For some reason, I assumed this bed would be a matte/powder-coated finish. It's not -- it's very shiny and has a rather "plastic" look to it. That took a while to get used to. That being said, it is still a beautiful bed and you can't beat the value. I love that you can use the footboard as a blanket rail (as we do to display an heirloom quilt). It was a cinch to assemble and so far has seemed extremely sturdy. If you really want that "antique-y" look, this may not be your bed. If you just want something with clean lines that will hold up, then go for it!