So THIS is where I put my new figurines (see below, where i refer to them as 'thingies').
I found the lovely 'oh-so-shiny-red' shelf at a barn sale.
Presently I've just decided to ignore the fact that my kitchen wallpaper is not going to remove itself. We have the paint. In fact, the lower half of the kitchen is already painted. But oh, how I HATE removing wallpaper.