I'm happy with this purchase. The wood is dark and rustic, the metal frame is black and sturdy. I would have preferred the top and bottom shelf were the same. The top is rustic and grooved and the bottom shelf is smooth. It looks fine once you put a few decorative items on it. I searched numerous sights to find this table at what I considered a reasonable price. One sight actually wanted $200 for shipping.
came in one box, and I admit, its very sturdy, heavy piece of furniture. the pieces look welded together. it took me about 15 minutes to put it together. The look is awesome, very steampunk style, and industrial in look and feel. The top piece of wood looks and feels thick, and the whole thing added a nice feel to the living room.