We have a funny built in book case/display shelves next to the fire place. This area is directly at one end of the dining table and it looked sort of strange, as it only had 3 shelves for a 7 foot area - and the shelves are pretty narrow (they are made of 2" by 8"s).
I have tried a couple of different arrangements and was never happy with it. You can see what they looked like before here. I decided to get some new shelves cut and paint the whole thing white.
I am very happy with the results!
And now all of my cookbooks are next to the TV which is a better place for them since most are pretty wide. I LOVE cookbooks. My favorite gift to receive for sure! (TD's first present to me was a beautiful cookbook called Texas on the Plate & I knew he was a keeper!)