Put together this rustic x table in about a week of spare time. I finished using Ana's espresso finish tutorial with the red elm gel stain but it was too red after three coats. I bought some regular black stain and put two coats of that on the project and it turned out great.
My wife wanted to incorporate some turquoise into the project. I did not. :-)
We compromised with the turquoise x's. I think the colors go well together.
I spent about $50 on wood and $40 on new stain, spray poly and paint. But that stain and paint will last the next 3-4 projects. So I'd say the total cost for this actual project was around $70.
This was my first ever project I put together. Now I have a list of about 8 things I'll be building in the next few months.