The metal is something like zinc - it feels lighter than iron and magnets do not stick to it. I do not think the wood finish is solid wood - my husband mentioned a repeating pattern, although I don't notice it daily. Drawers slide easily. I am happy with the value for this moderate purchase. 'Reclaimed lumber' with iron seems to start at about 4 times as expensive. This version looks good for the price. We are using these dressers as the nightstands, placed next to each side of the bed. It's a little tall, but works with this tall-ish bed: http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/INSPIRE-Q-Giselle-Antique-Dark-Bronze-Graceful-Lines-Victorian-Iron-Metal-Bed/7720291/product.html
beautiful quality piece. very stylish and looks like good quality. Only hiccup is the assembly, very long and tedious. My bottom drawers do not open and close easily as I am not an assembly expert and seem to have not adjusted it well :/
I love the look and texture of the dresser - great addition to my bedroom. It came in two boxes, which were both extremely heavy. And it was the most "disassembled" piece of furniture I've ever seen - no exaggeration. It came in so many pieces. (In my case, one of the drawer bottom pieces arrived a bit damaged - not great, but also not visible and still workable.) I have a handyman guy who helps me with my home tasks, and he's great - very careful and thorough. He knows how to read an instruction manual too. It took him four hours to assemble the dresser. So, fair warning - be prepared to spend a long time putting it together. It's worth it in the end, because the piece looks really nice. But make sure you're willing to expend the effort, time, and sweat carrying the heavy boxes - one reason it came so well priced, I guess.
I was keeping my fingers crossed (ordering furniture that you have not seen on-line ... you know...). It is even better than I expected. High quality wood, very nice finish looking much better than the photo but true to the colors. It came "Ikea-style" with lots of parts, but the final result is of much better quality. It took two full evenings for my husband to assemble it and he is very good with such jobs, but it was worth it (even for him :-). We also ordered a sofa table from the same set. Very happy with both.