I'm planning on making some shelves with drywall and steel studs (like the one below), but many people told me that the paint cracks and peels with time. Is that true?
Or just bad experience or a bad paint job?
How to prevent it?
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Drywall isn't meant to be handled or bumped a lot. In most builtins like those pictured, the interiors of the boxes and the faces would be made of wood, taped, compounded (often with harder compounds) and painted to match the adjoining walls.
If the surfaces are drywall, they will likely dent or crack.