After reading many positive reviews, I still hesitated purchasing this due to the comments on assembly, but decided to buy anyway since my husband is very good at figuring out Ikea directions. After 5 hours and several disassemble/reconfigure attempts, it's together. The "over-handling" resulted in several spots easily scratching, displacing the light particle board below, and a couple of stripped screws leaving a corner a bit wobbly. A black permanent marker hid several of these spots, and we plan to secure the weak area later. The assembly photo has an error in which the drawer guide piece is facing towards the shelves, which mislead us. Assembly tips: 1) Lay out all in advance as in the over-all picture. (our pieces were labeled) Note the left/right seemingly identical pieces. Note that the round part of the drawer guides face forward, and to the insides of the server. 2) There are sticker covers for the exposed, large, silver nuts in each of the bookcase ends. (At first we didn't notice the stickers and thought we had the board reversed. 3) The mirror holders were awful!!! Easy to strip the screws, so put in while pieces are still unattached. You can remove the small existing screw to make more space. 4) The L brackets for the back piece were nearly impossible to attach, You could put one smaller screw on each side to hold until secured solidly by the top shelf. The shelf looks beautiful and fits the space perfectly (I have it under my bedroom set mirror along a narrow space.) I don't think it would work well with regular use as a buffet since the surface scratches so easily. (I put felt pads under items I displayed.) I don't think the purchase was worth the many hours of frustration and resulting damage to the product due to over-handling. I would have gladly paid an extra $*** for pre-assembly.
I purchased this piece for an office conference room. It is weathered gray, elegant, and the perfect size as I was looking for a buffet large enough to serve a breakfast or luncheon for meetings. Love, love, love.
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