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Doorway Embellished with Oil-Rubbed Bronze Upholstery Nails

Spruce up doorways and flat-stock baseboard with oversize embellishments. Spacing out the upholstery nails makes the most of the contrast with the pale wall. Their oil-rubbed bronze finish also echoes the color of the trays on the wall and the early American–inspired light fixture in the adjacent room, smoothing the transition from one space to the next.

embellished decor doorway

Photography: JOHNNY MILLER

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2017


This project appeared in our feature, 6 Finishing Touches That Will Completely Transform Your Home.


  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Electric drill
  • Drill bit
  • Oversized upholstery nails
  • Hammer


  1. Using a measuring tape and a pencil, mark the wall where you want to add nails. The measurements will depend on the nail diameter; for instance, if you're using 1" upholstery nails, then you should mark the wall ¾" above the baseboard, and leave ¾" between marks. (Leaving about ¼" between the baseboard and the nails plays up the contrast between the metallic finish and the wall and trim.)
  2. Use a drill bit slightly narrower than the points of the nails to predrill holes at pencil marks, then hammer in the nails.

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