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.
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.
Next it takes a country turn. Shutters were used to create doors. A forge-iron shutter bolt was added to keep them secure.
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.
And now for something a bit different...who hasn't seen one of these 'entertainment centers' for 5 bucks at the thrift store?
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.
Another thrift store staple are these needs-assembly shelving units.
BHG painted it in a weathered sage-green and added coordinating fabric panels over the lower shelves to give it a Swedish style.
A half-stripped chest gets some serious help....
with a coat of black paint, fabric and new hardware.
A garage sale armoire goes from dated...
to DANG with some laquer-like paint. A couple of wine racks and a towel bar, and it's now a drinks cabinet.
(Mid-century modern fans might want to avert their eyes on this one.) This time, our victim is a 1950's blonde-finish cabinet.
Silver and gold leaf drags it kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Not grooving on knotty pine?
BHG added a coat of chocolate paint, soft-white glossy enamel doors and new hardware, making those knots only a memory.
For more information about these cabinet make-overs, visit BHG.