I'm always hesitant to buy from a company on the internet. Let me just say that these newels are the nicest I've ever seen, and much more reasonable than the big box stores. When I unboxed the first thing I noticed was how well they were packed. I ordered 7, and all 7 were perfect with no imperfections. My original plan was to paint, but after seeing them they'll be stained with a very light stain and polyurethane. Getting ready to buy newel caps now. Thank you!