In the stores:
West Elm's Nailhead Upholstered Headboard ($449)
Crate and Barrel's Colette Bed ($1699)
Around the blogs:
A lovely curvy version from Centsational Girl:
A great example of double rows of trim from Casa Sugar:
I already had the rectangular upholstered headboard I made a while back, so all I needed to do was add the nailheads. While I really like the double rows in the picture right above, our headboard is pretty small, so I wasn't sure if it was going to work. I figured I would start with the outside row and then evaluate if I wanted to do the inside row.
The hardest thing about this project was finding the trim. Centsational Girl recommended getting it online from Beacon Fabrics, which would have worked, but I was feeling impatient and didn't want to wait for something to get shipped to me. Ironically, the only place in town that I could find it was Rockler Woodworking, a specialty woodworking store that I had originally found when looking for tung oil stuff. I got two packs of their 6 ft nail strips for $15, and I was in business. Here I am part way through the first side, and already loving it:
These are not individual nailheads, but a strip where every 5th nailhead is a hole that you tap an actual nail into using a rubber mallet. Way easier than doing them one by one. I didn't even take the headboard down, just supported it with my other hand as I was banging into it. (Our headboard is attached to the bed, not the wall, as many are. If yours is attached to the wall, I would recommend taking it down) Here is the finished product:
Not perfect, but not half bad. Here is a comparison from before the nailheads:
(really old picture - notice the carpet?) And after:
It was really the touch I needed to define the headboard and make it feel finished. And as much as I love the double row look, I think our headboard is just too small for that. So there it is - quick, easy, cheap, and DONE. My favorite type of project!