We have been in our circa 1894 farmhouse for a year. We bought after it had been renovated so there were no big projects. There is one minor problem that we have yet to address. It is a big black hole in the dining room. For the purpose of this discussion, please ignore the plant and chafing dishes in the bottom of the black hole.
When we bought the house there were three long black warped shelves attached via brackets on the back wall. They came down immediately. We have just stared at it for the last year. I thought maybe someone might have an idea what to do with it.
The dining room is opposite the kitchen. That is the black hole on the left.
This is the dining room.
We have country farmhouse decor.
The finish inside the black hole appears to be painted wallpaper or very bad texture. This is the top.
This is the wall.
We plan to keep the woodwork as it is throughout the house. The carpet is being removed and replaced with large black and white ceramic tiles on the diagonal. The hardwood floors in the kitchen were installed in the 1960’s after being removed from old railroad boxcars. I love them and they aren’t going anywhere. Since we can’t replicate them in the dining room, we are going with the ceramic tile. We have black and white tiles in all the bathrooms and love it. So, if you have any ideas feel free to shout them out. We are certainly stumped about how to deal with this little bit of architectural charm.