Materials & cost: Framing grade pine and 1x3 furring strips. $110 including finish materials.
I used some of the excess 2 x 6 that I had left over to make the feet square instead of just using 2x4s like in the plans. just cut them to the same length as the 2x4 feet, then butt them up against the 2x4 feet and mount them to the frame.
Also, I made the support beam removable by using face-mount 2x4 joist hangars to hold it instead of bolts.
Total build time = less than one week
Next project will be a custom headboard for it..
I torched the surface of the pine with a propane burner. Charred the base and feet heavily then brushed off the char with nylon bristle brush. You can't see it in these photos, but it brought out a lot of bronzes and amber in the wood grain. Plus it gave the wood a texture that reminds me of heavily weathered or aged wood.
For the 1 x 3 strips on top, I routed all the edges inside and out, then I used the propane burner, but just scared it a little. I kept the torch moving so that it didn't get too dark. I then coated the whole project with boiled linseed oil (2 coats, wipe on, let soak for 20 minutes, then wipe off. 24 hours between coats, and let dry 72 hours). Then, I used a citrus and beeswax paste wax on top. 2 coats of wax and a lot of buffing later, I like the results.