|this is just not working!|
This is the before: It (along with the rest of the room) just wasn't working. I processed whether to give it away and start over for a long time. I also contemplated cutting it down for a future project as it is a solid wood piece. I bought it unfinished and stained it years ago, and it's solid as a rock. At one point I almost cut it in two pieces to make it into two smaller bookshelves.
In the end I flipped it on its side and looked at it sideways for a long time. It just seemed to fit my space and needs, so I went to work.
What used to be horizontal shelves were fixed with nails and because vertical.
The bottom because the left side.
I slowly thought about how I would use each section, and then started filling in the (now) horizontal pieces.
Once I primed and painted it, I added trim to the front to make it feel more finished.
And voila! My new used-to-be-a-bookshelf .....shelf! The worst part is I don't know what to call it! A hutch? Sideboard? Shelf?