Shipping was fast. It was on my front porch when I checked to see if it had shipped yet. It took a while to put together, but it went well and they sent extra dowels and screws. It is a heavy piece of furniture and looks beautiful. It is very dark brown/black, just like in the picture. The style and lines are sleek and clean. Some of the other reviews said there was no particle board in it which isn't true, but it is good quality and I would purchase it again.