Sofa makeover1

Have you ever been bored with the way a room looks?  For me, it was my living room. It houses the same sofa… The same lamps… The same golden frames surrounding the same prints we loved so much 13 years ago! I have a quick tutorial for giving your room a mini-makeover for not a lot of cash. This Easy Sofa Makeover will help you out.

living room with sofa with nailhead trim2

Two years ago we gave the room a mini-makeover by changing the color on the walls, the drapes,  and the carpet. But, my dear husband didn’t want me changing the art or the sofa. He said, “we paid a good amount of money when we “invested” in these pieces… Good quality pieces that should stay in there forever!

My style has changed and luckily it looks like my husband’s style also changed. He has finally agreed to let it go.

The sofa is the one that got me working immediately.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved this sofa, I still like it, but after more than ten years looking at the same thing I was more than ready to give it a spruce up.

Total cost for this sofa makeover: $25, including the pillow cases.

old living room1

dated sofa


  • Decorative Nailhead Trim in your color of choice
  • Tape
  • Tack puller
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Hammer
  • Knee pad


First check if your sofa is a good candidate for this option. Is it nicely finished under that skirt?  Are the legs something you would like to show off?

pulling up sofa skirt

If your answer is yes to those questions, then it’s time to grab the tack puller and knee pad and begin loosing up all those staples.

tack puller

Then, use the pliers pull them out.

pulling out staples from sofa skirt

Do yourself a favor and tape the sofa’s skirt up while you work at removing them.

taping up sofa skirt

You’re going to end up with a pile of staples and that long, long skirt.  By the way I’m already thinking about what to do with it, any suggestions?

sofa skirt removed

Just by removing the skirt you give your sofa a new look and your room feels more open.

sofa skirt removed2

Get rid of the staples holding the fabric to the legs and tuck in the fabric.  You’ll want a straight line before going to the next step…

tucking fabric on sofas leg


A small amount of bling.  The nailhead trim looks like a long ribbon of nailheads.

nailhead trim

You simply hammer a matching nail in every five nailheads.

hammering tack strip to sofa

bottom of sofa with nailhead trim

Instead of continuing the line to the back of the sofa, go around the front of the arms for more impact.

nailhead trim on arm of sofa

Five dollar pillow covers give those old pillows new life!

living room with sofa with nailhead trim3

A switcheroo of lamps, a couple of old windows and I can totally live with this “new” room for another ten years 🙂

living room with sofa with nailhead trim4

Well, maybe five. 😉


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  1. KP
    KP says:

    Awesome post and project! Do you have any recommendations on how to approach this project if your couch isn’t nicely finished underneath?

    I’d love to attempt this with my new, but dated-looking couch. It has nice-enough wooden legs, but the space beneath the upper-half of the skirt is unfinished (it’s thin black fabric).

  2. Debbie @ Pink Texas Chick
    Debbie @ Pink Texas Chick says:

    So that’s how you add decorative nail trim to your furniture. I’ve always been to chicken because it seemed to complicated. And at first glance I thought Crisitna added legs to the sofa but then I quickly realized she removed the skirt. Duh! 🙂

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