So, here is our bed. It all started with inspiration from the blog "knock off wood". I then enlisted my father in law for his engineering skills and he made it bigger and better than I could have imagined. It is very similar to the Pottery Barn Farmhouse bed or the Hudson bed, except we lifted it up higher and really customized it to my liking. One thing I wanted to avoid was the box spring showing after it was all said and done. So we gave it extra tall sideboards and instead of using wood underneath the box springs he used steel rods that would be stronger and let the box spring sit lower.
It is made out of cypress wood. (which soaks in stain very fast compared to some other woods) I stained it with minwax Jacobean. The only thing that I have left to do is go over it with Poly. You can see areas where the stain is uneven on the footboard, but that will soon be fixed.