platesThere’s nothing new about using plates as wall decor whether hung simply

platesor in interesting arrangement.

platesThey add color

platesand touches of whimsy.

tablescape/platesSo, having seen the many creative ways plates can add interest, they seemed a good way to fill a blank wall.  The result sometimes shows up as background in one of my posted tablescapes, and many of you have asked how it was done.  Well, here’s the story.

platesIt started with a couple of oyster plates and an artichoke plate, not quite enough for a wall, so off to Marshall’s for inspiration.  What caught my eye were the shapes and textures of white, not what I had been thinking of at all.  Selecting plates to add to the three I had became a fun creative exercise and a very inexpensive one!

At home came the hard part, deciding how to hang them.  I arranged the plates by size and texture on the floor. Looking down at them, my first thought was there was too little dimension.    Yes, I do like dimension, so the question became how to have some overlapping layers.

plates Long nails from the hardware store provided the answer.  I have to tell you though, I made a few extra holes in the wall before I figured out that the bottom nail had to hit exactly the right spot, inside the rim, on the back of the plate.  Fortunately, a little putty and paint repaired the damage that likely would have been avoided had my engineer hubby been around during the hanging!  While the paint was out, I also painted the nails to make them less conspicuous.

platesThough I started the project with a template, a fixed plan didn’t last long as each plate began to define its own place.  The one in the middle went up first and from there the arrangement took on a life of its own.  The finished result is unexpectedly sculptural which makes it all the more interesting.

So, there you have it, the story of the plate wall.  No special skills are required, just a little playful imagination and a few long nails.

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28 thoughts on “Plates, Plates and More Plates

  1. I noticed those plates in your post and you are right, I did wonder how did she do that. I have a few items hung on my kitchen wall from a set I bought at an auction 30 years ago when I was 18 years old. I loved them and still do to this day!! I hung a platter, bowl, dinner plate and serving plate. Everyone comments on them.

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