I wanted to paint the bookcases upstairs to kind of match the TV cabinet. I was not up to removing all the books--since I had just done that during a purge earlier in the week--or painting all the shelves--since I really don't enjoy painting all that much. Also, I did not have that much time or energy to invest. I am happy with just the shell being painted and would love to add some decorative painting similar to the TV cabinet one of these days! Also, I had picked up an interesting piece of wood a few months ago for $1 along with several cabinet doors. I ordered a really cool wall word that said create, but it didn't fit. I had to go with plan b and would like to add some decorative painting and some snazzier tassles to it as well.