Color is a very dark "oak like".....particle board with veneer coating. Baskets are cheap-vinyl/plastic. The screws to secure the draws to the metal framework were missing. A very heavy bench. It would have been too much of a bother to repack all the parts to return it. I will replace the baskets and recover the plastic vinyl seat cushion. It seems sturdy...time will tell if the locking mechanisms hold the bench together.
The surfaces of the bench are deeply grooved and not as smooth as you might expect from the photo. You can feel the contours in the grain. As others have mentioned, there are minor splinters, which can be sanded lightly away. The combination of deep grooves, knots and imperfections gives the finish an uneven weathered appearance. The color is somewhere between *** natural oak and acorn finishes. Overall, the bench is sturdy and solid, yet not too heavy. The seat height and depth is comfortable and just right for the average sized person. For the buyer who wants the look and function at a bargain price, get it. For the buyer with an astute eye and expects sleek craftsmanship, move on.
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