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Need Help with old style built in shelves!! :o)

shelleyzart's picture

Hi everyone! I'm wondering if any of you can offer some suggestions as to how I can decorate this ugly old style shelving in our house. My husband doesn't want me to paint or tear these shelves out so I want to try to decorate them or place things in them so it doesn't look horribly cluttered, busy and just awful like it does now. ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :o)Thanks!Shelleyold shelving unitold shelving unit

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BeachesJesse's picture

I don't know how handy you guys are, but you could install flat slab style mdf doors in some of the openings ... paint them solid colours - could be a really cool effect.  You could do them in white, or even different simple colours...If you really wanna go nuts - silicone some mirrors on the mdf so the doors are mirrored.  I did that on the lowest level of a shelving unit I have and it really opened up how big the floor space appears to be.Best part is that doors really hide clutter and garbage and make it look clean and snappy.Good luck!!

gmcauley's picture

I agree, a couple coats of white paint would do wonders, but since that's not an option, check out these blogs on styling bookshelves:

I hope that helps!

Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at

Cisak's picture

Seriously?? I think it's awesome! I'd want to paint it though, too bad hubby is against that.

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