The bed is looking amazing! Still need to pop in the top boards (see plan) and find a new king-size mattress.
Materials: 2 sheets of walnut veneer plywood, several 2x12's from the home center, and walnut veneer edge banding to hide the plywood edges. My husband cut his own shellac and added a reddish brown dye to it to better approximate the look of aged walnut furniture. After three coats of the tinted shellac, he put on two coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal wipe-on varnish - one gloss coat and one satin coat.
Total Cost: $490
The next project is going to be a set of matching floating nightstands with spalted maple drawer fronts to add some texture!