By knocking out the back support, slipping in some custom shelves, and adding clever feet, you can give a retired bookcase new life as a contemporary display case.
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- Remove the back panel from the bookcase. Stabilize the frame with screws, and use body putty to fill damaged areas. Paint the bookcase with primer; let dry.
- Paint all surfaces in the desired color. For more display space, have a home-improvement store cut more boards to fit horizontally in the open sections.
- Secure the shelves with screws, and then turn the case on its side to create four open sections.
- For legs, attach threaded metal flanges to the case with screws. Screw threaded metal pipes into the flanges.