Are you refinishing it Zemia? Repainting it? Or trying to figure out how to assemble books and home decor accessories? If you are refinishing it, you could strip it first. Or if you are just going to paint again, you could sand it smooth and primer it. Then I would steel wool or lightly sand again before you add your paint coats. I have done this method before and it wasn't too expensive or hard: you could spray paint and I steel wool in between coats to get a really smooth finish. You can finish it off with a general finishes topcoat. This is an economical easy way. More expensive way....Benjamin Moore ADVANCE!! $50 per gallon but it's so worth it. This paint is perfect for high traffic areas like kitchen and bath. That paint is an excellent cabinet paint and you don't need a topcoat. It doesn't chip which I like!! I seriously just wipe it down when it gets dirty. Anyway, hope this helps.
Hi Zemia, are you looking for makeover ideas? If you are, there are lots here:
What would you like to be different about your bookcase?
Do you want to upstyle your bookcase, paint it or have it perform another function?
Add bins for pretty storage.
Put in a closet for a shoe rack.
Zemia....Put in a closet and use bins and baskets...some shelves for shoes.