I've been puzzling for a very long time over what do with a particular wall in my kitchen. It is unusual because of the large soffit that runs along the full length of the wall. Originally the space was filled-in by a back door, which we walled-over and replaced with sliding doors further down the wall, in the center of the room. This left behind a large, blank wall that is not quite part of the actual kitchen, nor part of the dining area. My budget for decorating is also very small right now, which creates an added challenge!
So here is the solution I finally settled on. Two years ago, my sister-in-law passed on to me a set of three pretty wooden shelves, which have been sitting in a closet ever since. I decided to hang two of them next to each other, making a nice ledge for seasonal displays. They were a little tricky to hang, requiring four extra hands (they were little hands) to hold them up while I screwed in eight screws per shelf. (Thanks, General & Rose!) Sixteen wooden plugs to cover the screws, a fresh coat of white paint - and they were good as new!
However, once they were both in the wall, it was pretty obvious they were not quite level. With so many screws already poking my wall, I decided to leave them alone and disguise the slant with an old-but-favorite quilted placemat. I think it did the trick! Then I pulled out a few candle holders not currently being used, and added a fresh winter garland along with my Christmas nick-nacks.
There is something very satisfying about finding new and creative uses for "old" things. I'm always amazed at how fresh they look just from being in a new arrangement.