Born-Again Bookcase

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.

What You Need:
  • Wooden bookcase
  • Screws
  • Body putty
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • 4 threaded metal flanges
  • Four 6-inch-long, 1-1/4-inch-diameter threaded metal pipes
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Secure the shelves with screws, and then turn the case on its side to create four open sections.
  4. For legs, attach threaded metal flanges to the case with screws. Screw threaded metal pipes into the flanges.

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