Vintage Locker Murphy bed

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Project by Chris Davis posted 1319 days ago 3518 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Normally I post my project in order as they were built. Right now I’m running a little behind, but I wanted to skip to this one I just built. It is a form of my Locker murphy bed Yankee's edition. This customer wanted something a little more vintage looking. Their Yankee decore wasn’t the new crisp lines and my original style just wouldn’t work.

I had the idea for a vintage version of the locker for a while now. First off, I love oak that has been painted. There is something about the texture. So that is what I used. I really envision, for this look, the oak wooden fold down ball park chairs that have been weathered and even though it has multiple layer of wood you still see the weathered grain.

Making it look old
To make it look old, I did a few things. I antiqued the white (color samples sent to customer). Started with a couple coats of lacquer under coater, sanded it, glazed with with golden oak, and then top coated it. If you noticed I tried to keep a thicker glaze on the edges to make it look more natural.

The blue was may standard blue. I sanded on the finish to dull it down a little.

The letters and graphics are normally done with vinyl PSA backed pieces that we add. To keep with the old look I needed everything painted. I wasn’t about to hand paint everything, so I had the reverse of the normal pieces cut. I used them as a mask. Once the letters and graphics were dry, I sanded off parts to make them appear old and warn.

This is by far my favorite. I like that so much I would like to make that as my standard version. I does have a lot of increased labor, so for now I’ll still offer my other as the standard and call this one my Vintage style.

Video of the build
Reynolds edge banding
Reynolds re-cut
Reynolds Headboard/Side rails
Reynolds Headboard
Reynolds Verticals
Reynolds Bookcase
Reynolds Innerframe
Reynolds header

Building Picture
Chris sanding parts to the verticals

Chris cutting out parts of the verticals

The locker header

Brian building the inner frame

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6 comments so far

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 1319 days ago

Very good Chris.

You seem to have found a niche market to keep you busy. Well done.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 1319 days ago

Wow – I really hate the Yankees, but I gotta say that this is REALLY COOL!

Very unique way to hide a bed.

My hat’s off to you – my Orioles hat that is. ;-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Dan M

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#3 posted 1319 days ago

Very cool – If I were a kid I would definitely want one of these (just replace his name with mine) in my room .. hell, I’m in my 40s and I want one

If it’s not too awkward a question – how do you handle the issues with licensing the logos?

and, Go Yankees!

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#4 posted 1319 days ago

Hi Chris

Great looking bed as always. Love the locker room look. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 1319 days ago

Awesome bed. I would have loved this when I was a kid. Cool concept.

-- Russ

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#6 posted 1318 days ago

Love it what a cool design.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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