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Thursday, August 19, 2010

What is a murphy bed? I'll show you.

Okay, so here it is. The "BIG PROJECT" the hubster and I have been working on. Finally finished.
So what is it? An armoire? No. T.V. Cabinet? No. It is a Murphy bed. Just so you know there will be no tutorial on the making of this bed. If you ever attempt one of these, number 1. You are nuts! number 2. You will need more direction than I can give you, some serious instructions and measurments.
So this is where it all started. We puchased the mechanism for the muphy bed and with it came instructions on making it and the wood we needed to purchase. We bought it at Allwood Furniture in Salt Lake City, Utah.

After about 10 days we made it to here.
So when the bed is up in the cabinet the front is suppose to look like an armoire. You can have cabinet doors made but that is expensive so I decided we could make fake doors and drawers with just some trim and fake drawer fronts. Then put handles and knobs on them and they look real. I then started the yucky job of painting, I hate to paint. I decided black was the color so off to Home Depot I went. "Behr paint and primer in one, please." I have to say this is really great stuff. 2 coats later...
A little sanding around the trim (I mean doors) and crown molding.
Then I put 2 coats of this stuff in satin finish. It recommends 3 coats on the can but I had had enough!
Here it finally is in its place.
Here are the handles I got a Home Depot to further the look of cabinet doors...
And here is how this thing works...

"Where is the mattress?" you say. Well we had to order it because it is a full/double size and the store we went to didn't stock them because they aren't that popular. Hu! So next week we will be accepting guests but no sooner!
And of course, any flat surface cannot stay un-accessorized for long in this house, sooo...
We saved $1000 buckaroos by building this ourselves.  We spent $1500.   Maybe in about 5 years we will forget about the blood, sweat and tears that went into it and we will say "It was worth it" but for now I do love how it looks in the room and it will be great for an extra bed when needed. 
How do you like it?

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