I wanted a nightstand to match my farmhouse bed. I used the cheapest pine boards I could find to build this and it turned out great!
When I first built it I just used a scrap of fabric tied in a knot for the handle but added a real drawer pull when I built the matching dresser.
(sorry the pictures are crappy cell phone shots)
I totally stole the finish idea from boxermum here http://ana-white.com/2011/04/king-farmhouse-bed-1