We love the idea of using vintage or retro pieces that are often found at auctions, garage sales and on Craigslist in abundance. Even if you don't come across identical pieces at the same time, if you choose a piece that you see often, you're sure to come across a second one soon.
By building your own bed you have the ability to pump up the color as much or as little as you want! Like things cool and neutral? Try a lacquer white. Looking for a unique piece that screams personality when a guest enters the room? Try taking your finds bright turquoise or use a little pin striping tape (found at an automotive supply store) to give them a little added texture or design.
You can find all the details, plans and step-by-step instructions over at DIY Life.