Want to celebrate your local landscape? What better way than create a lively topography headboard. This simple-to-build headboard is unique to your location and color palette. We chose to recreate Lake Hamilton.
Start by creating a grided template of each topography elevation. Topography maps are available at most outdoor stores and downloadable online. By creating a scalable template, you transfer the elevation lines scaled to your wall and bed. For instance, if you have a queen-sized bed you could take 100' of topography and scale it down so that the outer most points are 60" wide. If you have access to a large format printer, you can also print them at full size to trace right on the plywood. Depending on your topography, you may choose to use the 1', 5', or 10' elevation lines to keep the number of plywood layers down to 3 or 4.
Transfer the grid intersection points for the first layer to a piece of plywood and then free hand the curve in between the points.
Next, cut the layer out using a jigsaw. Be sure the piece is supported by saw horses or a helper so the wood doesn't break near the end of the cut.
Once the layers are cutout, lightly sand the edges to remove any splintering wood.
Prime the front and sides of all pieces with latex primer and then paint with varying colors.
Paint the base layer color directly on the wall, large enough to be covered by the base layer of plywood.
Mount each layer on top of one another with drywall screws. Make sure the base layer is attached directly into wall studs and each screw is covered by the next layer.
Mount the last layer with 18ga finish nails and touch up any paint if necessary.