Good Questions: Should I Paint My Bookshelves?

Hello AT,

I'm trying to decide what to do with my bookshelves. The living room
that's the other half of the room is dark wood with black/white and
splashes of bright primary colors. I don't really like the the table,
chairs, and bench—those will eventually be replaced...

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Should I paint the bookshelves? Stain them dark to match the living
room? Or replace them with closed in shelves, like the IKEA Billy?

Of course, whichever I do, the first step will be to tidy them and
clear off the non-book clutter that's accumulated.

Thanks! Anna

Dear Anna,

WE LIKE WHITE (like a Dove or a China white).

Anyone else?