In part three of this series, I talked about how I applied the new fabric to this little French style chair. Now that was all finished, all that was left was to apply the new nailhead tacks. If you read the first post in this series, 'French Style Chair - Removing the fabric' you will remember how surprised I was that the old tacks came off in long strips where only every fifth tack was actually nailed down. I wanted to achieve the same look but change the colour to silver.
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French Style Chair Makeover | Applying nail-head tacks
After researching online, I found an upholstery site which sold nailhead tacks by the yard. Using the strips saved me so much time and I could be sure they all lined up beautifully.
I used a rubber mallet to hammer in the nailhead tacks so that they didn't get scratched in the process. TIP: If you don't have a mallet you can use a hammer – just use an elastic band to attach a piece of cloth around the head otherwise the hammer may scratch the tacks .
This was a fun project to do and I learned so much from it. I used to see these lovely chair makeovers on Pinterest and think I could never do something like that. Now though, I wouldn't think twice about taking on a similar project. It was also quick to do as the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint drys so quickly no time was wasted waiting for the paint to dry.
Do you have a chair that could do with a bit of a revamp? Have courage and start that project! I'm sure you'll find it's not as hard as it first appears.
If you have any questions about any of the processes used here, please feel free to post them in the comments below and I'll answer them as soon as I can.
Missed the previous posts in this series? Click the links below to read them:
French Style Chair Part One - Removing the fabric
French Style Chair Part Two - Painting & waxing the frame
French Style Chair Part Three - Upholstering
French Style Chair Part four - Applying the fabric