I've always loved antique shopping and estate sales. Phoenix metro area has a few small antique "zones", but it's a relatively new and growing city so for the most part they're hard to come by. However, a month or so ago our community had its annual garage sale and I hit the streets. No real gems, although I did stumble across this footstool for $5 and have been spending a little time making it my own.
I have never reupholstered anything in my life, except covering simple chair bottoms with a staple gun. I wasn't quite sure how to tackle the nailheads, but ended up removing them with a flathead screw driver and pliers.
It took awhile and some were bent, but others I salvaged and are perfect on my bulletin board. I love their patina against the light linen.
Next up, a good coat of black spray paint and some natural, nubby cotton fabric. Maybe even a monogram or stripes? Stay tuned...