A few years ago, I was sick of looking around my very brown room. All of the furniture was some shade of brown and two of the walls have brown chalkboards that take up most of the walls. I asked my principal for permission to paint some of my old furniture. It was furniture that was no longer of “value” to the district, so would never be resold or probably even re-used outside of my classroom if things ever got moved around. I painted a storage cabinet blue, my old mailboxes, and then started in on this tall bookshelf. The bookshelf was an old brown laminate that had definitely seen better days. I primed the bookshelf (two coats) and then painted it dark blue. Then I applied a wall quote sticker (I bought mine at Ebay) and painted over it with a lighter blue (two coats). After about an hour or two, I removed the stickers. The next day, I put two coats of clear Polycrylic over the top to protect it. It was definitely time consuming to wait for the layers to dry (a day or so between each coat) but definitely worth it! A few years later it is still holding up great! Now the actual shelves that hold the books have seen better days, but the outside looks great!