This easel is quite lovely with the dark finish. It arrived in perfect condition. Extra parts are included in case of assembly issues, but weren't needed. What we did need were more detailed instructions. The instructions included are "minimal" at best. For some of us, it simply wasn't clear what parts were referenced. It took us WAY longer than it should have, but the end result was impressive. The protective film on the blackboard and whiteboard are a great idea for shipping but they are somewhat difficult to remove from the edges. The included art supplies are nice but I wonder why there are paint cups but no paint. The "water chalk" is an amazing upgrade but it would have been nice to have information included WITH the product that lets the recipient know that a wet cloth is needed for chalk removal. I found that information on the website description, but my granddaughter didn't have the information when she received the product for her birthday. Multiple magnetic items included make it easy to secure the paper roll when it is being used. I do think this is the nicest looking child's easel on the market and the sturdiness and easy height adjustments make it a great long-term gift.