This was sooo easy for a first timer like myself. Followed Anna's plan. Learned as I went. Customized a little...started with the end panel..could only fit it cut in sections in car from store, so decided to separate the sections and open it up a little with a peek a boo window. Used a little unsanded grout in my paint choice so that my son can doodle some art on the panels with his chalk. Added some support boards on lower corners for extra support...also used the Long L brackets as bed rails to support the slats. Make sure you get enough wood to cut the vertical side of ladder as the plans didn't include it. Cost about $100 without the mattress. Very happy with it. Thanks Ana!
For painting the panels I mixed 2tbs of unsanded grout with 1 cup of my choice of paint so that chalk could be used on it.