I purchased this based on other recommendations, and that wasn't a very good sample size. The surface of this is laminate (cherry) and looks cheap looking. Maybe my fault for not paying close enough attention to the description and was expecting veneer not laminate, and the pictures in the listing aren't detailed enough to offer much help. The metal frame is a slightly lighter color than depicted, so it definitely looks like painted metal (which it is) not steel, iron, or an unfinished metal surface. Overall, it's something I'd expect to pay $** for tops, not $**. If I'd bought it from a store I'd return it, but I don't feel like dealing with the hassle of shipping it back so I'll just keep it.