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...
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:
(they do not have a website and are NOT the same as denverfabrics.com)
You can contact them to order materials.
Nailhead Strips - $1 each x 44 = $44.00
Nailhead Tacks - .03 each x 704 = $21.12
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.
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.
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.
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!