Cheap shelving is easy to come by, but the inexpensive options that are little more than glorified pieces of plywood won't add much interest to a room. Fret not! With a basic tool kit, some hardware store supplies, and a little creativity, you can transform these big box store buys into top-shelf accessories.
When real marble shelves proved to be a little too pricey, Laura from A Beautiful Mess crafted her own by adhering cheap marble tiles to the top of a wooden shelf.
Up the visual interest of plain floating shelves by adding decorative brackets underneath. In this kitchen remodel from The Brauns, shiny gold brackets look striking against the dark gray wall.
To increase a basic shelf's storage capacity, hang a towel rod underneath and use S-hooks to suspend ladles, tongs, and other kitchen tools, as shown in the beautiful kitchen above from Alvhem.
If you own a set of floating shelves and embrace rustic home decor, take a cue from this bathroom by BHG and cut dried birch branches to fit snugly between each store-bought shelf.
Need somewhere to stash your mug collection in an apartment with zero cabinet space? Attach a rod under a kitchen shelf and hang cups from S-hooks, as Refinery29 did above.
If you have a shelving unit that's divided into sections, grab a few small tubes of paint in coordinating colors and coat the back of each section. HGTV brushed on shades of orange, grey and beige.
Shelving units that have backs are prime candidates for DIY upgrades. While most of these projects call for paint, this one from Country Living makes use of an unexpected (and inexpensive) hardware store supply—wood shims.
A combination of pink paper and patterned washi tape bring color to the shelves of this formerly all-white cabinet. The total cost of this project from Up to Date Interiors? Just four dollars.