I read reviews before getting this and people reported it was "dull" looking. I tried it any way but when I received it I realized the previous reviews were correct. The piece is great! Good size and I love it however the color makes it look old and dingy. I had to return it. I am trying to trade it in for the same brand in different material and color.
As a storage bench, this item is very functional and actually fairly roomy. The construction is solid, and the lid is flush when I open it. The only think I dislike about the bench is the color. I was hoping it would be brighter, but it's really really drab. The colors are faded and appear almost washed out. I've kept it because I don't want to deal with the returns and it serves its purpose. Eventually, I'll have to do something about that color though!