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AFTER: Pull the shade on unsightly essentials while showing off your organized storage bins. Start by giving the bookcase a rich color with a deep ebony gel stain finish. To create the handy shade, purchase a linen roller shade to fit in the width of the bookcase then install the hardware on the inside edges of the frame. Finish off the shade pull with a decorative finial or tassel.
BEFORE: This partially stripped chest had seen its last days until its grand makeover.
AFTER: With a coat of black paint, fabric-covered panels on all sides, and new hardware, this beautiful bureau will make a statement in any room.
AFTER: New lacquer-like paint, inside and out, was the first step to transform this armoire into a one-of-a-kind drink center. To make the most of the space, two wine racks snuggle below a piece of 1/4-inch-thick glass for a double layered look.
BEFORE: This bare bookcase was in desperate need of a makeover.
AFTER: To transform this bookcase into a cupboard, add a pair of pretty shutters with a touch of country character. We ordered these cut-to-fit shutters from www.diyshutters.com. Or you can search your local home center. After sanding, priming, and painting the pieces, hang the shutters on the bookcase with cabinetry hinges. Top it off with a forge-iron shutter bolt to secure the doors closed.
AFTER: A bright new finish teamed with well-placed hooks and shelves gives new life to a has-been entertainment center. To make the laundry station even more efficient, a folded ironing board, mounted at just the right height, tucks away when not in use. Hang all the freshly ironed clothes on a clothing bar installed in the tallest section of the unit to keep shirts wrinkle-free. The bar doubles as a spot to drip-dry delicates.
BEFORE: Discount stores, flea markets, and garage sales are perfect places to find an unfinished bookcase that's ready to be transformed.
AFTER: With a pretty damask print in the background and a sassy skirt, this bookcase is given a cottage chic makeover with a feminine flair. To get this look, start by painting the case and shelves cream. Cover the back with a piece of wallpaper in a floral, toile, or damask pattern. Just remember to keep the pattern simple so it doesn't take away from the items you are showcasing in the bookcase.
BEFORE: Blonde-finish cabinets like this one were common in the 1950s.
AFTER: Silver and gold leaf was used to make over and modernize the door fronts. If your cabinet doesn't have well-defined grooves in the surface, create the look with leafing squares, applying one at a time and leaving a tiny space between them.
BEFORE: This dated knotty-pine armoire had good bones but it needed a serious makeover.
BEFORE: This ordinary bookshelf was turned into the perfect spot for display china.
AFTER: A weathered sage-green finish, coordinating fabric panels over the lower shelves, and doilies lining the shelf fronts make this repurposed bookshelf an appealing focal point in any dining room. To get the weathered finish, start by priming the wood. Then apply a base coat of cream acrylic paint. After the paint dries, rub a wax candle on the edges and sides of the bookcase frame. Paint the bookshelves with a sage-green semigloss acrylic using a dry brush to create an imperfect finish.