I followed Ana's plans for the King Farmhouse bed to begin with. I then added some small crown and cove molding to make it look a little fancier. To make the bed match existing furniture, I used a hole hog drill bit to cut out semi-circular holes from the feet of the footboard. I feature a few other projects like this on my blog http://pneumaticaddict.blogspot.com .
The top plates are stained with 'Golden Oak' oil-based stain from Minwax and sealed with 2 coats of Polyurethane in semi-gloss. The rest of the piece was painted with Antique White, latex paint. I then glazed the entire painted area with a warm, light brown glaze. Following that, I selectively added areas of different colors of glaze. First mustard yellow, then olive green, then dark brown. I hand painted faux knot holes to mimic the ones in the existing furniture and then sealed everything with 2 coats of Polyacrylic in Satin.