This is the bookcase as it stood first thing Saturday Morning:
Anyways, I took off the shelves, dusted them, brought the bookcase downstairs and put it in the garage. My intention was to paint the bookcase, so I would have to go to Home Depot later to pick up paint. So we left for my dad's. In the afternoon, I had enough time to realize that the paint was not going to stick well to the melamine surface & that I should not attempt to paint it. Because we would be putting heavy books on it, the paint would stick to the books & peel right off later. So the goal was still to take the back faux-wood panel off, get some baskets and update the look of this shelving unit.
Off to the Depot we went. Unfortunately, there was no finished birch panel. The only thing that they had in 1/4" was Luan, which was red & didn't match. So we would have to buy an $11 panel of luan & cut it, we'd have to buy a $11 can of paint, and what color to you paint this if you aren't painting the unit??? We would have to buy screws.... so here we would be spending $30 to fix a 10 year old $35 bookshelf. It wasn't worth it.
So we went home, Matt and I reattached the faux-wood panel, I tried to glue the tear, knowing that books would be in front of it. We took it back upstairs, reassembled it, added two new baskets that I had found for $8.50 a piece, put the books back on the shelf and called it a day...
What a waste. Hours of work to unpack, dust, disassemble, reassemble & repack and the only thing that got done, was that the dust that had accumulated behind the unit was removed. I suppose our allergies are happy.
While next weekend is a busy one, I hope and hope that we can actually get something accomplished. Perhaps the trim and the walls, perhaps even getting a Kreg Jig & finishing our end table!!!
Have a great week everyone!