I was very pleased with the color. My husband has put together a lot of pieces of furniture for our children when they went to school so I thought this would be easy for him. It took him three evenings (about 2 hours each evening) to put it together. What I wasn't happy with was the fact that the back piece had the laminate cracked right down the middle. The partial board is fine so structurally it was still OK and if my husband hadn't cut the box up for recycling I would have returned it. I plan to put it up against a wall so at least it won't be seen but who wants to purchase a new item and get it damaged?