I purchased this small bookshelf a few months ago at a local thrift shop for $4. The ends were wood but shelves were veneered particleboard.
When my daughter needed a storage piece above the toilet in her apartment, I set out to restyle this piece. First the bottoms each side were sawed off to make the shelf appear more like a wall shelf instead of a floor shelf.
Next I painted the shelf with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen. I distressed the shelf and stenciled on a "doily" on two of the shelves using ivory craft paint and a 10" x 10" Decoart stencil called Mandala. The stencil was a little to wide but still worked out very well.