We had this little bookshelf
and there was not one thing cute or special about it.
(this is actually the back. I didn't realize until I started writing this post that I only got 'before' pictures of the back. The fact that there wasn't much difference whether you saw it from the back or the front should tell you how unspecial this piece really was.)
Just worn out old oak with some sort of black stain on top and no back.
It's just the right height for a side table.
And I figured that it was so plain Jane that it wouldn't take much to make it cuter. Sand it, prime it,
slap some bead board on the back, some ivory paint and light distressing, and voila!
Much less of an assault on the eyes.
Is there anything
that can't be made cuter with bead board and paint?
Well yeah, those.