I had been going back and forth in my mind for about a year as to whether I want paint my bookcase. I have been searching for months for a white hutch for my dinning room to no avail so I decided to save the money and buy a can of chalk paint and change the color of my existing bookcase. I wiped down the bookcase real good, sanded it and gave it two coats of chalk paint. I'm done and I like it. It lightened up my dinning space a lot. I moved my other tall white cabinet with the glass doors into my kitchen and put my chair and plant in that corner next to the bookcase. It really lighten and opened up my dinning room a lot. Its amazing what a little patience and elbow grease can do and I did myself.