Wow! Where do I start? This comes delivered in 2 large boxes and each and every piece looks like it was "white glove" wrapped and packed. Like other reviewers, we unwrapped and laid out each piece and inspected them. Phew! First win! No problems with any pieces and they all match in finish! My husband put it together in a little over an hour and wow.......it's incredibly beautiful!!! I also love that this particular style is two sided with same look on both sides, so there is no plain back. I can't say enough good things about this island! I know I sound like I'm geeking out but I LOVE MY KITCHEN ISLAND!!!
I received my island in two large boxes last night. I spent about 1.5 hrs putting it together by myself. I first laid all the pieces out to make sure they came in-tact. They were excellent (one small knick on bottom flat piece, no biggie). The instructions took me a second to figure out, otherwise I probably would have finished quicker. There were only two problems of note during the construction. 1. The base pieces holes didn't line up perfectly, but with help from children, I was able to push, while they dropped the screw in. 2. The doors on one side don't close perfectly, but they do close. I purchased new knobs - but for some reason in two places they won't go flush. I did needed adult assistance taking it from my garage, where I was assembling, into the kitchen. It's definitely a heavy piece. It doesn't seem like it would be that heavy - until you go to lift it by yourself. I ended up painting the bottom and staining the top. The colors just didn't match my kitchen. The color is antique WHITE. It's not off white...it's white - with a few areas of distress. The top is gorgeous, just too light for my kitchen décor - and didn't flow with the pieces already there. Over all, I like the piece, had no real issues and would recommend this purchase for a quick, fairly inexpensive, addition to your kitchen. Could even use as a side table in dinning area.
The Orleans Kitchen Island W/ Butcher Block Top is a very nice piece. It's very sturdy, well finished and easy to put together. The butcher block top is not a true butcher block top. It is finished with a medium brown stain (they call it caramel) and finished with a clear coating. Do not cut or chop directly on the top. The finish does seem to be fairly durable for everyday use. The legs and frame are either painted or power coated with a distressed finished (silver with black brush marks). I don't know which process they used. Either way, if you scratch or chip the finish on the legs and frame you can touch it up with some silver paint. When assembling, DO NOT TIGHTEN any screws until ALL screws (including the ones going in the top) are properly threaded in their holes. This is the reason people are having trouble assembling this island. Also, start assembling this island on it's side, not upside down. It's easier this way. Took me 30 minutes to assemble by myself (I'm a construction mechanic). Best of all the wife loves it. Happy wife, happy life.
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