Good Questions: Seal Up the Open Shelves?

Good Questions: Seal Up the Open Shelves?

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 21, 2005

Hello AT,

Well, I'd love to get some advice from the AT community about these "wenge" shelving units I bought. It seemed like a good idea at the time and I liked the way the two units were on casters and could be moved around. But I didn't think about how awful the cords from my stereo, TV, etc., would look hanging through the cut-out spaces.

So, I'm looking for suggestions about closing the back of these units off. At first, I was thinking about frosted plexi, but I'm having a hard time finding that. Plywood seems like a viable solution, but what color?

Thanks! Kathryn

Dear Kathryn, We know you are painting the wall, and we would recommend doing this before you decide anything. With a little cord cleanup and a good, strong accent color on the back wall, the problem might dissappear overnight.

If not, we would seal up the backs but preserve the outline shape of the shelves. How to do this? We would use thin Luan and paint it the same color (or a different one) as the back wall. MGR

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