This mantel is a great deal! It is easy to assemble, clear instructions, and quality wood! The wood-stained perfectly and we had no problem with fillers or glue that affect the stain. Thumbs up!
The construction was solid and heavy! The mounting cleat made hanging the mantel easy, it was a one-person job! It took paint great, a light primer was used, then we rolled on a water-based white paint. I would definitely recommend it!