When looking for a dining room set, I found this one. The pictures looked intriguing and not like anything else I was able to find. I read and reread the description before deciding to purchase this, since there were/are no other customer reviews. I ordered the mint chairs and the natural oak finish. These colors/stains can be quite varied, so I wasn't quite sure what I would be getting. A week after ordering, this was delivered. It came in four large, heavy boxes. A bit of maneuvering was needed to get this into my vehicle. It took two people to move these boxes into the car since the boxes are so bulky. Upon unpacking this, I found although these items were very well padded, there was a crinkle in the corner of the table. Everything else was included; even with a few extra screws and washers, should you need these. Fast forward to assembly. I assembled this by myself; it took about three to three and a half hours to complete the table and the four chairs. The table is bigger than I anticipated, but this can accommodate a couple configurations with the chairs. Picture A and B show these. A note here is that in these pictures, the chairs are pushed in as far as can go. Picture C shows the underside of the table, also how far these chairs can be pushed in. Still, there is enough leg room. I would highly recommend this set!
Pros: Easy to assemble, well packed, seems sturdy Cons: Color is way off from the description and pictures. The finish is described as "black/ antique oak" but this is more black and dark brown. The pattern of the wood doesn't even look like oak lumber...that's probably the reason it's a much darker than I expected. I'm a graphic design professional by trade so I'm familiar with colors, color correcting and finishes. This dining room table and the accessory buffet shouldn't be labeled as oak. Besides that, the table and chairs held up well over thanksgiving.
I really love how this set looks - the dark finish is really beautiful and the cream paint looks amazing. The dark table finish shows dirt a lot more than my old oak table did. We switched from a 3x5 rectangular table and I really notice the lack of space to put serving dishes down, and how with a round table, there's less room to rest your arms, etc. My husband had a really difficult time assembling the chairs, and had to get out the wood glue and clamps, and I had to sit in them while he screwed them together. We've had this set for a few months, and overall I'm very happy with it. The chairs are very comfortable, and everything seems strong and sturdy. I wouldn't buy this unless there is someone very handy at your house, able to help with the assembly and do some "think outside the box" tricks to get it assembled. My engineer husband has a lot of woodworking supplies that helped a lot. I considered getting some glass from *** to cover the top, but I'm not a fan of glass tables, so I didn't. This table top scratches VERY easily! Even the scrubby green side of the sponge scratches it. It has little divots that I will either need to try to stain, or fill in with brown Sharpie. It almost looks like it has a filmy dirt on top because of all the scratches just from wiping it down with a sponge, and I have really tried to be careful with it. It's hard to see the scratches in the pictures, but I've tried to attach some.
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