This before and after makes the before look way better than it did and the after look not as good as it does BUT, I am happy with it and, honestly, that is all that matters. I can hang more now than I could and the profile coming down the hall looks way nicer.
The instructions say to attach it to the wall. Er, no. It's steady enough. I couldn't get the wooden seat/shelf screwed in with the itsy bitsy screws so I used uglu to attach it. Nobody's ever going to sit on it or pick it up by the bench so all I need it to do is not slide off. For $50, I'm happy.
Now I need to take the boxes - they sent it box in a box and wrappings down to the dumpster and I am done. Nice.