for an easy guide.

A simple tutorial for creating a Nailhead Trim Upholstered Table

Step 2:

Cut the fabric along your marks and place it on the table top.  I chose not to use any type of adhesive so that it would be easy to change out down the line if I chose to.

A simple tutorial for creating a Nailhead Trim Upholstered Table

Step 3:

Layout the grid of your nailheads (I chose white).   There are two schools of thought here.  Carefully measure and mark and place.  Or the eyeball and estimate method.  Guess which one I used?

A simple tutorial for creating a Nailhead Trim Upholstered Table

I divided the circle into quarters.  And then working in each quarter, I went half way, then half between each, etc.   I kept going half distance till it was filled the way I wanted.   I just hammered each one in place.

A simple tutorial for creating a Nailhead Trim Upholstered Table

And then I kept going till it was all filled.  It is not perfect, but then again, neither am I, so it works.

A simple tutorial for creating a Nailhead Trim Upholstered Table

But the best part, is now she is reunited with the sweet vintage loveseat.  They actually came from the same home and in my mind, maybe even the same room.

A simple tutorial for creating a Nailhead Trim Upholstered Table

And my fun arrow and printer box’s word art all have come together so fun.  The whole goal of this space is a place for my girls to hang out, read, watch TV even when I am getting some work done.  To give them a space and not have it just be my space.  The good news, is that Jane Eyre book is no longer sitting all set up on the table, because Sunshine has been reading it, right there on our pretty little sofa.

Does a Momma’s heart good.

Oh, and here is another secret – I have the curtains from the same room too!  They were going to throw them away!  Wait till you see them!

Thanks so much for reading!


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24 thoughts on “Nailhead Trim Upholstered Table”


  1. Stop it! That’s too absolutely adorable. I’m LOVE with this idea. You’re a genius! And the bold fun colors are so fresh and happy. Amazing, amazing. I have to do this sometime. I will be a shameless copy cat one day. Did I mention I LOVE it?! I also love all the cute and colorful items you have paired with it. I’m pinning it so I don’t forget.

  2. This room looks amazing! LOVE the table! What a great way to save a top that is really beyond repair. I too am the recipient of all kinds of cast offs. I always tell my sweet friends to just drop off their rejects in my driveway. Sometimes I just laugh when I see what people have brought me. I recently received a table, to which my husbands response was, “Why did the Brady Bunch bring us their kitchen table?!” It is going to be a challenge, but I am determined to make something of it! Life to the full! Melissa

  3. Looks great! Your friend will be blown away by the transformation! And, it’s perfect for your bright and cheerful space, too!

    I love to transform cast-offs also. There’s an old sewing table sitting in my garage right now that I rescued from Goodwill for $12. My husband just returned from a business trip and rolled his eye when he saw it sitting in the garage. lol But, I know he secretly loves the fact that our furniture doesn’t always cost a fortune. It makes up for the Ethan Allen chair I bought last year – ha! 🙂

  4. LOVE the table….seriously! Totally Facebooking and adding to Pinterest TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You are such a rock star! I would never have thought of the white nailhead trim!!!!

    Have an awesome day!

  5. Laura,
    That came out looking awesome. What a great idea. I don’t know where you keep getting your ideas from, but the entire little nook you created in the room speaks to happy, happy, happy!

  6. I love free stuff! What a great space, I know my kids would be planted there. The table looks wonderful and that arrow…love the arrow, making one!

  7. The best part of DIY is transforming someone else’s cast-offs into something beautiful and functional again. Wonderful job, Laura! The space looks so cheery.

  8. What a brilliant idea! The colors are fabulous and love that you didn’t glue it down so you can more easily change it later. What a smart move! You go girl! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Laura,

    I just found you via Dwelling Gawker and I love your site. What beautiful photography you have!

    And this table is darling. I picked up some thumbtacks the other day wondering what I could do with them and I might have to try this out!