This item comes raw wood as shown in the picture ready for paint or stain. Three small blocks of wood were provided to do stain testing. I painted mine instead of stain. It is stamped proudly made in USA unfortunately the item needed some sanding in a few areas due to roughness which was disappointing but easily fixed. The back board is not attached, just held in place by tape so the back can be removed for easier access for painting/staining which means the back needs to be glued or nailed into place before installation. The back board is very flimsy and very rough around the edges too. Installation is very easy (remove drywall and use construction adhesive around/behind the trim and stick to wall). However, when all was said and done and the item was in place the end result was worth the effort.
It arrived very well packed, and not a scratch. I am glad that I opted for the white finish. It is very smooth and no paint brush marks. I would recommend paying for the white finish rather than trying to paint the unfinished model. Well worth the extra price. Made in USA too!
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