Mario Castle Bunk

Submitted by jlholmes80 on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 00:30

So my son needed a bunk bed and we came upon the sweet pea bed. It was too girly for him so we decided to go with a theme that would be timeless, something he wouldn't mind having when he is 18 (or older, he is 10 now). What is better than Mario! (We are a house full of gamers, my 17 year old is super jealous of this bed lol). The build was fairly easy and the plans were straight forward enough, the time consuming part was the painting (without all the painting we could have probably build this in a long weekend). We changed a few things, like not arching the top windows, adding the 4 inch 2x4 squares to the top to give the castle look and stairs are made to look like stairs from the side so we stepped out the banister instead of angling it.

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Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Paint colors were all Behr paint+ primer (mostly eggshell or flat):
New Brick, Black, Polar Bear White, Green Crush, Green Acres, Lemon Zest, Windjammer, and French Silver. Some of the colors (like pinkish tone on the stairs) we created on our own mixing the New Brick and the Polar Bear.

Polyurethane. I mixed regular oil based polyurethane (gloss) with mineral spirits (50/50) and wiped it on. It was remarkably simple and gave it a nice seal/finish. Last coat I used Satin Polyurethane because I didn't want the gloss finish. I opted not to sand between coats because this is a kids bed and I wasn't looking for that "perfect" finish, just wanted some added protection.
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Wed, 01/01/2014 - 06:11

This is the coolest bed I have ever seen! I wish I could make this for my youngest. I could probably build it, but I 'm pretty sure it would go downhill when I started painting it. You did an amazing job and your son is a very lucky boy!


Wed, 01/01/2014 - 16:10

You can totally do it! I am a horrible painter (I'm too impatient) and you can't tell with this because of how forgiving the design ends up being. There is so much going on it's hard to pinpoint the mistakes. :)


Wed, 01/01/2014 - 16:07

Thanks so much! This was the first thing we ever built (although my husband did a lot of building stuff in his youth we have never done anything together and I was a total beginner) so we are very happy with it. :D I appreciate all the kind words.


Fri, 05/03/2019 - 22:00

We are super excited to build this for our 9 year old son. To make this a Full size bed am I correct in thinking that I only need to alter the side panels by adding 15inches? I am paranoid about building it and the mattress not fitting. Thanks so much!