Here's the before:
Ready for stain! Nick left off the top plank so he could stain it before putting it up. Didn't want to risk getting any stain on the ceiling. And any stain he did get on the side walls came right off with mineral spirits.
We love it! And of course it looks so much better in person. These are iphone pictures, which look better than our point and shoot camera so you'll just have to take my word for it - or even better, come on over! Nick installed the entire wall on a Saturday and stained it on a Sunday. It was a really quick project. We are also planning on doing a different light fixture. Apparently this was supposed to be a dining area, but we are switching things up. Big thanks to my handy hubby for installing it!