These are nice hard light colored wood, easily stained. They come very well finished with a smooth surface ready for painting or staining. I wanted them to be easier to clean to rather than attaching them with screws I used velcro (I used them on the bathroom vanities and the tile floor would be harder to clean around them - just an idea).
The picture shows them made out of one homogeneous block of wood. The product I received was a composite block made from multiple wood pieces but it is tightly glued and stained up well. If you were going to put it up high in a more visible place you could notice the different wood pieces. Having said that, it did accept stain very nicely and looks great.