I like my house to be pretty
I didn’t know if you knew, that I am waiting for a quartz counter and apron front sink to be installed in my kitchen. I was hoping that I would be able to show you the kitchen progress and tell you all about it today. As things go in the construction world there has been some delays and I am still waiting. Consequently my dreams were broken, I wanted to start showing you the inside of my house and have some pretty pictures to go along with it. That is going to have to wait for another day.
So what are we going to talk about today?
I realized this morning that I have some pretty cool plates hanging on my wall. As things go, there is a little story to go with them.
Creating a Beautiful home takes time
A couple of years ago I needed more art for my walls. We had just moved into a larger house from a very small house and everything was bare. I wasn’t sure what style I wanted my house to be, but I love a mix of old and new. My talent lies in being able to create a unique curated feel. My home needs to to be warm, cozy and speak “the story of us”.
Because I am a minimalist, and try to live simply, I didn’t want to just go and buy any old trendy thing to hang and call it good. After looking around online I decided to hang up plates on my wall. This wall is right in the dining area and its is awkward since it spans two living areas with multiple doors. Plates seemed like an affordable and practical option, that would be on theme for the room.
Once I got the plate bug I spent a couple of weekends frequenting vintage flea markets and thrift stores. I only purchased plates that were beautiful, plates that filled my heart with joy. I ended up with a stack of about 20 plates.
Now I needed to figure out an affordable way to hang them.
Once I had the plates I started to investigate what to do to hang them up. In my head I always thought I would buy those plate hangers that you see in stores. After looking around at a few places I decided they were simply too expensive since they came in a two pack for 7 dollars. Keep in mind I had almost 20 plates. That was almost $70.00. Yikes!
Next I looked online, Pinterest had some ideas, and Amazon had more. I saw those yellow stickers with the ring in them that you can stick on the back of the plate. While they are a fast way to hang a plate, again they were way too much money.
WHY SPEND MONEY ON FANCY HANGING SYSTEMS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TOO?
Then I found a few sites that showed how to hang the plates by gluing clothes pins to the back using hot glue. Some even got technical and put a piece of fabric over the big part of the clothes pin to protect the wall.
I decided to go the route of paper clips and glue. Although I wasn’t going to get too fancy with it, and I wasn’t going to use hot glue. In came E600. The glue that will glue almost anything. Its strong like Guerrilla glue but better for crafts since it doesn’t expand.
I first used E600 as a young girl when my mom owned a craft store. I knew that it was stronger for the long term then hot glue. Plus I don’t like potentially burning my fingers when I don’t have too. You also don’t need a special equipment like a hot glue gun, you just need a toothpick. The only downside is that E600 stinks. You do need good ventilation. I am sure that it’s not a super natural option, but as long as its in small doses I am OK using it from time to time. I know it will get the job done.
Plates make a really cool art that you can change out seasonally
After I got all my plates prepared to be hung up on the wall by gluing paper clips to the back I needed to decide on a good layout to put them in. The first thing I did was lay all the plates out on my table and look at them to make sure they looked good together (actually I did this before I glued the paper clips to the back). Then I put them in an order that I liked.
After I got the nails in. I hung all the plates on the wall and stood back to look at them. Again I had to tweak a few locations and switch a few out. I think I only ended up hanging about 16 plates instead of the full 20 because it just didn’t look right to me.
Let's back up and talk Plate placement for a bit.
I have to admit, I am pretty terrible about doing gallery walls right, in a way that doesn’t damage my walls. Most people suggest (and I will too) that you make templates and use tape to get the right layout. I just sort of eyeballed the locations that I wanted the plates to go based on what was laying on the table. I had a mix of plate sizes and styles so they really did need to have correct spacing. Then I just nailed small thin nails right into the wall.
Now I am pretty decent at this since I have perfected my lazy decorating skills over the past decade but I would recommend that you make the paper templates and tape them up. I did have to adjust some nails so there are a few tiny holes in my wall but the plan is to paint the walls sometime in the near future so I didn’t really care too much at the time.
Then, unexpectedly I made a discovery…Do you ever go shopping at a fun store like TJ Maxx, Ross, or Marshalls? I like to go to those stores for fun but because I am a minimalist (and lets face it on a tight budget) I don’t buy things very often. I always see fun seasonal items but never want to actually buy. Once I had my plate wall up, I realized that I could pick up a few fun plates for each season or holiday, and switch them out for ones that were last season.
I love seasonal decor but hate storing it all when the season passes
I actually ended up going out again in the fall and found a few new plates to hang. There was a fun turkey plate, and a deer plate. I also found a set of plates to use for Christmas so that I didn’t have a wall filled with bright colorful flowers, when everything else in my home was color coordinated for the Holiday’s.
The good thing about this is that they are relatively easy to store and they don’t take up a ton of room. Since I bought most of them at the thrift store, I don’t feel bad about changing them up or changing my mind.
I ended up numbering the backs of all of the plates and I also put a small piece of painters tape with a coordinating number on the wall behind the plate. This was so that when I switch them I can remember where to put them back.
A quick recap :
I love my plate wall. It is such a fun and easy way to brighten up a room. I wouldn’t just consider it for a dining area but any room of the house. Plates can be so beautiful, there are some real jems to be found. I even love an old vintage white plate. Who knows perhaps in the future I will switch my plates out to suit my evolving style. That is what makes life fun.
How do you decorate on a budget?