Monday, April 30, 2012

Dining Room Plate Wall

Hey there, hope you all had great weekends. Man I don't know about you but I am just chugging along with this whole "no more blank wall" business. I'm hanging art left and right and it feels good. The next room I tackled? Our blank dining room walls.

My inspiration for a plate wall came after seriously debating what to do on these walls for months. Guys, I had a reaaally hard time deciding on something to put on these walls I was almost paralyzed with indicision. Do I go classic/timeless with gilded perfectly symmetrical frames? Do I go funky with a collage wall of different frames? Same frames? Two long rectangular frames? Bookshelves? How will these work with the living room directly across and what do I do on those walls that won't be too matchy-matchy but still complimentary? Aahhh!

At some point I just sucked it up and realized it would be better to put something there and change my mind later on than to do nothing at all. And of course, lots of Pinterest browsing helped, specifically these two lovely rooms:

And with that my idea became a reality. Now all I needed was a whole mess of random plates and I knew exactly where to get them-- the same place I scored my awesome campaign dresser. This place has more dishes than I could ever sift through but luckily I found what I needed in about twenty minutes. This crappy phone picture doesn't even do it justice but every single shelf is stuffed to the brim with plates and cups and bowls. Perfect for what I was looking for and what's even better is that most of the dishes I got were about 50¢ each.

With my plates washed and dried I set about deciding on a pattern for the wall and then numbered them on a piece of masking tape so they would easily be transfered. (Plate number 5 is from Target)

One of my plates is not actually ceramic but this sweet little incredibly tarnished silver dish that took a couple coats of primer and white paint to fit in with the rest.

When figuring out how I would attach the plates to the walls I assumed I would use these Disc hangers that I've seen everywhere in the blog world. But after wandering around Lowes for too long I did a little Googling and found out that they are only sold online and/or at The Container Store which is no where near me. Bummed I had to figure out some other solution to hang my plates. Lowes did have traditional wire plate hangers but at about $3/4 a pop I didn't want to spend that nor did I like the look of wire hangers showing from the front. My options weren't looking too good.


In a moment of dire resourcefulness I rechecked the "hooks and hangers" section and saw these adhesive cloth hook hangers. The directions tell you to moisten the back with a little warm water and stick to the wall, allow time to dry, then you can hang things from the hook. I wondered if I could tweak things just a bit and attach the adhesive side to my plates and trim off the hook, leaving an eyelet to hang the plate on the nail. At $1.50 for a box of five I took a chance and bought three boxes. If it flopped I could always order the Discs online (which start at $1.25 each).

I tried the hanger out on one plate, allowed about a half hour to dry, and saw that they were incredibly sturdy. So I attached them to all the plates and allowed about an hour to dry. In the meantime I cut paper plates to use as templates and tried out my pattern on the wall. It was love. It was the perfect mix of classic and fun.

Now to keep you from scrolling back here's where we started Before:

And After!

Of course I had to have a little fun setting the table and putting out some of our gorgeous white azaleas.

Dining room walls: check! I'm also happy to report that three moons have passed (three moons have passed!) since these plates went up and they're all holding strong.

P.S. In case you're wondering where I bought the plates it's called Englishtown Antiques and I just discovered that Apartment Therapy did a piece on them back in 2009 that describes the place perfectly! Pretty cool.

P.P.S. Any other New Girl fans out there? Since we don't have cable TV we just watch a couple shows online, New Girl being one of them, and our newest favorite: Shark Tank.
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