The bench came with a 1" gouge to the corner of the frame, which I was able to cover with a product that I have. The color of the bench is dark brown and does not have an even finish, because the wood is not sanded smooth but is a little rough, making it look a little rustic. I bought this for front porch seating. I would not have bought this bench if I had been able to view it first. The wood is lightweight.