August 29, 2011

The "Swirled" Plate Wall

It sounds uber fancy.
But, really, it's not.

Although it is pretty :)

Instead of getting a jump on the millions of chapters in my textbook I'm supposed to be reading
(I mean, a test on the first week of school, really??)
I decided I'd show you my plate wall instead.

I have to tell you that I'm quite proud of this little ole' wall.
It took some time to round up all the plates that would fit together just perfectly.
And then the hanging, and the falling... (you'll see...) and the re-hanging.

And now it makes me smile every time I see it :)

See? Boring boring blank wall.
Actually it's only blank because I took down the big canvas picture that was here to make this.
So I left myself with a blank wall.
Oh well.

I've known that I wanted a plate wall since we moved in so I've been collecting them since then.
Yup. Two years, guys.
I'm sure I could have done it a lot sooner than that, but I was looking for the perfect plates.
I could have done the ever popular all-white wall.
But I wanted more color.

So I'd pick one up here and there
until I had a stack that I started playing around with...

Ugh. I'm so glad that nasty carpet is g.o.n.e.
I was good with this layout for the moment...especially since I knew I was going to add some patterns to some of the plain Dollar Store plates...

I used some ceramacoat paint to whip up some stripes and chevron-
the black and white plate was done the same way I did the ones for little man's pirate party. 

After I had finally decided I had enough plates to hang,
I started buying the 'Disc Hangers' from Hobby Lobby.
I only bought a few each time I went because even though they're only 2-3$ a pop, it added up quick.
These things are awesome- no more seeing little plate hooks pop around the sides :)

I followed the directions to adhere them to the backs and let them set the allotted time.

While they dried,
I cut out sheets of paper in the shapes of each of the plates to get an idea of how big they each were.
This was the easiest way I could find to hang them.
I labeled each paper as well just so I wouldn't get confused.

Then I hung each piece of paper on the wall with tape.
I had laid the plates out on the ground in the design I liked, and then just copied that design onto the wall with the cut-outs.
That way I knew how much space they'd take up before I just started nailing them up there. 

I literally started from one corner and worked my way out.
It was super easy once I had all the cut-outs up there.

I wanted a more 'swirl' pattern than just a straight-across or symmetrical pattern.
So I worked out and down the wall :)

 I pretty much squealed in delight when I saw all of them up there.
I've been collecting them for so long, I didn't think they'd ever get hung!!

Here's some close-ups of some of my favs:

My little birdie plate from Pier One. 

This blue and brown embossed one and the cream embossed one are from Pier One too.
If you wait for their sales, their plates are super cheap :)

Once they were all up, I was able to notice any gaps that I didn't like.
And I realized I had completely forgotten about my gorgeous Willow House plates I won a while back!
They are gorgeous so they had to fill in the gaps (the pretty brown swirled ones)

So here it is after I added a few...

Did you notice that the white platter in the middle changed?
Well that's my 'falling' story.
After I hung all my plates, me and hubby were watching TV and we heard a loud crash.
I didn't even want to look- I was afraid the whole wall had come down...
so Hubby came back with the pieces of the other white platter...

Then... I found the perfect replacement above...and it fell a couple days later.
Its' like that part of the wall was cursed or something.
I was so sad because I was in love with that new, ruffled plate.

It took me forever to find the replacement for that one...
Here's the sad line-up with the new replacement at the end-

I'm still in love with the middle one but TJ Maxx never got anymore...sad times. 

And a few months after the wall was hung,
we got some new/old dining room furniture.
My grandma, who passed away a couple summers ago, had left her furniture to be divided among all her kids and grandkids.
I was so excited to be given one of her dining room sets that date back to the 1940's.

So when the buffet was moved in,
the plate wall got moved...

It just seemed to go better on that back wall, so your eye was drawn to it as soon as you were in the room.
The buffet was pulling your eyes to it and away from the previous wall, so they looked a lot better together :)

Plus not a single plate has fallen since moving them... I guess this wall has a better plate attitude :)

Although I'm still working on decor for the top of the buffet.
One step at a time, guys.

So there ya have it,
the 'swirled' plate wall...

Here's where each plate was purchased (at least as best as I remember):
(working from far left corner down)
*3 Brown Swirled Plates- Willow House
*Yellow Bird Plate- Pier One
*Small Brown & White Plate- Pier One
*White Square Plate- TJ Maxx
*Large Cream Ebossed Plate- Pier One
*Blue Square Plate- Pier One
*Blue Chevron Plate- Painted Dollar Store Plate
*Large Yellow Plate- TJ Maxx
*Black and White Bird Plate- TJ Maxx
*Beige Starburst Plate- Pier One
*White Platter- TJ Maxx
*Tiny Square Plate- Pier One
*Black and White Chandelier Plate- TJ Maxx
*Blue Embossed Plate- TJ Maxx
*Black and White Striped Plate- Painted Dollar Store Plate
*Cream Leaf Plate- Pier One
*Cream Octagon Fleur De Lis Plate- Walmart

What do you think?
Worth the wait to gather the perfect ones??

Do any of you have a plate wall?
I'd love to see them- be sure to leave me a link :)

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  1. I think the plate wall looks awesome. Way to go Kelsey.

  2. Love it! These are my favorite colors right now - they look so pretty together! The yellow birdie one is my favorite!

  3. wow! I super heart love it, so many fab plate and I love love love the swirl!

  4. It looks beautiful! I've been thinking of starting a collection, especially since I love old antique plates. I've been seeing tons of them in thrift stores, but the practical side of my brain always says, "What would you do with a bunch of mis-matched plates?" Now I know!

  5. Love it! So cute :) I love all of the plates you used and the wide variety of color! Great Job :)

  6. I love this! I have a stack of plates just waiting to be hung up. This was great inspiration. Thanks!!

  7. FABULOUS! Everything happens for a reason, I LOVE the modern touch the 3rd platter adds!

  8. Totally loving the colors and shapes! i'm featuring you on my weekend wrap-up tomorrow. Come visit me and follow along if you'd like. I'm your newest follower!

  9. Definitely worth the wait! I love the bright colors and patterns you collected! They look wonderful on your wall. Great job!

  10. Such a cute cute plate wall. I so want to do this someday soon. I have seen them, and I LOVE THEM ALL. I love your birdie and chandy plates too. GREAT COLORS also. WINKS-jen

  11. Your plates are beautiful and all of them are so unique. Loved the way you hung them.
    Thank you for sharing.

  12. What a fun wall! I would love to just sit and admire all the different details on it! Really wonderful job! I would love to have you share this @ Show & Share--

  13. I am head over heels for this!! I've saved several pics on pinterest of plate walls, but your post is an awesome how-to! Besides that, your collection of plates rocks and looks FAB. Good work : )
    Jaimee @

  14. love this wall of plates! It looks great! I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  15. I especially liked your comments about why you liked certain plates...why not fill up the blank white walls with things you love or like to look at?!

  16. Love this - thanks for the source information for the plate hangers and for the project inspiration! I'm starting a collection tomorrow!

  17. Love the plate wall, little bird is my favorite

  18. I absolutely love your plate wall and really enjoyed your description of how it came about. I have so many pretty (& some antique) plates and have been wanting to make a plate wall for a long time now (although choosing the favorites will be tough - lol). Your charming step by step instructions are such an inspiration. Thank you so much 💓

  19. Very nice! I am working on a plate collection to hang up as well! Thanks for showing me how to do it

  20. Do you have any tips or warnings about using the disc to hang plates?


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