Adding Decorative Nailheads to a Sofa

Happy Monday! In the last post I created I mentioned that "the nailhead" topic was leading up to something. Well, afte...

Happy Monday!

Brass nailhead DIY on furniture, Decorative nailhead trim

In the last post I created I mentioned that "the nailhead" topic was leading up to something. Well, after much consideration, I decided to apply a decorative nailhead trim to my lovely red sofa. We all remember what it looked like before, right? Well...this is a huge upgrade. The gold has grown on me. I will be very transparent---I ordered the wrong finish and did not realize it until I was halfway done with the couch. I was so excited that the trim kit came in that I did not even realize that it is was the wrong finish. I know, silly me! Anyways, it is growing on me, I like it more and more as the days go by. 

My original plan for the couch was to adhere a decorative fabric trim to the bottom of the couch, either in plain black or in greek key. I thought it would look nice. However, after much consideration the mister and I decided for resale value the decorative nailhead trim would be a better selling feature if we decide to sale it sometime down the road. 

Decorative nailhead trim, DIY brass nailhead's on sofa, Decorative trim on couch

Materials: 

The main material you will need is a decorative nailhead trim kit. You can purchase individual nailheads or the actual trim. I purchased 10 yards brass nailhead trim kit. I used a regular hammer to hammer the nails in but the correct hammer needed for this product is a mallet hammer, which is shown below. To cut the trim if too long, just use a wire cutter or metal cutter. Either should work fine. 








Steps: 

Before doing anything, you may want to put some leather gloves on (optional)---this is just a warning, but I will inform you that if you do not wear some type of finger protection your fingers will get little cuts and nits from the metal trim. 

I rolled out a few feet worth of trim and placed the trim directly over the last imprint of where a nail (or staple) was located and I hammered in a nailhead attached to the trim on the backside of my sofa. I followed the imprint all the way around my couch. Once I got to the end of the couch where my trim work meets together I cut the trim off with a metal cutter. 

Follow the pictures below for an understanding of what occurred. 

Decorative nailhead trim, DIY brass nailhead's on sofa, Decorative trim on couch

This is how the trim looks as you are applying it around the rim of the couch. Since it is a lightweight piece of metal it is easily bendable and can take form fast. 

Decorative nailhead trim, DIY brass nailhead's on sofa, Decorative trim on couch

This is the way I hammered my nails in along the rim of my couch. This type of hammer is not recommended and will actually scratch the nailhead, but since I did not have a mallet hammer, I had to make do. 

Decorative nailhead trim, DIY brass nailhead's on sofa, Decorative trim on couch

I also attempted to use an eraser as a barrier so that my nails would not get dinged up when I hammer it. This technique did work to some degree, but it made the whole nailhead installment process take longer than what it needed to take. 

Decorative nailhead trim, DIY brass nailhead's on sofa, Decorative trim on couch

Pretty and simple, eh? This project cost me $25 and took me approximately an hour to complete. Please keep in mind that you can purchase a trim kit cheaper if you need less yardage or if you choose a different finish....the possibilities of what you can do with nailheads are endless. 

Decorative nailhead trim, DIY brass nailhead's on sofa, Decorative trim on couch

Finish product....I know it is just a teaser, but I plan to reveal my whole living room in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Monday! 

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55 comments

  1. Cute! Such a great idea for updating furniture!

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    1. Thank you. No paint, not really much of a mess made...a very simple way to add character to a piece.

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  2. that looks really nice! Good idea.

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  3. It honestly looks like a completely different couch, from the original! I will never look at those skirted beauties in the thrift store the same way, ever again! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Haha! I know, right? Every time I come across a vintage couch that is what I look at.

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  4. I really like this look- classic and edgy at the same time. Well done!

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    1. Thanks! I think we have similar styles!

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  5. I love this addition! It makes any furniture piece feel fancy and custom. Also, I am loving that deep red color of the sofa!

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    1. Thanks. I have been wanting a red sofa for like forever and I finally have one...love it!

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  6. Thank turned out so nice! It looks like you bought it that way! Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. This is a great idea. I love the look of the decorative nailheads.

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  8. Lovely transformation, and done in less than an hour! Great stuff.

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  9. This is a great idea. I love the look of the decorative nailheads.

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  10. This is a great idea. I love the look of the decorative nailheads.

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  11. This couch turned out really nice. Love the color too!

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  12. Oh my gosh that's so simple! I never would have thought of doing that. Great way to refresh an older couch

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    1. This is a great way to update old furniture! love it and thank you for stoping by.

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  13. What a huge difference for such a little time! I love it,nice thinking! Can't wait to see the rest of your living room. Red couches are so cool!

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    1. Thanks April. I should be posting my living room reveal this upcoming week.

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  14. That is super smart and SUPER easy!! I love it! And I'm moving soon into a gorgeous apartment with florr to ceiling windows and cathedral ceilings (clearly I'm excited) so I really want to redecorate! Thanks for the idea!!

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    1. Officially Jealous....I want floor to ceiling windows!

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  15. This is super cool and way easier than I thought it would be! We're getting a new sofa and I'll have to consider this to jazz it up!

    xo, Chelsie @ Life with Rosie

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    1. yeah, you should! It will add some personality for sure.

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  16. Great touch to the couch! It's totally different. Good thinking with the easer!

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    1. Thanks Sara! Yeah, I got to do what I got to do!

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  17. Totally makes it look more expensive. Love it! Nice work!

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  18. These are really pretty and look fairly easy to do! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Really interesting and stylish post!

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  20. What a nice little touch! And it doesn't look that difficult, either!

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  21. The nailheads are a nice touch to add a little something special to the sofa. Although your sofa is gorgeous already :-) Love to see your reveal!

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  22. Those are beautiful! And actually very easy to do! Great work!

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  23. I love how much this detail added to your sofa!
    Cynthia @craftoflaughter

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  24. This couch keeps getting better and better. I absolutely love it. Can't wait for the final reveal.

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  25. This is Uh-mazing!!! Love the color of your sofa too!

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  26. This is AMAZING! I'm so jealous of your awesome creativity! I will definitely be looking to you when I have furniture of my own to play around with, I'm absolutely LOVING this! Beautiful, subtle touch. Great job girl!

    Also, you are a 'no-reply blogger' with blogger blogs! I am unable to reply to your comment on my blog through email, which is usually how I like to interact with my readers. Just letting you know :)

    Happy Hump Day!

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    1. Awww, thank YOU Tarole! I will look into that 'no-reply' issue...thanks for letting me know.

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  27. This is really cool! Can't wait to try it!

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