Updates + Brad/Finish Nailer GIVEAWAY

February 25, 2011

I’ve finally come up for air after yesterday’s photo shoot, what a great day!  It was a fantastic experience and I snapped a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ pics.  Don’t hate me but I’m actually going to save the story until the ‘Christmas Ideas’ issue hits the stands ~ it will just make more sense when you see it in print.  Besides, who wants to see Christmas pictures right now?  Not me!!!

A big thank you to all of you who left such encouraging comments, and to the amazing BH&G team: Gayle (the stylist), King (the photographer) and Anne (the editor) who helped create some real magic around here.  I just can’t wait to see it all in print for the 2011 holiday season, you’re going to love it! 

The winners of the Kahili Creations giveaway are  #203 Megan Clark and #909 Karen Jerread ~ congratulations! 

Last weekend, we made some great progress on my boy’s room, installing some board and batten along his walls, it’s looking really fantastic.  I really love the tall white wall treatment contrasting with the intense teal blue walls, can’t wait to reveal his room when it’s finally done. 

brad nailer on battens

Two power tools that we used to get the job done were the Campbell Hausfeld 18 gauge 2-in-1 Brad Nailer & Stapler and the Campbell Hausfeld Angle Finish Nailer. 


The 2-in-1 Brad Nailer uses nails measuring 3/8” to 2” but also works with staples from ½ to 1 ½” and it only weighs 3 pounds.  I really love this nail gun and stapler!  I used it on January’s loft wall transformation and board and batten project.  I’m going to use it next week to build a shelving unit in my boy’s room and also reupholster a chair.

This is a small brad nailer that for its size packs a lot of power.  This nailer is perfect for doing small DIY projects around the house like recovering a chair seat, adding new trim or wainscoting, or smaller wood or craft projects.  This nailer/stapler is (dare I say) ‘chick friendly’ meaning there’s no need for any gal, even if you’re new to DIY, to consult a dude on how to use this nail gun.  Don’t be intimidated !!  Once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

ch brad nailer compressor

Best part?  This nail gun comes with a 1 gallon compressor that plugs in and is ready to go in about two minutes.  My only criticism is that it’s loud when that tank is reloading  every five minutes or so, but the portability of this compressor makes up for the sound.  No heavy lifting required, it’s very lightweight and simple to use, you just plug it in, easy enough for even a DIY novice.  The oilless compressor also inflates bicycle and car tires, so it’s very handy around the house.  You can increase or decrease air pressure with the regulator knob. 

campbell hausfeld finish nailer


We also used the big gun (seen above), the 2 ½” Finish Nailer (Model #CHN70600) for the baseboards and top rail, and we plugged it right in to the 1 gallon portable compressor.  This Finish Nailer has a built in stud finder and nail placement laser pointer which are handy extras.  This one weighs over 5 pounds, so it’s beefier but it packs more power and shoots bigger nails.  This finish nailer says it will work at 70 psi (pounds per square inch), but to fully drive in the nail, your psi must be set at at least 90.  No biggie, just crank up your regulator knob.  This finish nailer is better for projects like crown molding, baseboard, or building larger pieces of furniture, and another great power tool to have in your collection. 

What about you?  Could you use a new brad or finish nailer around your house to help you complete a few projects?  Know someone who’d love a cool new power tool? 

The kind folks over at Campbell Hausfeld are offering one winner their choice of the brad nailer/compressor combo OR the Finish Nailer (no compressor included). 

Winner’s choice! 

Need to do some trim work around your house or install some wainscoting?  Want to recover some chair seats or make an upholstered headboard?  Choose the brad nailer!   If you want to install some crown molding, add some built in bookshelves, or even build some larger furniture, then pick the the 2 ½” Finish Nailer!  

Eligibility to win either the brad nailer/compressor combo or the 2 ½” Finish Nailer:

1) Answer this question:  What DIY project around your house would you complete with a brad or finish nailer?  Simply leave a comment.

2) For additional chances to win, link to this giveaway on Facebook, or tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, then leave another comment telling where you mentioned it (FB and/or Twitter).

Giveaway ends Monday February 28th at 8 p.m. PST.  One winner only.  Winner chosen by Random.org. 

Good luck my friends, wishing you a fabulous weekend!



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1,543 Responses to “Updates + Brad/Finish Nailer GIVEAWAY”

  1. NancyO says:

    I posted on facebook and told a bunch of my friends about it.

    a finish nailer would be great for the trim and molding work I would like to do

  2. Lou Ann N says:

    I am working on some shelves in our playroom. The finish nailer would be a huge help.

  3. Mary says:

    I’m embarking on a crown molding project for our entire main floor. I’ve chosen the 5-1/4″ trim and it states I should use 6D finish nail x2. I’m guessing that means 2″ nails. So now I don’t know if I should use a brad nailer or a finish nailer?? I can’t wait to get started! Thanks for the contest!

  4. Melissa Stefanik says:

    I would love to install crown moulding in the living room and 3 bedrooms of our new house!

  5. Janeal says:

    Just in time to enter!
    I have been wanting to try my hand at repurposing furniture: turning a coffee table into a padded bench and such. With this I wouldn’t have any excuse not to!

  6. kristin m. says:

    my house has some board and batten action going on in the dining area, and i’d love to continue the look through the living area which is actually connected – what a great treat it would be to win a nailer!!!! kristinmik at gmail

  7. Kerren says:

    I’m ever so keen to install board and batten in our powder room – this tool would be the niftiest way of doing it.

