love this idea, except for the coffee table part and only because the bookcases are too tall. It's a coffee table, an old bookcase, and some paint. Use a plain bookcase and add crown molding to the top and trim down the front.
Remove cheap cardboard from the back of pre-fab shelving units and add character with pallet wood. Love this. Wish I would've known about it for the Home Depot shelving unit. It would have lasted soooo much longer!