LIke most others have said, the assembly of this product is definitely an ordeal. My very building-savvy husband spent 1/2 hour just unpacking and organizing all the parts and then about 1 1/2 hours assembling them. He didn't have any trouble with the instructions or anything, and it all turned out perfect--doors aligned correctly and drawers sliding in and out smoothly. From the front (all I ever saw) it looks wonderful. I would have said it was a fine piece of furniture, heirloom quality. But my husband assured me it was not, as the back and some of the inside parts are particle board or pressed wood or something other than solid wood. So maybe it won't hold up to generations of use, but for us it looks great, feels very sturdy, and has plenty of storage space inside for my large platters, seasonal serving dishes, fancy silver, etc. The color is a very dark brown, but it is definitely not black. I have a dining set from Ikea called "brown black" which looks as close to black as it gets w/o being solid black. I was hoping this would match it, but it's definitely dark brown, not black. Not as reddish as mahogany, but that dark. It's lovely, just not quite a match to my dining set. Still, after all the assembly, we decided to keep it. It's so stylish and the right size (and price!) No one at any local store had anything modern like this for under $700 and for high quality like this, everything was over $1000. So I consider this a good deal, even with the assembly required.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? About as I expeted, very dark brown.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good on the front and sides. Back and some inside pieces are chipboard/pressed wood.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very Accurate