Tackity, tackity, tack, tack… I’mmmm Baaack.. Nick here with a tutorial that is sure to be the highlight of your day. That is if you have some upholstering to do that requires upholstery tacks.
Sooo, back in the day we were tasked with creating a headboard (this headboard to be exact) that required the use of upholstery tacks. We went online and found some tacks that we really liked. Once our tacks arrived we got started.
One tack, two tack, three tack, crap!
We’re dealing bent tacks, unequally spaced tacks, and worse yet…. it was about as straight as Galloping Gertie on a stormy day (don’t recognize the reference, look it up… it’s jaw dropping). After doing some searching online I found a tool.
BINGO! This is where the extremely handy, Frugal Dutchman comes into play. Sounds like a super hero, The Frugal Dutchman! Fighting crime and saving furniture! Pow, Smack, Bang! Ok back to reality Nick, must finish post.
Cardboard, adhesive, and a utility knife; check, check, and check! I started by cutting a piece of cardboard, six inches by four inches… and then another at six inches by two inches. Adhere those babies together for strength using a spray adhesive. Then using a ruler, layout the desired spacing and cut slits in in the cardboard.
Ready and begin, load that sucker up with tacks and start hammering them in! I hammer them in until they are sitting just above the cardboard and then I pull the cardboard out. The first couple of rounds in the cardboard will be tough, this is the break-in period. I should also mention that the Frugal Dutchman decided to use a hammer and punch instead of buying a hammer designed or decorative nails. If a tack bends over or falls off the cardboard… don’t fret! We go back and install those fallen tacks with a hammer and needle-nose pliers.
Lastly if you get a couple that stray from their inline brothers, then you can manipulate them back inline by tapping on the side of the tacks. There you have it!
A super hero, several tacks, and one kick-butt project! What kinda of projects have you been working on? Are you a Frugal warrior with a unnatural ability to say NO! If so lets hear some of your stories.