Im in love with this piece! Ive been redecorating my home using all hand-made things with a "wordly" feel....this sure fit the bill! excellent craftsmenship! beautiful, intricate design, stunning presence, bold and tasteful, delicate....all at the same time! the only thing i caution future buyers on is in the hanging of this piece.....due to the stain or oils used to treat the wood, take great care that while hanging you avoid "rubbing" on the wall you wish to display on......it leaves marks very easily....so be wary if you have lighly painted walls.....it does come out with a little elbow grease and some cleaning product....
I read the reviews, and so I knew that this was going to be a rustic piece. I have done some furniture refinishing, and so I was willing to take the risk. The piece did not have any mold nor was it warped as some buyers experienced. But, the nose had a severe flat spot that I had to sand to make the nose look normal. Additionally, the piece measured 36" although the description said 30". So, my husband helped me cut it down to 35 " to fit the space. But, I knew that might have to happen based on another review. The sanding and cutting meant that I had to stain the nose and ends to match. It took some time. At the end of the day, this piece is less rustic because of the work we did. But, it is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I would recommend to anyone who appreciates the rusticity of the piece.
So easy to hang up, though you need small nails instead of medium size screws to hammer the wall with. Everyone complains about the smell, but I enjoy the smell and it's not even that strong. It only smelled once I opened it. You throw away the wrapping and hang it, the smell is completely odorless unless you really put you nose on the wood. Just have a room with good air circulation. I hung it up not connected but an inch apart from each other to give it a more contemporary look, it looks awesome in my new bedroom. Definitely recommend this to any other skeptical buyers out there.
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