  8. Jocelyn A. says:

    We would love to build some bookshelves in our master bedroom! My husband would love this. :)

  9. Christine says:

    This would be great to recover old chairs and make them new again!

  10. Erin says:

    I’m in the middle of refinishing my dining room set and the brad nailer / compressor combo would be a big help when it comes to recovering the chairs. I love that it’s lightweight and portable – a necessity in my 3rd floor walk-up!

  11. colleen says:

    i would definitely be putting up lots and lots of molding!

  12. Alison L. says:

    I would love to build bookshelves for my children’s bedrooms, an upholstered headboard for the guest room, put wainscoting in the dining room and foyer, and crown moldings in the bedrooms. What fun!

  13. melissa says:

    We removed the standard builders grade trim in our condo…2 YEARS ago, replacing the trim would be the first of many projects we would use the nailer for!

  14. Juliana Fox says:

    I am actually making an upholstered headboard and wondering if this would come in handy…i think so!!!!

  15. Katie C says:

    I would build the king size bed that I’ve been dreaming about! Really would love to move up from a twin!

  16. Anne says:

    I would like it for an upholstered headboard. It might make the job a lot easier.

  17. I am always doing upholstery projects and furniture building. I have to rent out my brad nailer each time so it would be so wonderful to own one so I could build my custom bookcase without having to pay for the tool rental.

  18. I tweeted about this giveaway!


  19. Chelsea says:

    Ohh what to do. I’ve been eyeing some crown moulding for the house, or maybe just making a small side table…

  20. deidre says:

    i could find all sorts of things to do with these tools. i’d start with some moulding and then i’d love to dosome recovering of my kitchen chairs. Spring is coming and i’m sure i can find some outside crafty things to use it for as well.

  21. deidre says:

    i’ve just posted a link to my facebook page for all the world ( or at least all my friends) to see!

  22. Molly says:

    YAY! I would love a nailer for building mudroom storage. Or for finishing up the trimwork in my girls’ room. Awesome!

  23. Sarah says:

    Trim work!

  24. Brook says:

    I want to build a banquette and with board and batten behind it in the eat in portion of our kitchen. We also need to redo the baseboard in the living room and maybe add crown modeling. This tool would be excellent to get these projects done!

  25. april says:

    I’ve got two chairs I picked up at a garage sale that I need to recover for the dining room. Thanks for the chance

  26. Crystal LaDoux says:

    I would love to recover a chair and make an upholstered headboard! I would also love to try the board and batten treatment!


  27. Heather says:

    I would love to put up some board and batten

  28. issel says:

    I’ve been meaning to put up moldings around our bedroom doors…

  29. Anne says:

    What Wouldn’t I do with it! Recover furniture, maybe an upholstered headboard, definately install some crown moulding and beadboard!

    Confessions of a Navy Wife

  30. Kim L. says:

    I would absolutely recover my dining room chairs. With two young kids, they aren’t looking so hot!

  31. AnnieL says:

    I am in the process of creating my baby girl’s nursery and this would be perfect for the wainscotting on her walls!!

  32. Olivia says:

    I’m installing a wood ceiling in our guest room and have been researching these and was so excited to your post! Now I know exactly what to buy if I can’t win this one.

  33. Kristen says:

    I could use the Nailer for sooooo many projects. We are getting ready to get our nursery ready and prepare as we are trying to conceive again. We lost our baby Savannah at 4 months to Turners Syndrome. I was 19 weeks along. It was a very difficult time and we are hoping for a baby soon.

    Projects in the works:
    making a “dutch door” for the nursery – we have animals and thought this would be a great way to keep them out of the babies room.
    making a headboard – have a wonderful design I found that looks like the PB headboard…without the fabric covering.
    Recovering all my kitchen chairs.
    Painting the entire house a blue/green color and adding beadboard.
    Building a windowseat in our bedroom
    Building a bookcase (found a great plan on another blog).
    Soooo many projects….my husband and I will be busy.


  34. Lauren says:

    Wow so many comments I’m not sure it’s worth a try…. but this is exactly what I’ve been researching! We are moving into a new house next month and want to do all sorts of projects… especially board and batten in the nursery and built-in bookshelves in the library. I just finished re-upholstering a wing back chair with a hand staple gun and want to do a headboard. SO many projects. My husband’s birthday is this weekend and I’ve been debating giving him one of these so it would be perfect!!!

  35. Nicole says:

    There are sooooo many in progress DIY jobs at my house right now. The shoe molding in the foyer, the baseboard in the kitchen, the pegboard in the shed (just to name a few)! And we’re getting ready to redo our main bathroom! Pick me please :)

  36. Michael says:

    Adding crown to our kitchen cabinets! The finish nailer would help a lot.

  37. Michelle says:

    Without a doubt I would add molding around my windows and doorways–then add crown molding. My husband just put together this miter saw so its perfect timing!

  38. Robin says:

    I’m just about ready to tear down wall tile in our 1950’s bath, and my plan is to cover the walls with beadboard. This nailer is a must have for that job!

  39. Christina says:

    Reupholster a chair with the brad nailer/compressor combo. Thanks for the contest!

  40. Roshni says:

    I still have to install baseboards. I would also love to add batten and board in my sons’ rooms!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. ohbrooke says:

    Board and Batten DEFINITELY!

  42. Nina says:

    Oh foo, I missed out on the giveaway. :( I could definitely have used the Brad Nailer on several diy projects (chair reupholstery, diy headboard). I would probably look for stuff to use it on too! lol Maybe another contest will pop up. :) Thanks for the review on it too!!

  43. Emily Anne says:

    I would fix all the moulding in the house. Really needed.

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