I started to throw this bookshelf out because it looked so cheap and ugly, but then I thought I might be able to make it over. For the record, the 'shoe' box is covering a big hole. ;)
I needed it to be white to match the decor of the room, so I painted it white. I first tried spray paint, but that didn't cover it well at all. So I used regular latex paint and put it on with a roller brush. It was kind of cool - the roller gave it some texture that ended up looking like this:
After painting it completely, I added some iron "gingerbread" that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I wanted black, and they had black - but only one left. Well, that wouldn't work. I needed two. They also had them in brown, so I bought two of those. I could paint them black.
I was out of black spray paint, but I had some chalkboard paint so I just used that. Worked perfectly.
Screwed these onto the bookshelf, and it was finished!
Here is the final result (although the lighting is yuck - I couldn't seem to get a good picture for some reason):
So we took it from this - to - this.
I thought it turned out pretty cute. And once again, cost very little. That's always a plus. :)
Oh, and I didn't bother to fix that big hole. Lol. I figured it would always have something sitting in front of it to cover it up. ;)