The handles are not as pictured. They are the same as the all oak or all cherry carts. I loved the handles pictured and that is the reason I purchased this cart. Also, the cart doesn't roll as smooth as my previous cart (this could be a plus in some cases).
It took 3+ hours to put this together, but most pieces fit fine. The drawers required a bit of muscle and a couple of re-drilled holes, but all in all assembly was straightforward if not exhausting. The cherry top is quite lovely. It has been "pre-distressed" but in a tasteful way and wipes clean easily. The entire thing feels very sturdy and we are comfortable putting our heavy Kitchenaid mixer in one of the cupboards. The drawers are small, so standard silverware trays don't fit.
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