Monday, January 23, 2012

nailhead ceiling...how to

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on the
transformation of my dining room ceiling.

Here are the details on how it all went down...
  

 Product:

Nailhead Strips - 40"  - I used 44
Nailhead Tacks - each 40" strip uses 16 tacks - 704 each!

 My tray ceiling is roughly 8' x 9' and I used a 22" x 21" octagon.
When estimating how much you'll need, there is no waste.

I purchased my material locally from:
Denver Fabrics
303.730.2777
(they do not have a website and are NOT the same as denverfabrics.com)
You can contact them to order materials.


Price:

Nailhead Strips  -  $1 each  x 44  =  $44.00
Nailhead Tacks  -  .03 each  x 704 = $21.12

Total:  $65.12

Procedure:

As I mentioned, I was inspired by Kara Paslay's bold pattern
and followed her tutorial by making an octagon pattern and transferring it to the ceiling.

IMG_5301  
Kara's pattern on her wall.


Using a pencil I lightly traced around my pattern on the ceiling.


I chose to center my pattern around the chandelier.
However, the chandelier isn't centered in the tray ceiling,
 because of the placement of the windows and french doors it is aligned with them
 resulting in my pattern being off a few inches.
 I chose it have it off at one side rather than the pattern not being centered
 around the chandelier....clear as mud?

Follow your pattern and start nailing....a tack is placed at very fifth nailhead.
I was able to push the tacks directly into the drywall in some areas.


Keep nailing...the strips easily break apart when you get to the end of a line.
I measured mine by putting the strip up to the pattern and breaking off the amount needed.


Problems:

Sometimes your nails don't line up exactly as you hoped,
this is what I was aiming for.


 But, sometimes this is how it aligned.




I removed the tacks and shifted the line over just a tad.


After I thought it was finished I decided it would look better with a border...ugh!
It would have been easier if I'd added the border before nailing all the way to the edge.
Oh no, I didn't remove them, just went around them!


After adding the border, I touched up the visible pencil lines and smudges with paint.




My number one tip...Patience!
Have fun, you can do it, too!



55 comments:

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

Oh my stars, oops I mean nailheads! You are going to be the talk of blogland! That is so awesome and I can't believe how affordable. You have my creative juices flowing as to how I can incorporate this into my home! Awesome job!

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

This is just AMAZING! I love the detail and effect! Nothing could have done this like nailhead and the minimal cost for such a large impact... priceless! or $65! Still cheap! Pinned it and love it!

Jodie said...

Wow...it looks gorgeous! Love it!

Carly {a simple affair} said...

First of all, just wow. Secondly, can't believe the price (so great) and your patience. Thirdly, while more time consuming, I do really love it with the border. Hats off to you and pour yourself a glass of wine (maybe later tonight)! Amazing, amazing work!

Nancie B said...

O thank goodness. I had no idea there was such a thing as "nailhead strips". I was imagining you on a scaffold a la Michelangelo nailing in each individual nail. Now I am really inspired. Again, gorgeous.

Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder said...

You're creativity is inspiring many others. So looking forward to stealing your idea! You rock!

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

Pam, I can't even express how impressed I am with this project. It is gorgeous! I just can't get over it! You must win the design patience award of the year! (Lots of !!! in this post, but I can't help it!)

So proud that you stuck it out and finished it. I'd love to feature your project on my blog next week if you don't mind.

Holly said...

That last photo of the reflection in the mirror is awesome! My one question - how are your shoulders, back, and arms after this project? I'm sore just looking at it - but definitely a labor of love. You're going to be the talk of the town once your friends see it!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

oh my gosh, it turned out AMAZING Pam! You did such a great job! Would you be flattered if I copied you!?

Lisa Scibilia said...

You are a crazy lady and I want to be you!! I'm seriously in awe right now!!! I cannot believe you laid out the whole pattern (by yourself?) and put up all those tacks!!

Oh my gosh I'm in love. It's so unique and interesting - you've got to have a dinner party!!

Lori said...

Pam, I can't stop staring at your beautiful ceiling! I think the border sets it all off and was well worth it. Your photo belongs in a magazine. Hope you're taking a little break.

Inspired said...

This is the most beautiful and creative project I've seen in blogland! Your patience is amazing!

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Ditto everyone else! I'm searching for a spot that needs a little nail head trim...

Cathy Wall said...

Absolutely fabulous Pam! I am pinning this one, what a great way to dress up a ceiling or wall, love it!
Cathy

Stacy Curran said...

Un. Flipping. Believable. I am BEYOND impressed! I've worked with these strips before and they never lined up for me. Yours is PERFECT!!!! totally fabulous!
Stacy

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

OMG Pam this turned out gorgeous!! LOVE LOVE the way it looks!

KATHY said...

It looks gorgeous!! What a great job.

Kathy

sarah@totalbassetcase.com said...

This is amazing! Your patience is commendable and your efforts are award worthy! Love it!

Amy @ 11Magnolialane said...

Wow. What an amazing and creative idea--and a gorgeous ceiling too!
Amy
www.11magnolialane.com

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Oh Wow! I have to go back and look at what I have missed. I have always thought about doing something with the ceiling..this is amazing..you must have given yourself some back and neck pain but so worth it, Pam. Well done..you must be thrilled!

Alexa said...

Love the beautiful detailing! :)

becky said...

