I haven't done a louver bulb on my 210 yet, though I think one of them is dead. But it's way over on the passenger side...
The shifter wood surround is ridiculously easy to remove. The plastic surround around the shift gate is removed first. Just slide a credit card underneath a corner and lift up. Work around all the corners until it's loose, then just pull up and out.
To remove the wood, open the cover for the rear cupholder. This exposes the trailing edge of the wood (It's really a wood veneer over plastic & metal) cover. Grab the edge and give it a sharp yank upward. It takes quite a bit of force, don't be shy! Comes right out.
Tools required: credit card. Total time: 1 minute.