After reading the other reviews on this item I ordered it and was excited to receive it. Boy was I disappointed. The item was filthy, I expected it dirty as others had said it was when they received it but didn't expect it to be as dirty as it was. The smell was also very strong. After cleaning it with a damp cloth, the finish started to peel/flake off. I'm now left with a lamp that has large areas where there is no finish. The shades had to be taken off and washed....they came out pretty clean but still have some staining on them. Assembling this does require patience since you have to get the cloth shades on just right. Now, one of the bulbs doesn't work. For the amount of money paid I really regret this purchase but just can't be bothered returning it. So, I'll re-stain it and have my husband try to figure out why one of the bulbs isn't working. I truly regret purchasing this item. My anticipation of receiving something that was unusual and made by hand has been squashed by all the problems. If you are expecting something that you can just put up by opening the box do not buy this!!