nailhead coffee table makeover

You know how bacon makes everything better?
Nail head trim is the same way. It instantly elevates a piece of furniture from ordinary to ooh la la!

I gave a little preview of our new coffee table a couple weeks ago- I finally got the rest of the nail heads I needed to finish the project!

The table started out humbly enough but I was excited about the possibilities. I picked this up from a thrift shop and it looked like this:

It looked very homemade.
I love items like this- imperfections, character.
A fresh coat of white paint instantly transformed it.  Once again, I used Home Depot's Ultra in Spice Delight- the same as our new master bedroom cabinet.
A little bit of embellishment was needed.  But I also wanted something with a touch of masculinity for my husband's sake!
It was pretty fun adding this to the table.  Using my dressmaker's tape for flexibility around the curve, I measured and marked where I wanted the nails- every 3/4".

I found that it was easier to use my needle nose pliers to start- I had less trouble with the nails getting hammered in wonky and wasting them.  Plus, no hammered fingers!  :)

It took about 7 boxes of nails to complete the project. I never could get the rest from the fabric store.  You know who had plenty?  True Value hardware store! 

With the new table I also changed the setting I had on top- this tray was buried in the house wares at Goodwill. I liked the patina, and when I flipped it over to see if it was silver, this is what I saw:

 At check out it was also marked down 50 % off!
Total I paid? $2.50.
Can't beat that!!

Here's a final look at the before and after:

We are loving the new look!


  1. if that pb tray ever makes it's way to etsy, i'll be there!!

  2. OH I love that table! The nailheads add such a classic touch! Great job!

  3. The nailheads make the piece. Great setting.
    - Joy

  4. I love the table, never would have thought of nail heads... great idea.

  5. Oh my goodness, the transformation is amazing! You seriously did a wonderful job. Now I need to figure out how where I can use those nails. :)

  6. What a fabulous transformation. I wouldn't have thought to use the upholstery tacks in this way, but these add the perfect touch. Very nice job!

  7. Oh Denise, I'm drooling and swooning over here, I love, love, love what you have done with that table it's gorgeous. The tray is a great find gotta love Goodwill!

  8. I am in love with this table!! Great job!!!
    I hope you will drop by my blog to see my great thrift store find this past week!!
    I am your newest follower!!! :-)


  9. Looks Fabulous! Very patient person I must say. I have thoughts of adding nail heads to a piece like that, but then quickly realize, I don't think I could stick it out. Kudos to you!

  10. Denise, that looks great! I loved seeing the before & after on this. Those nailheads really add some pizazz too. Thanks for linking to my party today!

  11. You need to start a business....that's how amazing you are!!

  12. It's so beautiful! Great job...and I love the arrangement on the top, too. Great silver tray find!

  13. I love that style of coffee table, already and then you made it look even better! LOVE!!

  14. Wow! Little table is now dressed and looks fabulous! Great job!

  15. Oh my, that table looks beautiful. I am inspired. Dawn suitcase Vignettes.

  16. Love the coffee table makeover!

  17. Hi Denise, I featured your post on my top ten this week at Boogieboard Cottage. I loved it, thank you for linking it! Have a great week, Mary :O)

  18. What a great find. I like the style of that table. It looks so nice white! I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime.

  19. I've been searching for the perfect large tray too. You really scored on yours! I love a bargain!

  20. What a great makeover. I found a side table like this in a thrift shop and have been debating whether or not to buy it. The nail heads are already on it and I don't know if I can remove them to paint it. I just love the look of this....wonderful job!
    Marianne :)

  21. Love love love how you've transformed this piece.
    It's like you bejeweled it but in a very classy way. Great job!



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