What did you find most difficult? In other words, why not do it again? I think it turned out great. This is something I may give a shot with some scrap plywood I have laying around. I suppose you would not recommend?
Hope the stain works for you. We painted the work bench at work probably close to 10 years ago and the paint is still rubbing off on projects. I left the one I recently built at home without any kind of finish, for that reason alone.