Raise your hand if you could use more counter top space in the kitchen (my hands our definitely raised). In my home, I added a little prime real estate by putting a small kitchen island to use. But if I had more wall space to work with, I might have done something similar to Kristine's handy work.
I like her choice to leave the wine crates unfinished as they pair nicely and stand out against her new chalkboard wall. Kristine fills her nooks with cook books and cozies them up with plants and milk glass. She's even got room to spare and stows some pasta while keeping the spot stylized. I'm a big fan of open shelving and the wine crates allow easy access to items while keeping the space neat and organized.
For the full post and images of the entire room's progress see Moon In My Garden | Before (or in the middle) and After: Chalkboard Wall.
Images: Moon In My Garden