Heres a shot of a real sweet build I did a few years back. This was a great job even though I lost my ass on it. I really enjoyed building it and the lady of the house absolutely loved it. Even her husband, who just couldn't fathom spending so much money on gasp the house, loved it when I was done. Turning him around was a very rewarding experience and made the fact that I only made about $25 an hour on the job worth it in the end. The fireplace is floor to ceiling brick and the panels cover all that 1975 ugliness.
This build is cherry and the finish is a waterbased polyurethane.