I used wood to create a unique wall design. After working out the design on paper and determining all of the measurements, I cut 1x4 pieces of wood into the individual pieces I would need. In my case, there was 12", 15" 18", and 30" pieces. It was over 100 cuts in all! I then sanded each piece of wood to allow the stain to set and look better. Then I stained each piece twice to get a dark espresso color. Then came the finish. I used Deft clear wood finish, a clear lacquer spray. After the first coat, I used extra fine steel wool (0000) to buff each piece after which I applied a second coat. When the wood was finally prepared, I used an air compressor and air gun (using 23 gauge, 1 3/8 inch brads) to attach the wood to the wall. I used a measuring tape and a level throughout the nailing to ensure straight, even lines. I am thrilled with the outcome. It is a very unique home project that frames the television and gives the room a more modern and custom feel.