Blue & Bling – A chest of drawers with nailhead trim

This month I had a few quiet days, with not many orders to finish, so I finally had time to work on a project I’ve been planning to do for over a year. You have probably seen refinished dressers ornate with nailhead trim, right? Well, since the first time I saw one I became obsessed about it and couldn’t rest until I put my hands on my own nailhead trimmed project.  I even had the perfect candidate piece waiting in my storage unit. It was a beautiful chest of drawers I found in a local Facebook tag sale group.

This is the before picture: IMG_3660

My favorite color right now is navy blue (that changes every 10 years or so) and I love how beautiful it looks with gold accents, so another important part of the project was already decided. Colors would be navy blue and gold.

Also because it was my own project, I decided to try a new brand of paint. I see gorgeous projects painted with “Shabby Paints”. There is a legion of talented people who rave about their great quality products , so I went online and got myself a pint of Marine Blue chalk paint. It is not as “navy” as I had initially envisioned, but it is a beautiful deep shade of blue so it would work nicely as well.


You can check out a detailed tutorial with lots of pictures and the step by step for this project on Grillo-Designs Website.

Click on this picture to see the tutorial:

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I am very happy with the result and can’t wait to try something different with the nail heads that are left over!

Thanks for reading!


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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

27 thoughts on “Blue & Bling – A chest of drawers with nailhead trim

  1. Patricia! Because this piece made me say “WOW that’s gorgeous! ” I will be featuring it this week at Making Broken Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this inspiration, you do beautiful work! I hope you have an amazing day!
    The Curator’s Collection & Making Broken Beautiful Thursday


  2. I love this. Have some G F navy I have been witing to use. This is it. I would love to know brand and where your rug came from. Need that in my Thanks for the beautiful show and tell. Wonderful


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