nm0529 Review

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Solid, sturdy and understated elegance
 from Connecticut,  Nov 28, 2012

Originally, I was apprehensive about shipping a large, finished, wooden piece. But when I considered the low price and Overstock’s 100% guarantee, I couldn’t pass this up. I was assured that Overstock would promptly pick up and replace the piece if I was unsatisfied in any way. How can you beat that? The good news is that it arrived in perfect condition, despite the slightly tattered outer box. Considering it made its way half way around the world by boat, plane and truck, from Asia, to IL, to CT, it’s obvious that a lot of thought went into packaging. And as a bonus, it emerged without the funky chemical odor that you sometimes get with ready-to-assemble furniture from Asia. This piece is rock solid and totally level. No wobbling or shakiness at all. The upper cabinet comes fully assembled. The only thing you have to do is screw on the legs and lower shelf, and pop in the inside shelves. It’s a very easy job, but a little heavy, so you might benefit from an extra set of hands. One drawback is that NO directions are included, but assembly is pretty obvious based on the diagram on the box. If you’ve ever placed a screw, you’re qualified to put this together. The only slightly tricky thing is the 2 different types of washers, one cupped and one locking. There’s an order to placing them correctly, but I’m sure Overstock’s service people or your local hardware store can advise on that if necessary. The dark, hard, mystery wood makes this piece heavy and solid as a rock. I love the finish, which is smooth, satiny and hard as nails. This is definitely not too delicate to use. It looks and feels like it can stand up to moderate wear and tear from kids and pets, but not from hot dishes, so keep your trivets handy. I’m guessing it can also stand up to frequent moves. If you look closely, you can see slightly imperfect millwork and knots on a couple of the legs, but what I did was place those legs on the back side. Even if I didn’t, I’m guessing that no one but me would notice those things anyway. The high quality finish tends to mask the imperfections. Given the affordability of this piece, none of this was a deal breaker for me. Overstock’s description, including the all important color and dimensions are right on. The cherry color, curved legs and X pattern veneers match the photo precisely. This is exactly as expected. One more thing - I was told that the wine rack is not removable, but that’s NOT correct. There’s nothing holding the wine rack in place, and it slides in and out easily. So, if you prefer to have a display cubby over a wine rack, you’ll have it, w

  • How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Exactly as shown
  • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Solid, sturdy and stylish
  • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Totally accurate
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