I have a corner in my living room that was in need of a bookcase. I would love a tall one, but I really didn't want to spend the money on one right now. I pulled this bookcase out of a closet and decided to rehab it.
-Here is what I started with. A cheap, ugly, generic bookcase.
-We cut 2X4's and attached them to the bottom to raise it up some.
-Then we added base board molding to the bottom and left over chair railing to the top of the bookcase.
-Filled in the spaces with caulk so that I wouldn't have to use as much wood putty.
-Puttied the rest, sanded, primed and painted it black.
This has not been accessorized yet. I'm still not sure exactly what I want. I definitely need to get some lighter baskets and some white items, but I haven't decided what yet.
Overall I think it is much better than before, and I don't feel like I have to buy a bookcase right now. I could have added a lot more molding and really beefed it up, but I knew that this wasn't something that I would keep for years to come, so I just couldn't justify spending more money on this project.
$5 - base molding
$3 - putty
- chair molding for top