I wasn't sure what to expect from this item, given the mixed reviews. SHIPPING/ASSEMBLY - The box arrived very quickly with a few minor dings. It was packed very well and nothing was damaged inside. Assembly requires NO tools. Everything slides and locks into place. One person can assemble and move this item. One tip -- there were two points in the assembly process where I thought the pieces were too big and would cause later pieces to bulge. This was not the case. I used the "hard sit" method to get everything to fit into place. For example, the last step is to place the top board on the unit. It looked like it was bulging upward and would not fit into place, causing a 1/2" gap. All 125 pounds of me firmly sat on the top piece and magically the gaps disappeared and all the pieces fit together beautifully! Don't be afraid to place ALL of your weight on it! The piece, while easy to move around, seems very sturdy and can handle a TV and components. OVERALL LOOK - The pieces were a bit unevenly painted. That is expected on some level, since the inner pieces that aren't visible to the public don't need to be perfect, but it looked like some pieces had 3 light coats (or two heavy coats) and other pieces weren't painted quite as heavily. Once assembled and in place, you would not notice it. Except....the doors on the front are pre-assembled and amazingly they were a brighter white than the rest of the unit. I mean, it's pretty noticeable. I am keeping the unit because I had always planned to paint it, so that didn't bother me. RECOMMENDATION - Well, if you aren't planning to paint it, you will probably be taking a chance with the doors matching. I am assuming Overstock would have sent me a new front piece (the doors are pre-attached to the front frame piece), so if you really like this unit, you could try it out. I liked this unit over other white painted pieces because I wanted a slightly airier feeling and didn't want shutter doors. I like the inner area for the components, because they allow enough space for the god-forsaken digital receivers that most cable companies give you nowadays to be able to watch TV. I know some other media stands don't allow enough space, but this one fits my Comcast digital receiver just fine.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? The stand is a soft white or off-white. It is not antiqued or distressed at all.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good and exactly what I would expect for the price.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good. Pay attention to the size and do a mock-up in your own living room.