The plant stand is lovely and well made with a rich very dark brown finish. It was protectively packaged and there was no damage. There is one bit of advice to offer. Due to the excellent packaging, the plant stand gave off an odor of lacquer when I opened the box. If you are sensitive to this, do what I did and place it in a sheltered area outside your living area, e.g. garage, for a couple of days and all will be well. What a great product!