So you’ve got a cheap bookcase for your home, and what are you going to do with it? If you’re just placing it there in the corner of the room and load it up with books and other things, you’re committing one of the worst home decor sins of all time. Lucky for you, we’re here to help you out.

A simple bookcase can turn into a luxe accent piece of your home decor if you use just a little creativity. It’s amazing what simple paint job and wallpaper can do to it, and there’s no reason not to. The same can be applied to old furniture, wherever you get it from. Simple makeover can result in cheap or old furniture looking new and expensive.

Here’s the first wonderful example of a makeover of an old billy bookcase by applying vibrant color paint and a wallpaper for the backboard. This is a wonderful transformation.

Would you believe these were just 3 unremarkable bookcases. They were painted black with mouldings added to them to make a beautiful luxe bookcase.

If you just paint the backboard in a vibrant color and do nothing else, it will make all the difference.

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Hiding parts of the bookcase with roller shades is a great idea for an original touch.

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Installing doors turns a simple bookcase into a beautiful cupboard.

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Another way to hide bookcase storage with a small curtain made of fabric and a tension rod.

Replacing the cheap backboard with painted boards, such as re-used pallet or reclaimed adds the visual weight and perceived value.

A wonderful transformation. It was painted black and legs were added, as well as the wallpaper applied to the backboard. The result is a vintage style bookshelf made from what was just a plain simple shelf.

Another great example shows how you can use different pattern wallpapers to decorate the back.

Vibrant colors make a great accent that pops.

Adding panels to hide the contents.

Another example of what simple wallpaper does to transform boring furniture.

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As an alternative to adding wallpaper, you can use foam board and fabric to add pattern to the backboard without a permanent makeover.



Adding light fixtures creates an attractive accent.

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This is a wonderful vignette all around, from the colors to the use of a picture as the accent.

Change the cheap backboard of an old bookcase with painted pallet boards. This creates a wonderful rustic touch.



One of the most elaborate makeovers and an idea that you’d have to commit to, but individual shelf lighting in color does look appealing.