Adding Nail Head Trim – Give me some bling!

If you are coming here from a link party, this is the final post on my Extreme Rattan Chair Makeover. Click HERE if you want to see the transformation from the beginning. This chair started out as an U-G-L-Y silver painted dining chair that I scored at a yard sale for $5! I handed over my Abe Lincoln and ran before the owner could change her mind. 

Today I will show you how to upholster the front and back of the rattan chair, add nail head trim, and then you can see the final results! Can’t wait, can you?

Well, grab your tools and let’s get crackin’.

Materials Needed:


Nail Head Trim* (Purchased every third hole style trim. It cost $1.25 per yd. on Amazon.com)
Decorative Nails* 7/16″ x 1/2″ – French Natural (sold in bags of 50 nails for $1.70)
Rubber Mallet
Wire Cutters
Posterboard or Tracing Paper
Scissors
Batting
Cardboard
Spray Mount
Hot Glue Gun (with glue sticks)
Screwdriver or cordless drill

* Just a quick note that I measured the areas on my chair using a sewing tape measure so I knew how much trim I needed. Then made sure I had enough decorative nails to fill in every third hole. Always order a bit extra in case you make a mistake or if you miss measure. Plus, as I will show you, I had to end some sections early and add extra nails.

First thing I did was make a template for the back of my chair. I used a large sheet of posterboard (the cheap kind you can buy at the drug store works great!) I used my finger to press hard on the paper and the edge of my chair back opening. When I removed the posterboard, you could see a faint score line. I then cut out the template. (You could alternatively tape several pieces of tracing paper together and draw around the chair backing.)

 

Then I fit my template into the back and made any cuts until my template was perfect. Next I traced my template onto thicker cardboard and cut out the cardboard for my chair back.


Now I could start cutting out my fabric. You will want to lay your fabric on top of the cardboard and play with the pattern placement until you are happy. Then trace about an inch outside the cardboard and cut out your fabric. This is where I wish I had followed Centsational Girl’s directions for her Cinderella Chair Makeover! She cut out a piece of batting that was the same size as her chair back fabric. She wrapped the batting around the cardboard and stapled it. Then she used the glue gun to attach her fabric to the cardboard. I didn’t see the need since I wouldn’t be resting my back on the back side of the chair. But, what I didn’t realize is that it would hide the folds in the cardboard. Oh well, live and learn. Luckily my chair back faces a wall so no one will see it.

So, next I pulled out my spray mount, after putting a tarp down on the garage floor that extended about 4 feet in every direction from my cardboard. (Did I mention that spray mount can also travel when airborne? Be sure to cover a larger area than you will be spraying and prop up cardboard or more plastic if you are spraying near something you don’t want the spray mount to adhere to.)

I sprayed a light coating on one side of the cardboard. Then laid it on top of the fabric (Next time I will replace the fabric with the batting – having learned my lesson.) Make sure your fabric (batting) is stretched out so there are no wrinkles. Now, if you are using batting, you will want to get your fabric and lay your cardboard sandwich on top of the fabric.


Now it is time to glue the fabric to the cardboard backing. Heat up your glue gun, and run a bead of glue along one edge of your backing. Fold the fabric over the back (being careful not to burn your fingers on the hot glue like I did) and press into the glue. Carefully fold the fabric around your edges.

At the top of my chair was a heart shape, which required that I cut a few slits into the fabric so I could fold the fabric into the cardboard notch.

You are almost ready to insert your backing into your chair. Before you insert the backing, run a line of hot glue all the way around the back of the chair where the rattan meets the chair frame. Then I set my chair back in place. This is where I realized that I should have added the batting. You can see two slight horizontal lines at the top and middle where the cardboard had a fold in it. So, I hope you can learn from my mistake. Although, I really don’t think it looks too bad (does it?)

Nail head trim time – Make her glamorous!

I pretty much repeated the same process for tracing the back (pressing my finger on the edge of the rattan area.) The front of the rattan was wider than the back. The good news is that once you have your template cut out of posterboard, you can go right to cutting the fabric and batting, instead of cutting a cardboard backer. I used two layers of batting for extra cushion. But, I could have used more.

 

Cut your fabric about an inch wider than your template on all sides. Trace and cut your 2 + layers of batting to the exact size of your template.

Now you are ready to put your fabric and batting on the chair. I laid my chair down on its back so I could work with gravity holding down the fabric and batting. Starting in a corner, gently fold the excess fabric around the batting and lay your nail head trim on the edge of the fabric. Use your rubber mallet to hammer in the first nail into the first hole in the trim. Continue along slightly bending your trim to match the curves on your chair.

 

When you reach a corner, you will need to cut your trim. If you can’t end with a nail hole at the corner, you will want to cut your trim at a hole and add a nail or two next to the hole to finish at the corner. This will insure that you don’t have the excess trim popping up or catching on anything. Then I cut two extra nail head bumps off my trim so that I could start with a hole again.

