Vintage Locker Murphy bed | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 01-20-2011 03:24 PM 4946 views 4 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 decor 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. Started with a couple coats of lacquer under coat, 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.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 04:08 PM

Very good Chris.

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


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#2 posted 01-20-2011 04:37 PM

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. ;-)


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Dan M

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 05:32 PM

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 01-20-2011 07:19 PM

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 01-20-2011 09:43 PM

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

-- Russ

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#6 posted 01-21-2011 12:41 PM

Love it what a cool design.

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

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