head diy Design Fanatic: How To Build A Gustavian Headboard

Friday, January 26, 2018

How To Build A Gustavian Headboard



Gustavian is such a fancy name for a curvy farmhouse style headboard that is so easy to build.It's such an easy project that it only took about 5 hours to build and finish. It can easily be built on a Saturday and finished the same day if you start early and already have your supplies. 


And it's REALLY inexpensive!

We've never had a headboard for the Guest Bedroom Queen sized bed, and I really wanted Mr. DIY to build one after he built a fabulous Farmhouse Bed for our youngest daughter when she moved into her apartment. I saw a Gustavian bed while perusing Pinterest. The bed costs well over $2,000 and I knew Mr. DIY could build a headboard for a LOT less.



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Off to Lowes we went.
Supplies purchased:
5 - 1x 6 x 8 (for the center part of the headboard)
2 - 1 x 6 x 6 (for the "posts")
2 - 1 x 4 x 6 (or the braces in the back)
1box 8 x 1 1/4" Exterior wood screws
4 - 1/4" x 20 x 1" long bolts
4 - 1/4" flat washers
4 - 1/4" x 20 tee nuts (bolts, washers and tee nuts will be used to attach the headboard to the metal 
                     bed frame.


COST: $75
UPDATE: let your boards sit for a week. Mr. DIY constructed the headboard the day he purchased the boards and a week later, they shrunk and the width had gone down by 1/2"


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He cut 5 of the 1 x 6 x 8 boards in half for the center of the headboard.
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Then the boards were laid out like this to accomodate the center to be 65 1/2" and the lowest part of the post is 48 1/2"
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He screwed the braces to the back. The top brace width is less to accomodate the curve at the top of the headboard.
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Wood boards aren't perfect and are warped a bit. He used a tie down to hold the boards together while he screwed the braces on.

I  made a paper template of the curved top of the headboard. It took me awhile to get the perfect shape.
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The template was placed on the headboard and the shape was drawn with a pencil.
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Mr. DIY used his jigsaw to cut the shape.
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 Then, the whole headboard was sanded.
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Next, a 50/50 paint mixture was used to finish the bed. I used Signature Ultra White paint in Satin from Lowe's.
I applied the paint with a brush, then wiped it off for the first coat. For the 2nd coat, I used a dry brush technique. 
This bed also looks great stained!
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All finished!
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Here's how the headboard is attached to a metal frame. 
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I can't wait until Mr. DIY attaches the headboard to the frame, the bed is put back together and the bed is dressed!
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Here's how the Gustavian headboard looks in our guest room:
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You can see more photos of it HERE







Pam
You can see how we made the Farmhouse Bed HERE

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The above post is how we made our Gustavian bed. 
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