 

Work your way around the whole back of your chair until you have completed the nail head trim border. I also chose to add nail head trim along the edge of my chair below the chair cushion. Why not?! At only $1.25 per yard, it is has big bang (or should I say Bling!) for little bucks!

 

Now the moment you have all been waiting for. Time to re-attach your seat cushion to the chair. Lay your cushion back in place, and locate the four mounting screw holes underneath. Use your cordless drill (highly recommended over the screwdriver) to screw in the mounting screws.

 

Then, set your chair upright and swoon over your “ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan!” Isn’t she lovely!

This concludes my Extreme Makeover of a Rattan Backed Chair. I hope you will check back soon as I show you some of our office renovation.

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Comments

  1. Centsational Girl says:

    Oh my word, what a gorgeous chair ! All of your hard work paid off ! Love the color and the fabric, so nicely done ! Big applause from me !

    xoxo
    Kate

  2. Cheyenne Angel says:

    beautifull work !

  3. Anonymous says:

    Awesome job! Of course, everything you touch ends up great:)

    Ritta

  4. shelley says:

    That is a pretty chair!

  5. Laura's Rose Garden says:

    Good morning Brittany!
    WOW! You did an amazing job on this chair! Congratulations! Your tutorial is excellent!
    I have been fixing things and refinishing furniture for more than 32 year (YIKES!)as a hobby and a way of furnishing my house with lovely, good quality older furniture and antiques. Nearly every piece of furniture in our house and cottage has a story behind it. When friends and family come for a visit they expect some form of "show and tell"!! LOL.
    I am a new blogger and have finally figured out how to add pics and text together. Come on over and check out my picnic basket!!
    Hugs, Laura.
    P.S. I am going to read all your older posts to see what other things you have spruced up!

  6. This turn out great ! I have used the same fabric for pillows in our bedroom ..love it !
    Happy 4th to you & yours
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

  7. Oh, I love those really large prints on chairs! Great makeover.

  8. Sarah @ Different Dog says:

    I have four of these chairs that someone else reupholstered, but they did not do it correctly…so I get to try my hand at it. I'm nervous…but thank you for sharing how to do this.

    Make sure and add your blog to the http://www.blogguidebook.com!

    Sarah

  9. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Very, very pretty!! Love the fabric you chose. :) Nice makeover! Visiting from The CSI Project today. :)

  10. Lori Nitty Gritty Pretty says:

    This is BEAUTFUL! You did a fabulous job. By the way, I love your blog!

  11. Rhiannon says:

    the color of the chair and fabric matches wonderfully! love that fabric, turned out great!

    come check out my blog, im hosting my first giveaway!

  12. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    that chair is gorgeous! i love the colors, the fabirc- i am so impressed!

  13. Allison says:

    That chair is fantastic! Love the fabric!

    Visiting from CSI Project

  14. Thelittlebrownhouse.us says:

    You did a great job! Love the chair!

  15. Rambling Renovators says:

    Fabulous makeover! The chair looks great.

  16. Rhiannon says:

    CONGRATS!!!

  17. this blessed nest says:

    wow. stunning results!

  18. Beautiful!! LoVe it!

  19. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures says:

    Love your chair. WOw.

  20. Amy @MaisonDecor says:

    Nice tutorial..thanks for showing how to apply the nailhead trim. The chair looks like a different animal now! I love how updated it looks.

  21. Decorchick! says:

    Your chair is absolutely gorgeous!! You did an awesome job!

  22. Stephanie Cameron says:

    Great project! Thanks for all of the hints and tips and product costs and where to buy. I'll be using this info!!

  23. What an amazing transformation, absolutely stunning!

  24. Charlotte says:

    Love, love the chair….I have a bed in our guest bedroom that is screaming for a makeover and I think you have just given me a great idea for the headboard

  25. Iheartnaptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes says:

    what a great transformation! This looks beautiful! I'd love for you to link it up http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

  26. Good Time Charlie says:

    Beautiful transformation! Thank you for showing the steps. I love a good makeover. This one is adorable. -K

  27. Sherri @ Little Pieces of Lovely says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! It's hard to believe that it's the same chair.

  28. Jeralee says:

    Beautiful and the end result was certainly worth all of the time that you put into it!

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  30. So the back of the chair is merely cardboard..?? and it doesn't buckle when you lean on it? It looks great.. cardboard just seems too easy..and I think my grandson would try karate chopping it.. ahahha

  31. - Brittany says:

    BB, yes, but on my chair the rattan is still intact. So the layers (starting from the chair back closest to my back:
    Fabric
    Batting
    Rattan
    Cardboard
    Fabric

    I hope that makes sense.

  32. Holy smokes!!! I have never tried to work with nail head trim, but you made it look easy!

  33. Bargain Princess says:

    What a beautiful chair and your instructions were great! Thanks for sharing that… BTW, I'm your newest follower! please check out my page, I'd love to hear your suggestions =)
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  34. Thanks for the tutorial! I have been hunting the internet to find a good explanation to re-upholster my dining chairs. It’s hard to find one with the same backing and how to replace it. Thanks.

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