It was an experience, building my own furniture. I wouldn't say my first time out was a really great experience, but now that I'm ready to tackle my next project, I feel a little more confident getting back out there again. You will get smirks from the man who's missing a tooth, but never missed a meal at Home Depot, when he asks you why you need all this wood. You will make up new curse words when your nails keep bending as your trying to hammer them into your wood. And, you will shed a few tears when your finish didn't come out the right color, and you need to re-sand it, and start staining over again. You will also be able to get out all your frustrations with items like chains, hammers, and chisels, while your beating the heck out of your furniture, trying to get a worn or reclaimed wood look.
I can't take all the credit for this piece. My husband did hold some of the pieces in place for me as I hammered them, and he helped me haul it upstairs to the bedroom.
Pottery Barn is somewhere around $800 plus shipping. My cost for all the wood, and stain was approx. $80. The wood was more expensive than I was anticipating, but that's what you get when your considered a "suburb" of a major city. For my finish, I wanted it to compliment the trim around my windows, so I first used 2 coats of an oil based stain in dark walnut. Then my 3rd coat was a polystain (stain that has polyurethane in it) in a satin finish, also dark walnut.
Our next project is 2 side tables like this one, also from Knock Off Wood.