I have fond memories of this bookshelf as a kid. It sat in my grandparents den for as long as I could remember. My granmother was always very crafty and a true DIY 'er ! I had reservations paiting this.. I mean it's always been brown, my mom said. You grandma would have loved that fact that you made it your own and even more than it became a treasure to you. The back was in very bad condition. Bless my grandpa's heart but he had cut a odd hole in the back at one point to put his tv in it. We took that off and have painted it blue to match the china cabinet. a after picture to come in a few days !!