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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