Who says you can't paint particle board? All you need is a good coat of primer I promise! The top coats are just your regular wall paint, furniture paint or heck whatever is on sale! The best part of this is lining each shelf with cabinet liners. I chose a thick textured plastic. That way if you ever want to use the shelf for books then you can take off the lining and not have to worry about the scuff marks or dirt! Display your shoes like a work of art!