Asked on Oct 2, 2017

Need ideas on what to put on small wall (where wicker shelf is)

Julie MedvedAnn-MarieRose P
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So tired of the wicker shelf, but want ideas of what to replace it with. My daughter suggests a built in bench with floating shelves. I’ve thought about a narrow open china cabinet there. Your thoughts? Additional photos show the rest of breakfast area. Also plan to change out curtains and seat covers.
q need ideas on what to put on small wall where wicker shelf is
q need ideas on what to put on small wall where wicker shelf is
q need ideas on what to put on small wall where wicker shelf is
14 answers
  • Sherry Cohen
    on Oct 2, 2017

    How about a corner cabinet? It's great extra storage and an opportunity for a special display.
    • Loi26340389
      on Oct 2, 2017

      Sherry, thanks for your input! I'll keep an eye out for one, and consider all the great responses before moving forward!
  • Cynthia H
    on Oct 2, 2017

    What about additional seating? A banquette would provide additional seating and storage. Here are two examples:
  • Fauxgal
    on Oct 2, 2017

    How about looking for some of those wonderful plaques that are sayings? You know, like "FAMILY," or "LOVE"? They can be wood or metal. Black would be perfect!
  • Kristi
    on Oct 2, 2017

    a secretary would be pretty and multifunctional the upper cabinet has shelves for???, drawers to put your table cloth and napkins, and of course the pull down front with depending on cabinet design.., small cubbies, drawers, mail slots, room for your laptop. Perfect for those who do not have small office area.
    • Loi26340389
      on Oct 2, 2017

      Thanks, Kristi! I think that's one of the few options I hadn't considered. I love the idea of storage and display, and could always use more!
  • Tiki
    on Oct 2, 2017

    why not just use floating shelves in its place?
  • Tiki
    on Oct 2, 2017

    gives you storage and style at the same time
  • Sherry Cohen
    on Oct 3, 2017

    Glad you like the idea. I got one from a friend of my mother's. Her son got divorced and neither party wanted it. I needed it for my living room and decided to put only white china in it (bowls, pitcher, creamer, special plates, etc.) and white silk flowers. All I need to do now is paint it a greyish-greenish-blue to go along with my occasional consoles from Home Goods. I put a small black and glass IKEA table and chairs in front of it, and that corner is a complete vignette that looks inviting. (P.S. I'm no decorator.)
  • Rose P
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Would you still be tired of it if you gave it a new color?

    • Loi26340389
      on Oct 5, 2017

      I've debated that. It was white and I painted it black, and I liked it better for awhile. But that's a good option to test again! Thanks for the reminder. The shelves sag, so I need to remedy that if I plan to keep it!
  • Andrea
    on Oct 5, 2017

    I'd create a sideboard out of floating shelves.
    • Loi26340389
      on Oct 5, 2017

      Not sure I'm that talented! :-) I'd love to have the equipment to do that, though!
  • Andrea
    on Oct 5, 2017

    They sell them at Lowes. You anchor a brace into the wall and slide the shelf on.
  • Lisa S.
    on Oct 5, 2017

    I would look for a china cabinet to match the wood table top of the white chairs. Lots of them available in thrift shops for a song right now, as a lot of young people are opting for no china, or collectibles. They inherit them and discard the china cabinets. It would be something large to ground the space. Similarly there are open shelves ones out there as well. An alternative would be a corner china cabinet in the same space. Love the layout of your kitchen / dining area. Especially love the window.
    • Loi26340389
      on Oct 5, 2017

      Thank, Lisa. I love the windows, too. Wish these brought in more natural light. I've actually been looking for quite a while for a small china cabinet (thrift shops, Craigslist, FB, wherever I can think of!). The wall is so small that it's hard to find one narrow enough. That's what I initially wanted there, but have almost give up! I'll keep looking, though. Timing is everything.
  • Rose P
    on Oct 6, 2017

    I like the coffee station.
    • Loi26340389
      on Oct 6, 2017

      Thanks, Rose. We like it a little too much! Thankfully, new studies are showing coffee is good for you!
  • Ann-Marie
    on Oct 6, 2017

    You can always paint the shelving unit. You can add burlap to the back to add interest and even stencil it.
  • Julie Medved
    on Oct 7, 2017

    An leafy indoor plant would look great there, bringing the outdoors in and creating a minimalist look.
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