This was one of the easiest pieces to put together that I have ever had. The end pieces just folded out, the shelves dropped down and latched and the only pieces we had to physically put together were the wine bottle holders. They just had one pin on the back and hooked in the front. The finish was a beautiful antiqued bronze and exactly as described. It is very sturdy. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was that it was a little shorter than I had thought it would be. It is definitely a great buy for the money. This was a housewarming gift for a friend and she absolutely loved it.