First, I will say I love the look of this desk. As other reviewers have said, it is not shiny lacquer like the west elm one, but still very nice looking. My only problem is just a few months after having them (I bought two) The perimeter of the the top of the desk on the edge paint cracked a little so there is a thin line around the border. It isn't very noticeable, but still kind of annoying after making the purchase of two. And, it did happen to both of them. I haven't really seen any other reviews with this problem, but it did happen with both of my desks. Overstock did re-imburse some of my money, and I ended up keeping them because I still really like them and the cracks are very small and not very noticeable unless you really look. Just a heads up. Overall, love the look and price.