Finished product. The brackets are $7/set x 2 sets = $14.00 www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90136136/
8 fl oz was enough for both 48"x7.5"x1" boards. The oak was $5.97/ft x 8 ft = $47.76. The stain is $4.78 www.homedepot.com/p/Minwax-8-oz-Wood-Finish-Red-Mahogany-Oil-Based-Interior-Stain-222504444/100376169
Not shown, but I sanded these using an orbital sander first. Once they were butter smooth, I applied the stain which was really quite easy. Let stain set 20 min, wipe with rag, let dry for 4 hrs
She wanted matte finish. This product was just fine… it dries in 1-2 hours ready for next coat. I applied 4 coats. I forget how much this was, I think it was $6.48/can x 2 cans = $12.96 www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-2-pt-Matte-Soft-Touch-Polyurethane-266228/203331996
Applying poly. Remember, 1-2 hours dry time between coats, but the poly fully dries 24-48 hours so don't apply a load to these boards until they're fully dry.
Finished product with context.