Fabric Nailhead Cabinet updo!

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DIY Nailhead Cabinet tacks

I finally got a project up for the New Year! Earlier this week I was shopping at our local Hancock Fabrics and in the window was this awesome black side table with French scribed linen burlapy fabric decoupaged with Mod Podge on the drawer for $110.! I looked inside and Hancock’s sells the exact fabric!! Well I knew I had the perfect piece of thrift store furniture at home to jazz up and make this look my own, only mine is $90 cheaper and I added faux nailhead for a more edgy look with some added funk!

Materials: 1/4 yard upholstery fabric with French wording in black & white, this pattern is from Handcock Fabrics,  Mod Podge Matte, Silver thumb tacks (AKA ~Nailheads) size 13/32″  ( Home Depot), about 200 (buy extra, you will need them, some break or bend), hammer, sponge applicator, scissors, #220 sand paper, poster board, old credit card or vinyl applicator/smoother card,  rotary cutter with mat and ruler.

First you remove the door or drawer and hardware of the piece you are going to decoupage. Then make a template out of the poster board of the area you are decoupaging in order to cut the fabric perfectly. When you use Mod Podge on fabric it will stretch, so make your template about 1/8 in smaller than the area you are covering. Then pick a section of your fabric to use and draw with a pencil the outline of the template from the poster board. Use a rotary tool ( I find this easiest way, or use sharp fabric scissors if you do not have one)  and cut your fabric. Try to trim all stray strings before gluing. Yes this can be frustrating but it helps for the look of the finished product.

decoupage cabinet

Lightly sand the area you are going to apply the Mod Podge, this helps the fabric adhere better. Then spread decoupage with a foam applicator over the area, carefully staying within the area. I put this on pretty heavily because I did not put the Mod Podge on the top of my fabric. I liked the way it looked with out sealing it. Wipe off any over spill. Lay the fabric over the glue carefully and smooth out. I use a vinyl applicator card I got with one of the vinyl phrases you apply to walls, etc. You can use an old credit card or your fingers, just make sure all the bubbles are out. Smooth and tuck in any strings or trim them if they are too long. Do not pull them they will run and ruin the look of your fabric. Next I added some Mod Podge about 1/4in inward all the way around and lightly on top of the fabric, to seal the edges. Let it dry for at least an hour or more.decoupage fabric cabinet

I wanted to add the effect of nail head trim, but nail heads are expensive so I thought I would try thumb tacks. The hard part is deciding what design to do. I wanted to do so many different things to this cabinet. But with the fabric added I did not want it to be too busy looking, so I opted for a simple effect.

Take a ruler and measure a line down the center of the area you are adding the tacks. mark with a pencil or chalk. This will make it easier to follow a straight line. Some furniture makers measure the distance between the nail heads and then hammer a hole centimeters apart to apply the nail head, but with tacks that is a little more difficult. Some of the tack posts are off center and you must accommodate for that. But that method may be easier for you. I used a little of both.

Getting the tacks straight is a little tough at first and takes some time getting it right. Place your first tack on the line and if the wood is soft enough you can push it in with our thumb, if not you may need to hammer a nail and make a hole first and then push the tack in. Again using the nail method can be pretty tricky, if a tack has an off center post. You must accommodate for that when you are trying to make them straight. If you get it wrong,  just lightly hammer a nail or small flat head screwdriver under the tack and remove. Try again. Once you get going, it will get easier. And that’s it! The sky is the limit to what you can design! I plan on doing a few more of these, so stay tuned!

DIY Tack nailhead chest XOXOKim



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  2. What a great transformation!! Thanks for sharing at my party!

  3. Love this would go perfect in my house .. Thanks for stopping by and Linking up

  4. What great material! I love the trim, that’s such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Kim, I featured your awesome cabinet tonight at Project Queen’s highlight party. Thanks so much for linking up and hope you return this week!


  6. This is very cool! I have been trying to transfer images to painted furniture but don’t think either way I tried worked out that well. I am going to try this on my next table project.Thanks for sharing.


  7. Your project turned out super cute! come link it up if you like! I’d love my readers to see your project. Have a great weekend.

  8. The nailhead trim is an awesome idea! The table looks great!! Thanks for linking up to the 1st Project of the Year Party!

  9. This looks awesome!! Thank you for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters

  10. That fabric against the black is to die for. I love the swirly script and it just looks so good in that inset!

  11. Oooooh, you did such a GREAT job! Love the fabric and love the nail-head trim!

    Thanks SO much for linking up your awesome posts @ Feature Friday Free-for-All!

    P.S. I’m your newest subscriber and would be so honored if you’d follow my blogging journey as well (if you don’t already! : )).

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

  12. Great way to dress up an old cabinet! Thanks for linking up!

  13. LOVE!!! I just love french vintage wording and you took it to a whole new level…Your cabinet is just beautiful!! Now I’m going to go “Pin” it so I can look at it all the time … ;)

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