my first grown up furniture! I didn't start small lol. I listened to the advice of others who'd made the bed and sanded and stained each shim individually. Lots of work, but well worth the time and effort! It did take me all summer lol. I used minwax gel stain 606 and used a glossy varnish. I did make matching night stands, with a plan from another website. Super pleased with how it turned out!