Custom Murphy Bed Build

If you live in the Brazos Valley, and would like me to build a custom Murphy Bed for your home contact me for an estimate.

Shortly before Christmas I was commissioned to build a Murphy Bed.  Building a custom Murphy Bed is a project I have been wanting to do for a long time.  My wife and I had talked about building one for our guest/craft room, but it just never seemed to happen.  So when I got the chance to build one I jumped at the opportunity.

After some research we chose to use a professionally made hardware kit from Create-a-Bed.  There are several less expensive ways of putting a bed together but with something like this hacking together a cheap mechanism just creates problems.  By using a high quality hardware kit it saved time and therefore the client money in the end.  Also, the hardware comes with a Lifetime Warranty, which is reassuring.

This is what you get in the kit:
On each side of the Murphy Bed I built a bookcase.  Following the “Rule of thirds” each bookcase is a third of the width of the Murphy bed.  I also set the book shelves back from the face of the Murphy bed for some visual appeal.

(The “Rule of Thirds” refers to the idea that the human eye finds a 1:3 and 2:3 ratio visually appealing.  Take a look at your doors, cabinets, and dressers and you’ll see this in practice). 

We debated painting the bed white, but I’m very happy that we decided to stain it.  To add detail I made a faux door frame once again using the “rule of thirds.” to finish it up I added baseboard and crown molding.  A Murphy Bed can be taken from a ultra modern look to Victorian depending on the details you choose to add, or not add.

The Murphy Bed itself (for the full size, vertical mount) comes out from the wall 16inches, is 82inches tall, and has a width of 60inches (5ft).  Each book case is 82h x 20w x 12d.

The gas struts make raising and lowering the bed easy.  A firm tug lowers the bed and it can be closed with one finger.  My client is a very small person and had no issues raising and lowering the mechanism.

It is necessary to anchor the bed to at least 3 wall studs.  And while it is a semi-permanent addition to your home it can be partially disassembled and moved if the need ever arises.

Murphy Beds can be made to be either vertical or horizontal and are available. in Twin, Full, or Queen sizes.

Rustic Display Shelf with Adjustable Shelves

I made this display shelf for a repeat customer who has purchase several of my projects.  I used reclaimed southern yellow pine and used a vinegar/steel wool solution to age the wood.

For this project I purchased and used for the first time the KREG Shelf Pin Jig. It is a straight-forward and simple jig for small projects.  If you drill shelf pins for a living then you’ll want something different.  If you’re a DIY’er or a small-scale shop like me this is a great tool to have for occasional use.

The dimensions for this project are 4ft from the base to the top shelf.  I staggered the sides 2-4 inches above that.  It is 3ft wide and 12in deep.  The center section is 18″ wide the two sides are around 8″ wide.  I forget the exact measurements.

Fixing Painting and Distressing a $50 Craigslist Dresser

I advertise furniture repairs, painting, and refinishing on Craigslist in my area.  I was contacted by a lady who wanted me to paint and distress a dresser she found on CL for $50.  She also wanted me to remove the top three drawers and install a shelf so it could be used as an entertainment center.  I seem to do a lot of these projects.

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Round Table from Salvaged Materials

I few years ago I picked up a round particleboard table with a metal base.  I used it for a work table in my shop for a while, then moved it outside.  Naturally the top denigrated and the base became rusty.  I threw out the top but kept the base, knowing that I could use it for something.

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Farmhouse Style Window Seat Dresser, From Trash

My son and I were headed home and I decided on a whim to drive through the neighborhood instead of taking the main roads.  I pulled up to a stop sign and out of the corner of my eye I saw this dresser sitting on the curb a block away.

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Two-Step Step Stool

This project was another one of those “for family” projects.  My mother-in-law just became a licensed massage therapist and rented a small office space.  If you’re in the Bryan-College Station area (TX) you should check her out.

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Restoring and Refinishing an Antique End-Table

My mother brought this end-table for me to refinish.  Originally I was going to paint it red, but I decided I would try to strip all the paint and bring it back to a wood finish.

The table is between 80-100 years old.  It was attacked by the 1970’s and painted “Harvest Gold.”  Here are some before pictures.

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Making A Headboard Bench

Back in October I came across an old headboard and footboard.  I am quick to pick up free furniture because I can normally repair, remake, or reuse the parts.  I’ve seen quite a few “Headboard Benches” on Pinterest and the like so I decided to make one.

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Rustic Hall Mirror and Coat Rack

I came across an old 24x24inch mirror and I had some old cedar 2x material so I decided I would try to make a framed mirror and coat rack.  The cedar came from my old workbench that I tore out of my shop because of it’s lack of function.  I didn’t realize it was cedar until I cut into it.

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The Dresser from Ave D: Trash to Treasure

SOLD

This project has been one of the most infuriating projects I’ve done in a long time.

Our small town did a city-wide clean up a few months ago.  If you had something you didn’t want you could put it out on the side of the road and the city would come buy and get it.  That’s how I found this dresser.

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