Saturday, January 21, 2012

Thumbtack Nailhead Table Redo

Meet "little purp".

She might not be the most beautifully designed piece you've ever seen, but she gets the job done.  And she's much better in our house than the ginormousaurus table we had in the living room before.

Anyway, sweet little purp had humble beginnings.  I found her at a yard sale on my way to work back in October.  She was $3.  I didn't think I had $3 with me until I checked the change bin in my car; She was paid for completely in quarters, dimes and nickels!

I would love to show you more 'before' pics, but we just lost all the photos we had stored on our external hard drive.  This is where you say, "awwwww".  I know, right?  I'm really hoping they can be recovered... we have ALL of our kids baby pics on that thing!  But you came here to see a table, not hear my sob story :)

I spray painted her in a plum color and dry brushed a little black on top

And then applied a coat of wax with a rag

But she needed something.  Thumb tacks, of course!  I have seen beautiful nailhead trim ideas everywhere lately... at Anthropologie, in magazines, and on Pinterest.

One of my resolutions this year is to learn to relax.  I can be a little high strung so I thought Little Purp could help me with this.

I printed out the word and taped it to the table.  Then I started pushing the tacks through the paper.  I only pushed them halfway down, so the paper wouldn't get stuck under them.

I peeled away the paper and pushed the tacks in all the way with the back of a screwdriver.  I tried using a hammer, but I ended up with broken tacks that way.

Here she is all finished

And I think her message is working...

Who am I kidding?  I only sat down long enough to take that picture.  It's a start though...

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  1. look at you with a furniture redo! i love it! so creative!

  2. Love it! What a fun way to change it up. Good luck with the relaxing, LOL!
    ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

  3. Love this--it's so creative and one of a kind!

  4. I love this! I really, really do! Now I am looking around my house seeing what I can do on our furniture!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. This is awesome! I love the thumbtacks "relax". I've never seen anything like it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Wow, that's really interesting and different! I really like it!

  7. I love this. What a great idea and perfect word choice. Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

  8. nailhead table = fun! :) great job!

  9. How much fun is that! Go ahead, prop your feel up!

  10. Cute blog!!! I found you on a link party!! I am your newest follower!!! I would love it if you would check out my blog to and follow me back, that would be great!! I would love to feature your blog sometime!!


  11. Ha! I wish I could find some time to "relax" as well. I love this tack idea, why have I never seen it before??

  12. I've been meaning to do a nailhead project for some time and just haven't come across the right piece to do it on. I like how you printed the letters on paper and used them as a stencil. I'll have to try that!


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