I think everyone has a piece of furniture like this - some generic flatpack shelf from somewhere like IKEA or Walmart. Because mine is next to the stove and I rest my tea and ladle and all sorts of other things on it, the top is frequently grimy! So I got some self-stick shelf paper from the dollarstore (it's like a giant sticker with a grid pattern on the back) and resurfaced the top to make it easier to wipe down. I folded an extra strip down over the corner to really finish the edge. Finally, I found a new home for my cookbooks and am only keeping tea under this shelf :) 5 minutes, and my kitchen shelf looks that much better!