I have assembled furniture my whole life, but have never had the challenges that I had putting this together. First of all, IT IS VERY HEAVY. Don't think this is going to be a solo project. At times I wished I had more than just one person helping me. The instructions are clear enough, so long as you make use of the diagram too. There were plenty of parts, and none were missing. There was a small crack in the middle of the base piece, but it wasn't near any joints and I was able to put it in the back where it won't be seen. And then the doors, the doors, the doors. At one point I was so frustrated with them I was actually pondering just leaving them off. I couldn't get the right one aligned for anything! Then when I took a real close look, the bottom piece, and the false front trim piece were just a fraction off (the holes weren't drilled at the factory correctly), so there was actually no way the door would be evenly spaced all around. I just did the best I could, and now I try not to stare at the door when I watch TV. By the way, the other door went on just fine, You're probably asking, why didn't I just take it back? By the time you get to the doors, the thing is almost fully assembled. You would have to take it apart, and try to get all 125 pounds of it back into the box, then back to the store, neither if which I wanted to do. So it is going to part of my decor for a very long time.
The wood is darker that pictured, and I ended up buying new knobs so the whole look wasn't so 70's Mediterranean. I like the faux granite top, but again, I wish it wasn't so dark.
On a positive note: There is so much storage space! All my equipment fits very well on the shelves, and there is ample room for all my DVD's and VHS tapes (yes, I still have some - I know it is 2010 - I'm workin' on it, I'm workin' on it!) All in all, it was exactly was I was looking for, and for the price, it will suit me just fine. Besides, it makes for good conversation when I swap furniture assembly stories!
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