This chest is sturdy and 99% assembled (as shipped). Only the feet must be screwed onto the base of the piece. The black is rich and has a nice shine (but not at all cheap-o looking). The picture is quite accuarate as to scale, shine and color. The drawers are deep and move smoothly. The rubbed edges give the piece a classy, antique finish. I have nothing bad to say - besides, the price is excellent for this real wood item. Thanks O!