I painted the inside with a high quality white ceiling paint I had leftover from a bath renovation. It has mold agent mixed in I will then polyurethene the inside to seal it further. The 2X4s in the middle will hold a shelf for sump BTW
Now painted and ready to stain. My stain of choice is Old Masters gel stain (Vintage Burgandy). I love this stuff and have used it for alot of other wood projects just super great stuff. I went dark and had to go real dark because of the pine. My next plan is to polyurethene with a high gloss to make it pop.
Hardwood Lumber Co of Dallas. My Dad has been using them for years for all of his and my wood projects. The owners name is Wright and they got some great wood. We got 2----4 X 8 sheets for $20 and I want to say they were 1/4in that basically they have had on hand for a while.
Of course some of the other more expensive sheets looked awesome but put a dark stain on it and spend $$ elsewhere. The grain still looks great to me anyway.
I also have one side that is a false wall that i will be able to open up and have another angle at the sump etc. Although it sounds like an original plan I actually had to do it when i realized I could not get the 20gal into the front opening....oops
Moving on to the 20gal sump. I plan on having the drain to the right with the Reef Octo 110 skimmer moving right to left a bubble trap with the refugium middle and then vbased on a Melev design a simple pony wall and egg crate seperatin for the return pump Eheim 2000 compact. I think the back I will put the electrical using something like what was talked about at the May meeting like racks.