Came here from Kara Paisley...I loved her project and I love, love yours. I also know how physical working on a ceiling can be. Just painting mine kills my arms. I really thought those tack strips would be expensive...surprise. I love big projects...rather than crafts ... although I do those too...but this kind of stuff is me. I've been looking for blogs that share my style so I am now following yours. I'm new...and older...so finding my niche has been a challenge. Can't wait to read all your archives. By the way....I like your: The Problems part. Every project has some and it is so helpful to let everyone know what to look out for. Super super job.
becky@reinventingtheordinary.com

Jill Elaine said...

That is so so cool! came over from kara Paisley designs after they featured this. Way to go - you deserve some recognition!

InMyOwnStyle said...

This looks amazing - great DIY. Love it. How is your neck feeling :) Pinned and tweeted this - just awesome!
My Best - Diane

Upscale Downhome said...

amazingly creative and amazingly beautiful!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

This is beyond words, I don't know what to say, simply amazing! Are you arms and neck ok? I can't even imagine!!! Can I share this on my blog? I like to share ideas that are out of the box and give kudos to those who think outside of the box, it's called my Ms Smartie Pants award. Just wonderful!

Anonymous said...

ok that is nothing short of stunning and completely creative and you must just keep catching glimpses of it and be thinking to yourself "damn I'm good"- which you should be, cuz holy crap woman, you're amazing...

Becky said...

Wow! I saw your new ceiling design over at Kara Paslay and it is incredible. What a tremendous idea... love, love, love!

Rebecca Gray @visitready.blogspot said...

you were right about the border. it really finishes things off. hope your arms and shoulders recover from the workout soon. like they say on toddlers & tiaras, "if pretty was easy, everybody would do it."

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Simply amazing! I can't imagine the work you put into this. Looks fabulous!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Yep! You get the award! I love it...and I will admire yours.....cuz there is NO WAY I would even try it!!

Drama Mama Lori said...

Wow, that is ah maz zing! Are your arms tired? This is truly a work of art! Congrats! - Lori

moxiemandie said...

That is SO cool! I love the photo you took of the reflection in the mirror. What a creative idea. :)

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Most amazing DIY idea I've seen a quite awhile!! This is fabulous, enjoy it! Janell

destined for home said...

I can only imagine that you must have felt every muscle in your arms, neck and back for days after that--like painting 100 ceilings! Truly spectacular (and ambitious)!

Jamie Lott said...

See! This is why I wish my ceilings were smooth! Love it!

Nancy said...

This is out of this world fantastic!!! How did your neck survive? I stenciled a bathroom ceiling and it was killing my neck!
Great job, thanks for sharing it!

Nancy
http://www.powellbrower.com/2012/02/new-artist-love.html

Amber said...

Fantastic work! Very clever and creative. Well done!

the Queen City Style said...

Absolutely my newest favorite DIY! This is stunning! Such a unique, creative way to up the WOW factor in a room.... I can't imagine anything more unique. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing!

Warmest Regards,
Whitley Adkins Hamlin
www.thequeencitystyle.com

sonia daigle said...

Your ceiling looks absolutely Fabulous!!!
Talking about patience, If you like lamp shade made of feathers here is my project
Have a lovely day, xo
http://sonia-daigle.blogspot.com/2012/02/diy-feather-lamp-shade.html

Rachel said...

Stunning! It looks like a detail you would find in one of the multi million dollar homes in an architectural magazine. Love it!

rachel

Carole @ Blue Chateau Interiors said...

Genius! It looks amazing. Great tutorial, too.

Visiting from Centsational Girl. Following you now. :)

casey at loft and cottage said...

SO incredible and beautiful. It must have taken amazing patience. Awesome job, and thanks for sharing how you did it!

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Ooooooh, just saw you on Tip Junkie!!! Way to go!

Marie said...

WOW, is that crazy! I thought it was paint...I love nailheads! Who would've ever thought to do this? What a fabulous idea! And I would say you need a TON of patience.

Kammy's Korner said...

There are hardly words for this - it's just so phenomenal!! I would really love it if you'd share this over at the Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday party on Kammy's Korner: http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2012/02/trash-2-treasure-tuesday-21.html

Stephanie said...

This is AMAZING!!! I'm cringing thinking of the pain in my neck from working on the ceiling for a gazillion hours. Not sure I could pull this off! But LOVE IT!!

Our Little Orphanage C said...

WOW! After seeing this I'm totally following you. I found you through remodelaholic looking at kids rooms and a great teen room it is but this, just wow. I'm impressed:)

Regina

Ashli Herself said...

Just found this on Pinterest, and am in love with your ceiling! What a fantastic idea!
I'm your newest follower by the way :)
Ashli @ http://thegrayhouseontheleft.blogspot.com

Michelle Johnnie said...

That is amazing!!!! I'm very impressed. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

changingmymarbles said...

I just wanted to pop on over and tell you that this is a WICKED idea. Awesome job! Keep it up!

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Incredibly clever and great example of how to use something in an unexpected way - I never knew those strips existed! Would love for you to link this (or any other ideas) to my weekly Craftastic party. Love it!!

Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

What a cool place to use nailheads! I have them on my bed and have always intended to use them in a DIY project, but haven't been especially inspired. Love the ceiling treatment!

Gypsy Heart said...

Just saw this ~ simply stunning! I don't know how your neck held out but it looks fabulous. :)

xo
Pat

Nicole Scott said...

How did I miss this? Wowza I love the finished effect! This is genius - Pam you are the Woman...I have to find a place where I can try this...powder room??

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