Customizing a stock piece of anything, like, say a $39 particle-board bookcase, can change everything.
I bet this cost more than $40.
I (meaning me and some helpers), lined the back with black paper and switched out the shelves for some mahogany from the local hardware store that was stained and polyurethaned. The photo’s a little crooked, but I swear the changes have made a real difference. It just feels…weightier.