My husband and I built this together, we stuck to the plans provided for the Martha Inspired Craft Table, however we left off the trim around the drawers for a simpler look. The drawer pulls were purchased at Home Depot. We used poplar wood that we stained with Georgian cherry gel stain from General Finishes.
We sanded everything first, used a base coat to help prevent the poplar colors from bleeding though the stain and/or blotching, then used gel stain and then multiple coats of a satin finish accompanied with some light sanding with steel wool and soapy water to create a smooth desktop. Also attached the desktop from the inside rather than nailing from the top down.