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Living in a 1905 farmhouse means that there are many items we find while remodeling our home. One of these items are antique nails. While refinishing our floors a couple years ago we found several piece of square antique nails that I saved for a future project. I finally came around to doing something with these nails so I wanted to walk you through how I displayed these antique nails in our house to be a reminder of the good ol’ days.

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Supplies Used for Displaying Antique Nails

I started off with a frame that I found at the thrift store. I really liked this round frame and it was the perfect size for a mini display of the nails.

I was not a big fan of the brown frame so I applied two coats of a chalk style paint and then distressed it with a piece of course grit sandpaper.

An above view of a white distressed oval frame on a wood table

In order to cover the back card of the frame I searched through my fabric stash and found a sand colored cotton fabric that would work great. After cutting a square of the fabric just bigger than then frame backer I used my glue gun to glue it onto the back. I then cut off all the excess fabric.

A close up of a line of hot glue on a picture frame backer with fabric cut out underneath it
A close up of a piece of fabric glued on an oval frame backer
A close up of a picture frame backer wrapped in fabric that has been glued down inside a frame

To attach the nails I used these glue dots that I cut in half so that the entire glue dot wouldn’t be seen when displayed.

A view of a square nail sitting on a brown tabletop with a white oval frame in the background

This frame didn’t come with a hanger on the back so I used one of these adhesive hangers and it worked perfectly.

A hand holding up an adhesive hanger above an oval picture frame
A back view of an oval picture frame with an adhesive hanger attached to the back

Now I have these antique nails framed and displayed to add to the vintage and antique decor style that I have around our home.

A view of a painted white oval picture frame hanging on a wall
An oval picture frame hanging amongst other pictures as part of a gallery wall

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