Does that bookcase you found at the flea market look bad? You need new bookshelf ideas, not new bookshelves. Here are 8 DIY bookcase makeovers you need to read:

Paint the Shelves a Contrasting Color

There’s no rule that says you can only use one color on a painted bookcase. 

Paint the Bookcase Back

Painting the back wall of your bookshelf draws attention to the objects inside. It’s also a smart way to incorporate a color that’s too bright or bold to use on the entire piece.

Cover the Back With Patterned Fabric

No wallpaper on hand and you don’t want to invest in an entire roll? No problem. Cover the back wall of the bookcase with patterned fabric.

Add Texture to the Back

A fabric-backed bookcase doesn’t have to be busy. You can also use fabric to add texture. For a similar textured look, you can also use grasscloth wallpaper.

Lighten the Interior With White

As lovely as chalkboard paint looks on furniture makeovers, its matte finish doesn’t reflect light. That means the shadowy interiors of bookshelves seem even darker if you paint them with a medium or deep shade. 

Add Molding to Make It Look More Expensive

Fine furniture is usually finished with as much trim and molding as the style allows. Thus, you can make a cheap bookcase look more expensive by adding molding—even if it starts out as a plain laminate piece.

Attach Wheels to the Base

Casters are furniture wheels. They add visual interest—and they make it easy to move the bookcase from place to place. 

Turn a Bookcase Into a China Hutch

You don’t have to use your bookcase just for books. You can always repurpose it for other storage needs in your home. 

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