***** The item is the dark color I was hoping it would be -- not quite black, but very dark. **** My husband assembled it in approximately 6 hours -- and he is an experienced carpenter and engineer. It wasn't that it was difficult for him, it was just TIME CONSUMING. There is a lot of hardware to deal with. Assembly on other Overstock items has never been something he has mentioned -- he mentioned this one a lot. ***** The depth of the unit doesn't hold our CPU (computer hard-drive box) -- it has to sit sideways, reducing the amount of space in the lower left cabinet.***** Our monitor just fits into the space that holds it.