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How to Add Molding and Paint to a Murphy Bed

DIY Network experts show how to add decorative detail to a Murphy bed by adding molding and paint.

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hideaway guest bed made with shelf units
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    $250 - $500

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Step 1: Add the Trim

Add a piece of trim at the top of the bed box to match the trim on the tops of the bookcases.

add trim at top of bed box

Step 2: Fill Any Holes

Fill the recessed holes with wood putty. Also fill the nail holes on the trim pieces, door panels and the small seam along the sides of the bed box.

Step 3: Sand the Bed Box

Lightly sand the footboard and use an orbital sander on the bed box. Wipe away residue, and add primer to both pieces.

sand footboard and bed box

Step 4: Add the Paint

Paint the footboard to match the bookcases (image 1). Then paint the bed box to match the walls (image 2).

Step 5: Attach the Bookcases

Hold the bed up and install some simple sliding bolts inside both bookcases. Drill a hole through the bookcase into the bed box, and screw them into place. Place the bolts underneath the shelves so they are completely out of sight.

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