I was surprised when the Island got shipped 2 weeks sooner than expected. This was good because it was a Christmas gift for my wife. I do cabinet work but am almost always too busy to build anything for my own home. I chose this one because I liked the style, the flat panel doors , the warm maple wood and the reasonable price. The assembly went pretty well but the directions were confusing at times. All the holes lined up and all of the screws worked as planned except the screws for the drawer slides of which the heads were too small for the holes even though they were in a special bag stating that they were bigger than normally supplied. Instead, I used 4 #8 screws of the same length that should have gone for the braces for the top. The smaller #6 screws worked fine for the top braces. The doors swing on pins instead of hinges so there is no adjustment but none was needed. The bottom is designed to sit on pins like the middle shelf but I plan to get some small angle brackets for the bottom shelf so the unit doesn't wrack out of square. I also plan on replacing (eventually) the drawer slides with full extension ball bearing slides so you can see what's in the back of the drawer and because the top of the drawer front rubs on the counter top. There is no adjustment on the slides provided. I will also replace the handles with some oil rubbed bronze handles to match the hardware in the kitchen. I also drilled two more holes for the middle shelf for more adjustment. Since the wood came with an oil finish, it will probably need more finish in time but that's an easy thing to do. The instructions tell you which oil to use to re-coat the unit. All in all, the island should serve the porpoise and provide some much-needed counter space and storage. The quality was well worth the $250 I paid (free shipping) and it was the lowest price I could find after looking at about 10 sites. I saw this island advertised for almost $400. at one site! I think the average person will be happy with the island as supplied, I just wanted to make it a little more unique with the little changes I made.
LOVE THIS PIECE. it is so gorgeous. Unless you are very handy and have much patience, two people are needed to put this together. it took me and a helper almost 2 hours to put ti together. but it is worth it and so beautiful. I added new handles to match the hardware in my kitchen and it rocks!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? looks better in person
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
I bought this Catskills island for my small kitchen to have more working space. Its came well packed and with all instructions how to assemble. It took me some time to put together, but I do not have any skills, I will rephrase I did not have any skills before. I put together and the cabinet looks so good!!! The more I use the more I love it. Overstock thank you :)
Please be careful if you purchase this product. It is UNFINISHED!!!!! My husband took it out of the box andasked if it was finished, without looking I said yes. It took him two hours to assemble it and when I saw it I was shocked. It is much smaller than I thought and it is unfinished.It looks more like a microwave cart than a center island and was overpriced. I would send it back but it would take hours to take it apart. I am stuck with it. What a waste of money!!!!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? not at all
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. poor
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? not accurate
I was pleased to find that this cabinet looks nicer than it appears in the photograph. The wood has a pretty grain, the natural stain matches my existing cabinetry, and the hardware is nice looking too. We found it easy to assemble (the kit was missing a washer for one of the wheel assemblies, but we had something around that worked -- plus the flyer that came from Catskill Craftsman said we could call them for parts if needed). Overall, we think this cabinet was a good buy at a great price point.
This will be used as a liquor storage and mixing bar under upper wall cabinets in our kitchen. The wood is solid and pretty. Though it says it is oiled, I am putting a coat of Tung Oil on everything but the top, for further protection of the wood. I might put some kind of "edible" on the top, as I intend to cut garnishes on it as well as mix drinks that might leave a stain on it. Easy to assemble and sturdy. The adjustable shelf and drawer will come in handy; moves about easily when casters are unlocked. Overall, a good price, compared to over websites, for a quality piece of furniture.
It came quickly; there was one broken piece from shipping which they replaced very quickly, no questions. The diagrams are not always clear, but I put it together alone in about two hours (my husband fixed supper that night). I stained it to even out the wood tones, then applied a light coat of satin varnish which I lightly buffed. It looks beautiful. Now that it's done, I'm so glad to have it!