As already noted in other reviews--this is more charcoal in color. My intentions were to paint it an espresso color to match my wood furniture, but it seems to go well with the brushed nickle hardware that is on my furniture. It is shipped in 2 heavy boxes.Had to open the boxes and carry pieces to the room because it was too long & heavy. I put it together myself. Wasn't bad-it was work, but I am pretty handy. Would have been easier with another person. It is very solid. Minor creaking.