DIY Platform Bed and Barnwood Finish

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We recently got rid of the old spring/box mattress and went with one of the new memory foam ones. I opted to get rid of the old clunky sleigh bed for a platform bed.
First was to draw out the design and dimensions.
I knew we would need to be able to disassemble and move eventually, so I built the bed frame in multiple pieces.
Since I was using builder grade pine, I grabbed a few boxes of Spax screws. Spax are a little more expensive but eliminate the need to pre-drill or splitting.
Once I had each piece of the platform assembled I sanded up to 150 grit and decided on the finish.
I decided on a multi-tone barnwood look. Since I was using multiple colors of UnicornSpit I found an old hair color bowl that had a divider that was perfect for this.
I used Unicorn SPiT in Rustic Reality, Weathered Daydream, Squirrel and Midnight's Blackness.
Using Rustic Reality and Weathered Daydream first, I randomly stained and blended the two all over.
Then using Squirrel and Midnight's Blackness, I thinned both to a wash. I brushed on the colors and wiped off with a rag.
Then after sealing the surfaces with hemp oil I assembled the pieces.
I used mitered cuts to picture frame the platform for the finished look.
I love how it turned out.
Suggested materials:
  • Unicorn SPiT   (Renaissance Lady)
  • Pine   (Home Depot)
  • Hemp Oil   (Hope's)
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  • Jackie Byrd Jackie Byrd on Sep 09, 2016
    Nice. Platform beds always seem regal. But, I'm wondering how many times a year you are going to bark your shins on that sharp corner. You might consider rounding it up some before you start hopping round on one foot and bleeding on the rug at 2 a.m.

  • Marlo Jacobs Marlo Jacobs on Sep 11, 2016
    My son just moved to Washington DC, and asked for help in solving his small bedroom issues and last night we discussed a platform bed would solve the problem and thanks your post I can send him the plans to make one for his bedroom. Thanks for sharing....good job!

    • Jackie Byrd Jackie Byrd on Sep 12, 2016
      Do some research for storage under beds. That's a major area for storage.

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