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9 Incredible Bookcase Make-overs

BHG has some completely inspiring before and after shots of rather easy bookcase make-overs.

Simple unfinished offerings like this one can be transformed to suit a variety of styles.

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First up is the contemporary version. It was stained in a deep ebony and then a roller shade was installed to cover the less tidy bits.

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Next it takes a country turn. Shutters were used to create doors. A forge-iron shutter bolt was added to keep them secure.

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This time, we go shabby chic. The back of the cabinet was lined in a damask print wallpaper and a skirt was added to the bottom for a feminine touch. BHG suggests keeping the wallpaper print simple so as not to take away from the items on the shelves.

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And now for something a bit different...who hasn't seen one of these 'entertainment centers' for 5 bucks at the thrift store?

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A bright coat of paint and a strategically placed clothing bar--plus a folding ironing board mounted on the left--and you've got yourself a laundry station.

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Another thrift store staple are these needs-assembly shelving units.

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BHG painted it in a weathered sage-green and added coordinating fabric panels over the lower shelves to give it a Swedish style.

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A half-stripped chest gets some serious help....

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with a coat of black paint, fabric and new hardware.

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A garage sale armoire goes from dated...

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to DANG with some laquer-like paint. A couple of wine racks and a towel bar, and it's now a drinks cabinet.

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(Mid-century modern fans might want to avert their eyes on this one.) This time, our victim is a 1950's blonde-finish cabinet.

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Silver and gold leaf drags it kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

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Not grooving on knotty pine?

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BHG added a coat of chocolate paint, soft-white glossy enamel doors and new hardware, making those knots only a memory.

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For more information about these cabinet make-overs, visit BHG.





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Dawn Luniewski on Jul 15, 2010:

I am on the search for how to repurpose an entertainment center. thanks for the great ideas.


DesigningMom on Jul 24, 2008:

I've been trying to figure out how to repurpose our entertainment center. I've had a number of ideas, but this by far beats them all. Thanks so much for posting this!


~Becky <><


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